Initial Sequel D Trailer Shows Off MF Ghost’s New Characters And Cars
MF Phantom released a new trailer.
The latest preview of the upcoming anime adaptation of Shuichi Shigeno’s sequel manga shows plenty of images of the officially licensed cars from the new series, including the Nissan GT-R, Ferrari 488 GTB and of course, the novel’s flagship vehicle. series, a bright red Toyota 86, the spiritual successor to Initial Dthe iconic Trueno sedan. The trailer also features the first animated look at Ren Saionji, the series’ female lead, and Kanata Livington, MF Phantomthe franchise’s newest protagonist, who was trained in the art of drifting by the franchise’s original hero, Takumi Fujiwara.
The new anime is based on the manga series of the same name, first published in 2017 and created by Shuichi Shigeno, Initial Dthe original author. MF Phantom takes place several years after the events of Initial D, and focuses on a new protagonist, Kanata Livington. Set in the near future where electric cars have become the primary mode of transportation for most people and combustion engine cars are used only by racing enthusiasts, the series begins with Kanata’s trip to Japan to to meet his estranged father. Shortly after arriving, however, Kanata became involved with MFG, an underground street racing group. Using the skills taught to him by legendary drifter Takumi Fujiwara, Kanata makes a name for himself beating technically superior supercars using his Toyota 86.
MF Phantom is directed by Tomohito Naka, who previously directed the theatrical releases Initial D Caption 2: Runner and Initial D Caption 3: Dream. The series is produced at Felix Film, a relatively new animation company that previously worked on 2021 Panic on the other side. Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway‘s Naoyuki Onda adapted the character designs for the show.
the MF Phantom manga recently received its first official English localization, with Kodansha and ComiXology Originals releasing the first 10 volumes of the series last January. The series was a commercial success in Japan, where it sold over 3.2 million copies.
Shigeno’s original Initial D remains his popular work, having reached a worldwide circulation of over 48 million copies. The story of a tofu delivery boy who eventually becomes one of Japan’s top drift racers was one of the most popular manga of the late 1990s and early 2000s, and is credited with introducing new audiences to the Japanese tuner and drifting subcultures. Initial D is also available in English from Kodansha.
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