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The Best Episodes of Initial D

Every episode of Initial D ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Initial D!

Takumi’s job as a tofu delivery boy has turned him into one of the most formidable drivers around. Behind the wheel of his Eight-Six, he’s one with the road—and his life shifts into high gear when the underground street racing world takes notice. Drivers from across the region are lining up for a shot at the new guy. Takumi’s not just focused on winning—he’s out to prove he’s the best.

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The best episode of "Initial D" is "Project D", rated 10/10 from 1 user votes. It was directed by Yasuo Ejima and written by Nobuaki Kishima. "Project D" aired on 4/17/2004 and is rated 0.0 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Full Speed! Downhill Battle".

  • Project D
    10.0/10 1 votes

    #1 - Project D

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 2004-04-17

    Project D's reputation is growing with every race. The team's next match pits Takumi against a downhill racer with technique very similar to his own.

    Director: Yasuo Ejima

    Writer: Nobuaki Kishima

  • Full Speed! Downhill Battle
    10.0/10 1 votes

    #2 - Full Speed! Downhill Battle

    Season 3 Episode 2 - Aired 2004-04-17

    Tohru's promised to quit racing forever if he loses his next match. The course is dangerous, and with Project D's downhill specialist on his tail, one wrong move could spell disaster.

    Director: Susumu Kudou

    Writer: Nobuaki Kishima

  • The Most Powerful Man of the Toudou School
    10.0/10 1 votes

    #3 - The Most Powerful Man of the Toudou School

    Season 3 Episode 3 - Aired 2004-06-19

    The guys of Project D are great at keeping their cool, but the pressure can't be denied as they prepare to face their next opponents - the students of the Toudou Racing School.

    Director: Satoshi Nakagawa

    Writer: Nobuaki Kishima

  • Two Pieces of Advice
    10.0/10 1 votes

    #4 - Two Pieces of Advice

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 2004-06-19

    The Toudou School's driver could be the toughest Takumi's ever faced. If Project D is to claim victory, Takumi would be wise to listen to Ryosuke's advice.

    Director: Susumu Kudou

    Writer: Nobuaki Kishima

  • The Starting Line to Victory
    10.0/10 1 votes

    #5 - The Starting Line to Victory

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Aired 2004-08-21

    The Toudou School brings in a professional driver to face Project D in a rematch. With reputations on the line, Ryosuke must decide who will represent the team.

    Director: Yuichiro Miyake

    Writer: Nobuaki Kishima

  • Blind Attack
    10.0/10 1 votes

    #6 - Blind Attack

    Season 3 Episode 6 - Aired 2004-08-21

    The Toudou School's driver knows all about exploiting a challenger's blind spot. If Takumi hopes to win, he'll have to find a way to leave his opponent in the dark.

    Director: Hiroshi Kimura

    Writer: Nobuaki Kishima

  • The 85's Raging Turbo
    10.0/10 1 votes

    #7 - The 85's Raging Turbo

    Season 3 Episode 7 - Aired 2004-10-16

    A New nightmarish opponent arrives on Mt. Akina challenging Takumi in a downhill battle. Also, Itsuki gets a new upgrade for his Eight-Five as it is demonstrated on the downhill.

    Director: Akira Shimizu

    Writer: Nobuaki Kishima

  • Fateful Battle of FDs
    10.0/10 1 votes

    #8 - Fateful Battle of FDs

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2004-10-16

    Keisuke meets a girl named Kyoko, who happens to be a fellow FD driver. Their first encounter is pleasant and leaves her weak in the knees. Their second encounter is a race on her turf.

    Director: Hiroshi Kimura

    Writer: Nobuaki Kishima

  • Kyoko's Confession
    10.0/10 1 votes

    #9 - Kyoko's Confession

    Season 3 Episode 9 - Aired 2004-12-18

    Hoping to keep up with Takumi's growth as a racer, Keisuke's spending most of his spare time driving. He's not interested in distractions - and that could spell heartbreak for Kyoko.

    Director: Satoshi Nakagawa

    Writer: Nobuaki Kishima

  • The Saitama Area's Ultimate Weapon
    10.0/10 1 votes

    #10 - The Saitama Area's Ultimate Weapon

    Season 3 Episode 10 - Aired 2004-12-19

    Project D might be in trouble. The leader of the Northern Saitama Alliance has recruited a bold new driver to face Takumi. Ryosuke knows victory isn't a sure thing, and as the race begins, so does a heavy rain.

    Director: Akira Shimizu

    Writer: Nobuaki Kishima

  • Rainy Downhill Battle
    10.0/10 1 votes

    #11 - Rainy Downhill Battle

    Season 3 Episode 11 - Aired 2005-02-19

    Takumi struggles to keep up with the Northern Saitama Alliance's Cappuccino. As the rain soaks the course, both teams find their confidence wavering - it seems the race could go either way.

    Director: Hiroshi Kimura

    Writer: Nobuaki Kishima

  • Straightaway of Struggles
    10.0/10 1 votes

    #12 - Straightaway of Struggles

    Season 3 Episode 12 - Aired 2005-02-19

    Takumi is locked in the toughest race of his career! With Ryosuke's odd advice echoing in his mind, and the Cappuccino still leading, his decision in the last straightaway will be the difference in victory or defeat.

    Director: Hiroshi Kimura

    Writer: Nobuaki Kishima

  • Motivation
    10.0/10 1 votes

    #13 - Motivation

    Season 3 Episode 13 - Aired 2005-04-16

    Keisuke and Wataru's grueling race continues in the pouring rain. Meanwhile, the Cappuccino driver picks Takumi's brain, trying to better understand his amazing abilities behind the wheel.

    Director: Hiroshi Kimura

    Writer: Nobuaki Kishima

  • Sad Lonely Driver
    10.0/10 1 votes

    #14 - Sad Lonely Driver

    Season 3 Episode 14 - Aired 2005-04-16

    After driving the Impreza, Takumi begins to question his abilities behind the wheel of the Eight-Six. Itsuki's got his own emotional turmoil after a date with Kasumi takes an unexpected turn.

    Director: Susumu Kudou

    Writer: Nobuaki Kishima

  • 4WD Complex
    10.0/10 1 votes

    #15 - 4WD Complex

    Season 3 Episode 15 - Aired 2005-04-18

    Takumi continues wrestling with the differences in his Eight-Six and the Impreza. Later, when Keisuke falls prey to a trap set by Project D's next opponents, the upcoming race could be over before it begins.

    Director: Hiroshi Kimura

    Writer: Nobuaki Kishima

  • Hillclimb of Fury
    10.0/10 1 votes

    #16 - Hillclimb of Fury

    Season 3 Episode 16 - Aired 2005-04-18

    The damage to Keisuke's car might prevent him from driving in the uphill race. Just as it looks like he's out of options, Kyoko arrives on the scene in her FD.

    Director: Susumu Kudou

    Writer: Nobuaki Kishima

  • The Saitama Area's Final Battle
    10.0/10 1 votes

    #17 - The Saitama Area's Final Battle

    Season 3 Episode 17 - Aired 2005-04-20

    The Lan EVO drivers have proven to be Project D's shadiest opponents yet. They've already shown their willingness to cheat - and now they've threatened Takumi's team with physical violence.

    Director: Hiroshi Kimura

    Writer: Nobuaki Kishima

  • Last Drive
    10.0/10 1 votes

    #18 - Last Drive

    Season 3 Episode 18 - Aired 2005-04-20

    Kyoko is delighted to spend a day with Keisuke while his car's in the shop. She likes him more than ever, but with his skills growing, Keisuke's never been more focused on driving.

    Director: Kenichi Kuhara

    Writer: Nobuaki Kishima

  • God Foot and God Arm
    10.0/10 1 votes

    #19 - God Foot and God Arm

    Season 3 Episode 19 - Aired 2005-10-15

    Project D's next match is against a pair of legendary racers. The veteran drivers of Purple Shadow may be a lot older than Takumi's crew, but they aren't rusty. In fact, their skills are as sharp as polished blades.

    Director: Hiroshi Kimura

    Writer: Nobuaki Kishima

  • The Unmatched GT-R!
    10.0/10 1 votes

    #20 - The Unmatched GT-R!

    Season 3 Episode 20 - Aired 2005-10-15

    Keisuke climbs behind the wheel of his newly modified FD to take on the legendary God Foot's GT-R! The race will be tougher - and longer - than normal. Luckily, Ryosuke's got a plan.

    Director: Kenichi Kuhara

    Writer: Nobuaki Kishima

  • Dogfight
    10.0/10 1 votes

    #21 - Dogfight

    Season 3 Episode 21 - Aired 2005-10-17

    The battle between the FD and GT-R continues, however the real battle has just begun. Now, Hoshino demonstrates his unique driving skills that people call the impossible earning him the name Godfoot. This makes Keisuke’s true racing abilities appear when it’s pushed beyond his limits as both drivers begin to drive recklessly forcing the battle to be settled in more than just one battle.

    Director: Hiroshi Kimura

    Writer: Nobuaki Kishima

  • The Sorcerer of the Single-Handed Steer
    10.0/10 1 votes

    #22 - The Sorcerer of the Single-Handed Steer

    Season 3 Episode 22 - Aired 2005-10-17

    God Arm's unexpected moves and legendary steering skills have Project D's downhill ace feeling the pressure - and it doesn't help that Takumi's mind keeps drifting back to the Impreza.

    Director: Kenichi Kuhara

    Writer: Nobuaki Kishima

  • Endless Battle
    10.0/10 1 votes

    #23 - Endless Battle

    Season 3 Episode 23 - Aired 2005-10-18

    Takumi's greatest strength is his greatest weakness in the match with God Arm. The race has become an endurance test, and both drivers are wearing thin. Something's got to give - and soon.

    Director: Hiroshi Kimura

    Writer: Nobuaki Kishima

  • The Never-Ending Challenge
    10.0/10 1 votes

    #24 - The Never-Ending Challenge

    Season 3 Episode 24 - Aired 2005-10-18

    Takumi and God Arm speed toward the finish line. After the race ends, the rising star looks to the legend for a lesson in technique - and Project D looks into the future where new challengers wait for their shot.

    Director: Kenichi Kuhara

    Writer: Nobuaki Kishima

  • Encounter of Destiny
    10.0/10 1 votes

    #25 - Encounter of Destiny

    Season 4 Episode 1 - Aired 2012-11-04

    Following their narrow victory against Purple Shadow, Project D's reputation is at stake after a pair of imposters parade around Saitama. Initially Takumi seems oblivious to the incident, but takes notice after he is mistakenly blamed for taking advantage of a girl. Meanwhile, the final stage of Project D's expeditions is upon them, and is to be the hardest yet.

    Director: Masayuki Matsumoto

    Writer: Nobuaki Kishima