Shelf Life: The Initial D diorama
A manga for the petrolhead (InitialD anime Fujiwaratofushop Takumi Trueno Toyota shelflife)
Here is my 6th and final shelf where I dedicated my theme to the Initial D merchandise. I am actually late in the game of discovering this wonderful anime series about street racing in Japan written and illustrated by Shuichi Shigeno.
For those who are not familiar with this story, the main character is Takumi Fujiwara, a student working as a gas station attendant who moonlights delivering tofu for his father's store before sunrise each morning, passively building an impressive amount of skill of over 5 years behind the wheel of the family car, an aging Toyota Sprinter Trueno (AE86).
The AE86 series of the Toyota Corolla Levin and Toyota Sprinter Trueno are small, front-engine/rear-wheel-drive models within the front-engine/front-wheel-drive fifth generation Corolla (E80) range — marketed by Toyota from 1983 to 1987 in coupé and liftback configurations.
Here we have the officially licensed Toyota Trueno with the Takumi figure. This is from Jada and there is no mentioned of scale but my guess it is close to 1/18.
On the side of the door written in Japanese just means 'Fujiwara Tofu Shop'.
Next is the famous Tofu shop of Takumi's father Bunta.
The Toyota Trueno AE86 by Tomica in 1/61
The story revolves around challenges by various racing teams so it's no surprise that besides the Trueno, other official castings would also be made like the MAZDA RX-7 FD 3 S and MAZDA Savanna RX-7 FC 3 S shown below driven by Ryosuke Takahashi and his brother Keisuke Takahashi of the Red Suns, a highly experienced racing team from Mount Akagi. The NISSAN SKYLINE GT-R R32 on the far right was driven by Takeshi Nakazato of the Myogi NightKids.
A box set of 4 Initial D castings by Kyosho listed as 1/64
So there you have it. Hope this brief background of this wonderful anime might create new fans in the future. I know I was.