It may sound a little hard to believe if you grew up with it, but the classic racing manga and anime franchise Initial D is almost 20 years old. And to celebrate its upcoming 20th anniversary, an artist has recreated the series’ iconic scenes—completely out of Legos.

Often regarded as one of the most influential anime of all time, Shuichi Shigeno’s classic series revolves around high school student Takumi Fujiwara, whose life switches gears when he is introduced to illegal street racing. The series started a great trend in realistic animation (at least for the cars), beautiful character designs (again, mostly for the cars), and thrilling action (at least in episodes where there were cars). Sure, the character drama itself was pretty weak, but when do you watch a racing movie for drama?

So to pay homage to the series that has both grown into a behemoth franchise and left its mark on modern series like Fast and Furious and Disney’s Cars, artist Denil Oh is counting down the manga’s two-decade long reign as champ by faithfully recreating its most iconic scenes.

Look at some of the comparisons below:


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As you can see, the renditions are something any Initial D and Lego fan can be proud of. And, to really cap off this beautiful creation, there’s even an element of greater potential here. If Oh’s project gets 10,000 supporters on Lego’s site (at the time of writing, it has a bit under 2,500), the toy maker will actually review the project for mass distribution.

Of course, licensing issues will likely play a role, and it’s hard to believe that a manga celebrating its twentieth anniversary would seem like a profitable idea for Lego, but it’s nice to dream, isn’t it?

So, for now, let’s celebrate the total awesomeness of this blocky rendition of one of anime’s finest. Initial D’s success spawned merchandise, sequels, film adaptations, and a manga that ran from 1995 to 2013--today, it has also inspired some truly terrific Lego artwork.


So is Initial D getting Lego’d a first place win for you, or do you think this franchise is finally out of gas? Sound off in the comments below! And for all your news needs, be sure to follow DramaFever on Twitter!