Initial D, I hear you ask, as in what is it or what does it stand for….
You may not know but Initial D is a Japanese publishing juggernaut of a comic book, totaling 48 volumes between 1995 and 2013.
I actually imported a copy of this game and played it to completion which considering around 50% of the menus are in complete Japanese is pretty good (I may have had a friend translate once or twice for me).
The greatest thing about this game was the fact that it was pretty much the anime series contained within a video game, like for like overall. The fact that it was a tough game drifting down a mountainside by night in an AE86 Corolla with only your headlights for company.
To this day Sega still maintains the Arcade version of Initial D including tournaments and everything!
What has always amazed me most about the whole Initial D culture is that in the stories the cars are usually always discreetly modified and based as far as I can tell on real world mechanics and modifications which is something to be applauded in our current world of CGI based Fast & Furious movies (I am a fan of F&F but it’s hardly real world).
Even more suprising is that Initial D also has its own museum exhibit in the Yokata Museum in Japan.
This is a show that we can all binge watch with the best of them, lets campaign for Netflix to get it online so we can watch it all in a weekend……