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New Initial D Anime Film Trilogy Heads to North American Theaters

initial dRacing fans, get ready, because the full New Theatrical Movie Initial D Legend Trilogy is coming to select theaters throughout North America. Los Angeles-based film distributor Azoland Pictures announced plans to team up with Sentai Filmworks to distribute the Initial D Legend movies starting this February.

Parts 1 and 2, Legend 1: Awakening and Legend 2: Racer, will make their debut as a double feature on February 23. The final chapter, Legend 3: Dream, closes things out on March 9. You can check Azoland’s site for theater information and tickets.

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About Initial D Legend 1: Awakening

The wheels are set in motion as Koichiro Iketani of the Akina Speedstars witnesses a mysterious driver outmaneuver and beat rival, Keisuke Takahashi of Akagi RedSuns. The impromptu race, he later discovers, was won by none other than his very own co-worker at the gas station, Takumi Fujiwara, the son of a legendary racer. In the high-paced world of street racing, Takumi shakes it up with an extraordinary racing style as the Akina Speedstars and the RedSuns go head to head on Mount Akina.

About Initial D Legend 2: Racer

The leader of rival group Myogi NightKids, Takeshi Nakazato, wants to challenge the now infamous Takumi Fujiwara in a race down Mount Akina. As Takumi questions his identity as a racer, he finds that, there’s more to lose than just a simple race. When another member of the NightKids causes Takumi’s friend to crash his car, Takumi takes on the treacherous twists and turns down Mount Akina in his most challenging race yet.

About Initial D Legend 3: Dream

Takumi Fujiwara has garnered the attention of the legendary street racer Ryosuke Takahashi, leader of the Akagi RedSuns. As he prepares for the biggest race of his life, Takumi finds himself trying to juggle his passion for racing with his personal life. With his girlfriend Natsuki wondering about their relationship, and his friends conflicting agendas, can Takumi find the answers behind the wheel?


Original Creator: Shuichi Shigeno
Chief Director: Masamitsu Hidaka
Director: Tomohito Naka
Screenplay: Mayori Sekijima
Character Designer: Koji Haneda
Music: Akio Dobashi
CG Director: Kentaro Iijima
Art Director: Shinichi Uehara
Color Design: Mineyo Onishi
Director of Photography: Shinsuke Ikeda
Editing: Kiyoshi Hirose
Sound Director: Yoji Shimizu
Production Studios: Sanzigen/ Liden Films


Takumi Fujiwara: Mamoru Miyano
Ryosuke Takahashi: Daisuke Ono
Keisuke Takahashi: Yuichi Nakamura
Natsuki Mogi: Maaya Uchida
Itsuki Takeuchi: Minoru Shiraishi
Takeshi Nakazato: Junichi Suwabe
Bunta Fujiwara: Hiroaki Hirata