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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: C-
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: TOKYOPOP
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 240
  • ISBN: 1-59182-465-6
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Initial D Vol. #16

By Jarred Pine     May 10, 2006
Release Date: February 14, 2006


Initial D Vol.#16
© TOKYOPOP


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Shuichi Shigeno
Translated by:Dan Papia
Adapted by:

What They Say
While the Fujiwara Tofu Trueno emerges victorious over Kai and his MR-2, Natalie can only think of Tak drifting. Although Tak is feeling betrayed, Natalie is trying her best to get Tak to warm up to her again.

When Miki tries to get back with Natalie, Tak steps up to protect her dignity. Miki won't go down without a battle - it's Toyota Celica Vs. the Toyota Trueno. Whoever comes out on top will get the girl!

The Review
While the volume does contain two short car races as bookends, the story in this installment is more focused around mending the relationship between Takumi and Natsuki. With graduation right around the corner, the students begin to contemplate their futures, making sure they leave with no regrets. For Natsuki, that means patching things up with Takumi; even if she has to get a job at the gas station where Takumi works! It's Christmas, the snow is in the air, and romance is on the minds of everyone. But what will happen when one of Natsuki's old flames comes back into town to stir up trouble?

For the first time, I feel like Natsuki has a personality. She's bubbly, quick-witted, and cares for Takumi quite a bit. She really shines during the meeting with Bunta during their Christmas feast over drinks and cake. Takumi of course is still stubborn and gives Natsuki the cold shoulder, which is understandable, but he will have to step up to the plate and let his feelings known when the ex comes back into town. While Initial D is a manga about racing battles, the battle here is between Takumi and Natsuki. It's nice to see some character development take place off of the mountain tracks.

TOKYOPOP's production continues to be frustrating, but I thought the script was a little less "creative" this time around. Included with this volume is a 2 page free-talk segment from Shigeno in manga format that is quite funny.

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