The Best Episodes of Initial D

New Downhill Legend

#1 - New Downhill Legend 9.04

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.

Directors: Shin Misawa, Jennifer Wagner
Full Stop

#2 - Full Stop 8.71

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?!

Directors: Mitsuo Hashimoto
Fujiwara Zone

#3 - Fujiwara Zone 8.67

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.

Directors: Mitsuo Hashimoto
Shinigami

#4 - Shinigami 8.64

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.

Directors: Mitsuo Hashimoto
Eight-Six vs. Eight-Six

#5 - Eight-Six vs. Eight-Six 8.64

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.

Conclusion! Extreme Hill Climb

#6 - Conclusion! Extreme Hill Climb 8.59

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.

In the Changing Seasons

#7 - In the Changing Seasons 8.54

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.

Third Stage

#8 - Third Stage 8.52

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

Directors: Noboru Mitsusawa
Full Stop (Continued)

#9 - Full Stop (Continued) 8.46

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.

White Devil

#10 - White Devil 8.42

Season 5 - Episode 8

The downhill battle between Takumi and Hiroya "Zero 1" Okuyama's S15 starts, with Okuyama waiting to attack until the later section because of the fog. However, he hasn't considered the ability of Takumi's adaptibility skills. Whilst this is on, another battle is in the midst: Ryosuke's inevitable battle with the driver known as 'Shinigami', Rin Hojo.

Directors: Mitsuo Hashimoto
Premonition of Defeat

#11 - Premonition of Defeat 8.38

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.

Dogfight!

#12 - Dogfight! 8.36

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

Dangerous Five Hairpins

#13 - Dangerous Five Hairpins 8.36

Season 1 - Episode 10

There is a brief recap of the race so far to kick off the episode, up to the 5 consecutive turns where Keisuke lost his race. The crowd is shocked to see the 86 so close to the 32. There are some great racing scenes of the two cars (so, not alot of dialogue or plot developments to cap here). The racers are still being closely followed by Ryousuke's RX7. As they get into the turns, Nakazato realises he's close ot the spot where the 86 used it's gutter technique to beat Keisuke, and moves so that Takumi can't take the inside. Keisuke also notices this. Stripped of the ability to gutter-drift, Takumi tries to drift around Nakazato from the outside of the turn, cutting it so close to the opposite side of the track with his back wheels, they kick up dirt onto the bystanders. Nakazato catches the move in time and moves to block Takumi. There are three turns left now, and once again, Takumi tries to take the outside as Nakazato clocks the inside. Once again, Nakazato blocks his attempt.

Directors: Rei Kotaki, Shin Misawa
The Top Gun of the Toudou School

#14 - The Top Gun of the Toudou School 8.35

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.

Directors: Tsuneo Tominaga
Last Great Battle

#15 - Last Great Battle 8.35

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.

Directors: Kazuyoshi Ikegami
Akagi's White Comet

#16 - Akagi's White Comet 8.33

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?

Directors: Masami Hata
Fierce Race on Usui Mountain

#17 - Fierce Race on Usui Mountain 8.32

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.

Directors: Masami Hata
Cold Victory

#18 - Cold Victory 8.32

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.

Battle to the Limit

#19 - Battle to the Limit 8.32

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

Brothers

#20 - Brothers 8.31

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.

Endless Challenge

#21 - Endless Challenge 8.27

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?!

Revenge Battle of Fate

#22 - Revenge Battle of Fate 8.27

Season 5 - Episode 4

Kanagawa's Second Line will be against RT Katagiri, where Takumi encounters Kai Kogashiwa: a former rival from Irohazaka; graduated from street racing and now a professional racer with his MR-S. However, Takumi is starting to show a "Zone" that had evolved from the Purple Shadow races, a zone that even Ryosuke cannot explain. The winner of this race is up in the air.

Directors: Mitsuo Hashimoto
Ultimate Tofu Guy Drift

#23 - Ultimate Tofu Guy Drift 8.25

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

Blind Attack

#24 - Blind Attack 8.23

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

Directors: Tsuneo Tominaga
Countdown to Destruction

#25 - Countdown to Destruction 8.22

Season 2 - Episode 5

Takumi soon discovers Natsuki’s secret that leads him to vent his anger in an egotistic battle against Kyoiichi at Akagi, thinking little of the huge disadvantage he has.