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Wangan Midnight  
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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.


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v.5 c.47 by Club Carisma over 7 years ago
v.5 c.46 by Club Carisma over 7 years ago
v.1 c.2 by HYDE Ltd. over 10 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
42 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 24

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Average: 8 / 10.0 (26 votes)
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Last Updated
June 8th 2015, 3:38pm PST



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Young Magazine (Kodansha)

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The best street racing manga   
Rating: 8.0 / 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 despite the multitude of movies and games based on Wangan Midnight. Both may have a problem with length but Michiharu tale gets a way more compelling story going early on and i liked all the major players where i couldn´t name one in the main rival besides the lead and the horrible first love interest. Thus i dropped it to never return (i read the vapid ending though) but stayed behind the wheel here. The calm art is nice and the action scenes are as dynamic as one could have hoped for. It is also highly realistic and a lot of care went into the driving/tuning aspect while the danger of the thrill is strongly acknowledged. Akio is further a very deep character even if he doesn't look like that at first and the series has a highly developed female counterpart for him who could have supported her own series despite being a love interest. That is highly noteworthy for a series about a male dominated scene.
The entire series is obviously too long with a whopping 60 volumes if Wangan Midnight: C1 Runner which is both a sequel and a bit of a spin-off due to the different focus is factored in and a true finish would have been preferable but i take what i get here and the Kodansha win is deserved. I don´t care about cars as motorcycles are way more fun and only play arcade racers as Burnout but this inside in a different world was intriguing and the shonen Capeta (7,5/10) is the other racing series i could get behind till the finish line which has somewhat similar problems and is about a legal career. The authors Shakotan Boogie is a borderline prototype of this manga and both deserve a full translation. The anime is a well done too and i love the soundtrack so check it out as it adapts more volumes that one would suspect despite skipping material later.
Update: Michiharu started Ginkai no Speed Star that will be the "final stage" for the series. I would like to get some actual closure this time around.

... Last updated on June 6th, 2015, 6:47am
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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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