Takaya Todoroki is a cocky, rookie racecar driver with dreams to make it big. Having lost his father, an American military officer and skilled jet fighter pilot, Takaya has made it his mission to follow his dreams and one day race and win in a Formula One car. During Takaya's first match, he crashes his car and awakens in a hospital, dejected and downtrodden. There, he's approached by a mysterious masked man who gives him another chance to prove his skills: Takaya will join an elite team of racers, and even test drive a prototype vehicle! Does Takaya have what it takes to race his way to the top?
Yabuki Joe is a scoundrel, plain and simple. He's confident, cocky, a con artist and a drifter, and one hell of a fighter too -- or at least, that's what Tange Danpei, the washout and drunk ex-boxing coach believes. Danpei is so sure of Joe's ability to be a pro boxer that he gives up the drink and works hard to earn money to build a gym; but Joe, on the other hand, has other plans that are not nearly as noble. Can Danpei convince this loose cannon to pick up the gloves and box like a world class champion?
This might be an odd recommendation but I think it fits. While one is about boxing and the other involves racing, both star a cocky protagonist who, after a humbling defeat, is trained by the best to rise to the top. Call it a gut feeling, but the tone and feel make me believe you'd like one if you liked the other (AnJ is a lot better, though).
In the year 2049, teams of giant robots battle the field and race to the finish in the most popular sport in the world, the Immortal Grand Prix! The rookie Team Satomi thinks it has what it takes to win big and get the gold, but plenty of obstacles and opponents stand in the way. Amongst others,Team Black Egg has an invulnerable defense; Team Sledge Mamma plays dirty; and Team Velshtein is undefeatable. In the high stakes arena of the IGPX, can the hotshot Takeshi and his team of miscreants manage to win the ultimate fame and glory?
Now that you've watched a racing classic, why not try out one of the more recent attempts? IGPX is far more futurustic and sci fi in nature, but in my opinion is also far more interesting and engaging. If the thrill of the race is your thing, check out this updated version of the Grand Prix.
All Kenji wanted was to become a professional baseball player. But when his coach suggests that he look into the world of boat racing, the boy quickly throws himself into the sport. Alongside other racers such as Hiroshi, Kenji will now train and drive his heart out in an attempt to reach his goal: to be Japan's number one boat racer!
Speed Racer drives the fabulous Mach 5 in race after race, although the prize money isn't his true goal: he seeks to be the best racer in the world, and to defeat the mysterious Racer X (not knowing that Racer X is actually his long lost older brother, Rex Racer)! The races don't take place upon the boring circular tracks that one might expect; instead, they tend to involve the countryside, and rough and dangerous terrain. This is where the Mach 5's special features, such as super traction tires and jumping struts come in very handy. Speed must also deal with villains ranging from unscrupulous racers to thieves and spies, but he has the help of Trixie, his little brother Spridle, and the pet monkey ChimChim along the way.
The similarities between Speed Racer and Super Grand Prix are so obvious that it would be insulting to spell them out. If you want to watch a high octane ride with racing aplenty, check out either of these titles.