Shuichi Shigeno's Initial D successor will be on air next year with a promotional video teaser released on avex picture's YouTube channel.

If you are a car enthusiast that also has an interest in Japanese anime, then Initial D is something you should be familiar with. Created by Shuichi Shigeno in 1995, it centred around the illegal street touge drifting scene in Japan. It didn't take long before it became a fan favourite among otaku petrolheads, not least with the help of that iconic two-tone Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86.

After Initial D officially closed its book in 2013, Shigeno went on to create a direct follow-up to it in 2017 called MF Ghost. Like its predecessor, this also involved the street touge drifting scene in Japan. This time, however, it looks towards the future in 202X where people are driving autonomous electric cars and an organization called MFG prefer to race with internal combustion cars. Just like Initial D, the main protagonist's ideal car of choice is a Toyota sports car.

If you have been enjoying the manga and wanting an audiovisual version of it, then you are in for a treat as Kodansha has confirmed the anime adaptation of Shigeno's latest manga.

Promotional visual banner of MF Ghost anime TV adaptation.
Promotional visual banner of MF Ghost anime TV adaptation.

Set to premiere in 2023 barring any kind of delay whatsoever, it follows the life of a 19-year-old Japanese-British protagonist named Kanata Livington who fly back to Japan after winning the Formula 4 Championship in Britain to find his long-lost father. The teaser video sees the likes of Ferrari 488 GTB, Lamborghini Huracan, Alfa Romeo 4C, Lotus Exige S, and a Porsche duo of Cayman GTS and 911 GT3 RS making an appearance in the anime. No further information about the animation studio in charge of the anime adaptation to date. In the meantime, head over to the anime's official website for the latest news and announcement.

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