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New Initial D the Movie Legend 2's Title, Date, Visual Unveiled

posted on 2014-12-17 06:28 EST by Sarah Nelkin
2nd film in trilogy featuring new cast of Mamoru Miyano, Maaya Uchida, more premieres on May 23


The staff of Shin Gekijō-ban Initial D Legend 2 -Tōsō- (New Initial D the Movie Legend 2: Racer)— the second film in the new Initial D film trilogy— announced on Wednesday that the film will premiere in Japan on May 23. The staff also unveiled the first key visual for the film (seen above).

The cast from the first film will return, with Mamoru Miyano as Takumi Fujiwara, Yūichi Nakamura as Keisuke Takahashi, Minoru Shiraishi as Itsuki Takeuchi, Maaya Uchida as Natsuki Mogi, Hiroaki Hirata as Bunta Fujiwara, Hiroshi Tsuchida as Kōichirō Iketani, and Junichi Suwabe as Takeshi Nakazato. SANZIGEN Animation Studio and LIDEN FILMS will animate the film, and Shochiku will distribute it.

The first film in the new film trilogy, New Initial D the Movie Legend 1: Awakening (Shin Gekijō-ban Initial D Legend 1 -Kakusei-), opened in Japan in August, and also premiered in Singapore on December 4. The film trilogy retells 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.

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 have also adapted into an anime series called Final Stage.

Source: Moca News


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