NEWS: Initial D reboot to hit Japanese theaters August 23

Initial D movie

A new Initial D movie is in the works, and the release date has just been announced. It will hit movie theaters in Japan on August 23, 2014. According to Initial D World, the film will be the first of a trilogy. Initial D Legend 1: Awaken, will be a retelling of the 1998 anime’s first stage in which Takumi Fujiwara goes from bored tofu delivery driver to touge racer in his Toyota AE86

Two trailers have been released. The first shows more action, including some drifting of the RedSuns’ FD Mazda RX-7. The animation style is significantly more dynamic compared to that of blocky, computer generated polygons circa 1998.

You can view the most recent trailer here, showing the release date with a couple of quick shots of a drifting AE86. These are unrelated to the Final Stage anime series that will focus on the last few chapters of the manga.

Source: Inital D World

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8 Responses to NEWS: Initial D reboot to hit Japanese theaters August 23

  1. Kira says:

    oh man, i’m child all over again XD

  2. Dave says:

    The animation doesn’t seem all that different from the later episodes. Still, I’m sure I’ll enjoy it.

  3. Nakazoto says:

    Seeing as how my birthday is August 23rd, I think this will be a pretty nice present!

  4. John says:


  5. Nigel says:

    Still trying to find the right words for how cool this is…
    (Been hearing the opening theme in my head since this morning).

  6. Kamenashi says:

    It’s a “re-adaptation”, JNC. You’re slipping up.
    re-adaptation =/= reboot

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