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