Initial D manga surpasses 50 million copies in circulation

Initial D manga surpasses 50 million copies in circulation

On the official site for the manga series written and illustrated by Shuichi Shigeno, Initial D, it was announced that the work has surpassed 50 million cumulative circulating copies in its 48 published compilation volumes.

Initial D manga surpasses 50 million copies in circulation

Shigeno began the publication of the manga in Kodansha publisher's Weekly Young Magazine in June 1995 and ended it in July 2013. The publisher collected the work in a total of 48 volumes, however, it was also announced that these will be reissued and reprinted in a total of 24 volumes, as part of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the franchise.

The work inspired multiple anime adaptations by different studios. The first 26-episode adaptation titled Initial D First Stage was produced by Studio Comet in collaboration with Studio Gallop, directed by Shin Misawa and scripts written by Koji Kaneda, released in April 1998. This was followed by a thirteen episode second season in October 1999, a movie in January 2001, a fourth season of 24 episodes in April 2004, a fifth season of 14 episodes in November 2012, and a final season of four episodes in May 2014.

Initial D Synopsis

The story centers on Takumi Fujiwara, an ordinary boy and high school student. His father, Bunta Fujiwara, owns a tofu shop and Takumi is the delivery boy. To fulfill his task, Takumi uses his father's Panda 1983 Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT Apex AE86, but he has always hated driving as he was forced to drive from a young age. Deliveries over the years have improved his driving skills. to breathtaking levels, and when his friends discover this they introduce him to the racing world of Touge. Takumi eventually begins to love street racing and driving, so he decides to become the best driver in Gunma prefecture.

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