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New Initial D the Movie Legend 1 Film's Digest Video Streamed

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Cast, staff return for 2nd film in reboot series opening on May 23

Avex Pictures began streaming a digest video for the Shin Gekijō-ban Initial D Legend 1 -Kakusei- (New Initial D: The Movie Legend 1: Awakening) film on Friday. The video compiles scenes from the first film in the new Initial D film trilogy ahead of the second film's opening in Japan on May 23.

The first film opened in Japan in August and premiered in Singapore on December 4. Those who purchase advanced tickets for the second film, Shin Gekijō-ban Initial D Legend 2 -Tōsō- (New Initial D the Movie Legend 2: Racer), will receive a "Fujiwara Tofu Store" sticker.

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 is returning 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 are animating the films, and Shochiku is distributing them.

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. The manga has more than 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 been adapted into an anime series called Final Stage.

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