Awesome / Initial D

  • Takumi overtakes Keisuke during a slow turn in Mount Akina, by going to the inside when Keisuke braked into the turn. Keisuke thinks Takumi will crash, considering he was going too fast into a right-left combo turn. He is proven right seconds later when the AE86 slides on the right turn. Cue Takumi pulling off a kansei (inertial) drift into the left turn, using the countersteer from the first right turn. Keisuke is left wide-eyed, utterly dumbstruck.
  • Episode 4 gives us the series first real big moment when the build up comes to a head, capped off with the Awesome Music Running In The 90s. Takumi is currently racing against Red Suns member Keisuke, clearly the underdog in the race. The members of the Akina Speed Stars and Itsuki are discussing exactly what kind of chance Takumi has. Iketani says they should trust Bunta, Takumi's father, in that if the old man believes in Takumi, so should they. Nobody else really believes that's enough. Then Iketani drops the bomb on them that Takumi has already beaten Keisuke before. Cue the music, cue disbelief Takumi has these skills, and cue Takumi finally catching Keisuke, and putting on the pressure for the first time all race. Hell. Yes.
  • After Takumi's victorious race against Keisuke, Takumi takes Iketani for a ride in the Trueno, as Iketani wants to see how Takumi races. Takumi's usual driving causes Iketani to freak the hell out after turn one and outright faint after the third turn!
    • And then Takumi takes Iketani's S13 for a spin: Iketani stays conscious, but he realizes that he is nowhere near Takumi's level.
  • In a schadenfreude kind of way, Shingo crashing his EG6 when he tried to ram Takumi off the mountain pass and kill him and failed. Given that he's never depicted racing again afterwards and he's shown to be softer in Extra Stage, one can assume that it's the last time he ever tries to race dirty against someone.
  • Takumi's victory in 4th stage against a professional. Specifically the part where Takumi turns off his headlights.
    • In the previous race, Takumi beats a Toudou School student by keeping the lead in the first run while not using his top 2000 rpm, on a course he's only practiced for a day, then surprising his opponent in the second run with the additional power.
  • Takumi delivers this line to Natsuki in 2nd Stage (after he saw her with an older man).
    Takumi: Good luck with your buddy in the Mercedes, now leave me the hell alone!
  • In Third Stage, Takumi chases Natsuki's Psycho Ex-Boyfriend up Mount Akina. He's in a 4WD Celica Turbo, Takumi's in his RWD 86, and it's snowing heavily, so naturally Takumi sticks to the guy's bumper like glue until his sheer driving technique scares Natsuki's ex into spinning out before pretty much passing out at the wheel. Since we watch the entire thing from the latter's point of view, also doubles as a Mook Horror Show.
  • Bunta beating Takumi in an impromptu downhill race... When test driving a GC8 Impreza.
    • Of note: Takumi's reaction when he uses the gutter drop technique.... Only for the mysterious Impreza (he at that point didn't know Bunta was behind the wheel of the Impreza) to do the same. Bonus points for having one of those rare moments where Takumi swears.
    Takumi: No fucking way!
  • In Episode 17 of Fourth Stage, Takumi faces off against the Tsuchisaka Lan Evo downhiller, who threatens to call thugs to beat up the rest of D if Takumi doesn't throw the race. Takumi spends about half the race behind him before figuring out that the guy's braking technique is trash, and manages to pass him partly thanks to the oil slick his team used to sabotage D. Takumi's opponent and Kenta both suppose that Takumi will have a hard time maintaining the lead in the high-speed section of the course. Cue Ryosuke correcting them. Cue Awesome Music. Cue slow motion as Takumi demonstrates his demonic braking technique, utterly destroying the Lan Evo in two corners.
  • Takumi's race against Toshiya "God Arm" Joushima in Fourth Stage. After Joushima has spent the entire race (seven rounds of the downhill) psyching out Takumi by taking different lines while still pushing him to his limits, Takumi turns it around on him thanks to a bit of advice from Ryousuke. Takumi pulls out both of his signature moves, using the gutter drop technique to keep up, followed by turning off his headlights to overtake. This psyches out Joushima so much that he puts both hands on the wheel for the first time in the whole race note , shattering the utter confidence he's had the entire race and completely turning the tables on him.
  • The series' Eurobeat track really deserves to be in Awesome Music.
  • In the series' final battle, Takumi uses his signature "Blind Attack" to take the lead during the final stretch. With the finish line in sight, Takumi turns his lights back on, and sees that he's pushed his engine to over 12,000 rpms, way past its maximum of 11,000. He only has enough time to register this before his engine blows like it did against Kyouichi. Only this time he keeps a cool head, spins the car around, depresses the clutch, and lets his momentum carry him backwards to a victory.