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New Initial D Car-Racing Anime Teaser Reveals Film Trilogy

posted on by Egan Loo
SANZIGEN, LIDEN FILMS animate 1st new film for August 23 opening

Production company avex entertainment began streaming a teaser trailer for Shin Gekijō-ban Initial D Legend 1 -Kakusei- (New Initial D: The Movie Legend 1: Awakening) on Tuesday. The teaser reveals that the new anime project is actually a trilogy of films.

The teaser also announces that the first new film will open throughout Japan on August 23. The teaser adds that "everything begins, and everything ends. The gene for racing awakens. Witness the impact of D. The highway's fastest legend is back."

Masamitsu Hidaka (Linebarrels of Iron, Pokémon, The Sacred Blacksmith) is directing at SANZIGEN and LIDEN FILMS. Mayori Sekijima (Arata: The Legend, Phi-Brain - Puzzle of God, Skip Beat!) wrote the screeenplay, and Akio Dobashi (Dance in the Vampire Bund, Sisters of Wellber, Yozakura Quartet) scored the soundtrack.

Shūichi Shigeno's original manga follows Takumi Fujiwara, a high school boy with a natural talent for driving, in his racing pursuits on the public highways. The manga debuted in Kodansha's Young Magazine in 1995, and Shigeno ended the manga in July. It has over 48 million copies in circulation as Young Magazine approaches its 35th anniversary.

The manga inspired several television anime series (including the Fifth Stage that ran in 2012), a live-action film, several original video anime projects, and a successful game line. The manga's final battles will also be adapted into a new anime series called Final Stage.

Update: Typo fixed. Thanks, Primus

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