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  • Actors: Joel McDonald, Brina Palencia, Eric Vale, Colleen Clinkenbeard
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.75:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: October 11, 2011
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005DEUF0I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,036 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Takumi’s nights working as the delivery boy for his dad’s tofu shop have turned him into one of those most formidable drivers around. Behind the wheel of his modified Eight-Six, he’s one with the road – and his life shifts into high gear when the underground street racing world takes notice. Local legend Keisuke, a member of the infamous RedSuns racing team, wants to take Takumi on. He’s not alone; drivers from across the region are lining up for a shot at the new guy. One challenger after the next, Takumi schools the competition with his amazing drifting technique and downhill expertise. But it’s not enough to rack up the victories – Takumi’s out to prove he’s the best.

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Really cool show I recommend this series.
nino valencia ochoa
It seemed the Funimation dialogue more closely matched the scene.
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The graphics and story line are simple but its still awesome.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey R. Mangibin on April 21, 2013
Back in the mid-2000s, Initial D was already an established property that many anime fans and car enthusiasts loved (including myself). With that much popularity circulating, it was only a matter of time before the US localized it and presented it to America.

So... US anime/manga distributor Tokyopop licensed the distribution rights to the Initial D anime as well as the manga it was based on.

In their attempt at creating an experience that could appeal to a wider audience, Toykopop did things that are totally unacceptable in today's US anime market.

* Names were changed/altered
* The original true-to-life car sounds were replaced with generic sound effects
* The Super Eurobeat soundtrack (a trait the series had become known for) was removed in favor of generic rap/rock music
* The computer-generated race sequences were given added "special effects" (this was the most questionable edit they made and still baffles me)
* A simplified translation that lost almost ALL the racing technicality in the process

Tokyopop tried to justify these edits by including the original Japanese versions of the episodes in the discs they had. But... the fans had spoken. The localization treatment Tokyopop gave to Initial D was horrible.

As time passed... it seemed like the US would never see Initial D in proper English. That is until Tokyopop lost the rights in 2008 and Funimation picked it up.

Now that the history lesson is over, it's onto the actual review :)

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The first thing you'll notice about the Funimation version is that the original audio and soundtrack of the show has been kept in tact.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chuck_ on June 3, 2013
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Finally! An acceptable version on Initial D for our shores. I had the tokyopop version and refused to watch it in english, as it was that bad. Picked this up and the quality of every piece seems better.

If you buy this, but the other stages at the same time, as you will want them. Now i no longer need to wathc my bootleg fansubs and can watch somehting with GOOD subtitles and GOOD quality.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kadzait on January 11, 2013
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I love this anime and it is well worth the price I paid. I've never seen any other anime like it as it focuses almost completely on drift racing and makes it fun and interesting. At the decent price point I'd highly recommend giving it a try or if you can stream it online I would definitely encourage you to give it a try. I will say that normally I don't go for anime anything like this, I usually go for more like GitS or Darker than Black but I love this so even if you don't think you'll care for it I'd at least recommend giving it a try if you can stream it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By That1BlkGuy on March 30, 2013
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Very interesting anime with enough details to satisfy gear heads and in nice CGI graphics (i believe it was) for the time. Awesome story as well I'd say if they don't have all the season (1-4 currently) on Blu-ray which is what i was looking for pick up one through four on DVD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zachary on March 15, 2013
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Love this series. The graphics and story line are simple but its still awesome. Its a really good deal, you get the whole first season with english and jap languages and english subtitles, for cheap.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gloria Gonzalez on January 18, 2013
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got all the SAVE initial D stages and like my heading states, its great for the price. I wanted to get the complete series and this was perfect for me, very affordable and the quality is not bad.
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I can't help it. I'm a grown man, but this show about a bunch of teenagers in Japan racing cars on moutain passes is one of the best combinations of cheezy teen drama, spaghetti western, and sunday afternoon motorsports show around. You can't help but root for the main character (Takumi Fujiwara) and his friends as they learn about life, love, and racing cars. As long as you're not taking the series too seriously, it's a lot of fun. This box set is a great value. The english overdubs are excellent for this version, and most of the technical explanations and jargon are correct. Sit back and enjoy the exploits of a boy and his car. Long live the 86!
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I love that one of my favorite anime series is now in a budget-priced boxed set. Great series - it'll make a car fan off you if you aren't already. Beyond fantastic music - the Japanese band M.O.V.E does all the opening and endings songs (through Fourth Stage at least) and the eurobeat music during the race scenes really enhances the action. Great item and great service from the seller. Two thumbs up from me.
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