Sad news from Japan... (INITIAL D IS DEAD, PEOPLE!)

Initial D, after 18 years of publication (nearly 14 years of anime), will be discontinued this month. Right in the childhood.

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Sorry, Takumi. You never made it to the racing circuit.
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It sucks that Japan's automotive culture is taking suck a hit (Now, this. Last year, best motoring. 2009, Wangan Midnight. Bosozoku is up, hellaflush is up, racing is down).

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Anyways, what do you think will happen in the final issue to tie all the loose ends?

Daender makes the point that Keisuke has shown superior improvement in his ability; he has therefore been thrust into the forefront of the last few episodes of the 5th stage. Is this end of Initial D going to result in a rebirth focusing on circuit racing, involving Keisuke more? We have seen Shigeno's tendency to focus on other characters at times with Extra Stage 2, so he may just be segway-ing into another, related series. Hmmmm...

I, for one, always thought we would see Takumi make his way into organized racing. It would be a shame to leave that potential piece of the story line untapped.

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