Initial D Watch Order Guide

Initial D is noticeably old anime. However, it is still considered to be one of the best racing anime of the last decade that has not lost its hype even after years of its release. The start of Initial D is good and is quite as impressive as you’d hoped for, full of elaborate character development amidst energetic races that are heart racing and adrenaline-rushing at the same time.

The most pleasant side to the Initial D is that the series is entirely about car races and it doesn’t shy to utilize this fact to mostly set the foundation for what should be an entertaining classic. With its roller coaster of unbelievable events, dramatic music, and fluid scene changes during races, Initial D is a classic that is still enjoyable today.

With each episode, you’d find yourself getting more and more drawn into this unique world of dangerous racing. If you plan to watch Initial D, watch it according to this order.

Initial D Watch Order:

01. Initial D First Stage

Initial D First Stage

Alternate Title: None
Episodes: 26
Buy/Stream On: Funimation

02. Initial D Second Stage

Initial D Second Stage

Alternate Title: None
Episodes: 13
Buy/Stream On: Funimation

03. Initial D Extra Stage (Optional)

Initial D Extra Stage

Alternate Title: None
Episodes: 2 (27 min. OVA)
Buy/Stream On: Funimation

Note: Funimation has bundled the Initial D Extra Stage two-episode OVA into one 55-minute episode.

04. Initial D Third Stage

Initial D Third Stage

Alternate Title: None
Episodes: 1 (1 hr. 45 min. Movie)
Buy/Stream On: Funimation

05. Initial D Fourth Stage

Initial D Fourth Stage

Alternate Title: None
Episodes: 24
Buy/Stream On: Funimation

06. Initial D Extra Stage 2 (Optional)

Initial D Extra Stage 2

Alternate Title: None
Episodes: 1 (54 min. OVA)
Buy/Stream On: Unknown

07. Initial D Fifth Stage

Initial D Fifth Stage

Alternate Title: None
Episodes: 14
Buy/Stream On: Unknown

08. Initial D Final Stage

Initial D Final Stage

Alternate Title: None
Episodes: 4
Buy/Stream On: Unknown

Note: Initial D Battle Stage 1,2 and 3 are compilation OVA of all the races from the original series with some improved animation and some new races.

Initial D Legend: Awakening, Racer, and Dream are movie trilogy that retells the same story but with new animation and character designs.

Initial D Battle Stage and Initial D Legend are only recommended to watch as a refresher and are not added to the watch order as they do not add anything new to the series.


Initial D is a car racing anime series produced by a set of different anime studios. The anime is an adaptation of a manga series with the same name written and drawn by Shuuichi Shigeno.

Synopsis: Takumi Fujiwara is an 18-year-old average high school kid who works as a delivery boy for his father’s tofu shop. He delivers using his father’s Panda 1983 Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT Apex AE86. Due to this, Takumi hated driving.

However, driving since middle school gave him extraordinary driving skills. When his friend learns about his driving skills, he introduces Takumi to the world of Touge racing. Before he knows it, Takumi finds himself plunged into the world of high-speed car racing.

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