Item description for Initial D, Book 1 by Michael French...
Only the fearless survive in the white-hot world of street racing, as teams take on dangerous roads in the shadow of Akina Mountain. Behind the wheel of the mysterious `Ghost of Akina` is Takumi, on his way to becoming the greatest racer ever.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.5" Width: 5" Height: 0.73" Weight: 0.51 lbs.
Release Date May 7, 2002
ISBN 1931514984 ISBN13 9781931514989 UPC 645573044985
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More About Michael French
Michael French divides his time between Santa Barbara, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has published 20 books, including fiction, young adult fiction, biographies, and art criticism.
Michael French currently resides in Santa Fe, in the state of New Mexico.
Reviews - What do customers think about Initial D, Book 1?
Awesome!!!!!!!! May 3, 2006
I can't believe how awesome these books are. My friend was selling these books to me for $5 each and I bought the first volume and couldn't stop; I fell into its addicting trap. Once you read the first volume of it you get addicted; I am planning to buy all the volumes. My friend has 1-11 and I have bought 1-3 so far and I am reading 3 right now; it's been two days since I first read the first issue I recommend this book highly if you just don't like Manga but you like street racing it will get you hooked. It is an awesome book for people who like Manga too. This series of books got me hooked and interested in Manga. And I hope you seek a ride on this awesome adventure of Tokyo and other parts of Japan.
Addictive Despite Iffy Translation May 8, 2005
I picked up this manga by chance at an import bookstore thinking that a car comic would be somewhat amusing. It has turned out to be one of the most fun comics I have read in a long time. This is an awesome comic for guys, dealing with all that good stuff like honor, pride, competition, male bonding, etc. This could have been a series which just had the same race after race with fake filler drama padded in between, but I was very impressed by how the author Shigeno goes way beyond that. He creates compelling characters that the reader will care about, and writes interesting stories about the characters' lives both on and off the street and how those aspects of their lives are completely intertwined.
Shigeno's drawings of people are a bit rough, but it doesn't matter all that much because of strong writing and storytelling. The action scenes and the hype building up to them are spectacular nonstop page turners. From what I understand Shigeno made the effort to accurately depict the cars and the various racing techniques, and it gives the entire series a real edge of authenticity. At the beginning and end of each book, there are car and character descriptions, glossaries, and road maps. I'm not sure if they were in the original comic or if Tokyopop added them, but they're pretty cool.
The Tokyopop English translation leaves a bit to be desired. Many of the characters' names have been Americanized and it seems a bit awkward. Tokyopop has also greatly toned down certain scenes that deal with sexuality. These name and content changes seem like an attempt to kiddify the series. The only exception is the first print of Book 1. For me the larger issue is that there are also numerous typos in the text descriptions and glossaries, as though Tokyopop rushed the books to print and didn't bother editing them properly. Also, in the team rosters at the beginning of one of the books, the Red Suns and Night Kids rosters are switched. Even within the actual comic of Book 5, one panel mislabels Ryosuke Takahashi's car as an FD. Once you get into the story, you will start to care about these distinctions.
This manga series shines despite the spotty translation. If you enjoy the first one and don't mind the translation job, I would encourage you to buy up to at least Books 5 or 6 because they complete the first story arc, it's totally worth it!
Nice story...Lost a lot in the translation. Aug 6, 2003
This is not another 'why did they change the names' write up (but I still don't like that). It is more along the lines of the translators being totally clueless about cars (and racing). It appears that the only information they ever gathered about racing is from 'The Fast and the Furious'. Thing like Ryosuke saying 'I changed the turbine to increase the compresion.' Hello, changing the turbine has no affect on compresion ratio, it affects the boost pressure. Then there is the part when Ryosuke is racing Takumi. The corner where Takumi passes Ryosuke is not '2 R shaped curves back to back' (as Shingo/Nakazato where saying), it is a 2 radius turn (it sharpens near the end). Then there are the 'definitions' in the end. Load shift is not side to side shifting of weight, it is front/rear. Then there is the description of a rotary engine, which is just downright pathetic.
Last of all, fix the scale on the map of the Gunma prefecture. It is not 200km per (whatever). That would make Gunma 1000km (600 miles) across!! I've driven in Japan, and it isn't that big.
Sorry, the original Japanese one is a little more techinical (and acurate) then this sad translation. This looks like a sad attempt to cash in on the Fast and the Furious. The only reason this volume (vol 1) has a 2 is because it kept the original names. All the other ones I've looked at I have given a 1. I'm waiting to see how their version of the Anime translates (compared to the funny english HK version I currently have)
It's great story! Jun 10, 2003
One teenager is realizing his potential ability to be a great racer.. He already learned the techniques by his father, the legendary driver in the town, but he wasn't quite into the racing.. Isn't it amazing? Story is more and more interesting.. As he awaked, the more interesting the story became.. First I was disappointed by its drawing, but I became to get used to the creator's style.. Amazingly it looks good! As I afore mentioned, story is great.. But the drawing, if you are already used to reading the cute comics, it takes little bit of time.. In my view, the characters in this comic are still somewhat ugly.. I can recommend this to every manga fans!
decent read! Apr 10, 2003
Well, I don't know much about cars, but I could follow it. And I enjoyed it. If the Japanese translations were off, I didn't notice. It was a good read even if you haven't watched the anime, (which I haven't).
There _was_ one kind of shocking picture in it. But I guess that's what I get for reading an "Older Teen" rated shonen manga, when I'm a girl.
Hey, I didn't see the rating until too late! (Also, this might have been an earlier version -- I saw one at the store where the rating was only "T".)
Even though I'm not particularly taken with cars or car racing, I enjoyed this. It had enough stuff to keep me guessing.
By the way, this is Volume 1 I'm reviewing; I don't know about the later volumes. I thought the characters were interesting.