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Keisuke Takahashi (高橋 啓介, Takahashi Keisuke, known as K.T. in the Tokyopop version) is a major character in Initial D, and the secondary protagonist of the Project D Arc.

An ex-bosozoku gang member, he was introduced to street racing by his brother Ryosuke and joined his team, the Akagi RedSuns, and soon became their second best driver in his Mazda ɛ̃fini RX-7 Type R (FD3S). He and his brother are nicknamed "The Rotary Brothers", as they both drive cars with rotary engines. During the RedSuns expedition to Akina, he was defeated by Takumi Fujiwara in an impromptu battle, an event that helped kickstart Fujiwara's racing career and created a rivalry between the two. He was invited by his brother to join Project D as their uphill ace.

Biography

Unlike his older brother's calm demeanor, Keisuke was a hot-headed individual, he was known for driving with his emotions and his dislike for losing made him very arrogant. His pride was shattered when he encountered the mysterious AE86 during a practice trial on Mount Akina. Unwilling to accept this loss, he continually traveled to Akina to encounter the Eight Six again. He finally got his chance during the RedSuns race against the Akina SpeedStars when the AE86 driver and future rival Takumi Fujiwara arrived where he was defeated once again, since this defeat he has desired to have a rematch with Takumi until the time was right and both have become rivals since.

When Ryosuke later disbands the RedSuns in favor of Project D, Keisuke joins as well becoming a main driver of the team alongside Takumi. Under Ryosuke’s mentorship, he gained more experience as a racer with his skills dramatically improving and no longer driving with his emotions and controlling them. After Project D’s final race with Kanagawa’s Sidewinder, he pursues his goal as a professional driver, taking his Project D mechanic Tomiguchi with him.

In the new manga MF Ghost, Keisuke has retired from racing and is now the CEO of TK Mach Corporation.

As Takumi trained Kanata, Keisuke also trained one of his students to compete in MFG: Moroboshi Sena, a Toyota Supra MK5 driver.

Information

Height: 182cm (6'0")

Weight: 63 kilos (138lb)

Likes: His own FD

Dislikes: The Skyline GT-R, Bubble-brained School Girls

Special Skills: The ABS Drift (Exact Meaning Unclear)

Vehicle: Pre-Facelift (Zenki) Mazda ɛ̃fini RX-7 Type R (FD3S)

Battles

Race Vehicle Opponent Opponent's Vehicle(s) Course Outcome
Takumi Fujiwara vs Keisuke Takahashi (Impromptu) Mazda ɛ̃fini RX-7 Type R (FD3S) Takumi Fujiwara Toyota Sprinter Trueno 3door GT-APEX (AE86) Akina Takumi outruns Keisuke with an inertia drift
Takumi Fujiwara vs Keisuke Takahashi Takumi passes Keisuke with a Gutter Run
Keisuke Takahashi vs Takeshi Nakazato (Impromptu) Takeshi Nakazato Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II (BNR32) No actual winners as they both retain their postions
Keisuke Takahashi vs Takeshi Nakazato Myogi Keisuke overtakes Nakazato in the final corner using the sidewalk in the outer corner
Keisuke Takahashi vs Seiji Iwaki Seiji Iwaki Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV RS (CN9A) Akagi Keisuke tricks Seiiji by going outside, then takes the inside almost suddenly and overtakes
Keisuke Takahashi vs Wataru Akiyama (Impromptu) Wataru Akiyama Toyota Corolla Levin GT-APEX (AE86) Unclear as they both skid to a stop as another car was blocking the road
Keisuke Takahashi vs Atsuro Kawai Atsuro Kawai Nissan Skyline 25GT Turbo (ER34) Momiji Line Keisuke overtakes Atsuro on a straight due to greater corner exit speed.
Keisuke Takahashi vs Smiley Sakai Smiley Sakai Honda Integra Type R (DC2) Enna Skyline Keisuke and Sakai enter a corner together, forcing them into a lower-speed, low-gear scenario. Keisuke is able to overtake due to the Integra struggling to put down power.
Keisuke Takahashi vs Kyoko Iwase Kyoko Iwase Mazda ɛ̃fini RX-7 Type R (FD3S) Sadamine Keisuke bumps Kyoko's FD's rear end a little, causing her to lose turbo boost, overtaking her
Keisuke Takahashi vs Wataru Akiyama Wataru Akiyama Toyota Corolla Levin GT-APEX (AE86) Maze Pass Wataru spins out after ignoring a gutter in the middle of the road, Keisuke overtakes
Keisuke Takahashi vs Aikawa Mazda ɛ̃fini RX-7 Type R (FD3S) Aikawa Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V RS (CP9A) Tsuchisaka Aikawa brakes to defeat as he was afraid Keisuke may cause him to fall over the road when he overtake him in a narrow path
Keisuke Takahashi vs Kozo Hoshino Mazda ɛ̃fini RX-7 Type R (FD3S) Kozo Hoshino Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II Nür (BNR34) Tsukuba Fruits Line Even though the race should have continued, Kozo forfeights as he doesn't have any remaining grip in his tires to enter a third round
Keisuke Takahashi vs Kobayakawa Kobayakawa Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII GSR (CT9A) Yabitsu Keisuke suddenly sprints away in front of Kobayakawa unexpectedly, escaping from him
Keisuke Takahashi vs Hideo Minagawa Hideo Minagawa Toyota Supra RZ (JZA80) Nagao Hideo forfiets as he lacks enough tire grip to enter into a second round
Keisuke Takahashi vs Ryuji Ikeda Ryuji Ikeda Nissan Fairlady Z Version S (Z33) Nanamagari Keisuke overtakes him in a heavy fog area with the help of Kenta's phone call indication that it was safe to overtake
Keisuke Takahashi vs Go Hojo Go Hojo Honda NSX (NA1) Tsubaki Line Go Hojo loses all his grip by entering corners too fast, spins out while Keisuke sprints away

Relationships

Love Interests

Kyoko Iwase

Just like him, she too drives an FD3S. She fell in love with Keisuke at first sight. When Keisuke's FD broke down, she offered him to borrow her's in his next battle. Both then dated each other. In the end, Keisuke turned her down reasonably because he wants to concentrate on his goal. He did admit he liked her.

Family

Ryosuke Takahashi

He is his older brother. After being influenced by his racing skills, he decided to follow his footsteps and reason to become a professional racer. He co-founded the Akagi RedSuns and also helped his brother create Project D. Ryosuke would often coach him and prep talk in his battles.

Tsugumi

She is his younger cousin. She usually mocks at him and even causes some tantrums.

Akagi RedSuns/Project D

Takumi Fujiwara

During an impromptu battle in Takumi's delivery run, he was outpaced by him when he performed inertia drift. He lost again in their second battle became obsessed with defeating him. Because of that, he doesn't want him to lose to anyone but him and his brother. However, he began to gain profound respect for him and convinced him to join Project D before he can rematch him and turn pro. He considers him a friendly rival.

Kenta Nakamura

He is idolized by him and would do anything to prove himself to him. Just like Keisuke, he was part of the Akagi RedSuns (until the creation of Project D).

Myogi NightKids

Takeshi Nakazato

After both were unable to defeat Takumi in their battles with him, Nakazato challenges Keisuke in a rainy battle in Myogi in an uphill race. Keisuke won the battle leading Nakazato to argue believing he won the race by luck. Keisuke then corrects him that he used his skills to win the race fair and square.

Emperor

Seiji Iwaki

He was his opponent prior to Ryosuke's battle against Kyoichi. The battle was decided by hillclimb. Keisuke won that battle when he overtook Seiji in the S sections.

Northern Saitama Alliance

Wataru Akiyama

After his brother's victory against Sudo, he challenged him next but declined because it was against the RedSuns' policy to not race on their own turf. Wataru nonetheless shows him off which nearly caused an accident. They accepted each other's challenge to race again in which they eventually did during Project D's Saitama expedition. He won against him after slipping out. They eventually became friends after their battle. Keisuke later requested help from Wataru to expose imposter Project D's schemes.

Gallery

Miscellaneous

Manga

The White Ghost of Akina Arc

Emperor Arc

The New Eight Six Arc

Tochigi Arc

Saitama and Ibaraki Arc

Kanagawa Expedition Arc

Manga Volume covers

Anime

First Stage

Second Stage

Extra Stage

Third Stage

Fourth Stage

Fifth Stage

Final Stage

New Initial D the Movie Trilogy

Overall

Legend 1: Awakening

Legend 2: Racer

Legend 3: Dream

Games

Trivia

  • Keisuke appeared in MF Ghost as a CEO of TK Mach Corporation with Kenta.
  • Keisuke is apparently most famous for the words "Nani" (what) and "Kansei dorifto" (inertia drift) when he gets overtaken by Takumi performing said maneuver, which became a meme. He would also utter this out occasionally in the games (starting from Special Stage on consoles, and Arcade Stage 4 on arcade cabinets).
  • Keisuke and his brother Ryosuke were parodied in Kaido Battle 2 & 3, two touge racing games by Genki. Keisuke was parodied as Ryuji Hashimoto (Mischievous Fool in KB2, HC Top in KB3) of Akagi BlueSign.
  • In New Initial D the Movie, Keisuke's voice actor, which is Yuichi Nakamura, who is also VA for Rin Hojo in Initial D: Fifth Stage and Final Stage.

Appearances

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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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