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Initial D is a Japanese street racing manga series written and illustrated by Shuichi Shigeno. It was serialized in Weekly Young Magazine from 1995 to 2013, with the chapters collected into 48 tankōbon volumes by Kodansha. The story focuses on the... read more
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Initial D is a Japanese street racing manga series written and illustrated by Shuichi Shigeno. It was serialized in Weekly Young Magazine from 1995 to 2013, with the chapters collected into 48 tankōbon volumes by Kodansha. The story focuses on the world of illegal Japanese street racing, where all the action is concentrated in the mountain passes and rarely in cities or urban areas, and with the drifting racing style emphasized in particular. Professional race car driver and pioneer of drifting Keiichi Tsuchiya helped with editorial supervision. The story is centered on the prefecture of Gunma, more specifically on several mountains in the Kantō region and in their surrounding cities and towns. 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.

Original Release

04/18/1998

Cast

Kate Higgins Natalie (voice)
Kyle Hebert Keiichi Tsuchiya
Brina Palencia Natsuki Mogi (voice)
Colleen O'Shaughnessey Saori (voice)
Steve Blum Keisuke 'K.T.' Takahashi (voice) (as Steven Jay Blum)
Robbie Rist Itsuki 'Iggy' Takeuchi (voice)
Wally Wingert Takeshi 'Zack' Nakazato (voice)
Jonathan Freeman Additional Voices (voice)
Vic Mignogna Shingo Shoji (voice)
Greg Ayres Kenta Nakamura (voice)
(see additional cast & crew)
# Title Air Date
1 Ultimate Tofu Guy Drift Saturday, 18 April 1998
2 Declaration of Revenge! Saturday, 25 April 1998
3 Downhill Specialist Arrives Saturday, 02 May 1998
4 The Battle Begins Saturday, 09 May 1998
5 Dogfight! Saturday, 16 May 1998
6 A New Challenger Saturday, 23 May 1998
7 Pride of a Racer Saturday, 13 June 1998
8 Time's Almost Up Saturday, 20 June 1998
9 Battle to the Limit Saturday, 27 June 1998
10 The Five Consecutive Hairpins Saturday, 04 July 1998
11 Shingo Arrives Saturday, 11 July 1998
12 The FR Killer Saturday, 01 August 1998
13 Itsuki's First Date Saturday, 08 August 1998
14 Improving Genius of Drift Saturday, 15 August 1998
15 Takumi's Fury Saturday, 22 August 1998
16 The Angel of Usui Saturday, 29 August 1998
17 Sudden-Death Deathmatch Saturday, 12 September 1998
18 Hot Winds & Furious Driving Saturday, 19 September 1998
19 Super Drift! Saturday, 26 September 1998
20 The End of Summer Thursday, 01 October 1998
21 Challenge from a Superstar Saturday, 17 October 1998
22 Severe Uphill Climb Saturday, 24 October 1998
23 Downhill Rain Battle Saturday, 07 November 1998
24 Akina's Superstar Saturday, 14 November 1998
25 Last Battle! Saturday, 28 November 1998
26 New Downhill Legend Saturday, 05 December 1998

Directors

Shin Misawa, Masami Hata, Susumu Kudo, Rei Kotaki, Hiroshi Tsuruta, Mihiro Yamaguchi, Kazuyoshi Yokota, Yukio Nishimoto, Kazunori Ikegami, Naoyuki Kuzuya

Writers

Bob Buchholz, Shuichi Shigeno, Kôji Kaneda, Eric Vale, Nobuaki Kishima, Hiroshi Toda, Andrew Rye, J. Michael Tatum, Marc Handler

Creators

Shuichi Shigeno

Cast

Kate Higgins Natalie (voice)
Kyle Hebert Keiichi Tsuchiya
Brina Palencia Natsuki Mogi (voice)
Colleen O'Shaughnessey Saori (voice)
Steve Blum Keisuke 'K.T.' Takahashi (voice) (as Steven Jay Blum)
Robbie Rist Itsuki 'Iggy' Takeuchi (voice)
Wally Wingert Takeshi 'Zack' Nakazato (voice)
Jonathan Freeman Additional Voices (voice)
Vic Mignogna Shingo Shoji (voice)
Greg Ayres Kenta Nakamura (voice)
Crispin Freeman Kouichiro 'Cole' Iketani (voice)
J. Michael Tatum Ryosuke Takahashi (voice)
Todd Haberkorn Keisuke Takahashi (voice)
Scott Menville Goro
Grant George Seiji
Jason Spisak Kenji (voice)
Bridget Hoffman Maya (voice)
Richard Cansino Hiromichi (voice)
Chuck Huber Yuichi Tachibana (voice)
Quinton Flynn Shingo Shoji (voice)

Producers

Stuart J. Levy Executive Producer
Ron Klamert Executive Producer
Jamie Simone Producer
Daisuke Kinouchi Producer
Hiromichi Mogaki Producer
Kayo Fukuda Producer
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