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Smoking Crow
Feb 13, 2012

*laughs at u*


Initial D is a manga and anime series about car racing, I think. I've never read or seen it before! I went to ask some friends here and irl, and none of them had seen it either! I decided then, that we're going to watch and/or read it! I don't really have a schedule. Just read and watch it!

Here are the things i currently know about Initial D (will update at a future date when i learn more):
toyota ae86 sprinter trueno, drifting, eurobeat, tofu delivery, memes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv13gl0a-FA

By the way, what's the better way to experience Initial D, anime or manga

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Sefal
Nov 8, 2011

This post is useless. It's useless
It's all useless

Grimey Drawer

I think I played a initial D game in the arcades in japan. It was fun. using the gears to switch was pretty hard. I only made it to level 1 or 2. other people had cards and they were at like level 80-100.

Smoking Crow
Feb 13, 2012

*laughs at u*


Oh yeah, I have played Initial D Second Stage I think?? It's one of the Sega Initial D racers. That was fun; it's as good as Daytona which is the best possible thing i can say about an arcade racer

RME
Feb 20, 2012



nice Iím ready

DrSunshine
Mar 23, 2009



RME posted:

nice Iím ready

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump...384587482656768

I am ready for D as well.

Zwiebel
Feb 18, 2011

Hi!

I went on this ride about two years ago because I had heard good things about the show.
I will not stop loving the incredibly dumb Eurobeat tracks.

Haven't read the manga, but the anime is pretty neat. There's quite a few hours of it and multiple seasons though. Watching cars drift in glorious CG motion, rather than just reading about it, just added another layer I could appreciate.
Enjoy.

Eela6
May 25, 2007

He gazed up at the enormous face. Years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the pink hair. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. It was all right. He loved anime

I'm down. I'm ready for eurobeat.

Lawrence Gilchrist
Mar 31, 2010



Sefal posted:

I think I played a initial D game in the arcades in japan. It was fun. using the gears to switch was pretty hard. I only made it to level 1 or 2. other people had cards and they were at like level 80-100.

it's the longest lived arcade game ive seen. the ones where you sit in the moving cars are nuts

Jackard
Oct 28, 2007

We Have A Bow And We Wish To Use It

this is all i know about Initial D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gm7lcZiLOus

Namtab
Feb 22, 2010

Karen remains powerful


Running
In the
90s

Sakurazuka
Jan 24, 2004



I'm never going to experience an initial D

Midjack
Dec 24, 2007

But it soon became quite clear that while losers flourished everywhere, winners were a rare and reticent breed with preferences for camouflage and anonymity.


Biscuit Hider

Smoking Crow posted:

Initial D is a manga and anime series about car racing, I think. I've never read or seen it before! I went to ask some friends here and irl, and none of them had seen it either! I decided then, that we're going to watch and/or read it! I don't really have a schedule. Just read and watch it!

Here are the things i currently know about Initial D (will update at a future date when i learn more):
toyota ae86 sprinter trueno, drifting, eurobeat, tofu delivery, memes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv13gl0a-FA

By the way, what's the better way to experience Initial D, anime or manga

The anime is fun but the story went much, much farther in the manga. Both are fairly fast-paced. Tokyopop had the license for both while they were still around, though Funimation has picked up the anime.

Both Initial D and the first Fast and Furious movie kind of hit a spot for me at that time in my life so I'm probably more willing to overlook shortcomings in them than they may warrant.

Stairmaster
Jun 8, 2012



im just here to say vostoks a nerd

Plutonis
Mar 25, 2011
Probation
Can't post for 46 hours!


i never watched the anime or the game but i listened to every italodisco song they made for both

gimme the GOD DAMN candy
Jul 1, 2007

gimme those gat dang candies

i tried reading the manga but the drawings of humans were terrible and i think that street racing is ridiculous and irresponsible. actually i don't remember why i tried reading the manga at all.

Xinder
Apr 27, 2013

i want to be a prince


i just finished watching this a couple months ago. it took me most of 2017 because i'm so slow.

it's good.

Mentat Radnor
Apr 24, 2008

~Water flowers every day~


The Initial D anime is awesome. The lovely animation and the way that the art style and character designs change drastically every season are part of its charm.

Bunta is the best and I want to be his drinking buddy.

The show has had such a big cultural impact, not only in Japan but also worldwide among car enthusiasts. At this point it's worth watching for that alone (and all of the resulting references, parodies, and memes). It really is genuinely entertaining though, especially if you can get into that sports/battle anime feel of "protagonist has to battle interesting and increasingly difficult opponents ever few episodes while improving themselves."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgmyVTVc-Yc#t=61s

Mentat Radnor fucked around with this message at Jan 13, 2018 around 02:30

Xinder
Apr 27, 2013

i want to be a prince


Mentat Radnor posted:

The lovely animation and the way that the art style and character designs change drastically every season are part of its charm.

It took me almost a whole episode every season to figure out who Ryouske was. He was a completely different person every loving time.

RME
Feb 20, 2012



to post some actual content:

I saw a good chunk of the first season last year, before putting it on hold for plans to watch it with a friend (plans fell through and I never ended up returning to it, but i digress)
I honestly really enjoy the anime even if its a bit hard to place why at times. Like the cg is really rough, the characters will talk in circles as they often do in Shounen (though apparently it was originally published in a seinen mag), the animation itself can definitely suffer but despite that it offers a very genuinely exciting experience and it's hard to not smile every time you hear the eurobeat kicking in and ramping up and finding yourself caught up in the moment. I really think it's worth watching beyond just the meme status it's gained over the decades at this point.

Just enjoy the ride

Daedalus1134
Sep 14, 2005

They see me rollin'


Initial D is bad and I love it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KCeEv6Jlv8

track day bro!
Feb 17, 2005

Failpeepee Assa



Grimey Drawer

Initial D is boring as hell, I've still got nostalgia for it and love Eurobeat but god Takumi is just such a boring protag.

I honestly enjoyed wangan midnight more as it comes off more as a car person anime where Initial D just seems like very boring shonen but with cars.

There are a tonne of interesting looking car manga, but none of them are translated. I'd love to be able to read stuff like shakotan boogie.

I did try reading a couple chapters of MF Ghost, which is Shuichi Shigeno's current manga but again the protag is just pretty much Takumi v2.

VostokProgram
Feb 20, 2014



I watched Initial D in 2017 and its awesome. Its honestly one of my favorite sports anime, right next to Haikyuu. Folks who follow through on watching it are in for a real treat!

If you want to, you can watch this three movie trilogy instead of watching the two cour First Stage. I haven't seen the movies myself but a friend recommended them, and there are definitely some boring parts of First Stage that presumably aren't in the movies. That being said, I don't regret watching First Stage in full form at all, I think the slow pace of some episodes adds to the charm.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7iR9KfzoI8

Amstrad
Apr 4, 2007

To destroy evil you must become an even greater evil.


I never watched Initial D, but I enjoy it when stuff like this shows up in unrelated anime.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTIJdUQo_F0#t=63s

Grouchio
Aug 31, 2014



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNveMjoSxp0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b89d1oip7WM

The Skeep
Sep 15, 2007

That Chicken sure loves to drum...sticks


Grimey Drawer

I like when Takumi drives the car.

Dryzen
Jul 23, 2011



i love that in the initial d arcade game you have the option to have the paper cup of water in your car while you race

Namtab
Feb 22, 2010

Karen remains powerful


I'm already experiencing it with my goon friend who doesn't post here

Rigged Death Trap
Feb 13, 2012

BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP


The Skeep posted:

I like when Takumi drives the car.

GET IN THE loving CAR TAKUMI

Gabby_Jay
Dec 14, 2000

Gör som vi
Till denna melodi


It's not a particularly great series if you break it down, but it has it's charm and a bunch of fun moments. It also rekindled my interest in cars after many years, and pushed me over the edge into getting something with a manual.

The Notorious ZSB
Apr 19, 2004

WARNING
Choking Hazard

Not for Use in Out of Conference Games


Gimme love and money
I got the rest you know

The best, eurobeat for driving fast 4 eva

DisDisDis
Dec 21, 2013



gimme the GOD drat candy posted:

i tried reading the manga but the drawings of humans were terrible and i think that street racing is ridiculous and irresponsible. actually i don't remember why i tried reading the manga at all.

that's why it's cool in comic books, which aren't real

track day bro!
Feb 17, 2005

Failpeepee Assa



Grimey Drawer

This sort of stuff was going on up until a few years ago when Japan cracked down on it. I think now quite a few of the roads featured in Initial D now have humps and centre dividers on the corners to stop people drifting em.

I kinda liked the original goofy looking character designs.

VostokProgram
Feb 20, 2014



Also the 90s through early 2000s was kinda the golden age of Japanese cars. If you look at footage from Ebisu circuit, everyone's still drifting cars from that era.

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Namtab
Feb 22, 2010

Karen remains powerful


If you're not out of control

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