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Initial D 3rd stage

Name: Initial D 3rd stage, and Special Stage OVA
Genre: Racing/Drama
Number of episodes: OVA is 3 episodes

Plot = A/D
Characters = A/C
Music = A++(as always the music delivers)
Overall = A+/C

General Outlook:
3rd stage the movie picks up right where the second stage of Initial D leaves off. Takumi is nearing graduation, and he still feels as if he needs something to complete him as a racer. Takahashi Ryousoke is putting together his “All Star” team, to compete outside of the Gunma area and he invites Takumi along, to learn about himself, and for Ryousoke to teach him. Great races, and some of the best character development yet. This movie had the big budget needed, to make the Animated scenes JAW dropping experiences. Beautiful in EVERY aspect. The Initial D movie, gives the series a refreshed and heartfelt closing. tying up loose ends and finishing the plots through.
The Special Stage OVA, should be renamed to Mako and Saiyuki’s girls drive. It is entirely fanfare, made inbetween the 3rd stage movie and the second stage to tide fans over until the movie. None of the main or popular characters make and experience, except for Nakazato and Shingo who are the inept male comic relief. There is one good reason for this shameless waste of cells and paint. Showers and nipples. Thats right, the animators had to slip some nudity of the shows most wanted girls in there somewhere. I would mention the plot…but really there isnt one. If you love Mako and Saiyuki, youll enjoy this as a lil romp of fun. If you actually LIKED Initial D for more than the girls who show up 4 times in the whole series anyway….well then youll hate it.

Music:
What can I say. Read my first review. The Initial D soundtracks, like always kick ass. They even manage to fit in cool music to the shitty OVA.

Characters:
Everyone returns to the Third Stage for a indepth character feel and look, as the days idle away until graduation, and the fun times of racing are memories now. New characters are introduced, as the Rival of Bunta and his son show up. The rival spurned by his loss to Bunta years before grooming his son to beat Bunta, or now, Buntas own son. There is also the smug young man, who first dated mogi, and who is the son of the older man Mogi…ahem…spent time with. he is also the punk who takumi decked when he was a freshman. All other old faces show up for the end to a great series
OVA has Mako and Saiyuki…you expected something else aside from T&A and lame “girl” power stereotyped crap?

My Thoughts(and spoilers):

Oh God did i love the Movie, and if its one thing the OVA does good, its tease you. As the last 5 seconds of the OVA, show Takumi racing past our favorite Impact Blue girls, and the screen pauses to say “see you in the movie”.
The opening race scene is incredible. In the first 10 seconds you can see the awesome level of CGI quality this film had. Not too mention the kicking theme of the movie. I loved the way this turned out, i was completely satisfied with the end, the begining and the middle.
The OVA. Seriously, breasts were the best part of that film, and one thing Nakazato does makes me love his character even more. He is attracted to Mako and her large breasts, and instead of warning the girls about the new racers come to challenge them, he stares at her chest until she leaves and all he is able to say is…”breasts…so big…”.
After that turn off the film and be happy. that was all the enjoyment you’ll get.

By Darknight ZO

Initial D

Initial-D
Name: Initial D Stages 1-2
Genre: Racing/Drama
Number of episodes: 1st stage – 26, 2nd stage – 13

Plot = B
Characters = B+
Music = A++
Overall = A-

General Outlook:
At first, when you see the words “racing” and anime together, you dont think of anythign good. I can recall only brief attempts with this in the past, and the closest i can recall was Macross Plus and the two rival competition. And unless you were a speedracer nut, this is a unique genre and anime. In the first stage very much, the cell animation and the subesequent computer animation are very early(the racing in the 1st stage looking like it was from a sega saturn game, but thats almost a compliment because thats still cool) but the 2nd stage and subsequent later stages push this graphical edge very well. But after watching and getting into Inital D, this becomes a secondary factor compared to the characters skills, and what drives them.(ah the irony) Even if you dont like racing and or cars, this is a good anime, and did I mention the kicking soundtrack?

Music:
When you have a genre about dramatic races, with last second finishes and extreme moves, you need a heart pumping soundtrack to keep up. Initial D more than delivers, with a techno soundtrack that pretty much set the standard for others of similar ilk. With CD’s ranging from Character Vocal battles(japanese rapping it out so to speak against awesome themes), Super Eurobeat collections with stunning techno cd’s, OST music with character themes from battles and the series, and random vocalizations from the characters as well. If its one thing Initial D does with super magical newtype ability, its deliver awesome beats.

Characters:
Well the main Character sticks out as the everyman and the hero in a way. In fact he closely resembles potential *you* as the viewer. In the begining not even into the racing, dont like cars, and generally against the anime. Then(just as the viewer will) he is slowly drawn into this world he finds himself in. His father is the coolest source of wisdom and humor in the series and lends a much needed older tone to Takumi’s young views. Takumi’s friends and fellow racers develop as long as well, as we see the hopes and dreams and crashes(literally and metaphorcially) in the world. The enemies he faces and how they slowly integrate into his life is excellent. And as a final lil extra. EVERY single character has a goddamn cool techno theme. Generally good stuff, as everyone seems to belong where he is, and how he is.

My Thoughts(and spoilers):

I loved this series. The races, and the outcomes so made me come back for more. At first the constant stream of “faster and stronger” oppenents struck a dragonball nerve with me, but I realized it was more akin to life and the series actually takes a story notice of this. The best can only be the best for so long, and even the undefeated records are sometimes broken. When Takumi beats Ryouske Takehashi and his past undefeated record he has to live with the fact that he is now the “fastest” in Gunma. Now he has to live up to the challenges and battles that come from the top. And then when Takumi finally faces defeat in the second stage, the bitter taste only drives him to further himself. I did dislike the way that some characters(namely Mako and Sayuki) dissapear until random cameos are made in later battles. I mean, they never develop the love interest between Takumi and Sayuki at all. And everything with Mogi…gah that drives me nuts. NO other series has the main characters girlfriend as a whore(literally). In the end, though i reccomend watching the special stage OVA after the 1rst and 2nd stages, and then the huge 3rd stage movie, which has stunning visuals and ties up some loose ends nicely.

By Darknight ZO

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