The battle between Ryosuke Takahashi and Rin Hojo is the forty-seventh battle of Initial D.
Prior to the Battle[edit | edit source]
Rumors start spreading that a white RX-7 FC with a wing was spotted in Akagi. Ryosuke and Matsumoto are nowhere to be found, which worries Project D. Takumi ,who is on a date with Mika, enquires about them from Fumihiro, who has no idea of what is going on. Meanwhile Ryosuke and Matsumoto are headed to the Hakone Turnpike to accept the challenge of the Grim Reaper, Rin Hojo. During their journey, Ryosuke reveals everything about his past to Matsumoto. After reaching the top of Hakone, Ryosuke finds Rin Hojo, who would be waiting for them. Both of them accept the battle to the death. Matsumoto says he will be waiting for him to pick him up, even if he has to wait 100 years.
During the Battle[edit | edit source]
At the start of the battle, Rin notes that while Ryosuke's FC is lighter, he still believes that his R32 has the advantage; Matsumoto adds that Ryosuke hasn't been able to adapt to his new FC after his hiatus. Regardless, Rin gives Ryosuke one round: if he pulls away in this race, he wins, which Rin says it won't be easy for the former to do so. As they were racing by, a Team Spiral member informs Ryuji Ikeda about the two drivers, while the latter is in his Z33 waiting for them. As they pass by, Ikeda gives chase, despite struggling to catch up to the two cars. Throughout the battle, the whole story of the feud between Ryosuke and Rin over Kaori is played out, which played a huge role in her suicide and Rin shutting himself from the outside world. While these flashbacks were going on, Rin attempted several times to bump Ryosuke in order for the latter to crash. However, Ryosuke escapes every attempt, barely escaping bar scratches. Ikeda also notes that Ryosuke is a more natural driver than Takumi Fujiwara, and that his racing style is the part that is needed for his "Zero Theory" .
In the latter part of the downhill battle, Rin's driving style considerably wears down his brakes and tyres, which puts Ikeda on alert, since Rin is looking for one final attack on Ryosuke. In desperation, Ikeda tries to get Rin to exit thru one of the side roads of Hakone, but he dodges it. He also tries to get Ryosuke out of there to prevent crashing, but Ryosuke, sensing that Rin's car is out of order, tries to brake down the hill, but the heavy R32 meant that his FC cannot handle the weight. However, Ikeda joins in and helps Ryosuke buffer Rin's R32 to prevent it from crashing into the tollbooth at the bottom.
After the Battle [edit | edit source]
Rin and Ryosuke reflect on their battle and the pain that they shared with Kaori's death. However, both men agree that their feud is finally over, and Rin is able to get over with Kaori's death. Ryosuke eventually returns to Matsumoto, who comments on the FC being heavily scratched from the battle. Ryosuke admits it can't be helped, while Matsumoto comments on Ryosuke being different, which is a good sign, considering the final battles of Project D's expedition is in full force. Shortly after the battle, Rin scraps his R32.
Music[edit | edit source]
- Eternity - Denise
- Prison of Love - The Wonder Girls
- Ray Light - The Spiders From Mars
- When The Sun Goes Down - Ken Blast
Arcade Stage 8 RivalSide Info[edit | edit source]
Story arc: Sidewinder
Driver: Rin Hojo
Car: Nissan Skyline GT-R V-spec II (BNR32)
Opponent: Ryosuke Takahashi
Team: Project D
Car: Mazda RX-7 Infini III (FC3S)
Mission: Do not fall behind the Rival
1-ryu Condition: Do not fall behind within 80 m
Cho 1-ryu Condition: Do not fall behind within 40 m
Time of day: Night