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> Initial D Final Stage to release on 2014.05.16, Available on Animax PLUS starting May 16
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Episode Discussion and Downloads:

(Latest Update): Initial D Final Stage OP & ED (480p) user posted image

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Animax announced on March 1st that Initial D Final Stage will be available starting on May 16th, 2014 on its new subscription VOD (Video On Demand) service which allows subscribers to watch all the latest anime series. Initial D Final Stage will start right after where Fifth Stage left off. There are a total of four episodes that makes up this mini stage.

Opening and Ending theme had also been announced. To our surprise, they are using two of m.o.v.e's unreleased tracks. The OP will be Outsoar The Rainbow and the ED will be Days. The OP also happens to be the same theme song they use for Initial D Arcade Stage 8 Infinity. For those of you that follows the forums, you'll know that m.o.v.e disbanded as of March 2013. Initial D just isn't the same without m.o.v.e. Maybe the producer also thinks the same way, hence the songs choice.

Final Stage Airdate Schedule: (Subject to change with notifications)
  • (#01) Episode 1 - 2: Friday May 16th, 2014
  • (#02) Episode 3 - 4: Sunday June 22nd, 2014
(Note: Episodes will be available on Animax PLUS for 864 [$8.40 USD] for each two episodes, free if you have Animax on SkyPerfect TV.)


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avex announced on November 6th, 2013 in a flyer found inside the Initial D Manga Vol.48, that Initial D Final Stage will be released in Spring 2014. Initial D Final Stage is a mini anime series that takes place right after the end of Fifth Stage. The mini series will show the long-awaited final fierce downhill battle between Takumi's 86 and Shinji's 86.

INITIAL D FINAL STAGE
Trailer: 【NEW】頭文字D Initial D Final Stage CM
Official Website: http://www.animax.co.jp/special/initial-d
Available on Animax PLUS 2014.05.16

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頭文字[イニシャル]D avex | http://mv.avex.jp/initial/initial.html
新劇場版「頭文字D」公式サイト | http://initiald-movie.com
Animax Plus | http://plus.animax.co.jp
M.O.V.E Official Website | http://electropica.com
ヤングマガジン 頭文字D Portal Site | http://kc.kodansha.co.jp/SEP/02888/01/initiald_portal

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アニメ 頭文字「イニシャル」D

Final Stage 2014年春 発売予定

拓海とシンジの
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最後のバトルは
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制作絶賛進行中!

公式HP&公式Twitterで随時情報発信中!
公式HP http://mv.avex.jp/initial
Twitter @initialD_PR ハッシュタグ #頭文字D

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Anime Initial D

Final Stage to release in Spring 2014

Takumi and Shinji
The depiction of a fierce downhill!

The Last Battle
Hachiroku vs Hachiroku

Production in progress receives high praise!

Official homepage and official Twitter will be used to relay real-time information and updates.
Official Homepage: http://mv.avex.jp/initial
Twitter @initialD_PR hashtag #頭文字D


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I'm guessing that's a photo from Arcade Stage and not an actual production photo?
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"mini animated series" means multiple OVA ??

I thought just one 60-90 min long would be enough for just 1 race that lasted a single run ... perhpas there is hope for a more conclusive ending than in manga awesome.gif
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QUOTE (Jezza_HR @ 5 hours, 15 minutes ago)
I'm guessing that's a photo from Arcade Stage and not an actual production photo?

Yes. It's a placeholder image until we get an actual image from Final Stage. tongue.gif
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QUOTE (Perry @ 19 minutes, 8 seconds ago)
Yes. It's a placeholder image until we get an actual image from Final Stage. tongue.gif

Good thing too. Otherwise the animation has taken a step back from Fifth Stage, which is not good at all tongue.gif

I am interested to see if it will differ in any way and how it will be presented. The next year will be Initial D overload, then moving onto production of the next live action movie for 2015. It's all very exciting.
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Is it possible that Final Stage could differ from the manga in some aspects. Or are the anime generally very stuck to the manga?
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QUOTE (kkullar @ 59 minutes, 3 seconds ago)
Is it possible that Final Stage could differ from the manga in some aspects. Or are the anime generally very stuck to the manga?

For the most part the anime hasn't deviated that much from the manga, for example the order of races differ in First Stage (Ryosuke vs Takumi, then Takumi vs Impact Blue, then Kenta vs Takumi, then the races with Emperor), the race with Wataru is different (Wataru loses concentration because he is low on gas when Takumi passes him and there is no dirt that has been worn down or anything) and of course the short bit with Itsuki going on a date with Natsuki's friend in First Stage doesn't happen.

Pretty much besides the order of the races in First Stage the changes have been fairly minor.
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QUOTE (BOZZ @ 1 hour, 20 minutes ago)
For the most part the anime hasn't deviated that much from the manga, for example the order of races differ in First Stage (Ryosuke vs Takumi, then Takumi vs Impact Blue, then Kenta vs Takumi, then the races with Emperor), the race with Wataru is different (Wataru loses concentration because he is low on gas when Takumi passes him and there is no dirt that has been worn down or anything) and of course the short bit with Itsuki going on a date with Natsuki's friend in First Stage doesn't happen.

Pretty much besides the order of the races in First Stage the changes have been fairly minor.

Thanks, so it is possible we might get a little extra content from the anime than we did in the manga or things might play out slightly different.

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Well its about time sad.gif
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QUOTE (kkullar @ Nov 25 2013, 11:29 PM)
Thanks, so it is possible we might get a little extra content from the anime than we did in the manga or things might play out slightly different.

I hope they do, but who knows, considering how the final volume didn't add anything I have my doubts they'll add much to Final Stage if anything at all.
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QUOTE (BOZZ @ Nov 28 2013, 12:12 PM)
I hope they do, but who knows, considering how the final volume didn't add anything I have my doubts they'll add much to Final Stage if anything at all.

True, I guess it's hard to add or create something that isn't there, I guess it's all about who makes the decisions at the top. Doesn't seem like a lot of content to make an OAV, I suppose they could pad out the bits in between maybe they will go into the Extra content in the manga.
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Considering how much manga content was left out of 5th Stage, I wouldn't get your hopes up too high for extra content. But then again.. They have added extra things in the past such as the Ryosuke vs. Takumi race that takes place in Third Stage. So who knows...

I really do hope they add some more stuff though.
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QUOTE (Phantom_R32 @ Yesterday, 3:30 AM)
Considering how much manga content was left out of 5th Stage, I wouldn't get your hopes up too high for extra content. But then again.. They have added extra things in the past such as the Ryosuke vs. Takumi race that takes place in Third Stage. So who knows...

I really do hope they add some more stuff though.

A lot of content has been left out since the beginning of Fourth stage.. I don't understand why they decided to rush it and not take it slowly like First to Third stage.
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QUOTE (geokilla @ Dec 2 2013, 02:38 PM)
A lot of content has been left out since the beginning of Fourth stage.. I don't understand why they decided to rush it and not take it slowly like First to Third stage.

I was about to ask what was cut then I remember they removed Keisuke's races. To this day that still puzzles me since the races were animated for Battle Stage 2, even though they were short.

Although I will ask, what did they cut from Fifth Stage?
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QUOTE (BOZZ @ 2 hours, 17 minutes ago)
Although I will ask, what did they cut from Fifth Stage?

The best freaking scene from the manga--Takumi dodging a multi-car wreck on the highway in the Subaru on his way home from the beach with Mika. Basically a bunch of actual 'plot' was cut out in favor of just focusing on races.

It had the potential to be First Stage. Instead it barely escaped being Fourth Stage all over again... and at least Fourth Stage had decent animation and sound effects. sad.gif
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QUOTE (Nomake Wan @ Today, 1:42 AM)
It had the potential to be First Stage.

No. NO. NOPE. Not gonna let you say that. No way. I don't care how faithfully they adapted the plot and executed the animation, there is no way Fifth Stage could ever have been remotely near as good as First Stage. First Stage is a masterpiece. The story that Fifth Stage was adapted from is absolute drivel and suffered from one of the most extreme cases of villain-of-the-week I've ever seen in any story ever. For every fun moment there were five boring ones. For every genuine plot development there were ten rehashes. With the exception of the Shinigami race, the very basis of Fifth Stage was complete shit and no one could have saved it. The final battle with Shinji could have been another glimmer of hope alongside the Shinigami one... if they didn't rush the story so goddamned much and gave it time to finish.

tl;dr - Fifth Stage forever a shit.
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what villain ? unsure.gif only Rin Hojo was a villain until after the race , the rest non were really villains
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QUOTE (mike962 @ 15 minutes, 34 seconds ago)

what villain ?  unsure.gif    only Rin Hojo was a villain until after the race , the rest non were really villains

It's just a term.

Basically, it's like those shows where there's a new villain every episode.

So, basically, racer-of-the-week. Or month in this case.

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QUOTE (kyonpalm @ 6 hours, 23 minutes ago)
No. NO. NOPE. Not gonna let you say that. No way. I don't care how faithfully they adapted the plot and executed the animation, there is no way Fifth Stage could ever have been remotely near as good as First Stage. First Stage is a masterpiece. The story that Fifth Stage was adapted from is absolute drivel and suffered from one of the most extreme cases of villain-of-the-week I've ever seen in any story ever. For every fun moment there were five boring ones. For every genuine plot development there were ten rehashes. With the exception of the Shinigami race, the very basis of Fifth Stage was complete shit and no one could have saved it. The final battle with Shinji could have been another glimmer of hope alongside the Shinigami one... if they didn't rush the story so goddamned much and gave it time to finish.

tl;dr - Fifth Stage forever a shit.

There was actual PLOT and CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT in the manga. The fact that there was some mixed in with the weekly race made it a hell of a lot closer to First than the rest.

If you're butthurt that it sounded like they'd be equivalent, get mad kid. It had potential to have plot and character development. Instead it ended up being Fourth Stage with shittier character designs, shittier interior shots and shittier sound effects.
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QUOTE (Nomake Wan @ 59 minutes, 5 seconds ago)
There was actual PLOT and CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT in the manga.

The manga that you've avoided reading in wait for the anime? I can only assume you've finally read it since you're saying this. I still fail to see any plot and even less character development. Mind explaining?

QUOTE (Nomake Wan @ 59 minutes, 5 seconds ago)
The fact that there was some mixed in with the weekly race made it a hell of a lot closer to First than the rest.

Iketani and the gang discussing the upcoming battle at the gas station doesn't count.

QUOTE (Nomake Wan @ 59 minutes, 5 seconds ago)
Instead it ended up being Fourth Stage with shittier character designs, shittier interior shots and shittier sound effects.

I dare you to draw a comparison between the manga around the time of Fourth Stage and Fifth Stage showing how Fifth Stage's content is any better.
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The manga that you've avoided reading in wait for the anime? I can only assume you've finally read it since you're saying this. I still fail to see any plot and even less character development. Mind explaining?

I dare you to draw a comparison between the manga around the time of Fourth Stage and Fifth Stage showing how Fifth Stage's content is any better.

There was a single volume I flipped through on Perry's request way back when Mika was first introduced for the purposes of promoting her appearance on IDW. It was the only part of the manga post-Fourth-Stage-content that I ever read.

That single volume, to my shock, had actual PLOT and CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT rather than just racing shit. I was like wow, so this is where Fifth Stage is gonna go? Sweet! Aaaaaaand then the one scene from the manga I loved, the one fucking scene... was cut out along with a bunch of other crap. Thanks, Avex!

And I refuse. Not until I get around to actually reading the entire thing from start to finish. We'll see.
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Nomake have you read COUNTACH yet ? since that car manga ended with Vol 28 ? happy.gif
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QUOTE (Nomake Wan @ 9 hours, 3 minutes ago)
There was a single volume I flipped through on Perry's request way back when Mika was first introduced for the purposes of promoting her appearance on IDW. It was the only part of the manga post-Fourth-Stage-content that I ever read.

That single volume, to my shock, had actual PLOT and CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT rather than just racing shit. I was like wow, so this is where Fifth Stage is gonna go? Sweet! Aaaaaaand then the one scene from the manga I loved, the one fucking scene... was cut out along with a bunch of other crap. Thanks, Avex!

And I refuse. Not until I get around to actually reading the entire thing from start to finish. We'll see.

Maybe Final stage will have some of the missing manga bits from fifth but just moved around a little. That could give them more to work with, who knows if they will do that through. :/

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QUOTE (Nomake Wan @ Today, 2:08 AM)
There was a single volume I flipped through on Perry's request way back when Mika was first introduced for the purposes of promoting her appearance on IDW. It was the only part of the manga post-Fourth-Stage-content that I ever read.

I thought so. That's all I needed to know.

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QUOTE (Nomake Wan @ Dec 5 2013, 11:08 PM)
There was a single volume I flipped through on Perry's request way back when Mika was first introduced for the purposes of promoting her appearance on IDW. It was the only part of the manga post-Fourth-Stage-content that I ever read.

That single volume, to my shock, had actual PLOT and CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT rather than just racing shit. I was like wow, so this is where Fifth Stage is gonna go? Sweet! Aaaaaaand then the one scene from the manga I loved, the one fucking scene... was cut out along with a bunch of other crap. Thanks, Avex!

And I refuse. Not until I get around to actually reading the entire thing from start to finish. We'll see.

Can you post the volume / page number or even the screenshot of the page where Takumi avoids the accident(s) in the Impreza? I wana see this, but have never read the manga. Thanks happy.gif

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