The Best Episodes of Initial D

Last Updated: Nov 11, 2018

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.

Last Great Battle

#1 - Last Great Battle

Season 1 - Episode 25

Ryosuke Takahashi the founder and leader of the RedSuns is about to do what he never had to do before. He will drive with everything he has against the Eighty - Six showing that there is a huge gap between talent and skill. Will Takumi be able to defend against the analytical brother with more experiance in driving than most Pros.

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Writers: Hiroshi Toda, Bob Buchholz
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New Downhill Legend

#2 - 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.

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4 votes
Writers: Hiroshi Toda, Bob Buchholz
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Eight-Six vs. Eight-Six

#3 - 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.

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5 votes
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Improving Genius of Drift

#4 - Improving Genius of Drift

Season 1 - Episode 14

Shingo provoked a challenge to a downhill race. Unable to put up with threats to his friends Takumi accepts, but on finding out that it will be a gumtape death match where his driving hand will be taped on the steering wheel so he can not remove it his friends think that he might have bitten off to much than he can handle. Will Takumi be able to learn how to master the skill needed to race with this handicap or will it be the end of the mighty Eighty - Six.

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3 votes
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The End of Summer

#5 - The End of Summer

Season 1 - Episode 20

Iketani has been thinking of nothing much but racing and Mako. When he learns more about her, he gets more depressed since there would be no way she likes him the way he likes her. He ponders standing her up on an upcoming date, but changes his mind at the last minute.

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Severe Uphill Climb

#6 - Severe Uphill Climb

Season 1 - Episode 22

The loss to the Eighty -six of Akina has started a fierce battle. Takeshi Nakazato of the NightKids has challenged Keisuke Takahashi ofthe RedSuns to prove that they are the most skilled racers of Gunma.

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Akagi's White Comet

#7 - Akagi's White Comet

Season 1 - Episode 24

This episode focuses on the White Comet of the Akagi Red Suns, a title given to Ryousuke Takahashi because he moves like a comet when driving. Ryousuke is determined to regain honor lost, and will not give up until he's defeated the best of Akina, which would be Takumi and his Eight-Six. He issues the challenge and the stage is set to make or break a legend. Takumi's team makes some tuning adjustments to the Eight-Six, but will it be enough to face Ryousuke?

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4 votes
Directors: Masami Hata
Writers: Hiroshi Toda, Bob Buchholz
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FR Killing Death Match

#8 - FR Killing Death Match

Season 1 - Episode 12

Takumi has managed to arrange a double date for the day: he goes with Natsuki, while Itsuki goes with Natsuki’s friend, who turns out to be someone Itsuki really likes! Iketani invites Takumi to drive his S-13, but this time he’s going to try to stay awake the whole time. Then the Night Kids arrive with Shingo leading the pack. Iketani is fired up for revenge but they listen to Shingo’s demand; He wants to challenge the Eight-Six next Saturday night for a Duct Tape Death Match.

star 8.30
3 votes
Writers: Bob Buchholz, Hiroshi Toda
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Fierce Race on Usui Mountain

#9 - Fierce Race on Usui Mountain

Season 1 - Episode 18

The race has begun on Mt. Usui. With Mako driving the mouse, the Impact Blue team hopes to see how Takumi and his Eight-Six handle the pressure, and then plan to leave him in the dust. Takumi struggles to keep up, wondering if he is in over his head. And then comes the big curve, C-121, which will prove if he has what it takes.

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4 votes
Directors: Masami Hata
Writers: Nobuaki Kishima, Bob Buchholz
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Premonition of Defeat

#10 - 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.

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Cold Victory

#11 - Cold Victory

Season 2 - Episode 4

In his heart, Takumi couldn’t accept his victory over the Evo IV and decides to make a vow. To add to his already uneasy thoughts … anonymous messages are being sent to Takumi concerning his relationship with Natsuki.

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The Two Pieces of Advice

#12 - 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.

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The Top Gun of the Toudou School

#13 - The Top Gun of the Toudou School

Season 4 - Episode 3

Act 3 starts off with Takumi driving on Akina after finishing his tofu deliveries upon returning home Takumi informs his father that he will be doing the deliveries for the next few days due to the fact that the team will be having another away match this week their next targets are a team called The Toudou Racing School A special school for driving techniques run by a car shop owner and ex-rally driver.The opponents are Daiki with his Honda Civic EK-9 on the downhill and Sakai with his Honda Integra DC2 Type R on the uphill.This whole episode is just everyone preparing for the up coming battles and ends with Ryosuke giving Takumi a little bit of advice for his race.

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The Eight-Six Turbo Makes a Challenge

#14 - The Eight-Six Turbo Makes a Challenge

Season 2 - Episode 10

After Wataru issues a short-lived battle against Keisuke, his sister Kazumi introduces him to Itsuki leading to a chance meeting with another Eight-Six driver. At first everything seems right with the meeting, but because of Takumi’s naïve reaction to his car’s new downhill weapon, Wataru rubs it the wrong way as his bad side emerges.

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LanEvo Corps. Attack Akina!

#15 - LanEvo Corps. Attack Akina!

Season 2 - Episode 2

What would happen if the Eight-Six gets a new upgrade? That’s exactly what Iketani and Itsuki has been thinking about to increase the performance of Takumi’s vehicle. But would Bunta allow it? Elsewhere, team Emperor’s winning streak isn’t slowing down as they continue to sweep across Gunma, defeating every race team with ease. Their next target, Akina’s Eight-Six.

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Declaration of Revenge: Howling Turbo

#16 - Declaration of Revenge: Howling Turbo

Season 1 - Episode 2

At the end of the last episode, the '86 had just made a perfect drift on a dangerous turn, leaving Keisuke in it's dust, trying to figure out how the '86, a 10 year old car, passed him easily. At the tofu shop (also the Fujiwara home) Takumi recieves a phone call that wakes him up, and goes to meen Natsuki in town, as she wants to spend the day with him. Takumi agrees since they've never had a major argument. Natsuki asks Takumi if he can drive, and he says he can, so Natsuki says he can drive them to a picnic, not caring his car is ""just an old tofu delivery car."" As they talk, Natsuki suggests a trip to the beach. Meanwhile, Iketani finds the '86 parked at the tofu shop, and tries to figure out why his boss thinks so highly of it. He's about to leave when Takumi gets home and asks what he's doing there. They go for a drive, and Iketani asks why Takumi didn't know what an '86 is, when his dad owns one. Takumi didn't realise, because it says Trueno on it. At the gas station, Itsu

star 8.20
5 votes
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Dogfight!

#17 - Dogfight!

Season 1 - Episode 5

The race between Keisuke and Takumi continues. The crowd lining the sides of the track are absolutely stunned by the display of driving, especially that the outdated '86 Trueno can keep up with a sports car like the RX7. Ryousuke gets on the radio and tells the man at the next turn checkpoint to explain exactly what he sees. On a particularly sharp turn, Keisuke moves to turn it normally, but the '86 takes the inside! At the speed the cars are travelling, trying to enter on the inside is scuicidal. Suddenly, there is a crunch noise as the '86 enters the turn, then somehow it manages to stay on the inside of the turn as though it's stuck to the road, completely defying the laws of physics and it's supposed tyre grip. Watching the race, Takeshi Nakazato, the Night Kids leader says that he knows exactly how the '86 pulled off that turn. He brags to himself that only he will beat the Akina '86, then gets into his Skyline and drives off. At the bottom of the mountain, the cars round t

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Ultimate Tofu Guy Drift

#18 - Ultimate Tofu Guy Drift

Season 1 - Episode 1

The episode opens with shows on a white car (1986 Toyota Trueno) driving down a mountain road sometime during the night. There are various views of the interior and exterior of the car, though the driver remains unseen as the car drifts and slides down the mountain road with near perfect driving skill at high speed (130km/h). It passes by a man in a car driving in the opposite direction, who comments (on seeing the car) ""So he's still driving in these mountains..."" The scene cuts to two teenage boys (Itsuki and Takumi), Itsuki reading a car magazine and lamenting about the cost of new cars. He comments that he could buy an '86 for about 30,000 yen, but he's only got about 5,000. His friend (Takumi) seems completely disinterested by car talk. Shortly, a girl (Natsuki) arrives, surprising both boys. She asks if they're surprised she's talking to them, then goes on to ask why Itsuki and Takumi could only have made 12,000 yen while working such long hours. Since she's never worked, she

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The Battle Begins

#19 - The Battle Begins

Season 1 - Episode 4

The Takahashi brothers make last minute adjustments to the FD while waiting for the 86 to arrive. Keisuke starts to get pissed off with waiting and is determined to use his frustration to really beat the Speed Stars badly in the race. Itsuki arrives on a scooter after Takumi failed to pick him up, and since it's nearly time, Iketani relies on Kenji to race in his place. Just before they start, the finish line checkpoint reports an incoming car. They;re waiting for it to get past the set race ocurse before commencing, only to realise it's the 86, finally arriving. They delay the race until it shows up to race. Takumi approaches, trying to figure out why so many people are here. He doesn't care about the race, just the full tank of gas he'll get. Everyone is waiting expectantly as the 86 finally arrives, Itsuki struggles to see who the driver is through the crowd... then everyone is amazed when it's Takumi, the guy who knows nothing about cars. Iketani tries to figure out why Bunta s

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5 votes
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In the Changing Seasons

#20 - 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.

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Downhill Battle in the Rain

#21 - Downhill Battle in the Rain

Season 4 - Episode 11

The downhill race between the 86 and the Cappucino starts, and everyone is talking about how much advantage the Cappucino has over the 86. But that advantage is lessen by the rain because the burden of the race shifts from the car to the driver's skills. Iketani, Kenji, and Itsuki goes to watch Takumi's race. Ryosuke gives Takumi some advice in beating his opponent, but he didn't give it clearly because he wants Takumi's skills to grow by figuring it out. This episode ends when Takumi's 86 catches up to the Cappucino by turning early so he spends more time stepping on the accelerator.

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Just Before the Time Attack

#22 - Just Before the Time Attack

Season 1 - Episode 8

Kenji is driving Itsuki and Iketani up the mountain, the trio noticing how many people are here to watch the race. Itsuki si freaking out because he's responsible for pissing off so many people. Takumi is at home trying to find out where Bunta is, hoping he comes home in time as he thinks about everything.. his conversations with his father and his boss. Back on the mountain, the trio are somewhat panicking about the race. Itsuki just wants to go apologise to Nakazato and leave, but Iketani is holding out hope that Takumi will show up, since it's only 9:15. The others aren't convinced he can win even if he does come, but Iketani has a new attitude. With so much experience on this mountain, Takumi should have the advantage, even against a much more powerful car. At 9:20, the Takahashi's show up for the race. Takeshi Nakazato brags some more about how he's going to defeat the 86 and rpove his superiority over the Takahashi's. Ryousuke doesn't really care what he says, noticing the

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Kyoko's Confession

#23 - Kyoko's Confession

Season 4 - Episode 9

Kyoko couldn’t bring to tell her newly found Prince about how she feels about him. Meanwhile Nobuhiko is chasing after the Eight-Six with his Altezza only to behold the shocking driving techniques Project D’s downhill ace can perform.

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Battle to the Limit

#24 - Battle to the Limit

Season 1 - Episode 9

The episode starts off with a short recap of episode 8: Takumi lying onh is bed thinking about cars and why his attitude has changed lately, getting the car back, and driving up to the mountain to start the race... Standing beside their cars, Takumi and Takeshi size each other up some, Takeshi surprised Takumi is so young: he can't have had his license very long. Takumi is just looking at the car, thinking about what Yuuichi told him. Takeshi cuts off the reverie, introducing himself. Takumi introduces himself in return. Takeshi vows to remember his name. Meanwhile, Yuuichi is still talking to Bunta on the phone, unsure that Takumi can cope with the changes to the 86 in time to adjust in the race. Yuuichi wonders why Bunta didn't tell him about the change, but Bunta says it would be pointless. Takumi doesn't think while driving, since he doesn't know cars. He just feels his way through things. He should be alright. The finish line station lets the start line know the road is cl

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Endless Battle

#25 - 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.

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