Jūsō Kikō Dancouga Nova
Jūsō Kikō Dancouga Nova is a Super Robot anime television series, produced by Ashi Productions and is directed by Masami Ōbari, in charge of mechanical design. The series is a follow up of its predecessor, Dancouga – Super Beast Machine God; the series premiered across Japan on the Japanese CS television network Animax on 15 February 2007, spanning a total of 12 episodes. The series takes place in 2107. A team of four people. Like its predecessor, Dancouga Nova is a combining robot type of Super Robot, which have four separate units with each unit having its own pilot; the pilots are gathered by a secret organization that maintains the Dancouga Nova and dispatches its pilots on assigned missions from the organization's base of operations, the Dragon's Hive. Aoi Hidaka Voiced by: Haruna Ikezawa A red-haired, undefeated Formula-Zero One racing champion, she is the pilot of the Nova Eagle. Aoi models as a side job; as the pilot of Nova Eagle, she is the primary pilot of Dancouga Nova. Shortly into the series, she decides to quit racing as she doesn't feel she can balance it with piloting Dancouga, becomes a model full-time.
Kurara Tachibana Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima A blue-haired, top-class Narcotics Investigator. She is the pilot of the Nova Liger. Kurara is an expert in her profession; as a child and her mother were forced to witness her father beaten by thugs. Spurred on by her mother's comments that there was no such thing as justice, Kurara became the top policewoman in the country, cleaned up the corrupt narcotics division in a year and a half. Sakuya Kamon Voiced by: Tatsuhisa Suzuki A brown-haired, homeless man, he is the pilot of the Nova Rhino. Sakuya doesn't seem to care that he is homeless. Instead, he enjoys living his life the way. Sakuya is the first to use the original Dancouga's catchphrase "Yatte yaruze!", which catches on among the team before they learn its origin. He begins feeling inferior to the rest of the team as Nova Rhino's only function in Dancouga is the pivot foot, desires a super-strong special attack to make up for it. Johnny Bernet Voiced by: Yuuki Tai A blonde salaryman, he is the pilot of the Nova Elephant.
Johnny was a promising white-collar worker. He enjoys cooking, reads many men's magazines, giving him a wide and varied knowledge base. During their first mission, Sammy give him the nickname "Clark Kent". Johnny is the first to realize that the Dancouga teams seem to be selected based on the Japanese blood type personality theory - each team consists of an A, a B, an O, an AB. Tanaka Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara The commander of the Dancouga team, Tanaka is shown to know more than he lets on, but seems to genuinely care for the team's well-being, he gives the team their missions and answers their questions to the best of his ability - though all too the team is called into battle before he can give proper answers. Roo Riruri Voiced by: Saori Goto A 15-year-old psychiatrist and member of the Dancouga team, she displays a surprising level of maturity for someone her age. However, she becomes annoyed if her name is mispronounced, she cares for the team's mental health, like Tanaka, tries to answer their questions as best she can.
Her name and character traits seem to be a play on Ruri Hoshino from Martian Successor Nadesico, she makes a reference to this in one instance by saying something similar to Hoshino's favorite phrase. Sammy Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara The chief engineer in charge of Dancouga Nova, she has a flirty, playful personality and tells the team before each mission to look out for her "baby", it is revealed that she has brief, unfulfilling relationships, focuses on Dancouga as it, unlike a man, can't hurt her feelings. When Sakuya asked her for a private conversation shortly afterwards, she seemed surprised and interested - until it turned out that he only wanted to talk shop, annoying her greatly. Mister F. S. Voiced by: Kazuki Yao Also named Fog Sweeper, This mysterious, long-haired man is the overall commander of the Dancouga Nova project, he only communicates with Tanaka, but the Dancouga team meets him at a party in episode 6, in which he reveals that Dancouga is modeled after a legendary Super Robot that protected Earth from an inhuman threat.
Isabelle Cronkite Voiced by: Michiko Neya She is a Dancouga-obsessed reporter. She became a supporter of Dancouga. Ada Rossa Voiced by: Yuuko Gotou She is an Idol and love interest of Johnny Bernet, it is revealed that she is the pilot of R-Daigun. Dancouga Nova The Dancouga Nova is the unit developed for the Dancouga Nova Project, its appearance is the same as its predecessor, the Dancouga, other than the fact that the mecha get a newer design from the older models. The Dancouga Nova is a combination of four separate machines, which are the Nova Eagle, Nova Rhino, Nova Liger, the Nova Elephant. In which each of these mecha have three different transformations. Dancouga Nova's weaponry include an unnamed punch, loaded with energy, an array of
Yakitate!! Ja-pan is a manga series and illustrated by Takashi Hashiguchi, serialized in Shogakukan's Weekly Shōnen Sunday from January 16, 2002 to January 24, 2007; the manga has spanned 26 tankōbon volumes. An anime television series produced by Sunrise aired on TV Tokyo and other local stations from October 2004 to March 2006, with a total of 69 episodes; the manga series was licensed by Viz Media for North American distribution. The series won the 49th Shogakukan Manga Award for best shōnen manga in 2004; the story focuses on Kazuma Azuma, a boy on his quest to create "Ja-pan", a national bread for Japan itself. He heads to Tokyo to expand his horizons at the bread-making chain Pantasia; the title of this series itself is a play on words. Besides referring to the country of Japan, pan is the Japanese word for "bread". Ja-pan is a pun for this series; this mimics the style of the names of other varieties of bread in Japanese, such as "furansupan", "doitsupan", "itariapan", etc. The characters cook the bread using the power of their burning passion.
This mimics the legendary Kanjitake cooking style of Hokkaido Besides the desire to create his Ja-pan, Azuma possesses the legendary Solar Hands. These hands are warmer than normal human hand temperature, allow the dough to ferment faster; this gives him some advantage at the beginning of the series, but his innovation is his greater talent. Although the story has baking as its main theme, the parts that raise the most interest are the outrageous puns in the story. Notable are the "reaction" based puns made by the judges, who go to great lengths to prove a single point about the bread that they had tasted; the series in general pokes fun at the shōnen genre's tendency to be melodramatic over mundane tasks. Only a 5-week series, the manga version of Yakitate!! Japan was formally serialized due to the positive fan response. Yakitate!! Japan received comparatively widespread support across various age-groups with notable popularity within the bakery industry; the series was highly popular with the generation who grew up reading and watching the series Mister Ajikko.
Yakitate!! Japan managed to carry its popularity over to the anime version. A characteristic of the series is the usage and explanations of various technical terms employed in baking, thus providing the series with additional educational value. Another feature of the series is found in the reactions where some popular anime and manga series are parodied. What began as a pure cooking-themed manga, Yakitate!! Japan took on heavy "gag elements" by the end of its run; the story starts with Azuma's childhood ten years ago when he learned how to create a bread that tastes better than rice in order to prove his grandfather wrong. This is the initial arc where Azuma goes to the Pantasia Main Branch Store expecting to get a job only to discover that he has to compete for it in a series of exams. Azuma starts at a disadvantage as he loses all of the ten points he needs to avoid being disqualified, it is in this arc that Azuma meets Kyosuke Kawachi, Kuroyanagi Ryo, Tsukino Azusagawa and Kai Suwabara. Shortly after the competition and Kawachi get jobs at Pantasia's Southern Tokyo Branch store.
A few stories take place there as they meet Ken Matsushiro and Azuma competes against a skilled but pampered baker named Mokoyama. This story arc features a fierce tournament between all of the bakers that were hired by Pantasia that year; when Azuma and Kawachi learn about it, Kawachi declares Azuma his rival and begins intense physical training to gain artificial Solar Hands known as'Solar Gauntlets'. This arc reveals that there is a secret animosity between them. Kai returns and new ones are introduced as Kawachi enter the competition; the story climaxes in a bread battle between Harvard graduate Kanmuri and Azuma, with the latter winning the battle. The arc concludes with Kawachi tied. Azuma and Suwabara travel to Monaco to take part in an international bread competition which will determine the fate of the Pantasia franchise. There they meet Pierrot Bolneze, the clown judge, as well as the lion-headed King of Monaco, holding the competition. However, Yuuchi Kirisaki, owner of Pantasia's rival bakery chain St. Pierre, is bribing judges and pulling out all the stops to win, including trying to kill Team Japan on more than one occasion.
There is a subplot about Pierrot, an orphan looking for his true family. Yuuchi Kirisaki has challenged Pantasia to a final bread-making competition in the form of an Othello-like game for the fate of Pantasia; the Pantasia gang composed of Azuma and Kanmuri meet new opponents called the CMAP as well as a rematch with an old rival. There are ups and downs in the matches, the Southern Tokyo Branch face a number of matches, including CMAP's other members. Other Opponents are Suwabara and Monica, Mokoyama Tsuyoshi, Yukino Azusagawa and Meister Kirisaki. Kazuma Azuma A 16-year-old male protagonist, a bread artisan who dreams of making the perfect Japan, he doesn't seem bright (although he tu
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is a Japanese anime television series produced by Production I. G and based on Masamune Shirow's manga Ghost in the Shell, it was written and directed by Kenji Kamiyama, with original character design by Hajime Shimomura and a soundtrack by Yoko Kanno. The first season was positively received by critics. A second season, titled Ghost in the Shell: S. A. C. 2nd GIG, aired from January 2004 to January 2005. A third season titled Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 was formally announced in December 2018 and will be airing on Netflix in 2020; the series centers on the members of an elite law enforcement unit known as Public Security Section 9 as they investigate cybercrime and terrorism cases. A series of associated short comic animations, titled Tachikomatic Days, aired after each episode; these shorts star the Tachikoma "think-tanks" from the main series, they relate directly to the story of the preceding Stand Alone Complex episode. The first season was adapted into a feature-length OVA titled The Laughing Man, released in 2005.
The series had received video game spin-offs for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, mobile phones. 2nd GIG was later adapted into a feature-length OVA entitled Individual Eleven, released in 2006. Solid State Society, a TV-film sequel to the Stand Alone Complex series, was released in that year; the series takes place in the year 2030, where many people have become cyborgs with prosthetic bodies. Set in the fictional Japanese city of Niihama, Niihama Prefecture, the series follows the members of Public Security Section 9, a special-operations task-force made up of former military officers and police detectives. While the group investigates various crimes, both seasons feature ongoing investigations into two incidents that embroil the group in corruption within other branches of the Japanese government; the first season of Stand Alone Complex focuses on the Laughing Man incident, wherein a hacktivist reveals to the Major that he had discovered that several micromachine manufacturing corporations, in association with the Japanese government, suppressed information on an inexpensive cure to a debilitating cyberization disease in order to profit from the more expensive micromachine treatment.
Following this, he abducted one of the owners of the company and attempted to force him to reveal the truth on live television, resulting in the hacker live-hacking everyone's vision and cameras at the event to cover his face with the stylized laughing face logo that became synonymous with his image. His popularity spawned several genuine imitators, resulting in the series' titular Stand Alone Complex. After an investigation by the authorities causes him to resurface in the present, Section 9 discovers these companies and several Japanese politicians used the Laughing Man's image to garner public support and profit, they begin a campaign, spearheaded by Togusa and the Major, to disseminate the truth; this leads to the Cabinet labeling them as domestic terrorists and forcibly disbanding them, resulting in the capture of several members and the apparent death of Motoko Kusanagi. However, it is all a ruse to deceive the government, the alive and well members of Section 9 regroup to bring the micromachine corporations and corrupt politicians to justice, resulting in the dissolution of the current Japanese government.
The second season, 2nd GIG, set two years after the events of the first season, explores the political and social ramifications of the two world wars that took place prior to the events of the series. At the time of the Third and the Fourth World Wars, about three million Asians became refugees and were invited into Japan as a source of cheap labor; these "invited refugees", based on the reclaimed island of Dejima, soon became unemployed in the post-war period, their social unrest borders on outright war. Section 9's involvement in the refugee issue begins after they stop a hostage crisis caused by a terrorist group known as the Individual Eleven, after which newly elected Prime Minister Yoko Kayabuki reinstates the organization; the group seems to be modeling themselves after the May 15 Incident, where a group of naval officers assassinated the Prime Minister and gained the support of the public, hope to stir up the refugees' spirits by fighting for them against the Japanese government. The group comes into contact with Kazundo Goda, head of the Cabinet Intelligence Service, who gets assistance from the group in defusing several instances between the refugees as well as assisting him in transporting plutonium through Dejima, result in several failures and refugee deaths, further straining relations.
Section 9 discovers that Goda has been manipulating both events behind the scenes, leaking the social virus that creates the Individual Eleven ideology and creating a new Stand Alone Complex, as well as the intentional failures with the refugees. However, he cannot account for the charismatic Hideo Kuze who genuinely believes in the best for the refugees and helps rally for their independence from Japan. Throughout the investigation, Kusanagi discovers. Goda is found guilty of his part in the refugee incidents and killed before he can defect to the American Empire, but not before his ministrations result in the death of Kuze. In the film Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society, taking place two years following the resolution of the Individual Eleven incident, the Major has left Section 9, Togusa
Not to be confused with Kaiketsu ZorroKaiketsu Zorori is a popular Japanese children's book series created by Yutaka Hara and published by Poplar Publishing. The original books were made into an OVA, animated feature-length films and comic. Set in a parallel world inhabited by anthropomorphic animals, the story follows the protagonist, a fox named Zorori and his twin boar bandit apprentices Ishishi and Noshishi as they travel from place to place; the series debuted in 1987 with its first issue: Kaiketsu Zorori no Doragon Taiji and has published about two issues per year, totaling 50 issues as of December 2011. It was adapted into an anime series from February 1, 2004 to January 28, 2007. A Hong Kong produced English dubbed version by Red Angel Media aired on Cartoon Network Philippines on January 4, 2010; the dub featured the voices of Russell Wait as the title character, Candice Moore, Muriel Hofmann, Michael Pizzuto, Jack Murphy. Zorori was a villain for the series Hōrensō Man written by Shiho Mitsushima, when Hōrensō Man ended, Shiho Mitsushima understood the need to give it an independent spin-off.
What both series shared in common was that the end of Hōrensō Man no Yūreijō ties in with the beginning of Kaiketsu Zorori no Doragon Taiji and Zorori's aspiration, "Zorori Castle Part 2" is established. Another part is the reoccurring characters. However, knowing the background story of the Hōrensō Man series is not needed to be able to enjoy the Zorori series. Using clear patterns and lines, the characters would speak using speech bubbles more similar to comics than to picture books; the text and words would not use any difficult kanji or any furigana, instead using lower grade level words so that it can be read alone without needing any help. It features excessive puns and it is because of this that puns saw a boom in use in elementary school students. In spite of it being called a well read elementary school "children's book", it has an array of farting and vulgar words that sometimes parents and guardians in the PTA demanded apologies for it. Whenever Zorori is in a desperate situation and it appears he'll reach his demise, a fake notice is posted advising to skip the next page due to gruesome violence.
At the time of publication, The Zorori League and Stupid Monster were popular comedies among Japanese comedians for its use of Japanese jokes. Furthermore, the Spanish word for fox is "zorro", the author intended for Kaiketsu Zorori to resemble Zorro. Zorori / Voiced by: Kōichi Yamadera, he keeps traveling with the goal of becoming the King of Pranks, finding a beautiful bride, getting his own castle. Zorori's Apprentices Ishishi / Voiced by: Rikako Aikawa, he teaches different demons how to scare people. Monsters Dracula / Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara, she is a 2nd year student at the magic school. Resulting when she reads a book she calls for help of Zorori and he help her with that, she is Milly's younger sister. Najō / Voiced by: Junko Iwao, Rikako Aikawa, Motoko Kumai, Satomi Arai, Tomoe Hanba The Wizard Kōmorigasa / Voiced by: Akiko Kawase A bat the wizard combined with an umbrella. Kabankaba / Voiced by: Shōko Tsuda A hippo the wizard combined with a bag. In the 1993 movie, the hippo was female in the anime series.
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Hunter × Hunter
Hunter × Hunter is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Togashi. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine since March 16, 1998, although the manga has gone on extended hiatuses since 2006; as of October 2018, 380 chapters have been collected into 36 volumes by Shueisha. The story focuses on a young boy named Gon Freecss, who discovers that his father, who he was told had left him at a young age, is a world renowned Hunter, a licensed profession for those who specialize in, but are not limited to, fantastic pursuits such as locating rare or unidentified animal species, treasure hunting, surveying unexplored enclaves, or hunting down lawless individuals. In short, being a hunter is the same as being a professional while being able to utilize the power system within the anime called Nen. Despite being abandoned by his father, Gon departs upon a journey to follow in his footsteps, pass the rigorous Hunter Examination, find his father. Along the way, Gon meets various other Hunters, including main cast members Kurapika and Killua, encounters the paranormal.
The original inspiration for the manga came from Togashi's own collecting hobby. In 1999, Hunter × Hunter was adapted into a 62-episode anime television series produced by Nippon Animation and directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi; the show premiered on Japan's Fuji TV and ran until 2001. Three separate original video animations totaling 30 episodes were subsequently produced by Nippon Animation and released in Japan from 2002 to 2004. A second anime television series by Madhouse aired on Nippon Television from October 2011 to September 2014 totaling 148 episodes, with two animated theatrical films released in 2013. There are numerous audio albums, video games and other media based on Hunter × Hunter; the manga has been translated into English and released in North America by Viz Media since April 2005. Both television series were licensed by Viz, with the first series having aired on the Funimation Channel in 2009 and the second series premiering on Adult Swim's Toonami block since April 16, 2016. Hunter × Hunter has been a huge critical and financial success and has become one of Shueisha's best-selling manga series, having sold 72 million copies in Japan alone as of 2018.
Hunters are licensed, elite members of humanity who are capable of tracking down secret treasures, rare beasts, or other individuals. They can access locations that regulars cannot access. To obtain a license one must pass the rigorous annual Hunter Examination run by the Hunter Association, which has a success rate of less than one in a hundred-thousand. A Hunter may be awarded up to three stars. There are four basic Nen techniques. Nen users are classified into six types based on their Hatsu abilities. A Nen user can enter into a Contract whereby pledging to follow certain Limitations, their abilities are strengthened in relation to how strict they are. An example of this is Kurapika who, in order to have an unbreakable chain that will hold members of the Phantom Troupe no matter what, offered his life should he use it on anyone other than its members; the story follows a young boy named Gon Freecss, told all his life that both his parents were dead. But when he learns from Kite, an apprentice of his father Ging Freecss, that he is still alive and has since become an accomplished Hunter, Gon leaves his home on Whale Island to take the Hunter Examination in order to become a Hunter like him.
During the exam, Gon meets and soon befriends three of the other applicants: Kurapika, the last remaining member of the Kurta clan who wishes to become a Hunter in order to avenge his clan and recover their scarlet-glowing eyes that were plucked from their corpses by a band of thieves known as the Phantom Troupe. Among many other examinees, Gon continuously encounters Hisoka, a mysterious and deadly transmuter who takes an interest in him. After passing by many trials together and his friends end up passing the exam except for Killua, who fails after killing another applicant due to being controlled by his brother and runs away to his family's estate in shame. After Gon and the others convince Killua to rejoin their side and Kurapika depart temporarily for their own personal reasons, while Gon and Killua set for the He
Naruto is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. It tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja who searches for recognition from his peers and dreams of becoming the Hokage, the leader of his village; the story is in two parts, the first set in Naruto's pre-teen years, the second in his teens. The series is based on two one-shot manga by Kishimoto: Karakuri, which earned Kishimoto an honorable mention in Shueisha's monthly Hop Step Award the following year, Naruto. Naruto was serialized in Shueisha's magazine, Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1999 to 2014, released in tankōbon form in 72 volumes; the manga was adapted into an anime television series produced by Studio Pierrot and Aniplex, which broadcast 220 episodes in Japan from 2002 to 2007. Naruto: Shippuden, a sequel to the original series, premiered in Japan in 2007, ended in 2017, after 500 episodes; the English adaptation was broadcast on Disney XD from 2009 to 2011, switched to Adult Swim's Toonami block in January 2014.
Besides the anime series, Studio Pierrot has developed eleven movies and eleven original video animations. Other Naruto-related merchandise includes light novels, video games, trading cards developed by several companies. Viz Media licensed the manga and anime for North American production and serialized Naruto in their digital Weekly Shonen Jump magazine; the anime series began airing in the United States and Canada in 2005, in the United Kingdom and Australia in 2006 and 2007, respectively. The films and most OVAs from the series were released by Viz, with the first film premiering in movie theaters. Viz Media began streaming the two anime series on their streaming service Neon Alley in December 2012; the story of Naruto continues with Naruto's son, Boruto Uzumaki, in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations: Boruto wishes to create his own ninja way instead of following his father's. Naruto is the third best-selling manga series in history, selling 235 million copies worldwide in 35 countries, it has become one of Viz Media's best-selling manga series.
Reviewers praised the manga's character development, strong storylines, well-executed fight scenes, though some felt the fight scenes slowed the story down. Critics noted that the manga, which has a coming-of-age theme, makes use of cultural references from Japanese mythology and Confucianism. A powerful fox known as the Nine-Tails attacks Konoha, the hidden leaf village in the Land of Fire, one of the Five Great Shinobi Countries in the Ninja World. In response, the leader of Konoha, the Fourth Hokage, seals the fox inside the body of his newborn son, Naruto Uzumaki, making Naruto a host of the beast. Naruto is ridiculed by the Konoha villagers for being the host of the Nine-Tails; because of a decree made by the Third Hokage forbidding anyone to mention these events, Naruto knows nothing about the Nine-Tails until 12 years when Mizuki, a renegade ninja, reveals the truth to Naruto. Naruto defeats Mizuki in combat, earning the respect of his teacher Iruka Umino. Shortly afterwards, Naruto becomes a ninja and joins with Sasuke Uchiha, against whom he competes, Sakura Haruno, on whom he has a crush, to form Team 7, under an experienced sensei, the elite ninja Kakashi Hatake.
Like all the ninja teams from every village, Team 7 completes missions requested by the villagers, ranging from doing chores and being bodyguards to performing assassinations. After several missions, including a major one in the Land of Waves, Kakashi allows Team 7 to take a ninja exam, enabling them to advance to a higher rank and take on more difficult missions, known as Chunin Exams. During the exams, Orochimaru, a wanted criminal, invades Konoha and kills the Third Hokage for revenge. Jiraiya, one of the three legendary ninjas, declines the title of Fifth Hokage and searches with Naruto for Tsunade whom he chooses to become Fifth Hokage instead. During the search, it is revealed that Orochimaru wishes to train Sasuke because of his powerful genetic heritage, the Sharingan. After Sasuke attempts and fails to kill his older brother Itachi when he showed up in Konoha to kidnap Naruto, he joins Orochimaru, hoping to gain from him the strength needed to kill Itachi; the story takes a turn when Sasuke leaves the Konoha village and when Tsunade finds out, she sends a group of ninja, including Naruto, to retrieve Sasuke, but Naruto is unable to persuade or force him to come back.
Naruto and Sakura do not give up on Sasuke: Naruto leaves Konoha to receive training from Jiraiya to prepare himself for the next time he encounters Sasuke, while Sakura becomes Tsunade's apprentice. Two and a half years Naruto returns from his training with Jiraiya; the Akatsuki starts kidnapping the hosts of the powerful Tailed Beasts. Team 7 and other Leaf ninja fight against search for their teammate Sasuke; the Akatsuki succeeds in capturing and extracting seven of the Tailed Beasts, killing all the hosts except Gaara, now the Kazekage. Meanwhile, Sasuke faces Itachi to take revenge. After Itachi dies in battle, Sasuke learns from the Akatsuki founder Tobi that Itachi received an order from Konoha's superiors to destroy his clan to prevent a coup, he accepted it on the condition. Saddened by this revelation, Sasuke joins the Akatsuki to destroy Konoha in revenge; as Konoha ninjas defeat several Akatsuki members, the Akatsuki figurehead le
Initial D is a Japanese street racing manga series written and illustrated by Shuichi Shigeno. It was serialized in Weekly Young Magazine from 1995 to 2013, with the chapters collected into 48 tankōbon volumes by Kodansha; the story focuses on the world of illegal Japanese street racing, where all the action is concentrated in the mountain passes and in cities or urban areas, with the drifting racing style emphasized in particular. Professional race car driver and pioneer of drifting Keiichi Tsuchiya helped with editorial supervision; the story is centered on the prefecture of Gunma, more on several mountains in the Kantō region and in their surrounding cities and towns. Although some of the names of the locations the characters race in have been fictionalized, all of the locations in the series are based on actual locations in Japan. Initial D has been adapted into several anime television and original video animations series by OB Studio Comet, Studio Gallop, Pastel, A. C. G. T and SynergySP.
A live action film by Avex and Media Asia was released in 2005. Both the manga and anime series were licensed for English-language distribution in North America by Tokyopop, the anime license has since been picked up by Funimation, while the manga is no longer available in English; the story is about 18 year old Takumi Fujiwara, an average high school kid. His father, Bunta Fujiwara, owns Takumi is the delivery boy, he uses his father's Panda 1985 Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT Apex AE86 to do the deliveries. Takumi hated driving; the deliveries train his extraordinary driving skills. His friends learn about his skills, introduce Takumi into the world of Touge racing. Takumi loves street racing, driving altogether, he has only one priority: To become the best driver in the Gunma Prefecture; the protagonist, Takumi Fujiwara, is a gas station attendant working with his friend Itsuki to buy a car, which they plan to drift on the twisting roads surrounding nearby Mount Akina. Unbeknownst to his colleagues, Takumi moonlights as a tofu delivery driver for his father's store before sunrise each morning, passively building an impressive amount of skill behind the wheel of the family car, an aging Toyota Sprinter Trueno.
Shortly after the story begins, the Red Suns, an amateur racing team from Mount Akagi led by Ryosuke Takahashi, challenge the local Speedstars team to a set of races on Mount Akina. Dispirited after watching the Red Suns' superior performance during a practice run, the Speedstars expect to lose; that night, the Red Suns' #2 driver, Keisuke Takahashi, heading home after the last practice run, is defeated soundly by a mysterious Sprinter Trueno, despite driving a much more powerful Mazda RX-7. An investigation into the identity of the driver leads to Takumi's father; the Speedstars beg Bunta to help them defeat the Red Suns, he refuses relenting to "maybe" show up at the race. At the same time, Takumi asks Bunta if he can borrow the car for a day to take a trip to the beach with a potential girlfriend, Bunta seizes the moment by granting permission on the condition that Takumi defeats Keisuke. On the night of the race, the Trueno does not show up, the Speedstars enlist a backup driver for the first run.
At the last moment before the race starts, the AE86 arrives. Takumi steps out of the car to the bewilderment of the Speedstars, he defeats Keisuke by utilizing a dangerous "Gutter run" technique on the mountain road's hairpin corners. The Red Suns' embarrassing defeat sets up the plot for the rest of the series: drivers from neighboring prefectures come to challenge Takumi and the "Legendary Eight-Six of Akina" and thus prove themselves as racers; the plot moves away from Mount Akina as Takumi becomes bored with racing on that road. He joins an experimental racing team formed by the disbanded Red Suns and challenges more difficult opponents on their home courses in the pursuit of his dream to be "the fastest driver out there". Initial D manga Japanese release: 48 Volumes Initial D manga Tokyopop release: 33 Volumes The first Initial D volume was released in Japan on November 6, 1995 and concluded on July 29, 2013; the manga has been translated into Chinese and English over its publication run.
As of 2013, 48 volumes have been published. The manga and anime were licensed for English releases in North America by Tokyopop; the company changed the names of the characters in the anime edition, subsequently changed them in the manga to match. These name changes were to reflect the name changes that Sega implemented into the western releases of the Initial D A Stage video games due to name length limits. Tokyopop cut out a character's enjo kōsai relationship with another and edited sex scenes, appearing in volumes 1 and 9 in the original manga. In addition, "street slang" was interlaced in translations; the manga had some translation errors. One example was the technical term "Wastegate", translated as "West Gate". Another was an inaccurate explanation of. Many of the explanations of automotive design an