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I wanted some thoughts on this series. I know I will have to watch the japanese version to get the "legit" show. How is the animation/CG, the story and the characters? How are the races?
Has what's been released have a good or solid ending or is it just left open?
02-28-2006, 01:15 AM
While from knowing alot about Initial D but going to start watching it..But not seeing the whole series..I can tell you this.If you like racing/cars you will enjoy this.But other than that the plot isnt the most exciting but the races are its greatness.The cgi seems out of places and bad at some times with the bad character designs but its no big deal.Oh and dont forget the Eurobeat OST /images/graemlins/sdsmiley.gif
Theres alot of hardcore initial D fans for sure that will tell you to watch it.
02-28-2006, 02:12 AM
I saw a few episodes a while back it was ok race wise but not much that I could see other than that. Basically unless your a hardcore racing fan id recommend renting it at most.
02-28-2006, 02:26 AM
I disagree with the other 2. I have absolutely no interest in racing in general (though I love sports anime), but I loved Initial D. The characters really worked for me, and I found myself cheering and sitting on the edge of my seat for several races to see how it would be pulled off.
In that way, it's similar to Fighting Spirit - I'm not into boxing, but that anime just manages to present it in such a way that it's really interesting all of a sudden. So, for me, the same with Initial D. If you like Sports anime, give it a chance. The only annoying thing is that Tokyopop doesn't seem to have licensed the movie Third Stage that sort of ends the first big plotline, sigh.
02-28-2006, 03:36 AM
First off, you definitely need to avoid the "tricked out" English language version like you said.
With that out of the way, to answer your other question, the CG in the First Stage (Tokyopop DVD's 1-9) is pretty bad, especially if you've seen the 4th Stage. In the Second Stage (TP DVD's 9-13) and the Extra Stage (DVD 14) there is a noticeable increase in the animation budget for the characters and the CG gets better but still not perfect.
The story and characters surprisingly don't take a back seat to the action. It starts off simply enough but at it's heart, Initial D is a series of love stories and each stage has so far ended on, or included, a romance with one of the characters. It's also about growing up and in that way would qualify in some ways as a "slice of life" anime.
The races are brilliant. In the First Stage, Takumi comes up against some very unique racers and challanges and I can assure you it's not a case of Takumi easily winning every race - yes, he wins a lot but there is always the risk of defeat and he is aware that there are always people better than him ready to take his legendary status away from him.
As for endings, the end of the First Stage (eps 1-26) and Second Stage (eps 27-39) are semi-conclusive in that they effectively tie up their little arcs, but at the same time Takumi is always filled with resolve to progress which just keeps you wanting more and more.
Overall, Initial D is only beaten to my favourite anime by Evangelion and in terms of sheer fun, it would easily be number one.
Give it a go - it's really cheap (but the 3 eps per disk are a killer!) and see what you think.
EDIT: Oh yeah, and don't forget the music! God damn, the music! Eurobeat all the way. I guarantee that unless you're a corpse you'll have goosebumps watching intense races when the music kicks in.
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