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> What did Initial D do for you?, Did Initial D get you into cars, or anime?
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  Posted: Oct 23 2008, 03:47 PM


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The 1st time I saw Initial D, I was 18, and a total anime feend. A buddy of mine had downloaded bad rips of the show off the net before Torrents were around, and I found myself enjoying the show a fair bit. The thing was I was not a car guy, so the show really broke my brain at 1st. I found myself asking what the hell all the chasie codes, engine codes, and cars in general were as I watched it. I had to take a lot of time online studying cars and asking people who knew better. Almost 10 years later I find myself heavily involved in the automotive scene, tuning multiple cars, and racing every chance I get. All because of this one anime.

I was just curious how many other people on here either got into cars cause of this series, or got into anime as a result of it. I know a lot of car dudes who didn't know shit about anime till they began watching this show.
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Posted: Oct 23 2008, 07:55 PM


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iD got me into the car culture.
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Posted: Oct 23 2008, 08:49 PM


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At first Initial D got me into car's and drifting with technique, and not the e-brake

But as I started catching up with the story (both Anime and Manga versions) and updates came out slower, I started exploring other Manga's with car's or just interesting stories, like Full Metal Alchemist (which actually got me into anime later on)
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Posted: Oct 23 2008, 09:44 PM


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QUOTE (shinn @ Today at 7:55 PM)
iD got me into the car culture.

Werd. Bought two FCs and two FDs because of ID, not I'm a full blown rotary fanatic...
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Posted: Oct 24 2008, 05:00 AM


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Made me appreciate lesser powered cars.
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Posted: Oct 24 2008, 08:34 AM


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Got me into watching non english-dubbed anime. In fact, the first full episode of ID I watched was a Cantonese dub of S1 EP16. And it of course got me into cars.
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Posted: Oct 24 2008, 09:35 AM


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Before Initial D, I thought of racing only as a simple contest. Whoever had the faster car won, you know? But then I got the manga, and I was amazed at how much I was missing. Techniques...ever since I read Initial D, my racing ability on driving games has improved at an alarming rate, as well as my real life driving.
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Posted: Oct 24 2008, 10:12 AM


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Well, I'd been into drifting for a few years, casually (or as casual as it can get) on public roads. I'd always been into racing games and cars and wanted to get more into car-related media, so I picked up ID.

Well, I learned about a lot of concepts (in name only, of course, taking ID seriously on driving is pretty stupid), and did more research into them, and began to practice.

This past summer, I used motorsports (autox specifically) as a base for my car purchase. In autox, I've used multiple techniques that I was introduced to by ID, including heel-toe and LFB.
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Posted: Oct 24 2008, 01:20 PM


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ID has done a lot for me...

It made me realize why people like subs over dubs.

It made me not only appreciate lesser powered cars, but Japanese cars a lot more. I used to be a Mustang fanboy but now I won't touch an American car.

It influenced me to buy my Celica.

It made me realize power isn't everything and suspension and braking are just as important.

I liked cars before but I really love cars now. I've taken the time to understand how engines, turbochargers, suspension settings, superchargers work, I'm going to learn more.

To add on to the previous one, I'm going to buy some older cars with engines that need major work to understand how rotary and cylinder engines work. Maybe one day I'll be able to have my own mechanic shop. And even if I don't, I believe Wataru was right that every road racer should have a basic knowledge of this stuff.

I bought a stick shift car despite my dad telling me it was too hard for me to learn. He's now jealous because I'm getting the hang of it and he doesn't know how to drive it.

It has made me check out mountain passes when before my only interest was freeways.

For awhile I wore a bandana on my head like Kyoichi.

It introduced the "Lonely Driver/ROAD RACERS DON'T NEED GIRLS!" concept to me and it's one I live by. I seriously don't want to ever get married because if I don't I'll have more money for my cars and I can do whatever I want!

I'm sure there's more but these are the big ones.
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It made me appreciate sleepers and 80's Japanese cars which are now my favorite type of cars (the S13 in particular)
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Its interesting a little anime about a boy who delivers tofu on a mountain pass and races in the evening has had this much of an impact on people.
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Posted: Oct 25 2008, 11:50 AM


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ID has had quite a profound affect on me. A lot of people here are gonna moan but I found that the live action movie was quite inspiring and having just finished watching the first stage of the anime its made me appreciate Jap cars more.

I'm part of the VAG car scene (i.e VW's, Audi's etc) and am spending thousands of 's on my car. But after I finish modding my current project I'm tempted to go Jap for my next car seeing as they are the best to drift in. Also I'm gonna kick things up a notch community-wise as far as organising racing events go but, for obvious reasons, I'm gonna remain tight-lipped about my plans.
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Posted: Oct 25 2008, 01:52 PM


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Provided me with entertainment about something i liked, but from reading racing theory books and stuff it didn't really introduce me to anything new, just gave me something to watch in 6th grade along with ruroni kenshin, both of which my brother had fansubs of.

And septic, they aren't the best for drifting, i don't know where you got that idea. Hell, people were drifting in ferraris way before they were in japanese cars.

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Posted: Oct 25 2008, 02:15 PM


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I could've sworn this topic was done before, but i'll bite.

I was 18 years old back in 2001. After getting into Para Para Paradise, a friend of mine told me about Eurobeat music in general. I was also a bit of a gearhead, and an anime fan, and she told me about initial D.

I first saw episode 15, "Angry Takumi's Maniacal Drive", and that sealed the deal. It's still my favorite episode to this day.
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Septic its cool it got you looking into other cars. But one thing you gotta realize is most people drift japanese because they tend to offer one of the cheapest balanced rear wheel drive layouts needed for drifting. Aero cars are just as suited if not better in a lot of areas. And lets not forget that some of the top tier Formula D cars out there right now are a mustang, a viper, and a pontiac solstice. Its just about finding an adequately balanced car with enough power to get those rear wheels spinnin.
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Posted: Oct 26 2008, 06:25 AM


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Yeah I understand that but Jap cars tend to also have the best rear-wheel drive layouts. A lot of the cars us dubbers drive are either too heavy or front wheel drive and are a ightmare as far as understeer is concerned.

Jap cars such as for e.g, the Nissan Z250 on the other hand have a ridiculously low understeer rating.

We're lacking the power stakes although I do know people running MkI Golfs that can beat your average supercar. Time will tell really once I finish my current project but regardless, the impact iD has had on many of its fans is a testament to its brilliance.
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Posted: Oct 26 2008, 07:41 AM


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QUOTE (shinn @ Oct 23 2008, 07:55 PM)
iD got me into the car culture.

lol same hear. When I was 16 I was really into sports bikes. Back in high school I really never knew what drifting really was or really into cars, untill my friend introduced me to Initial D and got me into the car culture and drifting.
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ID had a huge impact on me. It greatly changed the way I look at driving. It began to become more to me than an "everyday" thing. I began to concentrate on my driving, trying to feel the car and what is happening and trying to understand whats going on.
I would even dare say it actually made me a better driver.

It also made me appreciate "rice burners" :-)
In fact I'd love to owe one myself, but unfortunately I lack the necessary money for a new car.

While most of my friends would probaly choose a Porsche or Ferrari if they had to, I would choose a R34 GT-R any time.

It even made me think of going pro, but thats kinda far away for me right now.
But I began to love racing games because of ID. Man I became all excited when they announced the AE86 for NfS Underground 2 :-)

And last but not least - it brought me to Eurobeat :-)

I had a lot of fun with ID and I still love it.
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Initial D? It introduced me to the fantastic genre of Eurobeat, end of story! Besides the lame introductory statement, it also got me into cars, got me way interested in anime (I used to think anime was lame) and of course, hope for tomboys like Kyoko

this boy is a different man now.... because of the D.
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Eurobeat. A bit of cars. Maybe a bit of physics related to racing. But mostly Eurobeat.
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It entertained me. That's about it. I can also say it got me more into Touge and helped to influence my love of my car and the importance of light weight.

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Posted: Oct 27 2008, 10:14 AM


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That ride looks mental man. Well done.

Where you from btw?
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Posted: Oct 27 2008, 01:40 PM


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QUOTE (Septic @ Today at 1:14 PM)
That ride looks mental man. Well done.

Agreed. Awesome brick.
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It got me back into anime again and entertained me a great deal. no real influence though on cars or racing.
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I remember the time when I was playing GT3 (didn't know ID yet) i can't over take that junk car (86 4th stage ver) hehehe...

Then after watching the series, it had a huge impact on me permanently... Thats the time i bought my car on my avatar... its the closiest thing to an 86...

I started to upgrade my engine to a 4age etc etc... It made me appreciate under powered RWD 80's car Toyotas...

I started to join some carclubs in our area then every Friday nights we hangout with our oldschool car parked just like in ID

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