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The 2018 Honda Civic Type R Brought Me To Best Road From Initial D  The 2018 Honda Civic Type R Brought Me To Best Road From Initial D 

Life, as they say, is full of surprises. But how many of them are genuine? Every now and then something pops up that’ll genuinely catch you off guard. That’s the case with my recent drive on the Akagi touge, or officially known as the Joumo-Sanzan Panorama Highway, in the 2018 Honda Civic Type R. And it’s where I…

Initial D Is Now Initial D(isclosure)

Initial D has been a manga, it’s been anime, it’s been games, it’s even been a live-action feature film. But throughout all of those different media, it was missing something. Something smart. Special. Something beautiful. It was missing a little thing I like to call GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY.

This Drifting Graduation Cap Is The Best Thing I've Seen All Week This Drifting Graduation Cap Is The Best Thing I've Seen All Week

Graduation season is upon us. Across the nation, countless hungover students are sitting through long and drawn-out speeches that stress the importance of working hard, integrity... blah blah blah. And dotted throughout the sea of monochromatic graduation caps and gowns, bright spots of color catch the light like…

A Search For Japan's Best Driving Roads In A 562 HP McLaren Led Straight To Nirvana A Search For Japan's Best Driving Roads In A 562 HP McLaren Led Straight To Nirvana

When McLaren Japan offered me a 570S Spider to drive for a few days, I knew I had to take it somewhere special. This wasn’t some boring kei car—this was a car that needed to be taken on some proper roads. It would almost be blasphemy to only drive in a congested city.

'We Like To Start The Engine' And Other Very Excellent Eurobeat Lyrics 'We Like To Start The Engine' And Other Very Excellent Eurobeat Lyrics

I was having one of those mornings where the coffee was weak, the office was empty, and I had stayed up too late last night watching private jet flights on YouTube. I needed a pick-me-up, something to inspire me to do the work that I do here—which is try to get you all to click on The Cars Blogs on Jalopnik’s Facebook…

This Is What Happens When Doug DeMuro Gets Grafted Into Initial D This Is What Happens When Doug DeMuro Gets Grafted Into Initial D

Well, here’s my favorite car video today. It’s the internet’s Most Sensible Car Reviewer Extraordinaire Doug DeMuro in Initial D.

Drift Around Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild With This Initial D Mod

You know what would make Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild even better? Japanese hatchbacks from an anime series. Someone modded the Toyota AE86 from the anime/manga Initial D into a Legend of Zelda game. Now you can combine your love of immersive monster hunting with your love of drifting.

The New Manga From Initial D's Creator Takes On Racing In Our Driverless Future The New Manga From Initial D's Creator Takes On Racing In Our Driverless Future

The renaissance of the Toyota AE86, Eurobeat, endless memes: there’s a weird amount of modern car culture we owe to Initial D, the hugely popular Japanese manga and anime about street racing. Now creator Shuichi Shigeno is back with a new comic project, and I’m excited about it because this time he tackles the future.

As With All Things, Baby Driver Is Better With Eurobeat

There was so much to love about this summer’s latest Edgar Wright jam, Baby Driver. The stunts! The amazing soundtrack! Kevin Spacey being a weirdo! The charming Baby Driver and his nice girlfriend! But there’s one way to make it better, because it makes everything better: Eurobeat.

I Don't Care How Much You Love Manga, The AE86's Speed Chime Is Maddening I Don't Care How Much You Love Manga, The AE86's Speed Chime Is Maddening

It’s pretty remarkable how context and nostalgia can make almost anything tolerable. I’m sure if you grew up with a parent slapping you with a dead sturgeon every night before you went to sleep, you’d be pretty okay with an occasional fish-slap today. That’s the only way I can explain the appeal of the Japanese-market…

Initial D Cookies Exist And They Taste Absolutely Horrible Initial D Cookies Exist And They Taste Absolutely Horrible

Have you ever wished that you could enjoy some tasty cookies and pay homage to your favorite Japanese street racing anime, all at the same time? Someone in Japan must have decided that this market exists, because Initial D cookies are a thing and they’re everything we dreamed of and more—except for the cookie part.

Of Course You Release A Corolla iM Drift Car With A Tribute To Initial D Of Course You Release A Corolla iM Drift Car With A Tribute To Initial D

Who would have thought the Toyota Corolla iM would do anything more than haul high schoolers and old people who really loved their last Scion?

Toyota UK Designs Initial D Tribute GT86 And The Circle Is Now Complete Toyota UK Designs Initial D Tribute GT86 And The Circle Is Now Complete

The Toyobaru twins were always seen as throwbacks to the days of old AE86s and the drifting manga that made them famous. Now Toyota of the UK is completing the circle with an Initial D-tribute concept car.

This Japanese junior high school student had the right idea for New Year’s Eve: slurping ramen and playing (and doodling!) the Initial D video game. [Image: Photo credit, Kat Callahan/Jalopnik.]

The Night I Had An Initial D Mountain All To Myself The Night I Had An Initial D Mountain All To Myself

This isn’t the first time I’ve been to Mount Haruna (known as Mount Akina in Initial D), but it is the first time I’ve gone at night. To my surprise, other than a Nissan R-34 GT-R and a Mitsubishi Evo who left as I showed up, I had the entire mountain all to myself until the following morning. This is what it was like.

Japan's Real Life Initial D Car Scene Isn't What You Think Japan's Real Life Initial D Car Scene Isn't What You Think

You might well think of yourself as a massive fan of Initial D. Perhaps your interest in all things petrol-soaked and grease stained is because of Initial D. Well, as big of a fan as you might be, you probably can’t hold a candle to Drift Hunter Albo Agunday’s fandom. And this past weekend, I went out driving with him.

Hell Yes A New Initial D Movie Is On Its Way Hell Yes A New Initial D Movie Is On Its Way

Outstanding news for anyone who loves drifting, Japan, and unassuming Toyotas that decimate vastly more powerful cars: a new Initial D movie is coming this fall! And here's the first full-length trailer.

Our pals at Japanese Nostalgic Car have the scoop on how the Initial D story will end after nearly 20 years in print. Spoilers, obviously.

This Is A Rap Song About Initial D This Is A Rap Song About Initial D

When it comes to cars in hip hop, there's not much other than sitting sideways in a Mercedes/Escalade/Rolls Royce, or hitting a high speed like you're in a Nascar. Nerdcore rapper Richie Branson stepped up for drifting, doing "Tofu Delivery" about Initial D.

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