Taira Capeta has spent his entire young life being a good and dutiful son to his hardworking but impoverished widower father. Only once has his father seen him show any personal wants or needs -- when he saw a model car in a toy shop. Despite his lack of cash, his father has hatched a naïve plan to give Capeta the ultimate gift: his dreams fulfilled. From a modest beginning, Capeta, with the help of his father and his good friends Nobu and Monami, embarks upon an amateur career as a go-kart racer, aiming for the ultimate prize -- graduation into the professional ranks of formula racing. But will his poverty cause his dreams to fail?
Oh man, where do I even start. This is my first review ever and I am not one to write for long, so I make it quick. For some reason, there aren't any reviews for this masterpiece here. This manga is finished, but it's only translated in English up to vol 23. So don't start reading if you can't deal with it (I didn't know it wasn't translated fully when I started reading). If you're not into cars, feel free to take one or two points down. The manga starts when the main protagonist is little and then continues when he is gradually older and racing faster and faster cars. If you think karts are kinda underwhelming like me, and thought that this manga is only about karting, then I think it will make you happy to know that most of the time, the protagonist will drive proper one-seaters. Awesome story? Check. Great and lovable characters? Massive Check, you'll even like the rivals. Realistic racing a physics behind it? Check. Realistic back stage of racing? Check. Did it make me cry of joy? Hell yeah, several times. The only reason I didn't gave it 10/10 is because I didn't like the art of characters sometimes, but the drawings of cars are spot on. Oh, and it could had just a tiny bit more romance in the story, but I guess it's not what this manga is about. Read it. Seriously. Do it.
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