Now it's Here!
Title: Initial D 4th Stage Project D
Episodes Reviewed: 1-2
Story: Taking place shortly after Initial D 3rd stage. Takumi now Joins the Takahashi Brothers to form the Elite 'Project D' Racing team. Going all over Japan to set course records everywhere they go.
Characters: Great Characters!
Art: some ppl dont like the art but I have no Prob with it and I think it's Awesome.
Music: One of the things ppl Love about Initial D is the Incredible Soundtrack,. 4th stage is no Exception!
Review: If you are an Initial D fan, then there is not much for me to say. ^-^ This series is one of my favorites. Not just because I love Street Racing but also Because it depicts everyday Life in a very realistic way. The characters are very real and indentifiable and have a lot of great development throughout the series. Stages 1-3 were incredible. Although there were many changes from the Manga, a Lot of improvements were made to certain scenes vs the Manga which made the scene come off much more Powerful than it did in the Manga. The anime falters in one thing tho. And that is the fact that it cuts some stuff from the Manga. If you've read Initial D Manga and watched the Anime, then you know exactly what I'm talking about. And Yes, I know Cuts from Manga to Anime and Anime filler material is nothing new. In the situation of Initial D 4th stage I will address one important matter of why I bring this issue up to you and how it applies to this review...
They cut Out the battle between Keisuke and Atsuo!!!!!!! >.<
How can they do that!!!!!??? I know it was a very starightforward race but still!!!!! It was Awesome!!!! WHY!!??
The race starts and then the screen freezes and then it cuts to the next scene WHICH IS THE FOLLOWING MORNING AFTER THE RACE!!!! >:0 WHY!!??!!??
I noticed right in the beginning when I watched Ep1 that there were diff from the Manga which of course is something I expected. Considering how 3rd Stage's ending was almost completely diff than what happened in the Manga (Which I thought the Anime actually improved on)
However, THEY TOOK OUT A REALLY AWESOME UPHILL BATTLE BETWEEN AN FD3S AND AN R34!!!!!
Needless to say I was very angry. The race was fairly straightforward,Yes BUT the fact is they should have kept it in. I think they really did a blow to Keisuke by cutting it out!!! >:0
As you can all tell from reading this I was very sad and angered to see it taken out, I was so in denial when I first saw it that I was actually waiting for one of the characters to go into Flashback mode to recall what happened, hoping the Director was trying to go with some Artistic recap and show us the Uphill Battle...
But it didn't happen :(
Anyways' Aside from the omission of the battle between the FD3S and R34 -.- and a couple of other things.
The first 2 eps were pretty good. However, I think the Condensing at times was a bit too apparent for my tastes. They really condensed the development of Tohru in these 2 eps. I remember in the Manga I felt a lot more for his character, Probably because he had more panel time and devlopment. I hope that the Toudou Juku arc is better done than this one. We still have 12 more eps to go. I wonder what they'll cover up to. One of the interesting things is that in the OP we are treated to a scene with Bunta Driving his Impreza WRX Sti. I can tell you that is quite a ways story wise. If they really get that far, I wonder if they will either rearrange arcs like they did with Impact Blue and Ryosuke arcs in the 1st Stage or Really Condense stuff so that it goes that far -.- (Let's hope that it's NOT the condensing) So I am very curious as to how they will pull that one off. I wonder if we'll get to see Kyoko in 4th stage... Hmm..
I'd say we are off to a decent start. I am still mad about the omission of the battle but I will get over it. I understand there are only 14 eps but still, I'm the Mads!!!
I'm really hoping the Todou arc will be done with more detail and they will not cut out anymore battles. Of course I am also very curious how much 4th stage will cover. I'm hoping it will cover a decent amount but at the same time not make things feel condensed. Hopefully I'm not asking too much. As a HUGE Fan, I dont think I am.
Well I guess we can keep rewatching these 2 eps until the next 2. Man, 2 months between blocks is a long wait...
Very Long indeed -.-