Creator says sequel will be on rally races

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Initial D creator Shuuichi Shigeno said the sequel to Initial D won’t be about drifting or street racing, but rally racing.

Ever since Initial D’s Final Stage hit the manga and then was animated and released, fans of the series have practically put this popular anime on the proverbial shelf as one of the best car-based series of all time. But according to Anime News Network on their latest findings earlier last week, it looks like Initial D (as we know it) might not be over after all. Shuuichi Shigeno, the creator of Initial D, reportedly said that if there was a sequel to the popular racing series, it would involve rally racing instead.

“When Initial D was starting, I envisioned highway racing and rally racing, ”said Shigeno. “From now on, I would like to continue drawing manga, and if I do a Initial D 2, I would like to talk about rally racing.

Spoiler alert! When the Endgame of Initial D finally ended its 18-year run, Project D practically completed its task of creating a pair of pilot aces in Takumi Fujiwara and Keisuke Takahashi. The final episodes of Initial D saw Takumi fighting another Hachi-Roku with Takumi’s engine exploding in the final tandem. We then find out that the “D” in the initial actually meant “dream” and thus ended the series.

Keisuke leaves the Gunma area and Project D closes his shop.

Since the manga was dubbed into English and popularized in the United States, many fans of the series have come to know and love many chassis that are still popular today. This includes the original AE-86, FD RX-7, and the Mitsubishi Evolution, among others.

While the creator hasn’t explicitly given details on what the Rally Racing episodes would involve, we’d love to have Takumi return. As a tribute to his original AE-86, maybe if they swapped an AWD drivetrain under a BRZ and let Takumi let go, fans of the series would go nuts.

But for now, we’ll just have to keep our ears on the ground to see if Shuuichi comes up with anything new.


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