The Fifth Stage plot has many interesting side stories, such as Ryosuke's past love interest. We get a peek into his young self and what he wanted to do with his life. Details such as why he choose to follow his father's... footstep to become a doctor will hopefully be answered in Fifth Stage. And most importantly, the meaning of "D" might finally be revealed. (Image: Kaori; Editor's note: Kaori is probably one of the better drawn characters in Initial D. Her charisma is certainly at the same level if not surpass that of Ryosuke's.)
Initial D Third Stage is a chapter in which it shows character development, resolution and future. Natsuki redeemed herself and confronted Takumi. In return, Takumi also expressed his true feeling for her. Takumi has evolved... from the emotionless shell to someone capable of confessing his true feelings. And with that, the conflict between the two was resolved. However, they had to go separate way. It is unclear whether Shigeno will bring these two back together in the future. Although, if you've been following the manga, you'll know it seems unlikely these two will ever meet again. Chalk another one up for Shigeno's cruel way of dealing with relationships in Initial D.
Initial D taught us many lessons of life. When Takumi pushed the 86 to its absolute limit and consequently blew the engine in Second Stage, Bunta told him it was impossible to fix it, it was just beyond repair. Takumi refused to... accept the reality by saying if the 86 received a new engine, it won't be the same. If we apply that same analogy to real life situations, it is clear to see that the author is trying to convey the message of letting go. Sometimes we mature through letting go. If Takumi never let go of that mentality, he would never grow out from that. The rest was history.
There are very few successful relationships in Initial D. The only couple that is depicted as stable and decent has to be Tohru (Seven Star Leaf) and Nao. In Fourth Stage episode one, we've seen a very brief conversation... between the two. Nao cares deeply about Tohru and doesn't approve of his racing, plus he is always poor due to racing. If Shigeno ever writes about these two again, I'd imagine it would be about Nao leaving Tohru simply to reaffirm the "lonely driver: racers don't need girlfriend" theme. That seems to resonate throughout the entire series. At times, it is very cruel and depressing to watch. Can anyone say Mako and Iketani? 'html/emoticons/sad.gif'
Have you seen a 86 replica this clean? This is Takumi_Trueno (former administrator)'s AE86. He spent years of effort in perfecting it. I had the honor of riding in it. I did not scream like Itsuki did in Initial D First... Stage! (laugh) To learn more about his AE86, please visit here: http://idforums.net/index.php?showtopic=23013
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Remember the spectacular jump in Third Stage? Ken and Takumi went head to head in Mt. Irohazaka where slopes are steep and corners are sharp. It is an understatement to say Shigeno gets inspiration from real life mountain... passes. In reality, a lot of locations and specific places in Initial D do actually exist! For example, the first jump made by Ken's MR2 is specifically the corner pictured on the right. However, it seems they have added guardrails in recent years. 'html/emoticons/laugh.gif'
Tomoyuki from Todo-Juku said to Takumi after their race: "If there is such a thing as a goddess of victory, you must have had something tonight that moved her." Takumi's "luck streak" continued well past... Fourth Stage. Shigeno seems to make it clear to the audience that it is impossible for Takumi to lose officially. What Tomoyuki said is basically a satire remark at the author for making him lose. (from Fourth Stage Ep.6)
Fourth Stage Episode 21: Pylon Pass - There is something about this scene that always gets one pumped up. It is hard to appreciate the fast action on a 2D format. Fourth Stage thew in a lot of slow motion and panning shots to... convey the sheer amount of shock one would experience if they were actually inside the animation. Which is your favorite action scene from Fourth Stage?
Since Fourth Stage ended, there has been countless matches in Project D's expedition. Takumi and Keisuke had both mature in their techniques and skills. Keisuke has progress so much that Ryosuke admits Keisuke has surpassed... him in his best days, and that is saying a lot coming from the brain of the whole operation. Though, one question remains to be answered. Will Keisuke ever surpass Takumi? Perhaps that question is what drives the core of Keisuke's ambition.