I remember during 1999 the day before Chinese New Year I went to my uncle's house and saw my cousins watching rented VHS tapes of Initial D episode 1 and 2. It was the point of no return for me. I borrowed the two tapes and watch it at home repeatedly for the whole night and morning!
I love it so much at that time. I don't really care about cars actually(just like I don't really care about Gundam but I like the anime very much) but I just love it.
So yeah, I went to watch the whole Stage 1-4 anime these few days. I also start to read the manga and found out that it's good to read!(I thought it may be not as nice as anime because anime is better at portraying the speed in car racing. But I was so entertained and read until the end(not finished). I noticed some things I didn't notice in the past and I find that I couldn't remember anything of Stage 4. I was like: "Did I really watch Stage 4 in the past at all?"
So, as a fujioshi, I began to notice some things that make me think nonsense that I never thought of in the past. I began to ship Ryousuke & Takumi or even Keisuke & Takumi. In Stage 1, Ryousuke send Takumi roses LOL(I don't remember this). Of course, the roses meant nothing but polite and invitation to battle but you know how a fujioshi's mind works. XD ALSO, later in stage 4, Ryousuke came to the gas station to find Takumi and talk to him. After Ryousuke left, Takumi blushes and flustered that he couldn't speak hahaha. So yeah, Takumi has mancrush(when a man idolize another man non-sexually) on Ryousuke. But you know how I would interpret it in my fantasies.
After reading the manga, I find that there is actually a lot of Keisuke and Takumi interaction. Like in one of the later chapters Keisuke and Takumi sleep in a air-con room by themselves to prepare for the night battle because it was so hot and these two are Project D's aces and need to rest. Keisuke talk to Takumi but Takumi fell sleep so fast that he couldn't believe it. Later later after that, the whole Project D crew rented a whole cabin and Takumi is too cute(sleepyhead). He fell asleep too easily and zombied when waken up. XD
But my Ryousuke & Takumi pair ship got shaken a bit where Takumi got a golfer girlfriend TAT and during the chapters talking about Ryousuke past where 3 years ago, the girl that Ryousuke loves committed suicide. But anyway, it just intensifies my Ryousuke & Takumi fantasy ship actually where I think more weird things.
I'm really looking forward to the new anime. I wonder how the anime art would look like too. Shigeno-sensei's art looks really different from the past. Also, Ryousuke hairstyle look really different now. Plus, there are some panels where I can't distinguish Ryousuke with Takumi. I don't like the current art, there are some far shoot panels of characters and their faces look really stonic. Keisuke's hairline also look really flat and weird now.