Friday video: Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 “Next One” campaign

January 30, 2015 in video

Just hot from the press: Toyota released three mini movies (3 minutes each) called The World Is One in their Next One campaign featuring the Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 in three continents: Japan, Africa (South Africa) and Australia.
Toyota Corolla Levin AE86
The movie really feels like following the Initial D vibe: two high school students, the nerdy one falls in love with a girl, works his ass of to get a license and a car and then buys a kouki zenki Toyota Corolla Levin AE86. They both go for a ride in the AE86: drifting/hooning off and then cruising along the shores. There the girl is found with another guy and see for yourselves the ending in all three parts. It is really well made!

Japan: Read the rest of this entry →

Hilarious: Initial D Cosplay (part 2)

January 19, 2015 in hilarious

Seven years ago I posted a funny picture of Initial D cosplayers, so when I bumped into these two cosplay pictures I remembered the first vividly:
Hilarious: Initial D Cosplay
I must say these costumes are really sturdy made: three of them are based on shopping strollers. Itsuki’s Levin looks horrible, Takumi’s Sprinter Trueno even worse and the Subaru Impreza 22b looks acceptable. Ryosuke’s Mazda Savanna RX-7 looks the best and I bet the most sweat and tears were put into that costume!
BTW: the best looking character is Bunta Fujiwara in the Subaru! That guy really lives up to the original role!

Now there is another Takumi in the second picture: Read the rest of this entry →

Sanctuary: the Initial D Fujiwara Tofu shop (part two)

January 15, 2014 in sanctuary

Yesterday I already posted about the demolishing of the Initial D Fujiwara Tofu Shop and that it used to be a shrine for Initial D fans throughout the world. For those who felt really sad about the demolishing: the store front actually has been saved and moved in 2012 to the nearby Yokota Museum.
Sanctuary Fujiwara Tofu Shop in Yakota Museum
What happened was that there was no original store. Shuichi Shigeno just drew up a tofu store that resembled the average tofu store in small Japanese towns. When Andrew Lau and his crew were scouting locations in Shibukawan for the Initial D movie they found the Fujino tofu store and it resembled the store in the manga quite well and they altered the sign to Fujiwara Tofu Shop. After the movie Mr. Fujino never changed his sign back to Fujino Tofu Shop.

I made a couple of manga cut outs to show the difference between the manga and the Fujino Tofu Store: Read the rest of this entry →

Sanctuary: the Initial D Fujiwara Tofu shop (Haruna)

January 14, 2014 in sanctuary

Yes, a new idea/section/regular just emerged: sanctuaries!
Why? Well basically last night I suffered from insomnia and for whatever reason my mind wandered to the original Initial D Tofu shop which is located in Shibukawan next to Mount Haruna (the town called Akina in Initial D) and that the original tofu shop has been demolished about three years ago. This is the photo Alexi took to prove it has been demolished:
Sanctuary: Intitial D Fujiwara Tofu Shop in Haruna
So I was wondering how many fanboys actually posed (or their cars) in front of the tofu shop when visiting Shibukawan or Mount Haruna, so here is a whole gallery of cars, tofu shops and people posing in front of it!

Also in case you are wondering where to find the place, this is the location on Google Streetview: Read the rest of this entry →

Video: Initial D Fifth Stage episode 2

November 22, 2012 in video

Last weekend Episode 2 of Initial D Fifth Stage has been broadcasted in Japan. Obviously it was fansubbed just within a couple of days!
Initial D Fifth Stage Episode 2
This episode focusses on the battle between Keisuke in his RX7 and Kobayakawa in his LanEvo VII.

A bit different this time is that I actually managed to embed the video: Read the rest of this entry →