I was never interested in Japanese anime, it just never attracted me. One day, I decided to watch Initial D. I started with checking out footage of it on youtube. The anime featured that panda schemed AE86 going tandem drifting with more powerful Japanese Icons while ridiculous rave and rock music are playing in the background.
The whole action felt like it played 1.5 times slower, which was somehow awkward.
The anime features some interesting trivia, stories, etc about the drift world & culture. Though it was the AE86 that captivates you due to the fact it is the underdog of the series. Ideas ran inside my high-school college student head like: ‘Sh*t!! its a cheap car! I can afford it and do lots of drifting and serious driving with it!! I wont have to kill myself saving up for a 350Z or a Mustang!! No!! I wanna do it myself and I want to start from scratch! Growing step by step and modifying my ride as required!!!’
15 minutes later, you close that Youtube window and wonder about the fact not a single anime junkie, I know of, is aware of this series..
Initial D did the AE86 a favor by making popular in other parts of the world where people are not that familiar with the car, like here the middle east. Most of the AE86s in the region arrived during the 80s are left to rust to the ground in some scrap yard.
Initial D Fifth Stage, will be launching during November 2012. It will feature faster more exciting animations as far they confirmed.