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Initial D - Battle 1 - Akina's Downhill Specialist
Initial D - Battle 1 - Akina's Downhill Specialist
Actors: Nobuyuki Hiyama, Michiko Neya, Yumi Kakazu, Kôsuke Okano, Keiji Fujiwara
Director: Masami Hata
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
UR     2003     2hr 30min

Initial D tells the story of a 17-year-old delivery boy named Tak, who suddenly finds himself caught up in the heart-stopping world of street racing. Tak drives the "Eight-Six", a street term for the Toyota Trueno AE86. Wh...  more »


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Actors: Nobuyuki Hiyama, Michiko Neya, Yumi Kakazu, Kôsuke Okano, Keiji Fujiwara
Director: Masami Hata
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Animation, Drama, Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
Studio: Tokyopop Pictures
Format: DVD - Color - Animated,Dubbed
DVD Release Date: 09/16/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 2hr 30min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English, Japanese, English

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Movie Reviews

TOKYOPOP really should get a backbone.
silkreelingpower | Lubbock, TX United States | 08/13/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)

"It's mangled, just like the manga (US release). In the English version on the disc, they really bent over for American Censorship (TM). K.T.? Natalie? Iggy? Who came up with these names? Also, the original creators actually sampled the authentic engine sounds for each of the different cars for the original version. But the english audio has these "tricked out" rice rockets in an attempt to be "cooler' and "more hip" to the same people who think "The Fast and the Furious" is real. The background music as well was mangled, as they replaced the original tracks with - face it - horrible garage and punk bands. The major KICK-IN-THE-PANTS is that the relationship between Natsumi (errr, Natalie?) and her "daddy" has been deeply removed. I guess enjou kosai is too deep a subject for American audiences. My advice? Don't buy the TOKYOPOP release. Save your money for the R2's."
Inital D-Battle 1
iamssgoku | USA | 10/04/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I love Initial D. Initial D is one of the best animes out there. And I've been paciently waiting its arrival in the U.S. After buying and watching Battle 1 I've got a few things to say. There's good knews and bad knews. The good knews is that Inital D is a great show. The story, the characters, the cars, and definately the racing is awesome. I really like the whole CG effect used. The bad knews is that the "tricked out" version on this dvd is absolute garbage. They changed way too much. First off, they changed the music from the awesome eurobeat techno type of stuff which gets your blood pumping, to some really gay and loud rap. Not only is the music horrible, but in almost all parts of the episodes, the music is so loud you can't here what the characters are saying. Another bad thing is that the voices and some of the things they say have been somewhat changed. There is not possible way that they could have made Iggy's voice more annoying. The good thing is the enhanced video. It seems that the picture is clearer and brighter than the orriginal which makes it much easier to watch. Despite all these drawbacks, the best thing is that you can watch the original Japanese on this dvd. My advice is to choose the original version, make sure subtitles are on, and then also make sure in the settings part the video is on enhanced video. Because that way you can watch it with original music and voices, yet keep the higher quality video. That is the savior of this DVD. If it weren't for the horrible english version that has been created, I would have given this DVD a 5. Get it, no questions asked. Just make sure you watch it in Japanese. ^_^"
Save your $$
Liquid | New Mexico | 10/03/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Ugh, I've been a fan of Initial D for several years. For those of you not familiar with Initial D, the series has been divided into three stages, 1st stage, 2nd stage, and 3rd stage. From reading about the product on the website it sounded to me like this dvd contained all episosdes from first stage (probably 10+ episodes, im not sure the exact number). Well in actuality this dvd has 3 episodes from first stage, barely enough episodes to get the plot even started. I was very dissapointed when I found this out. Also, even though they have a classic setting on the dvd, they still changed the subtitles. Even despite that they change the wording, what I found particularly annoying was that they tended to cut long sentences in half. If you can read at any reasonable speed though, you are left waiting to read the next half of the sentence. It makes the dialog feel much less smooth. Maybe for the price I shouldn't have expected all of the first stage episodes, but at the same time, 3 episodes at probabably 20-25 minutes each doesn't seem like its worth what I paid (although with all the extra features they get to say they have 150 minutes of footage). I was extremely dissapointed with this product, and I'm going to go see if I can exchange it or anything right this second."
A Must Have Anime For Car Lovers
Adonis J. Johnson | Atlanta, Georgia | 03/04/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Man I am reading some of your reviews and I must say STOP BI*CHING! I mean I see people complaining about the American version of Inital D and how they changed the music SO WHAT! Toykopop also added the Japanese verison for people that like to read the fast subtitles and miss the action.The story is great about Tak not even knowing that he is a born street racer and he non-shalate (sp?) atittude makes he a very good main character. To me this is the best of Anime and street racing all in one cartoon!"