Initial D

Season 4 Episode 1

ACT.1: Project D

Aired Unknown Apr 17, 2004 on Animax Entertainment
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Tohru Suetsugu has been eagerly awaiting the upcoming battle between his team, the Seven-Star Leaf, and the challengers, the famous "Project D" racing team. He has a lot at stake besides racing pride, having accepted that if he loses he either gives up racing or his girlfriend, Nao, breaks up with him. As Project D arrives, the Leafs see that it consists of a Mazda RX-7 FD3S and a Toyota AE86. The FD is Keisuke Takahashi’s and the Eight-Six is none other than the Panda Trueno driven by Takumi Fujiwara. Led by Ryosuke Takahashi, Project D is a force to be reckoned with, but they only have one night to learn the course. The first battle is Tohru vs. Takumi on a downhill pursuit styled race.moreless

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    Daiki Nakamura

    Daiki Nakamura

    Tohru Suetsugo

    Guest Star

    Miki Nagasawa

    Miki Nagasawa


    Guest Star

    Seiji Sasaki

    Seiji Sasaki

    Atsuro Kawai

    Guest Star

    Osamu Hosoi

    Osamu Hosoi


    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • License Plate Numbers
        Takumi (eight-six): 55 13-954
        Ryosuke: 58 13-137
        Keisuke: 37 63-887
        Itsuki: 56 11-009
        Bunta (blue car): 52 13-600

        Minivan: 79-464?
        Tohru: 55 86-596
        Atsuro: 34 22-936
        Shinichi (black car): 57 14-036

      • Character debuts:
        Hiroshi Fumihiro (VA: Osamu Hosoi) – Ryosuke's assistant and coordinator for the Project D team. He interacts with the challenging teams to set up races and negotiate rules.
        Shuichi Matsumoto (VA: Rintarou Nishi) – Takumi's mechanic for the Project D team.

    • QUOTES (2)

      • (In a bar talking about Takumi)
        Bunta: That Project D team has been good for him.
        Yuichi: Yeah, that team's been undefeated. And it looks like they're making new records everywhere.
        Bunta: For now. But sooner or later... they will lose

      • (Takumi is racing Tohru)
        Ryosuke: (Thinking to himself) It all begins from here on out... The fastest downhill racer in Gunma... is about to reveal his fangs.

    • NOTES (3)

      • This series was released straight to DVD so the airdates reflect the ones in Japan.

      • Manga Corollary: Volume 17 second half
        Chapter 192, Project D
        Chapter 193, Gunma Road Warrior
        Chapter 194, Double Aces
        Chapter 195, Fear
        Chapter 196, Tohru Matsuhara,the Downhill Kamikaze
        Chapter 197, Ditch Daredevils

        The Seven-Star Leafs story arc begins with this episode.

      • Songs Featured : Manuel - Let's Go, Come On

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