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2nd New Initial D the Movie's TV Ad Posted

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Cast, staff return for 2nd film in reboot film series

Avex began streaming a television commercial for 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, on Sunday. The ad features the theme song "The Brave (D Version)" by BACKDRAFT SMITHS.

Text: Young Magazine's 35th anniversary work
Text: Original creator: Shuuichi Shigeno
Narrator: The legend doesn't end.
Text: The theater turns into the "mountain pass."
Narrator: The theater is the "mountain pass"…
Narrator & Text: Feel the impact
Narrator & Text: That makes all your blood
Text: Come to a boil
Narrator & Text: Shin Gekijō-ban Initial D Legend 2 -Tōsō-
Text: Opens nationwide on Saturday, May 23

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 Gunma Prefecture issue challenges to Takumi to see if he really has what it takes to be a road legend.

The cast from the first film returns for the second, 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 animates the film, and Shochiku distributes 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.

Shigeno's original manga follows Takumi Fujiwara, a high school boy with a 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 2013. 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.

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