Shuichi Shigeno’s sequel to classic car culture and drifting manga Initial D sneaks into the anime’s first trailer.
MF Phantomsequel to the classic Initial D anime, has released the first trailer for its upcoming anime adaptation.
The teaser debuted on distributor Avex Pictures’ official YouTube channel. Characters from the new sequel series take a backseat in the new trailer, which focuses entirely on the cars from the new anime. Like the original initial D, MF Ghost’s drift-focused mountain racing will feature real cars, with the flagship vehicle this time being Toyota’s 86, the rear-drive coupe the Japanese automaker co-developed with Subaru to succeed its classic AE86 Corolla, which was the original series’ standout car. Additional details about the new anime, including its cast and crew, have yet to be revealed. The series received a first window of 2023.
MF Phantom takes place several years after the events of Initial D, and focuses on a new protagonist, Kanata Livington. Livington is a half-Japanese, half-British teenager who uses his custom Toyota 86 to race against luxury supercars such as Lamborghini Huracan, Lexus LC500 and Ferrari 488 GTB. While his racing opponents beat him in raw horsepower and torque, Livington has one major advantage: he was trained in the art of drifting by Initial DThe original protagonist of Takumi Fujiwara.
The new anime is based on the manga series of the same name, first published in 2017 and created by Shuichi Shigeno, Initial Dthe original author. While Shigeno has created a number of successful manga series, including the motorcycle-focused series Bari Bari Densetsu and the ace sailor sports manga, Initial D remains his most internationally recognized creation. Shigeno’s manga about Japanese drift racing and the subculture surrounding it has sold over 48 million copies worldwide and spawned numerous adaptations in other media. Video game publisher Sega has created dozens of Initial D racing games, which have become one of the company’s most successful arcade releases over the past two decades. The series has received several television anime adaptations, which aired from 1998 to 2014, and was most recently adapted into a trilogy of anime films, which were released in Japan from 2014 to 2016. A live-action film based about manga was released in Hong Kong in 2005, which featured Cantonese pop-stars Jay Chou and Edison Chen.
The series was originally brought to North America by now-defunct distributor Tokyopop, who controversially edited the story content and changed character names in an effort to “Americanize” the story for the General public. A more faithful localization of the Initial D manga and anime are available now from Kodansha USA and Funimation, respectively.
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