Three Drifting Anime Movies




The Los Angeles based film distribution company, Azoland Pictures proudly announced that they will be distributing the Initial D Legend trilogy in partnership with Sentai Filmworks across North American theaters starting this February. Then they will take the theaters in Canada to the races in April. The new films feature a retelling of the popular anime series based on the manga title originally created by author Shuichi Shigeno. Parts 1 and 2 of the story, “Legend 1: Awakening” and“Legend 2: Racer,” will be in theaters as a double feature on February 23, 2018 and the final installment, “Legend 3: Dream” on March 9, 2018. Details on tickets and showtimes will be available on the official Azoland Pictures website ( Fans of this high-octane franchise will enjoy an exclusive Initial D Movie giveaway item with every ticket purchased while supplies last. The Initial D Legend trilogy will be featured in the original Japanese language with English subtitles.

This is especially true if you did not or were not able to follow the series during it’s live television broadcast years ago. We are very fortunate to be able to follow the anime series for a while now here at Anime Pad. This is a great way to bring it to life for many.

Fans both old and new to the Initial D franchise can enjoy the new films as each part tells the story of Takumi Fujiwara and his journey to becoming the most revered driver among the world of Japanese illegal street racing. JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) car enthusiasts will see all their favorites including the Toyota AE86 (A.K.A The “Hachi-roku”), Mazda RX-7 (FD3S & FC3S), Nissan Silvia (S13 & S14), Nissan Skyline GT-R and many more. Fans can experience in the theaters Takumi’s battles against his formidable foes depicted using latest CG animation and realistic sounds of each vehicle type which were recorded at a motorsport race track to demonstrate authenticity. SEE Trailer

The films features an all-star voice cast including: Mamoru Miyano (Ling Yao in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Rin Matsuoka in Free!, Ryuji Sakamoto in Persona 5) playing Takumi Fujiwara, Yuichi Nakamura (Gray Fullbuster in Fairy Tail, Hotaro Oreki in Hyoka, Kyosuke Kosaka in Oreimo) as Keisuke Takahashi, Daisuke Ono (Sebastian Michaelis in Black Butler, Jotaro Kujo in Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures: Star Crusaders, Erwin Smith in Attack on Titan) as Ryosuke Takahashi, and Maaya Uchida (Rea Sanka in Sankarea, Ayame Yomogawa in Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, Hiyori Iki in Noragami Aragoto) as Natsuki Mogi.


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


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?

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