I know I'm nearly 15 years late on this, but this weekend I picked up Initial D First stage. I have to say I was impressed. It is the cliched "tournament" show; where the protagonist is alway increasing is skills to face the next impossible opponent. That said moving that genre to auto racing is a logical move. The characers are interesting. Especially the main character Takume, who's legendary father stared to Myagi him into a skilled racer at a very young age. Because of this Takume hates driving because he sees it as work, and cannot imagine how anyone could find racing fun. This begins to change as the series confines as he finds his passion for competion. Overall, if you haven't see Initial D yet in the preceding decade its worth the pickup.