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The Akina SpeedStars (秋名スピードスターズ, Akina Supīdosutāzu) are a Gunma based team. Their home course is Akina Pass. They are an amateur team led by Koichiro Iketani. They are considered to be one of the weakest teams in the Gunma area, due to their lack of proper technique and skills. At the beginning of the series there were many members of the SpeedStars, however less and less appear as the series progresses, suggesting that they are either busy or have left the team. Takumi Fujiwara is considered an honorary member of the team (although the Tokyopop version of the manga incorrectly lists him as a true member), as he has battled on behalf of the SpeedStars on several occasions.


The team is named after Speed Star Wheel (now known as SSR Wheel). The the early chapters of the manga the sticker on Iketani's car reads Spirit, suggesting that this may have been the planned name of the team before it was changed.

Members

Name car section rank
Koichiro Iketani Nissan Silvia K's (S13) Downhill Leader
Kenji Nissan 180SX Type II (RPS13) Downhill Member
Itsuki Takeuchi Toyota Corolla Levin SR (AE85) Downhill Member
Mamoru Mitsubishi Lancer EX 1800GSR Turbo (A170) unknown Member
Shigeru Toyota Starlet (KP61) unknown Member

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Trivia

  • The SpeedStars are the first team shown in Initial D
  • The members of the SpeedStars (Iketani, Itsuki and Kenji) reappear in MF Ghost (the sequel to Initial D). In this story the trio repeats a similar role that had in Initial D but with several differences:
    • The trio still live in Shibukawa but are no longer street racers, suggesting that the team disbanded at some point after Initial D.
    • Itsuki and Kenji are both married and have children; this shows that they both managed to find a girlfriend after the conclusion of Initial D.
    • Iketani became the owner of the gas station replacing Yuichi. He is still single, and is balding.

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Initial D Characters
Project D Takumi FujiwaraKeisuke TakahashiRyosuke Takahashi
Akina SpeedStars Koichiro IketaniKenjiItsuki Takeuchi
Akagi RedSuns Kenta NakamuraKeisuke TakahashiRyosuke Takahashi
Myogi NightKids MiyaharaTakeshi NakazatoShingo Shoji
Impact Blue Mako SatoSayuki
Emperor Seiji IwakiRen NogamiSatakeKyoichi Sudo
Seven Star Leaf Atsuro KawaiShinichiToru Suetsugu
The Todo School Daiki NinomiyaSmiley SakaiTomoyuki TachiTodo
Northern Saitama Alliance Nobuhiko AkiyamaWataru AkiyamaKyoko IwaseSakamoto
Tsuchisaka Lan Evo Team/
Men in Evos
Aikawa/Man in Lan Evo V/Kuro WaruIchijo/Man in Lan Evo VI/Shiro Waru
Purple Shadow Kozo HoshinoDr. Toshiya Joshima
Team 246 Satoshi OmiyaKobayakawa
R.T. Katagiri S.V. Kai KogashiwaHideo Minagawa
Team Spiral Ryuji IkedaJunichi SakamotoHiroya Okuyama
Sidewinder Go HojoRin HojoShinji Inui
Other Characters Kazumi AkiyamaKazumi's Ex-BoyfriendThe Altezza GuysAmadaFake Project DBunta FujiwaraFumihiroMrs. IketaniItsuki's ParentsMrs. InuiKaoriKen KogashiwaEiji KuboKyoko's FriendShuichi MatsumotoMikiNatsuki MogiNaoOld ManPapaShiraishiMasashi SuzukiYuichi TachibanaTomiguchiTomokoTsugumiTsukamotoTwo Guys From TokyoMika Uehara
Non-Manga MamoruKatsuragi MikaSaoriShigeruEikichi Shimamura
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