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Initial D 頭文字D Fifth Stage - Episode 1 "Encounter of Destiny" (English subtitles) 720p HD
November 6, 2012
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頭文字D Initial D Fifth Stage - Episode 1 "Encounter of Destiny"
Initial D (頭文字 (Kashiramoji)（イニシャル）D Inisharu Dī) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Shuichi Shigeno. It has been serialized in Kodansha's Young Magazine since 1,995, with the chapters collected into 45 tankōbon volumes to date. The story focuses on the world of illegal Japanese street racing, where all the action is concentrated in the mountain passes and rarely in cities nor urban areas, and with the drift racing style emphasized in particular. Professional race car driver and pioneer of drifting Keiichi Tsuchiya helps with editorial supervision. The story is centered on the prefecture of Gunma, more specifically on several mountains in the Kantō region and in their surrounding cities and towns. Although some of the names of the locations the characters race in have been fictionalized, all of the locations in the series are based on actual locations in Japan.
It has been adapted into several television anime and original video animations series by OB Planning, Studio Comet, Studio Gallop, Pastel, and A.C.G.T. A live action film by Avex and Media Asia was released in 2,005. Both the manga and anime series were initially licensed for English-language distribution in North America by Tokyopop (2,002--2,009), though the anime license has since been picked up by Funimation Entertainment, while the manga is no longer available.