MF Ghost

TV (12 eps)
2023
Fall 2023
3.812 out of 5 from 778 votes
Rank #2,155

The series takes place in the 2020s, when self-driving cars are ubiquitous in Japan. Kanata Livington is a Japanese driver who goes back to Japan after graduating at the top of his class at a racing school in England. The series also focuses on the MFG, a racing circuit on public roads that has garnered attention worldwide.

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Alright, where to start with this one.. I've been wanting to refrain from writing a review until I've seen the entire season, reason being I have been waiting for this moment for roundabout 15 years. Initial D, the predecessor to this, was such a large part of my life that I feel like my expectations might not have been fair, both in the positive and negative sense. However, because we have been starved from any good racing anime for so long I will let my fanboyism shine through somewhat. Now partly in the back of my head I'm comparing this to Initial D, but then on the flipside I'm comparing it to all the garbage non-ending isekai we've been throughout the years, and with the latter in mind MF Ghost feels like they've finally put an anime out again that dares to do something unique, something different, that has the spine to serve a non-mainstream niche, and they do it with love and care.. The story, compared to Initial D there seems to be more of a backstory to it, we aren't immediately thrown into the racing like we were with Initial D, there is more of a character background build-up, for better or worse, because the show starts a lot slower than Initial D did, it took roundabout til episode 5-ish before I finally felt that itch being scratched again like the first time I watched Takumi beat the pants off of Keisuke. In fact, this entire first season feels like a slow build-up to a much larger story, and to be honest if that means they will stick the landing I would much rather prefer a slower start to a skewed ending (which I felt Initial D had). That being said, the animation is different, the faces are wider for one, it looks more "modern", though personally I preferred the old style character designs, but it's just something to get used to I guess, the cars however, which is the only thing that matters, are absolutely drop-dead gorgeous.. With all of this in mind, I'd give it a 10, unfortunately due to the MF Angels which are very very cringely portrayed, and should only serve as transitions between the racing scenes, taking up too much screentime inbetween the hype parts that actually matter, I gotta deduct a point, making it a score of 9. Aside from that I have to unfortunately deduct another point, for it being circuit racing, not that that's necessarily worse, but Initial D's streetracing atmosphere gave it something less clinical, something more raw and tangible for everyday people, something more relatable I think is the word I'm looking for... Score of 8... HOWEVER, fret not my people, for there is eurobeat, and there is A LOT of it! Just like the good ol days, the perfect driving music genre, nay, the ONLY driving music genre! With absolute bangers from Dave Rodgers, Leslie Parrish, David Dima, Mega NRG Man, Dejo, and so many more.. They pulled out all of the stops on the eurobeat, brought back so many artists that helped make Initial D a classic, so I gotta give another point for that.. So I'll score it 9 points out of 10.. Do not expect to see an Initial D, it's not streetracing, but I feel like the first season so far shows promise of it being a worthy successor at some point, which says quite a lot since I'm of the opinion that Initial D is the undisputed king of sports anime, has best soundtrack, and is (subjectively in this case) the best anime of all time. They just gotta pick up the pace a bit more in season 2, and lay off the MF Angels nonsense a bit

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