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Intial D’s AE86 (hachi roku)?

Posted by on September 15, 2009 in Japanese Culture, Japanese Study Methods | 3 comments

initial d

I’m a huge car enthusiast, so when my brother started telling about an anime he was really enjoying about cars it certainly caught my attention. Now to be honest, I don’t really watch a lot of anime. I have seen pretty much all of the Miyazaki films and most of dragon ball, but that’s about it. But once I started watching Initial D I couldn’t stop.

The cars and racing were interesting and it was good practice for listening in Japanese. When I studied abroad in Tokyo, I started reading the Manga as well. It was great because I knew most of the stories which made reading it was much easier.  I would also occasionally play the Initial D arcade game when I came across it.

When I lived in Tokyo it was actually pretty common to see ハチロクs (hachiroku). In fact, there was a tuned one that was parked in the same neighborhood I lived in. Since I saw rare cars all the time, I never really worried about taking pictures. However, now that I have moved to the smaller island of Miyakojima, seeing any kind of sports car is much rarer. Especially older models like the ハチロク.

So the other day when I came across a ハチロク, and just happened to have my camera, I took a few shots. It looks like they were going for the look of Takumi’s car after the modifications (for those of you who have seen the anime).

86 front

86 corner

86 back

For those who would like to see a real ハチロク in action, this is one of my favorite videos, putting two ハチロクs against a Nissan GTR. The video is all in Japanese, so it should give you a little bit of Japanese language practice (though there isn’t much talking).

3 Comments

  1. avatar

    I imagine these things looked very twenty-first-century… back in the 80′s … I remember seeing similar models (if not this one) in those japanese tokusatsus.

  2. avatar

    Yeah, they look so outdated now it is hard to imagine. Though I used to think the Lambo Diablo was a futuristic car and it looks pretty outdated too.

  3. avatar

    well… if you were to ask me, despite my young age(i’m only 15), i really appreciate the design of the hachiroku, even though a lot of people laugh at it(i get teased at school, because they say the hachiroku is very old and slow…) but then, i defend this car…

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