Initial D Sequel MF Ghost stages first animated series trailer
Shuichi Shigeno’s sequel to classic car culture and drifting manga Initial D creeps in with the anime’s first trailer.
MF Phantom, the sequel to the classic Initial D anime, has dropped the first trailer for its upcoming anime adaptation.
The teaser debuted on the official YouTube channel of distributor Avex Pictures. Characters from the new sequel series take a back seat 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 this time being the Toyota 86, the rear-wheel-drive coupe that 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 2023 premiere window.
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 take on luxury supercars such as Lamborghini Huracan, Lexus LC500 and Ferrari 488 GTB. While his racing opponents have beaten him in terms of raw power and torque, Livington has one major advantage: he was trained in the art of drifting by Initial Doriginal protagonist, Takumi Fujiwara.
The new anime is based on the manga series of the same name, first released in 2017 and created by Shuichi Shigeno, Initial Dthe original author of. While Shigeno has created a number of successful manga series, including the motorcycle-focused manga 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 that surrounds it has sold over 48 million copies worldwide and has 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 received several television anime adaptations, which aired from 1998 to 2014, and was recently adapted into a trilogy of animated films, released in Japan from 2014 to 2016. A live-action film based on the manga released in Hong Kong in 2005, starring Cantonese pop stars Jay Chou and Edison Chen.
The series was originally introduced in North America by now defunct distributor Tokyopop, who controversially altered the content of the story and changed the names of the characters in an effort to “Americanize” the story to the general public. A more faithful localization of Initial D manga and anime are now available Kodansha USA and Funimation, respectively.
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