Worst of all, though, it removed the series' signature Eurobeat soundtrack, instead replacing it with some awful rap music. Ultimately, it looks better than the original and the new Japanese cast is superb but, stuffing this entire introduction into just 50 minutes delivers something worse than the original. We'll all have to wait to see what kind of design overhaul the titular blue hedg. It changed the characters' names to English names or silly nicknames, cut out adult content, and delivered a horrendously bad dub. It is the go-to street racing manga and anime series. The result is an interesting example of the ups and downs of remaking a title so deeply steeped in its particular time and place. Deb digs in, with some commentary from industry pros.
At least this could get viewers on the track to the original and there are still two movies yet to come. If I were to introduce Initial D to a new viewer, this is probably the version I'd use. As previously mentioned, the film features a prominent J-Rock soundtrack, replacing the iconic eurobeat sound, which could potentially upset some fans, but I personally loved, backed up by a solid score by Akio Dobashi. Even if you don't really care about cars beyond their use in action scenes, the attention to detail and consistency of tone should still make this movie a more immersive experience. When a team of popular racers, known as the Akagi Red Suns, come to the sleepy town of Akina, they expect to stomp the local enthusiast racers under their feet, especially when it comes to their leaders, the Takahashi brothers, Keisuke and Ryosuke.
This release undoes almost everything Tokyopop does wrong and improves on the original Japanese first season, too, with some improved art. The rest of the art is done by Liden films, which manages to capture the '90s anime aesthetic while still delivering some quality looking art. Nick and Steve find out if this mobile game adaptation lives up to its hype. Streaming availability is a little spotty for this show, with seasons one, two, and the more recent Hallow sequel on and season one also on. Copyright Robert's Anime Corner tm. Our driving rivals Takumi and Keisuke come across as plastic cutouts, locked behind their wheels in a depressing monotone of characterisation.
When Keisuke decides to check out the route late one night, though, he gets left in the dust of a certain Eight-Six. Both seasons are available on and , and season one is also available on. Crunchyroll showcased the first episode of the new anime adaptation at Crunchyroll Expo last year, and. That nerdy enthusiasm comes through in the trivia-laden dialogue, the way each car is matched to its driver's personality, and the tricks and techniques used in the races. The sound effects are something else and then some, and the beefier the sound system you have, the better.
The mix sounds superb for both tracks, really revving up the engines, but keeping the dialogue clear. High school student Takumi Fujiwara works as a gas station attendant during the day and a delivery boy for his father's tofu shop during late nights. Awakening often has to tell the viewer about different characters' personalities instead of letting those traits come through in their actions. The bonus feature front is rather lacking, however - just a trailer for the second movie, along with a handful of trailers for other upcoming titles. .
Shelf Life Reviews is one of those shows that's been referenced and parodied often enough that an anime fan could conceivably have a solid idea of what it's about without ever actually watching it. It's always great when classic series receive new anime adaptations. He would have his son deliver tofu using his Eight-Six every day, forcing Takumi to learn how to drive the downhill slopes perfectly, keeping the car steady to stop the tofu from separating and also keeping the speed up to keep the customers happy. This 60-minute-long release is barebones coming with only a preview of the next film and additional trailers, but genre fans should love it anyway. In the case of Initial D, though, there are plenty of wrongs to right in the West. Although intense enough as it is, having something riding on the race would have further amplified the tension in these scenes. In the same year, the first of a trilogy of films was released, re-telling the start of the long-running story.
The downside is that the brisk pace leads to less natural character development. In recreating the first story arc of the original series, Awakening thankfully retains one of the most important parts of its source material. If you'd like to show off your anime collection, send me your photos at! Initial D Legend 1: Awakening resurrects the classic drift racing anime series Initial D with the first of a trilogy of movies that gearheads are sure to love. Anyone into cars will love the detail in the design of the automobiles and the kinetic energy captured in the animation. The stakes for Takumi are incredibly low in this story arc; he wants to borrow his dad's car for a date, and his dad will only let him have it if he can beat Keisuke in a race. Rebecca Silverman has the details.
Telling the real ending to a story is just one example, instead of the adapted one made for the anime because the manga hadn't finished yet, or just adding some much needed visual improvements. The romance as a whole is very lazily handled, being the most trite and groan-worthy part of the film. There are also a few flaws that are less unique to Awakening and more inherited from the source material. It should have at least been included as an optional dub track; the races would feel much more authentic with Heartbeat or Night of Fire. No Shelf Obsessed entry this week. Something fantastical set in an alternate universe, with heroes straight out of my favourite stories? Before long, Fujiwara finds himself hooked in to a nighttime downhill run of the mountain trail, battling fellow driver Keisuke Takahashi.
Initial D has always had an obsessive eye for technical details and a heart-on-sleeve reverence for performance cars. The 2-D animation is also a significant step up, and the visual direction uses those newfound resources to pull off some very cool shots during the driving sequences. You know a series is good when the thought of not having new episodes to watch makes you feel a little bit sad. There are, of course, the odd occurrences of disasters like Berserk that manage to be even worse than the original. The staff behind the animated adaptation of Aneko Yusagi's popular isekai fantasy novel series discusses their work on the show. There's the Riot Games walkout to protest the company's awful policies on reporting harassment in the workplace, there's the allegations of human refuse pile Randy Pitchford stiffing money and getting physically abusive wit. Awakening condenses what was a five-episode arc in the old series down to about an hour, which is a much more reasonable task than the full season compilations that we often see these days.