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1st New Initial D Anime Film's Full Trailer Confirms New Cast

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

Production company avex entertainment began streaming the full trailer for Shin Gekijō-ban Initial D Legend 1 -Kakusei- (New Initial D: The Movie Legend 1: Awakening) on Wednesday. The film is the first in a planned trilogy.

The trailer confirms the new cast:

The previous Initial D anime projects featured a different cast:

The film trilogy will retell the beginning of the story from Shuuichi Shigeno's original car-racing manga. High school student Takumi Fujiwara works as a gas station attendant during the day and a delivery boy for his father's tofu shop during late nights. Little does he know that his precise driving skills and his father's modified Toyota Sprinter AE86 Trueno make him the best amateur road racer on Mt. Akina's highway. Because of this, racing groups from all over the Gunma Prefecture issue challenges to Takumi to see if he really has what it takes to be a road legend.

The first new film will open throughout Japan on August 23. Advance tickets are now on sale for 1,200 yen (about US$12) with a Akina Speed Stars stickers, while suplies last.

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.

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 last July. It has over 48 million copies in circulation.

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.

[Via Hachima Kikō]

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