Bunta Fujiwara (藤原 文太 Fujiwara Bunta) is the owner of a tofu shop in Gunma, and the father of Takumi. He used to be the No.1 downhill racer in Mt. Akina years ago, but he no longer races, preferring to guide Takumi's racing development.
He is the original driver of the mysterious "white ghost of Akina" AE86 Sprinter Trueno that holds the record of the fastest downhill time at Akina. Bunta has a unique way of training his son to drive - every morning when Takumi delivers tofu. Bunta gives Takumi a cup of water which is placed in the drink holder; Takumi must not spill even a drop of it while he is driving. This is ostensibly to prevent breaking the tofu in the boot, but it forces Takumi to drive very smoothly. As for Bunta, he is still considered the best downhill racer in Akina, which is shown early in the series when he pushes the Trueno with Yuichi Tachibana in the passenger seat, lighting a cigarette while drifting around a corner.
Later in the series, Takumi used the Trueno more than Bunta, so he gave the car to Takumi. While test-driving his new Subaru Impreza WRX STi Type R Version V on Akina, he defeated his son, inducing an AWD complex in Takumi. Bunta decided to buy the car but hid this fact from Takumi for some time. After revealing that he was the driver, he then told Takumi to alternate between the Impreza and his Eight-Six for deliveries - another strategy to improve Takumi as a driver, showing him the potential of modern cars and the characteristics of AWD. While this shows his training strategy, it is seen that Bunta is, once again, proven to be the most formidable opponent in Akina.
Bunta is thought to have been undefeated during his time as a street racer. There is some dialog between Tachibana and Koichiro Iketani that could possibly dispute this, but the vague description of events leaves the actual results up to speculation. Specifically, this dialog occurs during the Tochigi campaign (Volume 15 of the manga, or the Third Stage movie) when Tachibana explains the rivalry between Bunta and Ken Kogashiwa. According to Tachibana, Bunta and Ken completed multiple races on the Irohazaka road to determine who was truly the fastest street racer, and "on the last race that counted", Bunta won. This could mean that Bunta possibly lost one or more rounds, but this idea is never discussed further as the dialog was written solely to provide a racing pedigree for Ken's son, who had recently challenged Takumi to a race on the same road.
Likes: The sound of a carburetor, tobacco, smoking, drinking
Dislikes: Large cars, flashy cars with big wings (rear spoilers), Yuichi's unnecessary phonecalls
Special skills: Gutter run/technique, No-steering drift/Smoking drift
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- In Initial D Arcade Stage 3 and the later installments, Bunta is never seen smoking at any point. This is probably to keep the age rating low. The games preceding that, he smokes in the original Japanese release.
- Ironically, despite owning a tofu shop, his bio states he dislikes tofu.
- The Subaru that he owns is best known for competing in the World Rally Championship. The car helped the Subaru World Rally Team win 3 constructors titles in 1995, 1996, and 1997, as well as 1 drivers' title in 1995 by Colin McRae.
- In Initial D: Battle Stage 2, Bunta is called Mr. X, presumably because Takumi didn't know the Impreza driver during the impromptu race.