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Wangan Midnight  
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Description
One day, Akio Asakura, a third year high school student, is driving his Fairlady Z (Z31) and is challenged by Tatsuya Shima, a doctor, in his black Porsche 964 Turbo (nicknamed the "BlackBird"). With a friend in the passenger seat and two girls in the back, Akio pitifully tries to win, but is defeated. Determined to become faster, he goes to the junkyard to buy parts for his car, when he sees a pristine, unscratched midnight blue Fairlady Z (S30) in the junkyard. Intrigued as to why such a machine is about to be junked, he buys it. He soon finds that the car is unnaturally fast due to a tuned L28 engine, bored and stroked to 3.1 liters combined with twin turbos, which produces 620bhp. He also finds that all of the car's previous owners had unfortunate accidents in it, starting with the first owner's death. The manga follows Akio's various encounters, though the central plot revolves around his constant battle with the BlackBird for superiority.

Note: The story gets its roots from the actual street racing that occurs on Tokyo's Shuto Expressway, one stretch of which is known as the "Wangan", literally meaning "bay side" (although it is generally used to refer to the freeway), the longest, straightest road in the entire country. Of course, there's also lots of traffic to contend with, including a fair number of heavy trucks. Because of this, the action is inherently hazardous, and wrecks are common. Blown engines are also a frequent hazard, especially with the extreme-high power engines.

Won the Kodansha Manga Award for general manga in 1999.

Type
Manga

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Associated Names
湾岸ミッドナイト
湾岸竞速

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Latest Release(s)
v.5 c.47 by Club Carisma (1695d ago)
v.5 c.46 by Club Carisma (1737d ago)
v.1 c.2 by HYDE Ltd. (2688d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
42 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
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Average: 8 / 10.0 (26 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.34 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 28th 2015, 1:03pm PST


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Year
1993

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Serialized In (magazine)
Young Magazine (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #1120 increased(+250)
Monthly Pos #2264 increased(+416)
3 Month Pos #3721 increased(+1093)
6 Month Pos #5504 increased(+1208)

List Stats
On 127 reading lists
On 119 wish lists
On 8 completed lists
On 9 unfinished lists
On 31 custom lists

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The best street racing manga   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by residentgrigo
March 28th, 2015, 1:07pm
This should be the street racing manga with the heat on it and not Initail D. Both may have a problem with length but Wangan Midnight gets a way more compelling story going early on and i liked all the major players where i couldn´t name one in its main rival besides the lead and the horrible first love interest. Thus i dropped it to never return (i heave read the vapid ending though) but stayed on board here.
The calm art is nice and the action scenes are as dynamic as one could have hoped for. It is also pretty realistic and a lot of care went into the driving/tuning aspect. The danger of the thrill is strongly acknowledged and a strong positive point to the narrative. The entire series obviously too and long with a whopping 60 volumes when Wangan Midnight: C1 Runner which is both a sequel and a bit of a spinoff is counted in and more of a true finish would have been preferable but i take what i get here. I don´t care about cars as motorcycle riding is way more fun and only play arcade racers like Burnout but this inside in a different world was intriguing and Capeta is the other racing manga i could get behind till the finish line which has somewhat similar problems and is about a legal career.
His Shakotan Boogie is a borderline prototype of this manga btw. and both deserve a full scanlation.
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good but   
Rating: N/A
by Wyllia
July 8th, 2012, 11:39am
the cars look kinda weird... they all look like a VW beetle or something which makes it kinda hard to distinguish them from each other, initial D is a great example of detail on the car so you can simply look at it and see what type it is but here you dont stand a chance in that. Other than that its a great manga with a lot of story just too bad it ain't scanned actively : /

... Last updated on November 1st, 2012, 7:35am
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so far good, Im looking forward for upcoming chapters   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Domonkazu
June 12th, 2007, 6:44pm
it's realistic street car races with lots of accidents, and there's no superhuman stunt like Takumi did in initial D, perhaps that's why I like it.
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