After many trials and victories, Takumi has finally claimed the title of Akina’s downhill hero. Now, a genius called Takahashi Ryousuke is forming a team of Gunma’s top street racers. With his talented brother Keisuke already recruited, Ryousuke steps up to Takumi and offers him a spot in this professional racing team. Before giving answer to this proposal, however, Takumi wants to test his skills one more time and see if he is worthy -- and he has his sights set on Sudou Kyoichi, who defeated him once before. Can Takumi pass the final test he has laid out for himself?
Asakura Akio is a young student and street racer who has a beloved car – a first generation S30 Nissan Fairlady 240 Z. Immediately upon discovering it in a scrap yard he's attracted to it, an attraction that later grows into an obsession. After restoring the car to its former glory with his friends he takes it down a stretch of highway known as Wangan to challenge its king, the "Black Bird." The more Asakura learns about the car and its dark history, the more he wants to master driving this dangerous "Akuma no Z" (The Devil's Z) and claim the title of Wangan's master for himself...
Both Wangan Midnight and Initial D are about a high school student who street races with a car (and he loves to race). If you liked one you'd like the other.
If there's one word that'd describe both anime that'd be intense. Not only they share the same genre and are about a teenager who likes racing but they have the same feeling, and you can't help but feel excited everytime you watch them. Of course there are some differences, like Wangan Midnight being more focused in tuning and racing in highways while Initial D is centered in improving their own skills and racing in mountain passes, but if you liked Initial D you'd enjoy Wangan Midnight anyway.
Ippo's ready to face his greatest test thus far as a boxer, but his next opponent is completely unlike anyone he's fought before! Cool, calculating, and possessing an intelligence rivaled only by his ferocity, he is the brains against Ippo's brawn. To make matters worse, an old rival from Coach Kamogawa's past has returned to guide Ippo's genius opponent, and he brings with him knowledge of a secret attack that's supposed to be... unbeatable!
Sakuragi has hit an all-time low. During his last year of junior high school, fifty different girls rejected him, the last one choosing a basketball player instead. Thus it’s no surprise that in high school, Sakuragi beats up anyone who dares utter the name of the sport. However, it’s not long until he meets Haruko, a beautiful basketball enthusiast, and is determined to make her fall in love with him – even signing up for the school team to accomplish his goal. However, winning Haruko’s heart won’t be easy, as her brother is the strict and protective captain of the basketball team and Haruko’s eyes are focused on Sakuragi’s rival, the talented Rukawa. Can Sakuragi give up his delinquent ways to help get the team to Nationals, or will his temper get him kicked out before he can learn to dribble the ball?
Altough it may seam these two series don't have much in common they are so much. Yes, the calm and quiet "main driver" Takumi is very diffrerent from hot headed and loud mouth "basketlball man" Sakuragi, also the level of thei driving/basketball skills at the start of the series is so very different. But it doesn't really matter as they are both in their 18teens trying to beat any competition they meet so hard it makes you feel ashamed for not doing your best in your own field. And another thing (I trying not to spoil it here), at the end both series leave you wondering about how they both reached their ultimate goal.