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.
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.
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.
The act of covering your car with your favourite anime, manga, gaming or any other character in Japan is known as Itasha and while it isn’t common on the streets of Tokyo, it is in the world of race cars.
This was never more obvious in Malaysia a couple of weekends ago for the SuperGT 3, which for racing fans, is the only SuperGT race that’s held overseas. As well as many Itasha cars being present, there were also grid girls or as they’re also known, Race Queens.
Thanks to AFA for the kind use of their images, to see more hit up their Flickr page.
Sega and Namco Bandai have joined forces and brought two of the biggest racing franchises together for a unique experience. Namco Bandai will be offering the distinctive Daytona Hornet car as a download option for Ridge Racer on the PS Vita.
The car will be made available on June 6 for ¥250 while on the music front, a new track will also be up for purchase called “Ridge racer: Ridge Racer USA Mix”. That ditty will set you back a measly ¥150. Here’s a look at the project in motion.