Takumi Fujiwara (藤原拓海 Fujiwara Takumi, known as Tak in the Tokyopop version) is the main protagonist of Initial D, a member of Project D and is friends and associated with the Akina SpeedStars. He is the driver of the Toyota Sprinter AE86 Trueno GT Apex or simply the Eight-Six, originally belonging to his father Bunta, and forcibly became the delivery boy of his father's tofu business, doing deliveries in the morning at Mount Akina.
Despite seemingly not having knowledge of cars, in fact he didn't know that his car was called an Eight-Six, Takumi is a very skilled driver, having driven on Akina since he was in junior high. This caught the attention of other racing teams such as the Akagi RedSuns and the Myogi NightKids who wanted a piece of racing against Takumi.
In his up and coming emergence, he raced against Keisuke Takahashi, NightKids members Takeshi Nakazato and Shingo Shoji, the female racing duo Impact Blue, Kenta Nakamura and finally Ryosuke Takahashi, in which he ended Ryosuke's winning streak. At the same time he was dating Natsuki Mogi.
His winning streak supposedly came to an end when he raced against Kyoichi Sudo, the leader of Emperor at Mount Akagi, however Kyoichi stated that he didn't consider the match a race and just wanted to prove to Takumi that the Eight-Six is not powerful enough against his Evo III. The Eight Six was fixed by Bunta, with a new engine and some upgrades. Now with his fixed Eight-Six, he went up against Wataru Akiyama, a racer from the Saitama region and an Eight-Six driver.
After having a rematch with Kyoichi and racing against Kai Kogashiwa and making amends with Natsuki before going in their separate ways. He joined Ryosuke's new team Project D, which had a similar goal of his previous team the RedSuns. As the downhill driver of Project D, his skill massively improved, racing against tougher opponents from different regions, at the same time he met his second girlfriend Mika Uehara, a golfer.
His final race within Project D was against Sidewinder member Shinji Inui, and though he won, it left the Eight-Six's engine destroyed. He now currently drives Bunta's Subaru Impreza, continuing to race on Mount Akina while also planning on becoming a professional racer.
At the beginning of the series, Takumi worked as a part-time gas boy with Itsuki, along with Iketani , who is a member of the local racing team, the Akina Speed Stars . In the first few episodes both Itsuki and Iketani think that Takumi has no driving ability, due to his apparent disinterest in cars and racing.
However, the owner of the gas station and an old friend of Takumi's father, Yuichi, began to suspect that Takumi has advanced driving techniques; during a work break in which Takumi and his friends were watching a drift race on TV, the group began to discuss drifting techniques.
Though Itsuki was quick to point out what he thought were Takumi's apparent "mistakes" in understanding, Yuichi understood that even though Takumi was unable to come up with the technical terms required to demonstrate a common base of understanding, his hand motions were suspiciously indicative of an experienced driver, if not a racer. Until the race against Keisuke Takahashi, it had remained speculation on his part.
In fact and unbeknownst to most people, Takumi has had far more experience on the touge than Iketani and Itsuki, as Takumi has been driving his father's AE86 Trueno for five years (since he was 12 in his first year of junior high school, 7th grade), delivering tofu to a hotel at 4:00 A.M. every day. Takumi has been manipulated subtly by Bunta into developing driving skills, without being fully aware of Bunta's intent.
Takumi's driving technique makes him the second best racer in Akina, the other being his father; the very fact that he has managed to win races against far more powerful cars with his AE86 Trueno is testament to his driving skills early on in his touge racing career.
As a result of five years of experience on Akina - chief of which Bunta's paper cup training comes to mind - Takumi is able to quickly adapt to nearly any situation that presents itself during a race. One of his greatest strengths is his ability to visualize the road in his head, thus making up for the lack of visibility no matter how dark the mountain pass may be. This only takes effect if he has driven on the road before, which was not the case in some of his later races.
He is considered an instinctive, rather than an intellectual driver, as Ryosuke might be. The mizo-otoshi technique - a difficult "gutter-drop" technique involving driving his AE86's inside tires into rain gutters to defeat centripetal force, arguably defines Takumi, as the use of the technique led him to many victories throughout the story, especially during the initial stages of his racing career.
At first, Takumi was not part of any team - he was just loosely affiliated with the Akina Speed Stars and had only helped during his first race at his father's behest - but, later on, was convinced by Ryosuke Takahashi to join Project D, a special team created by Ryosuke aimed at breaking every course record in Japan.
Takumi often appears docile and weak-minded, but he is stubborn and strong-willed, and many remarks have been said about that by both friend and foe alike. Yuichi realized that Takumi was like his father in his behavior. Because he is not as outwardly ill-tempered as Keisuke, the mechanics of Project D tend to find him docile. However, to those who have raced against him, Takumi possesses tremendous concentration and instinctive insight once behind the wheel (and these qualities are most evident when he is chasing after his opponent). His apparent docility became mental traps for many of his opponents. Keisuke asks Takumi to become professional racers together and now Takumi's eventual goal is to become a professional racer with Keisuke. Keisuke and Takumi become rivals that aspire to the same dream.
As he faces on with his last match against the strongest driver of Sidewinder, and probably his last match as a driver of Project D, his car engine blows a last time, leading till both cars spinning out as Shinji follows suit. With the tires of Takumi's 86 locking up, it sent Takumi's 86 into a spin. Shinji had no choice but to follow. At this moment, with the experience gained from the engine blow in Akagi when going against the Evo III, Takumi instinctively presses on the clutch, freeing up the tires and regained control of the 86 momentarily. However, Takumi was going in reverse with inertia alone. Shinji, on the other hand, lacked actual dogfight experience and didn't know what to do, spinning a full 360 degree, causing him to lose more momentum than Takumi did. Takumi won by crossing the finish line backwards with his 86. Shinji's 86 ended up facing the finish line after the 360 spin. It is debated who actually won, normally a blow engine automatically means defeat but since he crossed the finishline first means that he won.
Takumi is currently dating Mika Uehara a golfer who is training to become a pro golfer
Takumi left Japan for the UK, when he was 20 years old, to participate in the British National Rally Championship. He may be weak on gravel, but he excels on Tarmac. Takumi was known to dramatically overspeed to the point where he catches some air on some races. On his third year, during a test run, his driveshaft malfunctions, causing him to crash. The crash caused Takumi to retire from competitive racing, but he still stood close to the sport. He was now a teacher and mentor, who would eventually teach Kanata Rivington, leading to the main events of MF Ghost.
Likes: Green seasons, Rear end of his AE86, New Balance shoes, naps, racing, Mika, Itsuki, Natsuki.
Dislikes: Showoffs, Losing, Girls that flirt, cheaters, fraudsters, Natsuki dating with the Mercedes man, Mercedes man, Misfiring Systems
Blood type: A
Voted second coolest male student of all the third year students
|Car||Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT-APEX (AE86)|
|Plate||13-954 (3-954), classification 55 (main series), 26-749 (2-674), classification 50 (Legend Series)|
|Color||High Tech Two-Tone|
|Engine||OEM 1.6L 16v Bluetop 4A-GEU 150 PS (1st Stage), TRD Group A AE101 1.6L 20v Silvertop 4A-GELU 240 PS (2nd Stage onwards) (carbureted with dry sump oiling system in manga)|
|Custom Parts||Cibie T353 Amber Fog Lights, RS Watanabe Eight Spoke F8-Type Wheels (Black), TRD 2-Way LSD, TRD Crossed 3 w/ 4.778 Final Drive (4th Stage), TRD Crossed 5 w/ 5.375 Final Drive (2nd and 3rd Stage), Fujitsubo Legalis R Muffler, OEM Door Visors (Until 5th Stage), ItalVolanti Admiral Red Trim Steering Wheel (owned since 1st stage and changed to Tom's steering wheel in 4th stage Manga), Smiths 12,000 RPM Tachometer (later changed to Ultra clubsport tachometer), Smiths auxiliary gauges (Oil Pressure/Water Temperature), TRD Bucket racing Seats, Takata 4-point drift harnesses, Vent Cup Holder, TRD Carbon Fiber Hood + Carbon Fiber Headlights (4th-Final Stage), TRD Front shocks converted to coilovers W/ Short Stroke rear Adjustable Suspension Kit, TRD 4 point roll bar (Cusco 6 point roll cage in Manga) Cusco Strut Bar and Lightweight FRP Rear Gate with Acrylic Windows (5th-Final Stage), Fujiwara Tofu Shop Sticker (Right side only).|
Live Action Movie
- The kanji in his given name, Takumi, mean "wide, open" and "ocean", and his family name, Fujiwara, refers to "wisteria field".
- In Volume 5, its revealed Takumi's weakness is gone.
- His mother has not shown up throughout the series, and Bunta has never made any mention of his mother. For his part, Takumi has never questioned why, either.
- It can be assumed that Bunta and Takumi's mother are divorced, or Takumi's mother may had passed on.
- He apparently resembles Shinji Inui. Both had driven on their own home course respectively for a long time since their younger days, due to a similar reason which is to help their parents.
- He made a cameo in a print ad with an orange Toyota 86. (pictured)
- In the manga, Takumi wears a Maple Leafs jersey while dating Natsuki Mogi at Lake Akina.
- In the last episode of Final Stage, he seems surprised after driving past a new 86 with a plate saying 86-239 (hachiroku ni sankyu) which means Thank you, Eight-Six.
- In Initial D Legend 3, a new 86 (ZN6) appears pulling up to the gas station Takumi works at while they discuss the problem with Takumi spacing out before the race with Ryosuke.. It was debadged. Later on, Takumi was challenged by the same 86 into an impromptu race during a delivery, and on that same moment the water in the cup spills and the screen turns to white. The identity of the driver isn't revealed, but his voice and face lead many to believe it may be a nod to a future Takumi.
- Takumi was mentioned in Shuichi Shigeno's new manga, MF Ghost, as the protagonist's tutor by Fumihiro. Fumihiro also mentions the Fujiwara Zone and his signature Panda Trueno in one of the chapters in comparison to the protagonist.
- In the Animax version of Initial D: Fourth Stage which is the only series to be dubbed in Tagalog in the Philippines except the previous series. Takumi is voiced by Matteo Guidicelli is an international car racer who takes upon international car racing and later became a local singer and actor in the broadcasting network, ABS-CBN.