ComiXology Unlimited just got a little faster. The digital comics platform has teamed up with Kodansha Comics to release the first 38 volumes of Initial D, the classic manga about Japanese street racing by Shuichi Shigeno, digitally at no additional cost for Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and ComiXology Unlimited customers. They’re also available for purchase on Kindle and ComiXology. Volumes 39-48 are coming later this year. Volumes 34-38 have never before been translated to English, so 2019 will see the release of the entire Initial D series in English.
You may be unfamiliar with Initial D, but you have probably seen the work it has influences. It inspired The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, pulling from its world of Japanese street racing. Initial D has spawn an anime series, video games, movies, and a beloved techno soundtrack.
Initial D follows Tak Fujiwara as he goes from tofu delivery boy to street-racing god. In his day job, he’s unknowingly mastered racing techniques that take most drivers a lifetime to learn. No one else seems to notice this until the local street racing team, the Akina Speed Stars are challenged by the legendary Red Suns. Who is the dirver of the phantom car in the mix? I mean…we can probably guess.