The Japanese manga series Initial D might be as responsible for making drifting popular in the US as any other source. Even if you've never seen it, you're likely familiar with the black-and-white Toyota Corolla AE86 as the show's hero car.

Initial D launched in US in comic and animated form in 2002 after debuting in Japan in 1995, and its popularity was accelerated by a long-running series of video games in arcades and home consoles. A live-action film brought the series to the big screen nine years ago, and since then, the comic has come to an end, and the fifth season of the TV series finished in 2013.

Its creators evidently think its time for a reboot.

A new animated film Legend 1: Awaken will launch in Japan on August 25, but it isn't known whether it will make it to the US. If searching YouTube is any indication, however, it probably won't take it long for it to start streaming. Scroll down to check out the trailer and a teaser released last November.




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      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 11 Months Ago
      I rike
        el-dudo
        • 11 Months Ago
        @NY EVO X MR GUY
        I'm asian and I still lauged at this comment.... so wrong...
          NY EVO X MR GUY
          • 11 Months Ago
          @el-dudo
          Thumbs up to you too my friend. I am glad you have asense of humor. BTW, I think initial D is classic. I got into it while watching Netflix. But I've watched anime decades ago with Ninja Scroll, Gundam, Dragon Balls and Akira.
        bK
        • 11 Months Ago
        @NY EVO X MR GUY
        More like AI RAIKUUU
      CadiVetteFerrari
      • 11 Months Ago
      My friend owns THE car. He practices drifting all the time. Very dedicated. Almost on que, he gets asked every month if he's selling it -- and this is not ppl on Facebook but out in the real world. It's completely stock and even though it's ride leaves something to be desired, it's a thrill sitting in the passenger seat and watching him toast other cars around curves on the street and occasionally the track. I only found out it was truly special after he brought up the show one day and then I became a big fan just like he did. What a treasure.
      Pete Zaitcev
      • 11 Months Ago
      Indeed this is odd, as the movie _was_ supposed to round up the storyline. But the trailer is obviously that of a reboot. Possibly it's a 3-parter with 2 parts rebooting and 3rd being a joint finale. Or they're just deceiving us and the white-hood 86 racing the pop-up FD is a flashback of some kind, but the trilogy is the endpiece as was promised.
        carguy1701
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Pete Zaitcev
        There is no reboot why does no one check WIkipedia everything is explained there asdfdgfxgzsweg
          Jason
          • 11 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          I think you're the one whose gonna feel real stupid after reading that it IS a reboot.
      flammablewater
      • 11 Months Ago
      Ah screw it. I'm buying another 86.
      Mr Sled
      • 11 Months Ago
      Can't wait! This is a really well written series.
      Mr Sled
      • 11 Months Ago
      ...you should be watching.
      ACURA23CL
      • 11 Months Ago
      Yes, please!
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