Mako and Sayuki make up the well known street racing team from Usui known as Impact Blue. Mako does the driving and Sayuki tells her what moves to make. After the Myougi Night Kids have been defeated by the powerful Emperors team, consisting of only Lan-EVOs, word spreads fast. Since Myougi and Usui are neighbouring cities, Shingo of the Night Kids, a childhood friend of Sayuki, comes to warn them about the power of these cars. But after just breaking up with her boyfriend, does Mako even want to continue street racing?
I had my worrying thoughts as soon as I saw the studio taking on this show. SHAFT. As much as I like Shaft's work in terms of art and the comedies they produce, they should not be allowed to touch an existing series at all, and should be left for them to do what they do best and particularly ruin shows with their way of animating. Fortunately, this doesn't really need to be watched at all and can be skipped, but thorough watchers like myself will choose to watch this. Its an optional look in to the Sileighty drivers, and a more in depth look into the characters. This was a nice thing for me as I really liked Mako Sato, so I was hoping to learn more about her. Unfortunately, it looks into her in other ways. They show one race in the 2 episodes, and ruin what made this show fantastic. They have moved over to making this a fan service OVA, which I dont particularly mind, but why ruin a perfect combination? Indeed, the show has been SHAFT'ed. In other words, Im going to say this. Dont watch this if you are expected a great addition to the show as you will be disappointed, but if you are looking for a more in depth, boob riddled fan service OVA for Mako then look no further. I didn't mind because I like Mako, but this isn't something i can imagine many would enjoy. For me, 4.5/5 as I like the in-depth look to Mako and having that fan service, but not as good as the previous 3 stages. For the actual rating, its only around a 3.5/5.
Initial D Extra Stage With the plot already set in place from the previous incarnations. You'd have to be just dumb to not to have an understanding of the shows main plot! This is just a follow up to Initial D Second Stage. What most likely could have been tacked on somewhere in the series was truly a nice change of pace in this OVA. Focusing on the "Sleighty" team of driver Mako and her navigator Sayuki! There are two episodes in this OVA. The first focuses on a new race, while the second installment focuses less on racing and more and their other sides in life. Animation is still a better upgrade than the original but the same to its second installment.Usually I find that in OVA's there tends to be a different anime style but I could barely find a difference. I must say though, it does look like they put just a little more effort into the CG of the car this time around. Interesting enough the anime animation giants Shaft had taken over the reigns from Pastel. Soundtrack is as ParaPara as it always has been and I will expect from here on out with the rest of the Initial D series. Characters had a lot of promise. The racers of "The Night Kids" I like a lot better when not racing Takumi. Mako and Sayuki was a awesome way to go with a side story. They are written with some pretty decent substance. Going further into their stories makes it all worth the watch. Still as always this anime is for the JDM crowd. But I love the rest of you anyways. LOL! PandaBeard!