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So everyone's heard of Naruto ending and White Collar's series finale came in a world where I'm not wondering when the next initial D stage is coming out. massive shakeup in the character's lives just to justify a final episode. Having Takumi and his girlfriend skip to the relationship part instead of the. Tokyopop also cut out a character's enjo kōsai relationship with another and edited Initial D Fifth Stage — 14 episodes (–); Initial D: Final Stage — 4 The second series, named "Second Stage", aired from October 14, to In , "Initial D: Final Stage" became the latest installment in the anime series. Number of episodes: Episode titles: We have Vintage: Opening Theme: "Raise Up" by m.o.v.e.. Ending Theme: "Flyleaf" by CLUTCHO.
The story focuses on the world of illegal Japanese street racingwhere all the action is concentrated in the mountain passes and rarely in cities or urban areas, and with the drift racing style emphasized in particular. Professional race car driver and pioneer of drifting Keiichi Tsuchiya helped with editorial supervision. Although some of the names of the locations the characters race in have been fictionalized, all of the locations in the series are based on actual locations in Japan.
A live action film by Avex and Media Asia was released in and its sequel, Initial D 2, will be released in Both the manga and anime series were initially licensed for English-language distribution in North America by Tokyopop — however, the anime license has since been picked up by Funimationwhile the manga is no longer available in English.
Takumi Fujiwara Truenoas seen in the anime. The protagonist, Takumi Fujiwara, is a gas station attendant working with his friend Itsuki to buy a car, which they plan to drift on the twisting roads surrounding nearby Mount Akina.
Unbeknownst to his colleagues, Takumi moonlights as a tofu delivery driver for his father's store before sunrise each morning, passively building an impressive amount of skill behind the wheel of the family car, an aging Toyota Sprinter Trueno. Shortly after the story begins, the Red Suns, an amateur racing team from Akagi Prefecturechallenge the local Speedstars team to a set of races on Mount Akina.
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Dispirited after watching the RedSuns' superior performance during a practice run, the Speedstars expect to lose. Later that night, the Red Suns' 2 driver, heading home after the last practice run, is defeated soundly by a mysterious Sprinter Trueno, despite driving a much more powerful car. An investigation into the identity of the driver leads to Bunta Fujiwara, Takumi's father. The Speedstars beg Bunta to help them defeat the RedSuns, and he initially refuses, later relenting to "maybe" show up at the race.
At the same time, Takumi asks Bunta if he can borrow the car for a day to take a trip to the beach with a potential girlfriend, and Bunta seizes the moment by granting permission plus a full tank of fuel on the condition that Takumi defeats the Red Suns driver.
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On the night of the race, the Trueno does not show up, and the Speedstars enlist a backup driver for the first run. The second series, named "Second Stage", aired from October 14, to January 20, with a one-week break over the New Year period. This was followed by animated feature film in and an OVA documenting all battles from the previous three stages, with the battles from First Stage being re-animated.
Third Stage was a feature film covering the story arcs between the second and fourth stage, released in Japan on January 13, Fourth Stage aired on SkyPerfecTV's pay-per-view service, airing two episodes back-to-back every two months. Following Second Stage inInitial D: Extra Stage was aired as a spinoff to the original series.
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This story focused on the all-female Impact Blue team of Usui Pass and their point of view of the recent events of Second Stage and the upcoming Third Stage movie. This was followed by Extra Stage 2 inwhich look at the relationship between Impact Blue's Mako Sato and Iketani of the SpeedStars following on from the original side-story in the manga. But I think at some point, they will get further development.
But I think manga readers will tell me I am wrong. Some other past characters do show up and some of these brief returning characters do serve a significant purpose which I really thought did an excellent job for a certain new character.
In addition, Takumi now has a new love interest, Mika, a high school golf star. She is a real interesting character and I personally feels she is better than Natsuki.
I feel she connects to Takumi more effectively because of her background and I like her out-going personality a lot more. I am pretty sure the manga at this point already has, but I hope when I watch future anime installments, they develop that relationship more. I thought the anime does its job building a good foundation to that relationship and I look forward to how it develops. His hair is more shaggy and is not as well kept as it always has been.
In second stage, his hair color was changed to light brown from black and then changed back to black in 3rd and 4th stages. I thought his hair was fine. I guess my concern is on the basis that Ryosuke is my favorite character, but his fashion sense and his facial design and expressions are more or less the same. For the other characters, there are no other alterations to their designs.
Initial D: Fifth Stage (TV)
The quality is not too different from 4th stage but has brighter resolution with the colors. The races are more back to a CG feel in comparison to the more cel-shaded feel of 4th stage and excellently does its job of bringing out the intensity and excitement of the races. As for the races, the races are still done in a cat and mouse set of rules like in 4th stage.