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Posted by: Initial D World May 24 2017, 11:22 PM
Summer is almost here. One can't help but reminiscing about the beginning of Initial D. The story began roughly at the same time of the year as it is right now. One day, the Akagi RedSuns challenge the Akina Speedstars for a race. Takumi, our protagonist, step up to the game and defeated the Redsuns' Keisuke.

Takumi was so reluctant to drive when he didn't have to. Driving was a hassle and chore for him at the time. As soon as Keisuke's yellow FD pulled ahead at the starting line and Takumi gave chase, Takumi felt something deep down. It was a sense of excitement, an unconscious urge to pass the car in front.

Takumi rationalize it by telling himself he just want to get this over with and then he can drive with no hesitation with a full tank of gas the day after. One can't help but wonder, what if Natsuki didn't ask Takumi out on a date that time? Would Takumi still want to drive up to Mt. Akina for a battle with the RedSuns? There would be no incentives for him to drive.

Without a doubt, this was a plot device by the author to advance the storyline. In other words, this had to happen. There is no what-if. That makes Natsuki a very important figure in the First Stage storyline. She was the romance and drama. Oh yes, drama. She was directly responsible for some of Takumi's behaviors throughout the series. You can even say without her, Takumi would not have gotten a new engine for the 86 in Second Stage.

It's really a love hate emotion when it comes to Natsuki. She was such a sweet girl. One would almost question, why must the author cause such conflicting feelings in us. Well, I guess that's what makes Initial D, Initial D.

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Screenshot from Initial D First Stage ACT.23「雨のダウンヒルバトル!」"Downhill Battle in Rain!"


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Posted by: Tessou May 25 2017, 11:07 AM
QUOTE (Initial D World @ Today, 3:22 AM)
You can even say without her, Takumi would not have gotten a new engine for the 86 in Second Stage.

Bunta knew the engine was going to give up in the near future at that point. Natsuki's "night job" helped zero it in to an opportune time.

Posted by: umustwait101 Jun 3 2017, 09:35 PM
I, for one, don't really understand the Natsuki hate. It seems pretty obvious to me that she didn't realize what she was doing, and when she did, she chose to stop.

Posted by: kyonpalm Jun 4 2017, 09:11 PM
QUOTE (umustwait101 @ Yesterday, 1:35 AM)
It seems pretty obvious to me that she didn't realize what she was doing ...

She was like 17, not 4.

Posted by: xiao Jun 10 2017, 01:34 PM
I for one... like Natsuki for all the wrong reasons laugh.gif

Posted by: umustwait101 Jun 13 2017, 11:47 PM
I like U for all the wrong reasons... shifty2.gif

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