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Initial D: First Stage, Part One

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  • Actors: Joel McDonald, Brina Palencia, Eric Vale
  • Directors: Joel McDonald, Colleen Clinkenbeard
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: September 21, 2010
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,247 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Classic Racing Anime Reborn and Redubbed!

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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scott on May 18, 2011
Hey, I bought all of the new Initial D dvds from Funimation including the original ones from Tokyopop. The original Tokyopop dub only went to the end of the 2nd Stage and with these new Funimation dubs, you get to see the whole show from 1st Stage to 4th Stage if you buy them all. The aspect ratio is 4:3 and you have your choice of English or Japanese language. The Tokyopop dub is not on here. Just the new Funimation one. But you do get to hear the original Euro Beat music and the original sound effects of the cars. The video is also not tampered with and you see the original Japanese openings and endings. The dubbing sounds pretty similar to the Tokyopop one if you've already seen it. Obviously they're not the same actors but it's not bad. Starting off, this anime is kind of old. It's from the 90's and CG wasn't the best back then and animation was experimenting. But it does get better over time.
The plot is about a high schooler in Japan who gets thrown into racing against street racers, who race up and down mountain passes illegally. The show follows this boy as he beats the various high end racers in his old car versus their new cars. One of the main plot points is whether skill and knowledge beat the make of a car. The show starts off a little slow but once the racing starts, it gets quite addictive.
The show itself is pretty well done. The only things I would have to say that bother me are the actual dvds themselves. The aspect ratios aren't consistent between the stages. Of course I know the later ones are supposed to be 16:9, but they are in a 4:3 screen which makes the video surrounded by black. I also noticed a minor dubbing error or something but at the end of episode 23. Itsuki and Takumi are sitting next to the 86 and there's a lot of silence.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam on August 14, 2011
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This really is the best racing anime you'll find. The effects are just corny enough to be entertaining to watch, and the plot's just as great as the racing scenes.
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