I love my fast cars especially Japanese import cars so better believe I watched classic racing anime, Initial D, like a man possessed. So I’m beyond super excited to hear that the author of Initial D, Shuuichi Shigeno, is launching a new manga and better yet, it’s another racing one.
The series is called MF Ghost and is set in the future revolving around an era where petrol is being phased out and cars that drive themselves are the norm. Enter Kanata Livington, a 19 year old driving prodigy who has been studying abroad in England at a driving school to complete a promise he made years earlier.
For more info or to check it out for yourself, you can catch it in the weekly seinen manga magazine Young Magazine.
Initial D is a classic anime involving fast cars, rival car gangs and some pretty slick drifting down some tight turning roads. So it’s great news courtesy of Avex Entertainment who recently posted a 30 sec teaser trailer of the new movie coming out.
But it gets even better as they also announced that it’s the first movie in a planned trilogy. The anime film is called Shin Gekijo-ban Initial D: Legend 1-Kakusei (Awakening)-with a cryptic message on the poster that proclaims, “Everything begins, everything ends. The gene for the races awakes.” The film isn’t due in Japan until August 23rd but enjoy the teaser below.
Hang around some of the gaming arcades in Japan and you might see the next entry in a popular driving series. Initial D: Arcade Stage 8 Infinity will be installed in a couple of arcades around Japan.
Specifically on the 18th and 19th of January in Osaka and in Tokyo. This new game will incorporate a D Coin function for upgrading and obtaining special parts and a new Factory mode. Here are some screens from the new one.
Sega Chief Creative Officer, Toshihiro Nagoshi, recently had a sit down with Japanese publication, Famitsu, regarding their direction with free to play games. Specifically with the first title they’ve announced for the Nintendo 3DS, Initial D: Perfect Drift Online.
He went on record saying that following the success of the free to play formula on iOS and Android, he’s keen to replicate that level of success on the 3DS.
“We don’t intend to stop with this title, and after looking over its results, we’ll think about what to do next. However, unlike games for smartphones, I believe there’s a perfect shape of ways to do things, somewhere out there, for the Nintendo 3DS. I believe that finding it will be our challenge, and in many ways, Initial D will be our first step.”
“At the moment, I can say that we’ve been thinking about plenty of things. We have suggestions amongst ourselves like ‘wouldn’t this be a perfect game for a F2P title on Nintendo 3DS’ and many more. So when the time comes to talk about it… we’ll just leave it at that for now.”
Been itching for more drifting Initial D action? Well, your dreams have come true with the release of the new trailer for the upcoming feature movie. The distribution will be handled by Avex Entertainment while production duties are being looked after by Sanzigen and Raiden Film.
On top of that, the final car battles in the manga will be receiving the anime adaptation which is due to hit Japan next year.
Initial D was a blast of an anime revolving around the world of drift cars and an uneasy hero. The show was popular for its accurate depiction of locales, culture and the cars that were around at the time and made an icon out of the Trueno AE86.
Now a rental car company in Japan plans to give fans a taste of the real thing by arranging tours around the area where the show was set. The fun2drive Owners’ Club will be holding tours through the areas using vehicles from the show based on their real life counterparts. People taking part can choose to drive from the following cars: Mazda MX-5 Eunos Roadster, Honda NSX, Project D: AE86 (Toyota Sprinter AE86 Trueno), Nissan GT-R (Hakosuka-R version, BNR32V-specII, R35), Mazda RX-7 FD3S, Honda BEAT or the Honda S2000 modified.
The tour spans 100km and will be travelling through Nagao Mountain Pass, Tsubaki Line, Hakone Turnpike, and Nanamagari pass in Kanagawa Prefecture. These are locations where the street racing battles took place in the Fifth battle leg of the anime.