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Initial D Watch Order

Ignite your engines and let the adrenaline surge, it’s time to divulge into the world of Initial D, a franchise that not only redefined the racing anime genre, but has also left a permanent mark on pop culture.

The journey of Takumi Fujiwara, a seemingly ordinary delivery boy with an extraordinary driving talent, has inspired and thrilled fans across the globe .

The Initial D series presents a particular challenge: its story is told across multiple seasons, movies, and extra stages, each contributing essential layers to the overarching narrative and character development. The viewing order isn’t as straightforward as the series’ legendary downhill races, and that’s where this guide intends to slip into the proverbial driver’s seat.

Below, we’ll lay out the ultimate Initial D watch order, ensuring that you experience the growth of Takumi and his friends, rivals, and the very soul of street racing in a manner that’s true to the series’ intended pace and progression. 

What’s the chronological release date order of Initial D?

As detailed above, the show has been ongoing for a while and Initial D has had a number of different seasons and movies along the way. The anime is comprised of 11 “stages” (6 main stages, 2 extra stages and 3 battle stages), which were released between 1998 and 2021.

The chronological release order for Initial D is as follows:

  1. Initial D: First Stage (1998)
  2. Initial D: Second Stage (1999–2000)
  3. Initial D: Extra Stage (2000)
  4. Initial D: Third Stage – The Movie (2001)
  5. Initial D: Battle Stage (2002)
  6. Initial D: Fourth Stage (2004–2006)
  7. Initial D: Battle Stage 2 (2007)
  8. Initial D: Extra Stage 2 (2008)
  9. Initial D: Fifth Stage (2012–2013)
  10. Initial D: Final Stage (2014)
  11. Initial D the Movie: Legend 1 – Awakening (2014)
  12. Initial D the Movie: Legend 2 – Racer (2015)
  13. New Initial D the Movie: Legend 3 – Dream (2016)
  14. Initial D: Battle Stage 3 (2021)

What’s the best way to watch Initial D?

There are a few different ways to watch Initial D, and this ties into the later question about filler (which we’ll get around to shortly). To get the most out of this, you want to make sure you definitely watch:

Streamlined Order:

  1. Initial D: First Stage (1998)
  2. Initial D: Second Stage (1999–2000)
  3. Initial D: Third Stage – The Movie (2001)
  4. Initial D: Fourth Stage (2004–2006)
  5. Initial D: Fifth Stage (2012–2013)
  6. Initial D: Final Stage (2014)

Each of the Battle Stages serve as compilations of races from the series so you won’t miss anything if you choose to cut these out. Furthermore, the Legend movies are basically re-treads of the first half of First Stage, so they can also be taken out too. Ultimately then, we’d recommend watching Initial D like this:

Recommended Order:

  1. Initial D: First Stage (1998)
  2. Initial D: Second Stage (1999–2000)
  3. Initial D: Extra Stage (2000)
  4. Initial D: Third Stage – The Movie (2001)
  5. Initial D: Battle Stage (2002)
  6. Initial D: Fourth Stage (2004–2006)
  7. Initial D: Battle Stage 2 (2007)
  8. Initial D: Extra Stage 2 (2008)
  9. Initial D: Fifth Stage (2012–2013)
  10. Initial D: Final Stage (2014)
  11. Initial D: Battle Stage 3 (2021)

Is there any filler than can be skipped?

Yes there is, as detailed above you can completely miss out the Legend movies from the list. The Battle and Extra Stages do help to flesh out more of this anime, though they’re not essential if you just want the streamlined experience.

Where can I watch Initial D?

Initial D is airing on Crunchyroll worldwide, with all seasons and the extra stages on there too. Albeit, they’re not in order so do be sure to check out the watch-order above for the best viewing experience! Similarly, Amazon Prime does carry this show but only in selected regions around the world.


Have you watched all of Initial D? Do you have a better watch order than us? Let us know in the comments below!

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