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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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QUOTE (E30Six @ 58 minutes, 59 seconds ago)
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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QUOTE (Perry @ Yesterday, 12:30 PM)
You bet cha!

http://idforums.net/index.php?showtopic=45225 happy.gif

Awww yeah. Thanks bro, I appreciate that. I wish I could give "likes" out to your posts, but, I hope this will suffice. pinch2.gif
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Initial D Final Stage is the last and final stage in the series. Finally.
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So when does Spring officially start? lol

I cant wait any longer, I want to finish this series already. Im very behind in watching Naruto Shippuden lol
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QUOTE (vhsfootball_82 @ 2 hours, 44 minutes ago)
So when does Spring officially start? lol

I cant wait any longer, I want to finish this series already. Im very behind in watching Naruto Shippuden lol

apparently 8/23/14...
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QUOTE (langjie @ Today, 12:59 PM)
apparently 8/23/14...

That's the release date for the The Trilogy Movie Part 1, not Final Stage. There is no confirmed release date for Final Stage other than "Spring 2014."
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The biggest thing I think they missed out of 5th stage is the Bunta & Kai's Father talk at the lake and Ryosuke & Shinigami built up was pretty lack luster. I haven't read past 5th stage but I hope they don't miss out on such interesting (but not nessesary) points like that.
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As we all know Final Stage is going to be wrapping up a few loose ends for those who have not read the manga.

One of the more interesting points being a race between Takumi and Keisuke.

Well of course there is going to be one , Project D IS about them after all .. and well if you wana know whats going to happen......

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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.


INITIAL D FINAL STAGE
Trailer: Not Available Yet.
Official Website: http://www.animax.co.jp/special/initial-d
Available on Animax PLUS 2014.05.16
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Finaly ... Thank u perry .. I can't wait rolleyes.gif
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I don't get it

4 episodes ?? released at once or again in weeks/months ??
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QUOTE (mike962 @ 18 minutes, 51 seconds ago)
I don't get it

4 episodes ?? released at once or again in weeks/months ??

Doesn't say. Assume it's one per something.
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I do wonder what they intend to fit into those four episodes. Are they going to go back and re-introduce the lead up to Takumi and Shinji? Or will they add more content after their race? It's unlikely that the race will take 4 episodes alone.
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QUOTE (Jezza_HR @ 7 hours, 35 minutes ago)
I do wonder what they intend to fit into those four episodes. Are they going to go back and re-introduce the lead up to Takumi and Shinji? Or will they add more content after their race? It's unlikely that the race will take 4 episodes alone.

4 episodes of the usual 20-23 min results a total of 80-88 min which is the standard OVA so don't understand why they split it in 4 eps instead of just 1 OVA facepalm.gif

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Added seven new images in the first post:

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These are from the Initial D Final Stage Vol.1 & 2 DVD page on Amazon Japan. These are believed to be the broadcast resolution on Animax PLUS's VOD service, not the actual screencaps from the Final Stage DVDs.
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First post updated with title of ACT.1. The first episode's title is called "Natural" Most likely referring to Shinji as he's more of a "natural" driver than Takumi was.
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More natural than Takumi? So he must have drove that car and his touge even more than Takumi drove Akina. tongue.gif

I got some more shocking things to reveal. In the soundtrack list of Initial D Fifth Stage, you have the car sounds of almost all cars of Fifth Stage.
Then, the second last Boost Sound is this one: AE86 Sound

I think it's Shinji's AE86, because there aren't any other 4AGE in Fifth Stage with the standard sound. But what scares me, is that when you hear the engine revving: after that he takes off. Assume he goes full throttle, it takes about 9 seconds before the speed chime rings = 0-100 km/h (0-62.14mp/h)!! blink.gif

So that means that the engine should be around 130-140 HP! Okay, I know that this only counts for the car it was recorded with. Still, shouldn't they have used a faster sounding car, or was 140HP enough?

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any info on voice actors ? very important the VA for MIKA is he is absent or returns ?

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QUOTE (Vortrex @ 2 hours, 45 minutes ago)
I got some more shocking things to reveal. In the soundtrack list of Initial D Fifth Stage, you have the car sounds of almost all cars of Fifth Stage.
Then, the second last Boost Sound is this one: AE86 Sound

I think it's Shinji's AE86, because there aren't any other 4AGE in Fifth Stage with the standard sound. But what scares me, is that when you hear the engine revving: after that he takes off. Assume he goes full throttle, it takes about 9 seconds before the speed chime rings = 0-100 km/h (0-62.14mp/h)!! blink.gif

So that means that the engine should be around 130-140 HP! Okay, I know that this only counts for the car it was recorded with. Still, shouldn't they have used a faster sounding car, or was 140HP enough?

I think this might be overanalysing a little bit.
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Looks like we'll get the first two episodes free again like Fifth Stage. Red outlined the phrase in question. It means "Exclusive Preceding Free Delivery"

Added all four episodes title and the air date schedule in the first post.

Episode Discussion and Downloads:
  • ACT.1 -「ナチュラル」"Natural"
  • ACT.2 -「最強の敵」"The Strongest Enemy"
    Discussion & Download Thread (Not Available Yet)
  • ACT.3 - 「危険な匂い」"Dangerous Scent"
  • ACT.4 - 「プロジェクト・ドリーム」"Project Dream"
    Discussion & Download Thread (Not Available Yet)

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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"Project Dream" I guess that leaves no doubts whatsoever
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Ugh... its gonna take forever to have someone properly translate these episodes since no one really wanted to subbed 5th stage when it came out. crying2.gif
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QUOTE (W.A.R @ 27 minutes, 14 seconds ago)
Ugh... its gonna take forever to have someone properly translate these episodes since no one really wanted to subbed 5th stage when it came out. crying2.gif

I think Central-Anime would sub Final Stage. Let me ask Heibi and see what he says.
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The official page has updated today. Check it out: http://mv.avex.jp/initial/initial.html

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Here are the translation:

QUOTE
公道最速バトル最終章
ハチロク vs. ハチロク
物語はついに終局へ!

The final chapter of the fastest street battle
Hachiroku vs Hachiroku
The ultimate ending of the story

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STORY
主人公藤原拓海は、前作「5th Stage」にて PROJECT.D のメンバーの一人として関東の聖地「箱根峠」へ向かう。そこではこれまでのバトルを越える強者が彼らの前に立ちはだつた。
同じAE86スプリンタートレノを運転する年下の天才ドライバーとの戦い。今、関東最速をかけた最後の熱い公道バトルがいよいよ幕を開ける!

As one of the PROJECT.D members, protagonist Takumi Fujiwara is going to race on the "Hakone Touge", the holy land of Kanto. Stands before him is possibly the strongest enemy he has ever encountered up until this point.

Also behind the wheel of an AE86 Sprinter Trueno, the young genius opponent will be fighting against Takumi in this final street battle for the "Kanto's Fastest" title. The race will be kicking off finally!
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Have to disagree with some of you guys. When I first watched 5th stage piece by piece, I 'initially' (pun intended) thought it was crap and like many felt the quality had fallen. However, I watched the marvelous Blue-ray versions in one sitting and was blow away by it.

It's translated better. The picture and sound quality is very good. Some of the character animations do falter, but unless its a Madhouse production, most serial anime tends to be like this. The subtlety of the 3D cars is spot on.

Which brings me to the Shinigami race. It's easily in my top three Initial D races and solidifies Ryosuke as a bad ass. It's edited dramatically. The sound design and soundtrack made it a spectacle, even though I knew how it was going to turn out.

There was not that much character development in the 5th stage manga to begin with, so I didn't expect much in the anime.

I suggest a re-watch using the Blue-ray version and see how well it plays out vs. the forced two episodes a month thing.

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