Review: Initial D First Stage


Plot Summary:High school student Takumi Fujiwara works as a gas station attendant during the day and a delivery boy for his father’s tofu shop during late nights. Little does he know that his precise driving skills and his father’s modified Toyota Sprinter AE86 Trueno make him the best amateur road racer on Mt. Akina’s highway. Because of this, racing groups from all over the Gunma prefecture issue challenges to Takumi to see if he really has what it takes to be a road legend.


I just finished Initial D First Stage and it was one hell of an adrenaline rush. This is a classic Anime from 1998, and it turned into a cult following. Some people say that this is one of the main causes of drifting spreading globally. Takumi is this calm person who doesn’t look like he has a worry in the world except to deliver his father’s tofu. He takes is routes and with time he learns lots of different skills to driving, this just to deliver tofu. He has some friends who make up a racing group in Akina, and when they see his skills he becomes legend. The anime is simple but great, it keeps you on your toes from episode to episode, you see how Takumi develops and with that he gains more enemies who want to compete with him, and this is just First Stage making the AE86 legend.

Link: AnimeNewsNetwork


A guy who is just trying to enjoy life!


  1. hehe, watched it a bit long time ago :).
    its very fun to watch :). plenty of stages ahead :)

  2. Corolla Man (AE86)

    Love the Car, hopefully in 3 moths the car will be ready to be in one of the stages, Stage Kuwait

  3. One of my favorites! Love how he calmly handles the hachi-roku and the cool drifting footage coupled with the techno music really brings on the adrenaline rush.

  4. Kodder: yup, I got them all!

    Corolla Man: I hope so too, I will have the video for it!

    sabah: Hachi-roku is just something else! Exactly you get a rush with it!

  5. Najeeb: This is the anime not the manga, I haven’t read the book yet! I try to stick to one, if you jump into manga you will never stop. Thanks for the link.

  6. Najeeb

    Marzouq ya 7elo, my comments above was for your book review not for the Anime. It seems that i made a mistake by clicking on the previouse article rather than the Book article.
    you might need to shift my comment in yrou blog. Sorry and thank you .

  7. Najeed: No problem, I just realized which one you were talking about! To cover the topics on my blog wouldn’t do the book any justice at all, you seriously have to read it to be motivated by it, I don’t think I have the writing skills to convey what was said in that book.

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