The BEST Episodes of Initial D

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 15, 2019

Network: Fuji TV

Takumi Fujiwara is the son of the owner of a local tofu shop. At night, Fujiwara gets in his souped up AE86 Sprinter Trueno (AE86 Corolla GT-APEX) and races on the seldom-used Japanese mountain roads. One night, the Akagi Red Suns team, a racing club, challenges the Akina Speed Stars to a race on the mountain where Fujiwara lives. Keisuke, one of the leaders of the Red Suns, races his legendary Mazda RX-7 - only to be beaten by the mysterious Fujiwara.

Project Dream

#1 - Project Dream

Season 6 - Episode 4

The intense downhill battle between the two drivers are reaching an end, as Takumi and Shinji race to their absolute limits. As this battle comes to a close, and the reign of Project D finally ends, the true meaning behind the "D" will be revealed. As the characters go on different paths, Takumi's passion to be "the fastest one out there" will never end.

star 9.23
26 votes
Writers: Mitsuo Hashimoto
Dangerous Scent

#2 - Dangerous Scent

Season 6 - Episode 3

Both drivers are equally strong, towards the middle of the race. They face a battle of gaining the lead.

star 9.05
22 votes
Writers: Naruse Takahashi
New Downhill Legend

#3 - New Downhill Legend

Season 1 - Episode 26

The race continues and concludes between the undefeated Ryosuke and Takumi. With Ry leading the entire race, it will come down to whoever can come out of the last curve ahead. Despite the outcome, people all around Gunma know that this is a race not to miss.

star 8.93
44 votes
Writers: Hiroshi Toda, Bob Buchholz
Conclusion! Extreme Hill Climb

#4 - Conclusion! Extreme Hill Climb

Season 5 - Episode 14

The intense hill climb battle between Keisuke and Go Hojo is coming to the end of second round. Keisuke engages in attack mode and Go Hojo starts to get tense. Meanwhile, Shinji Inui has revealed to especially Mako and Sayuki, who has been with him, that he would be the racer of the downhill battle against Takumi.

star 8.92
25 votes
Writers: Mitsuo Hashimoto
Full Stop

#5 - Full Stop

Season 5 - Episode 10

As the battle get more dangerous, several confessions come into play that create the full picture behind the feud between Ryosuke and Rin, and how Rin's actions played a huge part in Kaori's suicide. But as they approach the end of the track, Rin's tires and brakes are completely shot, turning his R32 into an unstoppable weapon. What's going to happen, and can Ryosuke escape?!

star 8.86
22 votes
Writers: Naruse Takahashi
Eight-Six vs. Eight-Six

#6 - Eight-Six vs. Eight-Six

Season 2 - Episode 12

Fujiwara is about to experience a completely different type of racer within Wataru’s own Eight-Six, in a treacherous mountain pass consisted of mixed elevations, rusting guardrails, unexpected traps and aging rough pavements. As Takumi presses down the accelerator, the true nature of the Eight-Six’s new hidden weapon emerges in it’s monstrous raw performance.

star 8.79
24 votes

#7 - Shinigami

Season 5 - Episode 9

The destined battle between Ryosuke and Rin 'Shinigami' Hojo has begun, over a girl named Kaori. As the race progresses on, the story of Ryosuke, Hojo and Kaori is revealed. And as Ikeda of Spiral Zero spectates the race from behind, it's obvious that this race of fate has quickly risen well beyond dangerous.

star 8.74
23 votes
Writers: Katuyuki Kodera
Mind of Nothing (Zero)

#8 - Mind of Nothing (Zero)

Season 5 - Episode 7

Keisuke's next opponent in Kanagawa's Four Lines of Defense is the leader of Team Spiral, Ryuji "Zero" Ikeda. Ikeda believes in his "Zero Theory", where the driver thinks of nothing except being one with the car to create the ultimate racer. Quite similar to Ryosuke's Fastest Racer Theory, Ryosuke also notices a few flaws in Ikeda's theory. A flaw that would arise as the wet conditions create a fog battle.

star 8.71
21 votes
Writers: Katuyuki Kodera
In the Changing Seasons

#9 - In the Changing Seasons

Season 2 - Episode 13

The battle between the two Eight-Sixes have met Wataru’s satisfaction much higher than he expected, but he plans to decide the outcome of this battle with the judgement of the human body’s limitations. Takumi soon realizes he is losing grip of his pace. After the battle, a series of revelations take place among all the characters in preparation to what’s coming next.

star 8.71
28 votes
The Strongest Enemy

#10 - The Strongest Enemy

Season 6 - Episode 2

Takumi and Shinji continue with their match with Takumi, still bewildered by Shinji, starts to focus. But suddenly, Shinji allows Takumi to pass, which disturbs Takumi even more. Even Kubo is utterly disheartened by the turn of events, but both Go and Ryosuke believe this was inevitable, creating a suitable conclusion to Project D's expeditions.

star 8.68
19 votes
Writers: Mitsuo Hashimoto
Endless Challenge

#11 - Endless Challenge

Season 4 - Episode 24

The dramatic conclusion between the Eight-Six and S2000 is at hand…or is it? Now that Godhand has gotten serious, how will Takumi compensate into winning, or worse…how will the Eight-Six hold itself together if risky maneuvers are the only way to success?!

star 8.68
22 votes
Endless Battle

#12 - Endless Battle

Season 4 - Episode 23

The battle between Takumi’s Eight-Six and Toshiro’s S2000 has become a battle of the best endurance. Yet Ryosuke suspects that something isn’t right about the battle, rather he finds out late on what has just happened. Now that the battle has stretched for far too long, Godhand gets serious and shows off his true driving skills when he is at the peak of his full potential.

star 8.67
21 votes
Dead Line

#13 - Dead Line

Season 5 - Episode 3

As the first battle winds down, the downhill between Takumi’s Eight-Six and Omiya’s NB8C Roadster begins. As both cars reach their limits, the control of the drivers will determine the outcome. Against Omiya’s miraculous car control, will Takumi be able to win? Another factor will come into play.

star 8.61
23 votes
Writers: Rei Mano
Full Stop (Continued)

#14 - Full Stop (Continued)

Season 5 - Episode 11

As the out-of-control FC and R32 hurtles down the mountain, only a miracle can stop these two missiles from spectacularly crashing! Meanwhile, Project D prepares for their last battle of Kanagawa against the secretive Team Sidewinder. That is, until the SpeedStars find out that Takumi’s opponent will be an Eight-Six.

star 8.60
20 votes
Writers: Naruse Takahashi
Full Speed! Downhill Battle

#15 - Full Speed! Downhill Battle

Season 4 - Episode 2

Act 2 is mostly the downhill battle featuring Takumi VS Tohru.The race between the AE86 and the Miata is a very close one with Tohru's Miata leading in a leader/chaser style battle that is at least until Takumi finds a way to take a extreme inside line over the open mountain gutters leading him to victory and leading Tohru into trying to go over the gutters himself only to end up crashing and thus handing victory over to Project D.

star 8.58
26 votes
Directors: Tsuneo Tominaga
Fujiwara Zone

#16 - Fujiwara Zone

Season 5 - Episode 5

As the battle heats up, both Takumi and Kai both use all of their ability, and then some, to battle for the win. In the next battle, Keisuke puts his new accelerator techniques to the test against Minagawa's Supra. But as Ryosuke explains, there is another purpose of this training that would allow him to beat the "super-orthodox" pro racer.

star 8.57
21 votes
Writers: Katuyuki Kodera
Encounter of Destiny

#17 - Encounter of Destiny

Season 5 - Episode 1

Following their narrow victory against Purple Shadow, Project D's reputation is at stake after a pair of imposters parade around Saitama. Initially Takumi seems oblivious to the incident, but takes notice after he is mistakenly blamed for taking advantage of a girl. Meanwhile, the final stage of Project D's expeditions is upon them, and is to be the hardest yet.

star 8.57
23 votes
Writers: Mitsuo Hashimoto
Blind Attack

#18 - Blind Attack

Season 4 - Episode 6

Act 6 is completely the race between The 86 and The Toudou School Demo Civic EK9 unlike the last two battles in this one the racers start off side by side with the 86 taking the lead into the first corner but Takumi's lead would be short lived has Tachi passes him rather easily at least so it seems to the untrained eye but we learn that Tachi used a technique called the disappearing line that when used properly even pro racers can't avoid getting passed.After the race proceeds past the half way maker Takumi finds a way to adapt the technique used by Tachi by turning off his headlights coming out of a corner and then pulling ahead by taking the unblocked line but even after he uses this trick he gets passed once more when Tachi taps the rear of The 86 making Takumi loose his rhythm for a second.After being passed the second time Takumi decides that if he is to stand a chance at winning he must use his ""Blind Attack"" again , at the last turn before the home stretch Tachi not knowing wher

star 8.49
27 votes
Directors: Tsuneo Tominaga
Premonition of Defeat

#19 - Premonition of Defeat

Season 2 - Episode 3

Kyoiichi senses an uncanny fighting spirit within the Eight-Six’s driver, as he gives Seiji strict rules against the race. Seiji however decides to ignore these rules and launches his Evo IV into full power. Takumi is outclassed in almost every category as the Evo IV’s power is truly amazing. The battle risk escalates when the race reaches it’s second half point of the coarse.

star 8.49
25 votes
The Sorcery of the One-Hand Steer

#20 - The Sorcery of the One-Hand Steer

Season 4 - Episode 22

As the battle between the super powered cars of the hillclimb has ended, Takumi’s battle is another story. Takumi realizes that his opponent has the same frightening aura that the Impreza driver had, making his battle with Godhand more difficult. This time, it’s streetracing skills against another form of streetracing skills.

star 8.48
21 votes

#21 - Brothers

Season 5 - Episode 12

The final battles for Project D are here, and it all starts with the uphill battle between Keisuke's FD and Go Hojo's NSX. But as Rin understands, there is a fundamental difference between his younger brother and Keisuke, one that might determine this race.

star 8.48
21 votes
Writers: Katuyuki Kodera
The Two Pieces of Advice

#22 - The Two Pieces of Advice

Season 4 - Episode 4

Act 4 is completely the race between Takumi and Daiki once again it is in the leader/chaser style with Daiki choosing to be out in front for the first heat.Has the race progresses we learn just what the two pieces of advice Ryosuke gave Takumi in Act 3 were. First ""don't look back"" - Secondly rev limiting he told Takumi to shift gears at 9000 RPM and not the normal 11,000. The downhill battle seemed to be a bit of a surprise to both racers on Daiki's part it was just how fast both the 86 and Takumi were and on Takumi's side it seemed to be just how much Daiki was able to push him to the edge of his ability's. Has for the race itself the first heat failed to resolve anything with Daiki failing to pass Takumi and in Takumi failing to put any distance between the two of them has for the second heat with Daiki in lead now Takumi was able to end the race when he passed Daiki while using the 86 to it's full potential.

star 8.47
23 votes
Directors: Tsuneo Tominaga

#23 - Dogfight

Season 4 - Episode 21

The battle between the FD and GT-R continues, however the real battle has just begun. Now, Hoshino demonstrates his unique driving skills that people call the impossible earning him the name Godfoot. This makes Keisuke’s true racing abilities appear when it’s pushed beyond his limits as both drivers begin to drive recklessly forcing the battle to be settled in more than just one battle.

star 8.47
19 votes
Third Stage

#24 - Third Stage

Season 3 - Episode 1

With high school graduation right around the corner, Takumi Fujiwara has a lot on his mind and a lot to prepare for. Everything becomes even more complicated when Takumi is offered a spot on Ryosuke Takahashi's elite Kengai Racing Team, which seeks to assemble the greatest racers in the Gunma area for a tour of Japan's mountain passes. Before he can accept however, Takumi feels the need to settle the score with the Lancer Evo driving Emperor team, defend his downhill-racer crown against the son of his father's greatest rival, and finally settle things with his unfaithful girlfriend Natsuki

star 8.47
26 votes
Unexpected Battle

#25 - Unexpected Battle

Season 5 - Episode 13

The battle between Keisuke and Go Hojo continues. Keisuke's good run behind Go Hojo led to many feeling unbelievable, including Go Hojo himself. Then entering the second round, the match gets more intense. Who will take this uphill climb battle?

star 8.45
22 votes
Writers: Katuyuki Kodera