Bunta Fujiwara (藤原 文太 Fujiwara Bunta) is the owner of a tofu shop in Gunma, and the father of Takumi. He used to be the No.1 downhill racer in Mt. Akina years ago, but he no longer races, preferring to guide Takumi's racing development. He is the original driver of the mysterious "white ghost of Akina" AE86 Sprinter Trueno that holds the record of the fastest downhill time at Akina. Bunta has a unique way of training his son to drive - every morning when Takumi delivers tofu. Bunta gives Takumi a cup of water which is placed in the drink holder; Takumi must not spill even a drop of it while he is driving. This is ostensibly to prevent breaking the tofu in the boot, but it forces Takumi to drive very smoothly. As for Bunta, he is still considered the best downhill racer in Akina, which is shown early in the series when he pushes the Trueno with Yuichi in the passenger seat, lighting a cigarette while drifting around a corner.
Later in the series, Takumi used the Trueno more than Bunta, so he gave the car to Takumi. While test driving a Subaru Impreza WRX STi Type R Version V on Akina, he defeated his son, inducing a AWD complex in Takumi. Bunta decided to buy the car, but hid this fact from Takumi for some time. After revealing that he was the driver, he then told Takumi to alternate between the Impreza and his Eight-Six for deliveries - another strategy to improve Takumi as a driver, showing him the potential of modern cars and the characteristics of AWD. While this shows his training strategy, it is seen that Bunta is, once again, proven to be the most formidable opponent in Akina.
Bunta is thought to have been undefeated during his time as a street racer. There is some dialog between Tachibana and Iketani that could possibly dispute this, but the vague description of events leaves the actual results up to speculation. Specifically, this dialog occurs during the Tochigi campaign (volume 15 of the manga, or the Third Stage movie) when Tachibana explains the rivalry between Bunta and Ken Kogashiwa. According to Tachibana, Bunta and Ken completed multiple races on the Irohazaka road to determine who was truly the fastest street racer, and "on the last race that counted", Bunta won. This could mean that Bunta possibly lost one or more rounds, but this idea is never discussed further as the dialog was written solely to provide a racing pedigree for Ken's son, who had recently challenged Takumi to a race on the same road.
Likes: The sound of a carburetor, tobacco, smoking
Dislikes: Large cars, flashy cars with big wings
Special skills: Gutter run/technique, No-steering drift/Smoking drift
|Car||Subaru Impreza WRX STi Coupe Type R Version V (GC8D)|
|Plate||13-600, classification 52, 2-210, Classification 73 (Arcade Stage Zero)|
|Color||Sonic Blue Mica (Anime, Arcade Stage 4, 5, 6 AA, 7 AAX, 8 ∞ and Extreme Stage)/Cool Gray Metallic (Manga, Arcade Stage 1, 2 and 3, Special Stage and Street Stage)|
|Engine||Turbocharged (VF28) 2.0L H4 STi EJ207|
|Transmission||Symmetrical AWD 5-Speed Standard|
|Custom Parts||STi WR Car-type front bumper (different from the limited run 22B STi Version), STi Sports interior trim (red accented), STi Sports Momo steering wheel (black with red accents), Bridgestone Potenza RE-01 tires, Original Sports exhaust, Unknown Boost Gauge|
- In Initial D: Arcade Stage 3 and the later installments, Bunta is never seen smoking at any point. This is probably to keep the age rating low. The games preceding that, he smokes in the original Japanese release.