Initial D, the Japanese manga that helped popularize drifting and make the AE-86 generation Toyota Corolla (Trueno in Japan) the cult classic that it is today, has finally ended after 18 years of publication. The last installment, called Final Stage, was released in late July, in the August 6 edition of Young Magazine, reports The Truth About Cars.

If you don't read the manga (a Japanese comic) perhaps you've watched the anime (a Japanese animated movie or TV show) series that it spawned, or the live-action movie from 2005 (which has some cool drifting scenes). What stands out the most about Initial D are the cars, which are drawn accurately and animated fluidly on paper or the TV screen - representing an acute understanding by the technical artists of how cars look and behave while they're being driven.

As is often the case with manga-anime relationships, the Initial D manga takes storyline priority with the anime following loosely behind. Though the manga has ended, TTAC reports that another series of Initial D episodes (and another live-action movie) will be produced to tie things up for fans of the anime.


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      flammablewater
      • 2 Years Ago
      The first car I bought was a 1986 Corolla GT-S (AE86), after watching this show. What a waste of money, but boy do I miss that car. You can't find a RWD hatchback that you can cram your friends and their stuff into and hit the highway one weekend, and then take it to Auto-X the next week.
        prince_david
        • 2 Years Ago
        @flammablewater
        Well I'm jealous you got to live out the dream! Isn't that awesome you were able to experience it? Dud you deliver any tofu ?
      prince_david
      • 2 Years Ago
      First started watching this at my anime club I think in 2001. It got me hooked and even more passionate about cars. Got my first cop to pull me over for speeding while listening to the 2nd stage soundtrack. I did read some of the manga, and it's surprisingly fun!
      Hajime1990 #follow
      • 2 Years Ago
      The movie (not the animation one) was actually pretty awesome. It was produced by Hong Kong crew and various Hong Kong actors including Anthony Wong played the role.
        flammablewater
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hajime1990 #follow
        The movie is so strange to watch, since some actors aren't speaking Cantonese so it's dubbed. Like a 70's Kung Fu movie, but I still have to read the subtitles.
        Jason
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hajime1990 #follow
        Wow, you're the first one I heard that found it awesome. I thought it was just ok, they had to change a few things to condense it into a movie, but I didn't particularly find the way they portrayed the characters, even Anthony Wong as Bunta, to be very good. The race scenes weren't that great either, the cars looked like they were just pulling the hand brake to force a drift rather than it being a natural way through the corner.
      Jason
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yea, this manga/anime helped boost the price of a used AE86 by like 5 times. I remember before Initial D, when mint condition used AE86's were going for less 4 grand in the early-mid 90's, then this came out and you can't even get a rotted, rusted one for less than $6k nowadays.
      JayhawkOne
      • 2 Years Ago
      A lot of InitialD can be found on Netflix btw
      • 2 Years Ago
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      CadiVetteFerrari
      • 2 Years Ago
      A friend of mine has this very car! He's the one who got me into Initial-D. I never asked him if he got the car because of the show or the other way around. But I remember he would wake up very early in the morning and go to empty parking lots and practice drifting. On the highway, other cars would "race" him and beat him in the straights, but when there was a tight curve, they were afraid to push it and he was not because he had incredible control of the car. I never witnessed someone so in-tune with a car, especially that one. It was amazing to watch his mastery. And why not? When I say the guy practices, the guy practices! To this very day, he will get offers from people, maybe once a month -- just people walking up to him -- if he's interested in selling his car. I love this car so much.
      Vien Huynh
      • 2 Years Ago
      FINALLY!
      Myfierro
      • 2 Years Ago
      does anyone know where can I watch or buy the 5 stage(English sub) ????
        initial Dan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Myfierro
        http://www.nwanime.com/initial-d-fifth-stage/anime/2833/ !!!!!!!!!!!
      J W
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great, another thing I like I just found that ends. At least I'm not too far into it, I still have a bunch of seasons to go.
        prince_david
        • 2 Years Ago
        @J W
        Well there's a lot if to episodes for you to watch plus 18 years of manga to read. There's plenty of content for you!
          • 2 Years Ago
          @prince_david
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          J W
          • 2 Years Ago
          @prince_david
          I can't find the book that isn't bashed for poor translation. Any suggestions?
      vi_per
      • 2 Years Ago
      Of course, the whole franchise can be rebooted with a 'Rebirth Stage" at any time. Probably just hype.
      bK
      • 2 Years Ago
      Already 18 years wow.
        bK
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bK
        And apparently theres a new movie coming out summer of 2014.
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