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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 fastest downhill racer on Akina years ago, but he no longer races, preferring to guide Takumi's racing development.

Biography[]

Bunta was 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 a 4WD 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 4WD. 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, could also mean they had unofficial races similar to Takumi vs the EVO 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.

Bunta also knows Keiichi Tsuchiya personally, as shown in Act 23 of the First Stage, where we can hear a phone conversation between the two where Keiichi talks about how Bunta "scared him for life" with his drifting. He also asks Bunta about whether Takumi will win the race against Ryosuke Takahashi.

Information[]

Chapter 008 Kodansha USA 2024

Bunta's Profile

Height: 172cm

Weight: 62kg

Convinced he could beat Michael Schumacher if they raced on Mount Akina. Once a rallyist; now a tofu-ist.

Likes: Carburetor bark, cigarettes

Dislikes: Tofu, big cars

Special Skill: Can catch a few zzz's while drifting.

Vehicles[]

Bunta owned a High-Tech Two-Tone Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT-APEX AE86 before handing it down to Takumi.

Main article: Takumi Fujiwara's Toyota AE86

After Bunta handed his Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT-APEX AE86 down to his son, he bought a Subaru Impreza WRX STi Coupe Type R Version V GC8.

Main article: Bunta Fujiwara's Subaru Impreza

Trivia[]

  • In Initial D Arcade Stage Ver. 3 and the later instalments, 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.

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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 HoshinoToshiya 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 GuysFake Project DFormer Bosozoku LeaderBunta FujiwaraFumihiroMrs. IketaniItsuki's ParentsMrs. InuiKaoriKaori's FatherKen KogashiwaEiji KuboKyoko's FriendShuichi MatsumotoMikiNatsuki MogiNaoOld ManPapaShiraishiMasashi SuzukiYuichi TachibanaTomiguchiTomokoTsugumiTsukamotoTwo Guys From TokyoMika Uehara
Non-Manga MamoruKatsuragi MikaSaoriShigeruEikichi Shimamura

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Chapter 8 - Bunta's Information Page - Rallyist is changed to "Freelancer" in the Tokyopop/Kodansha USA (2019) release.
  2. Seen in a Legend 3 Height Chart
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