Let's start the new year with some other-than-games nerd stuff.
A little tid-bit about me; I love cars, and I love anime/manga.
So anytime I find manga featuring cars, I want it.
If you want some of that action too, here are the manga you should be reading if you want to see cars.
1. Initial D
Because duh. Everyone knows about Initial D and the hachi-roku.
Well, if you don't know, it's about a kid who drives his father's tofu delivery car, and he's so fast that he beats all the other kids down the mountain.
While immensely popular (over 600 chapters) and fun to read, it's probably the silliest story and the worst drawn characters on the list.
A poor guy somehow convinces a rich guy to sell his original LP400 Lamborghini for cheap in order for him to live out his childhood dream. This somehow results in him meeting a lot of other people with fancy cars and stuff happening to him, like catching a cat on the freeway that was thrown out of someone's car.
It's a really silly story - the whole thing feels like deus ex machina - but I'm ok with that. It's still a fun ride with the coolest cars.
The one thing about this series is it comes across as a really labor of love. Some of the illustrations and details noted regarding the design or history of some of these cars is really in depth and shows a level of detail that you don't get from someone with only surface level knowledge or interest. It's probably the best looking of the bunch when it comes to the cars themselves.
Capeta is the story of a kid who's poor, but loves racing, so his dad builds his a go-kart out of old scrap karts and - as it turns out - the kid is a genius driver, almost winning his first race. The series grows with Capeta into professional racing and has some really cool artwork, especially the F1 drawings.
It's probably the most engaging story on the list, with the different growth paths and racing politics you get to watch a young driver navigate, and the characters themselves have some depth and development - but most importantly, it's beautiful to look at. Not quite Countach level details, but really close.
4. Wangan Midnight
Wangan Midnight is kind of like Initial D, except the kid buys a wrecked car and fixes it, finds out it's haunted, and then constantly races a bunch of adults on the freeway, including a doctor in a Porsche.
It's the oldest series in the group, and it kind of looks like it with early 90s anime art style - that's not a bad thing, but it stands out in the crowd.
5. Over Rev
A high-school track runner tears her Achilles tendon, but she still wants to go fast. Simple fix - go street racing.
It's a fun coming of age story that just happens to involve cars. The cars featured are the least exotic of the group, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.