INI­TIAL D'S SPIR­I­TUAL SUC­CES­SOR?

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Takumi Fu­ji­wara, and his ad­ven­tures in Shuichi Shigeno's Ini­tial D manga and re­sult­ing anime se­ries, it's been a long wait since the wheels on the books and an­i­ma­tion came rolling to a stop in 2014. Shigeno has ex­plored other themes in his works since, like his re­cently com­pleted manga about base­ball, Sailor Ace, but if any­thing, that short foray has had fans of Ini­tial D chomp­ing at the bit for some­thing more oc­tane­fo­cused.

Fi­nally, we get our next dose of JDM fan­tasy rac­ing. Launch­ing with the ti­tle “MF Ghost,” Shigeno's next story fo­cuses on a young driver, Kanata Liv­ing­ton, who has re­cently re­turned to Ja­pan af­ter go­ing to a rac­ing school in Eng­land, where he grad­u­ated top of his class. Tak­ing place in the 2020s, au­ton­o­mous elec­tric ve­hi­cles have be­come main­stream, dis­plac­ing fuel burn­ing cars of the past – ex­cept for in MFG, a world-renowned rac­ing circuit on pub­lic roads that Kanata plans to race in.

In one of the last pages of the 40-page chap­ter that hit Young Mag­a­zine in Ja­pan, Kanata is shown a shad­owed car tucked away in a garage, pre­sumed to be the one he'll be driv­ing in the MFG races, which bares the same sil­hou­ette as the Scion FR-S/ Toy­ota 86. Since the FR-S/86 is a spir­i­tual suc­ces­sor to the AE86 made fa­mous by Ini­tial D, MF Ghost's hero car could make it the spir­i­tual suc­ces­sor to Shigeno's orig­i­nal se­ries. We'll have to see what's to come in fu­ture chap­ters, but FR-S/86 own­ers, you may want to hang on to those cars – you never know if the re­sale will go the way of the AE86 as well af­ter Shigeno is done with it.

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