This year's 15th issue of Kodansha's Young Magazine is revealing on Monday that Shūichi Shigeno is "at last" heading toward the finale of his Initial D manga. However, the exact date of the final chapter has not been revealed yet. The magazine will be giving away Initial D goods to 715 readers of the magazine's 16th issue.
The manga follows Takumi Fujiwara, a high school boy with a natural talent for driving, in his racing pursuits on the public highways. The manga debuted in 1995, and Kodansha published the 46th book volume in January. The manga inspired several television anime series (including the Fifth Stage that just ran last year), a live-action film, several original video anime projects, and a successful game line.
Tokyopop published the manga and released part of the anime before ceasing its North American publishing operations. Funimation also licensed and released some of the anime.
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