An announcement for MF Ghost Release Date came out and the sequel to the acclaimed Initial D, will get an anime adaptation soon! There is no other anime that has made such deep inroads into the drag racing world as Initial D. This, together with its Eurobeat bangers, elevated the anime into the halls of iconic works that humanity will always remember.
Avex Pictures announced the sequel’s production on its Youtube channel on January 3rd. The anime will be adapted from the manga MF Ghost that is written by Shuichi Shigeno. It started in September 2017- 5 years after the original Initial D came to an end.
Furthermore, the manga has 15 tankobon volumes and has been running in Kodansha’s Weekly Young Magazine.
MF Ghost Release Date
Following its announcement, a third MF Ghost trailer and a main PV will be out by the 4th of January 2023.
The exact MF Ghost Release Date is still unknown.
The announcement was in the form of a teaser trailer that came out on YouTube. A teaser visual later came out on their official Twitter and their manga publishing company, Kodansha.
What MF Ghost is About
The series’ setting is 15 years after the original series, Initial D. The year is 202X, and the world has switched from internal combustion cars to self driving electric cars and fuel cell vehicles. The majority of these vehicles are self-driving. The only remaining cars that can be manually maneuvered are street racing cars.
Kanata Livington, a 19-year-old Japanese-British racer, returns to Japan to take part in its MFG circuit. This closed racecourse takes place on public roads and utilizes sports cars that are powered by internal combustion engine cars.
The protagonist of Initial D, Takumi Fujiwara, also trained Kanata Rivington (Livingstone) in the art of racing. Kanata competes in the race using a pseudonym, Kanata Katagiri. He shows up on the scene driving a Toyota 86 and beats top-tier European cars, such as the Lamborghini Huracan Performante, Ferrari 488 GTB, Lotus Exige, Alfa Romeo 4C, Lexus LC500, and Porsche 911 Carrera.
Additionally, Kanata is a downhill specialist like his mentor. He graduated top of his class at the Royal Donington Racing School in the UK and is a Formula 4 world champion.
However, outshining everyone on the Japanese racing scene is not Kanata’s sole purpose. His true goal is to find his long-lost father. When he’s not racing under his father’s last name, Katagiri, he searches for clues on his whereabouts.
Watch this anime adaption in a few weeks to find out if he finally catches up with his opponents and father.
MF Ghost Cast List
Avex Pictures will produce this show in collaboration with studio Felix Film. Director Naka Tomohito (known for his work in Initial D Movie: Legend 3- Mugen) will be in charge of it while Masafumi Mima (served as the sound director for Attack on Titan Seasons 2, 3, and 4) directs the sound.
Kenichi Yamashita (known for his work in Armed Girl’s Machiavellism and Furesshu Purikyua!) will take over the script and series composition with Akihiko Inari (Known for shows such as Cowboy Bebop, The Vision of Escaflowne and Battle Doll Angelic Layer among others).
Akio Dobashi (Composer who has contributed to several Initial D movies) will handle the music. The chief animation directors will be Chiyoko Sakamoto (who took part in big projects such as Naruto, Samurai Champloo, Bakemonogatari, and Baccano!) and Naoyuki Onda (who also took part in huge projects such as Ergo Proxy, and Inuyashiki) who will also be in charge of character design.
The predecessor series, Initial D, has had many anime series and film adaptations by OB Studio Comet, Studio Gallop, Pastel, A.C.G.T, and SynergySP. Avex and Media Asia released a live-action film in 2005. The franchise bagged a total of $416.09 million in tankobon volume sales and $20.02 million in films.
Initial D has also been hailed by many critics as the definitive racing manga series and has sold 55 million copies to date. Kodansha’s seinen manga magazine Weekly Young Magazin serialized a total of 48 volumes, containing 719 chapters.
Such a solid background tends to rub off on its sequels. This reflects from the sales of MF Ghost. As of January 2022, MF Ghost has 3.2 million copies in circulation.
Lastly, do take some time to interact with the official outlets for more details.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine announced that MF Ghost is on an indefinite break due to the author’s poor health. We pray for his recovery.
An English release will be available on Amazon Prime, Kindle, and Comixology. Subscribers will be able to read it for free, while non-subscribers can still buy volumes individually.