On the official page for the manga series written and illustrated by Shuichi Shigeno, Initial DThe work was announced to have more than 50 million copies in circulation, collected in its 48 published compilation volumes.

Shigeno started publishing the manga in the magazine Weekly young magazine from the publisher Kodansha in June 1995 and finalized in July 2013. The publisher has compiled the work in a total of 48 volumes. However, it was also announced that these will be reissued and reprinted from a total of 24 volumes as part of the twenty-five year anniversary of the franchise.

The work inspired several anime adaptations from various studios. The first adaptation with 26 episodes bears the title First D First stage was produced by Studiokomet In collaboration with Studio gallop, Headed by Shin Misawa and scripts from Koji Kaneda, followed by a second season of thirteen episodes in October 1999, a film in January 2001, a fourth season of 24 episodes in April 2004, a fifth season of 14 episodes in November 2012, and a final season of four episodes in May 2014.

First D summary

The story revolves around Takumi Fujiwara, an ordinary boy and student. His father, Bunta Fujiwara, owns a tofu shop and Takumi is the messenger. To do his job, Takumi uses his father's 1983 Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT Apex AE86 Panda, but has always hated driving since he was forced to drive from an early age.

Deliveries over the years have raised his driving skills to impressive levels and when his friends discover this they introduce him to the racing world of Touge. Takumi eventually begins to love road racing and driving and decides to become the best driver in Gunma Prefecture.

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