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Drift City: Racing MMO

November 28, 2008 in Drift City by banpei

Some time ago I was searching for some drift pictures when I came across this:

Video provided by
Looks quite nice, doesn’t it? 😉

Well, I immediately downloaded the game (700MB!) and installed it and started playing it during my lunch breaks at work.

It is a very nice online MMO in which you can do missions but also do team efforts. The storyline itself is very linear, so everybody has to do the same missions and gets through the same cities as I did so far.

Only thing that costs (real) money are the car-level upgrades and the bling-parts. Car class upgrades means that the level 2 Panda (Sprinter Trueno AE86) I’m driving in can be upgraded to level 3, 4, etc. as long as you pay for it. Of course the Panda doesn’t get as good as the real cars from that level (like the Dodge Viper SRT/10 in car level 8).

And of course I still drive the Panda. At the moment I upgraded it to level 5 and it looks exactly the same as this one:
Drift City Panda (Sprinter Trueno AE86)
The Panda in Drift City (Sprinter Trueno AE86 lookalike)

Currently I just reached level 20, so I finally was able to register a crew. I did not need to think long for the name, so I registered the AEU86 crew.

Feel free to join in! 🙂

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JDM Carina GT-R (Celica Supra) rims

November 27, 2008 in Carina GT-R by banpei

Found these 15 inch Carina GT-R rims (also featured on the Celica Supra and Soarer) on which look exactly like mine:
Carina GT-R rims on
Immaculate Carina GT-R rims on

detais Carina GT-R rims on
Details of the Carina GT-R rims on

clean Carina GT-R rims on
Clean Carina GT-R rims on

These rims are 15 inch, ET +20 so they are actually exactly the same as mine! I took the gamble that the 15 inch Celica Supra rims would be the same size/offset as the Carina and apparently I guessed right!

They cost about 37000 yen (300 euros) so I think the price of these rims are spot on!

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Carina Sightings: Carina GT-R AA63 on Speedhunters

November 26, 2008 in carina sightings by banpei

Some of you may already have read it, but Mike Garrett wrote about the HPI Tsukuba meeting on Speedhunters and wrote about a black Carina GT-R

Black Carina GT-R AA63 on Tsukuba circuit
Black Carina GT-R AA63 on Tsukuba circuit in the paddock

Black Carina GT-R AA63 on Tsukuba circuit drifting
Black Carina GT-R AA63 on Tsukuba circuit drifting

As you can see the Carina is pretty bashed up and misses its front airdam, grille, side indicator lights, and a foglight and one normal light on the left side. The driver must really use the car extensively. 🙂

It is also very nice to see something different than the mainstream white color.

And what I like most about the report is the following comment by Mike Garrett:
This AA63 Toyota Carina was part of the drifting group. These cars are fairly unknown as far vintage rear-drive Japanese cars go. I’d love to own one someday.
I hope that as well! 🙂

Images are courtesy of and were posted here earlier:

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Reading: arcade mania

November 25, 2008 in reading by banpei

Just pre-ordered my copy of Arcade Mania on Amazon:
Arcade Mania book
Arcarde Mania book

As the description on their site says:
Covering classic games from Space Invaders to Street Fighter, as well as the unique, quirky games found only in Japan
Sounds great! Can’t wait to receive it!

Too bad it only gets available after x-mas, otherwise I could have asked my girlfriend to buy it for me as a Christmas present. 😉

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Initial D: Useless merchandising

November 24, 2008 in Initial D by banpei

Was browsing on Amazon and Ebay and it amazed me there was a huge amount of useless merchandising for Initial D fans. And I don’t mean useless merchandising like some tofu sticker to stick on your wannabe tofuboy Silvia S12 with panda paint scheme. Here is my top 3 useless merchandising:

On number three:
useless initial d merchandising on ebay: poker card deck
Initial D Playing poker card deck

Of course you can play poker with this, but not without being laughed at! And what is the deal with the Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 being the Joker?? Is this a joke??

On number two:
useless initial d merchandising on Amazon: plush 12 inch trueno
Initial D: AE86 Trueno Car 12-inch plush

A plush Trueno?? What am I supposed to do with it? Sit on it? Or sleep with it?

On number one:
useless initial d merchandising on Amazon: screw driver set
Initial D 86 Trueno Carbon Bonnet Mini Screw Driver Set

Amazing! A screwdriver set inside the Panda Trueno AE86!! Why? What has this to do with Initial D? Am I missing the link here?? And if this is the normal type, what other types do we have?? And the screwdrivers look like they will break upon loosening any screw! What is that good for?

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Otaku car festival

November 22, 2008 in Anime by banpei

No, this is not about auto-otakus who love JDM machinery like me, but cars of real Japanese otakus in Tokyo.

The otaku car festival featured many many cars all dressed up with anime/manga figures and stickers. Highlights are a Ferrari F430 spider, Lancia Stratos and a BMW M5.

I was looking through the photo gallery and did not really find any interesting JDM cars for the auto-otakus, except for some skylines in the background.

However I did notice these two Toyota Corolla Levins AE101:
Levin AE101 on otaku car festival front
Toyota Corolla Levin AE101 #1 front view

Levin AE101 on otaku car festival side
Toyota Corolla Levin AE101 #1 side view

Levin AE101 on otaku car festival front
Toyota Corolla Levin AE101 #2 front view

Levin AE101 on otaku car festival side
Toyota Corolla Levin AE101 #2 side view

I do not particularly like the way these two AE101s are painted/stickered/etc. but actually I was thinking something like: damn shame of the nice silvertops in those cars… I would certainly know a much better use for those! Does that mean I’m no longer an anime-otaku but rather more an auto-otaku?? 😉