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.
We get it: you’ve seen every stage of Initial D 42 times and can quote it ad nauseum with the best of ‘em, but there’s far more racing anime than just one series. If you’re short on things to watch, Donut Media put together a list of their ten favorite racing animes—including a few I’ve never heard of before.
Imagine a future full of electric cars where everyone’s a passenger. Where traffic is not only managed but controlled by a digital network. Where on-demand ride-sharing services have become the norm, and the only human drivers are emergency crews behind the wheel of super-fast vintage “antiques” tasked with taking…
We’ve covered the anime car (or itasha) phenomenon in Japan previously on Jalopnik East, and at the time we mentioned that actual automakers were getting in on it. Well, Subaru partnered with famous anime studio Gainax (of Neon Genesis Evangelion) to produce an anime called Wish Upon the Pleiades (you know, Subaru =…
One of those facts about a Japanese commute which contributes to the "weird Japan" stereotype, there are a lot of anime themed cars. It can't be helped. Why? Because it's true. It's not unusual to see one or two during rush hour, or a few scattered throughout a parking lot.
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.
"Itasha" (痛車) literally mean "painmobile", but they are Japan's sticker-covered geek cars. The decals often feature anime, manga or video game characters. "Ita" either refers to the pain inflicted on the wallets of the car owners—or the folks who see the cars.
This might not be Neo-Tokyo, but that sure looks like Shotaro Kaneda's bike in cyberpunk anime Akira. Masashi Teshima from Fukuoka, Japan thought he'd like an Akira bike for himself and spent seven years and ¥10 million (US$121,000) to make it.
Lupin from Japanese anime Lupin the Third drives a Fiat 500 in the classic flick Lupin the Third: Castle of Cagliostro. The car is very much part of the character's lore.
Here's some horrible news coming straight from the Hollywood adaptation of Akira. Garrett Hedlund has reportedly been offered the role of Kaneda. Now we can trade in our fears about whitewashing for a new set of worries about the world's blandest Kaneda to ever ride a Huffy into a futuristic McDonalds.
This screen-cap is from a cartoon Toyota produced to help kids understand how their cars are made. It starts with a meeting, charts and one paranoid engineer noticing "they all look the same..." [Toyota]
There are Japanese trends we wholly approve of, like dekotora, and then there's Itasha. Literally translated to mean "painful car" this trend is incredibly creepy.
The Japanese side of the Carlos Ghosn love child, the automaker Nissan, has teamed up with animation studio Production I.G., to remake the full-length feature "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society." Why Nissan, you ask? The better for product placement, we respond. The science-fiction film,…