18 year-old Takumi has been delivering tofu for his father's shop since he was 13, learning to drive fast in all weather conditions. One night he is seen racing down the mountain by Keisuke, one of the best amateur racers in Japan. Quickly overtaken by Takumi, Keisuke vows to challenge the White Hachi Roku and discover the mystery behind its driver's skills.
Amidst the turbulent revolution of 2025 wrought by the GGP government, Rin Ogata only dreams of becoming a ballerina; like her mother before her, Rin’s grace and agility mean she’s destined for success on the stage. However, an injury and the untimely death of her parents quickly shatter her aspirations and, for once, Rin’s existence seems purposeless. That is, until she enters the garage of a club one day and sits astride a RideBack! The RideBack, a motorcycle with arms and the ability to stand upright, offers Rin a new world of boundless movement! What she doesn’t realize, however, is that this club of RideBack enthusiasts is about to get dragged into the bloody war between the GGP and the terrorists intent on overthrowing them. Life may be more exciting now, but it’s also become very dangerous: will Rin’s natural talents as a pilot be enough in a world where racing is not just for glory, but for survival?
I was surprised that no one has compared these two in the recs, but they have a similar feel to me. Yes, one is street racing cars and the other is motorcycle mecha, but both deal with unlikely youths that have an in-born genius for driving their respective vehicles. They both must learn more of the world they are in and themselves with each new race/battle.
In a far and distant future, men and women have become mortal enemies. Each living on seperate planets, an interstellar war is being fought between the two very different peoples. Hibiki, a mere 3rd class worker, finds himself in the middle of a huge space battle, facing the nemesis of mankind: Womankind!
Dimwitted Azuma Kazuma is a young man with a dream -- to create a bread worthy of the name "Japan", made by the Japanese people, for the Japanese people! With hefty bread-making skills, hands that have an uncanny warmth to help dough ferment, and will power like no other, Kazuma must put his delicious creations to the test as he struggles to become employed at the prestigious Pantasia bakery, for fame and glory! Yeast, beware... Kazuma is in the kitchen!
A recommendation between a show about bread, and one about racing cars? What on earth do they have in common you may ask.
If you love the excitement of a fast paced competitive show, you will love both Yakitate and Initial D. Centering on an unlikely hero, it shows the struggle from the underdog fighting his way to the top.
Numerous battles that are mainly episodic with an underlying goal throughout the series, both of these were an unusual hit for me.
Sakamichi is a die-hard otaku; he loves anime and manga, and rides his clunky bicycle over 90 kilometers to Akihabara each week for the latest toys and games. Upon entering high school, Sakamichi is thrilled to meet others that share his passion, but soon discovers that the anime club is defunct and in need of members. Meanwhile, a skilled cyclist and fellow classmate Shunsuke has his eye on the boy, having seen his incredible speed, even while riding such a heavy “mom cycle.” Now, Sakamichi must decide if he wants to stick with his would-be anime club, or join Shunsuke and other new friends for the ride of his life in the Competitive Cycling Club, where fierce races and other adventures await them!
As I watched the 11th episode of Yowapeda, I got an urge to go watch Initial D again. So the need for a recommendation is clear.
- Both are anime about racing, although one has bikes and the other, cars. And both main characters specialize in hills.
- In both cases, the main characters don't realize their racing potential at first. Onada just takes his old mommy bike to Akiba for otaku shopping, and Takumi makes tofu deliveries in his dad's old car... very speedy deliveries over the mountain.
Yes, there are differences in story, setting, and animation styles. But if it's the racing that lights you up - the determination, the suspense, the technical knowledge - you'll like both of these.