Itsuki Takeuchi (武内 Takeuchi Itsuki, known as Iggy in the Tokyopop version) is Takumi's best friend and a member of the Akina SpeedStars. He provides the comic relief in the series, and is generally quite loud and obnoxious. Itsuki works part-time at a gas station with Takumi and Iketani; Itsuki plans to use the money he earns to buy an AE86 Corolla Levin (to complement Takumi's AE86 Trueno) but mistakenly buys an inferior (less power, poor brakes, less chassis bracing, and looser suspension) AE85. This upsets him until Takumi takes him for a drive (ultimately racing it downhill), demonstrating that the driver's skill can make a difference. With a car, he is a self-proclaimed member of the Akina SpeedStars. Unlike Kenji and Iketani, Itsuki is the most optimistic and excitable "member" of the SpeedStars. He eventually purchases a turbocharger for his Eight-Five. Likes: Taiwanese bananas, cheesecake, all cars popular among street racers and horsepower, cute girls in miniskirts, his AE85, AE86 (both Trueno and Levin). Dislikes: FF, his scooter, trash talkers, and Automatic diesel cars. Special skills: Hill road takeoff. His first love interest, in the anime, whom Natsuki introduced him to. While driving her home, Shingo starts an impromptu battle with Itsuki (thinking it is Akina's Eight-Six) which is to a crash. Although Saori wasn't badly hurt, she dumps him due to bad memories.
Kazumi eventually dumped him, leaving Itsuki disheartened.
His first (second in the anime) love interest. At first, she mistook Itsuki as a vandal when he was flirting with her older brother's Eight-Six Levin. The following day, she took a liking after covering her the coin shortage in the taiyaki stand. She also taught Itsuki how to drift and found it easier to learn from her whereas he finds learning from Takumi difficult. As she parts to Saitama with her brother, Itsuki became heartbroken. He eventually saw her again during Project D's battle against Sakamoto. Kazumi eventually dumped him, leaving Itsuki disheartened. Not much is known about them. They were first seen in Takumi's childhood chapter, where he first meets Itsuki. They are very friendly. It is later on known that his father owns a diesel sedan, which Itsuki very much dislikes. Takumi was his best friend since middle school as well as his workmate in the gas station. After discovering he is Akina's fastest, he envies his driving skills and bought an Eight-Six, which, upon closer inspection, is actually an Eight-Five. After feeling embarrassed and humiliated by the rest of the SpeedStars members, Itsuki gained inspiration after Takumi drove his car in an impromptu downhill battle and would practice driving to one day follow his footsteps.
He is a caring friend to Takumi who is with him whenever anything significant happens to him. Itsuki respects Keisuke and Ryosuke Takahashi for being the fastest racers of Akagi and one of the best in the whole of Gunma. He first met them when the RedSuns arrived at Akina to confront to SpeedStars about their battle to them. He is his workmate at the gas station as well as a friend whom joined his team the Akina SpeedStars after Takumi demonstrated his driving skills on his Eight-Five. Kenji is another SpeedStars member and occasionally comes to the gas station to talk about cars, races and other stufffs. Him and Itsuki are friends, much like he is to Iketani. Itsuki respects him as a senior and a better driver, despite occasionally making fun of him for being single. He first met Nakazato in his gas station when Nakazato wanted to fix the battle between him and Akina's AE86. Itsuki was the only SpeedStars 'member' there, so he agreed on the battle. He later realized Takumi was not interested and was scared and traumatized on the promise he fixed. He nearly went to apologize Nakazato on the time of their battle, only to be cut short by Takumi actually arriving there to battle him. In the manga, he met Shingo on a meeting with SpeedStars on Akina when he came to confront Takumi to a battle.
Takumi, to avenge Itsuki agrees to battle Shingo that day.
In the anime, he first met Shingo in an impromptu battle while he was returning Saori to her house. Shingo bumps Itsuki's car, causing him to crash and to be hospitalized, though escaped with minor injuries. Takumi, to avenge Itsuki agrees to battle Shingo that day. Itsuki first met him when he along with Takumi went to Lake Akina when Kyoichi and Seiji was commenting about Akina's fastest racers. He first disbelieved Itsuki when he said an AE86 was the fastest car in the Akina, but was shocked to find out it was the truth when Ryosuke later confirms to him that he was beaten by an AE86 itself. Seiji was also there with Kyoichi when they first met Itsuki and Takumi. He made fun of Itsuki when he said the fastest car in Akina was an AE86. But was surprised when Kyoichi later confirmed from Ryosuke it was the truth. He still didn't believe it until he raced the AE86 himself.
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He is the brother Kazumi, Itsuki's first girlfriend (in the manga). Itsuki liked Wataru's Levin AE86 when he first saw it. Later on in the Saitama arc when he meets Kazumi and dates her, Wataru pulls up in his car with Kazumi's 'former' boyfriend who wanted to be with her again. Despite doing this, he feels bad for Itsuki and later on tells Takumi to tell Itsuki he should find a better girl than his sister. A classmate in one of his classes as well as a good friend. He adores her good looks but always gets envious whenever she is together with Takumi. Yuichi is the owner of the Esso Gas Station, which makes him Itsuki's boss. He is very helpful and caring towards his employees. He also sometimes gives facts and informations about cars and driving techniques. He was the first one to realize Itsuki's new car was not an AE86, but instead an AE85. He occasionally spectates some battles with the SpeedStars. Itsuki returns to chapter 96 of MF Ghost where he still lives in Shibukawa and still works at the gas station (although it is an ENEOS EV station). He is married and has children. It is revealed that his body weight increased by 20 pounds. Itsuki is the only character in Initial D Gaiden to have four character images. Every other character has three.
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It's almost Halloween, and what better way to spend October than watching psychological thrillers? If you're looking for an anime filled with suspense, amazing storytelling, and dynamic characters, Naoki Urasawa's 2004 anime series Monster gives us all of these things and more. It focuses on the life of Dr. Tenma, a brilliant Japanese brain surgeon working at Eisler Memorial Hospital in West Germany, 1986. He's the hospital's rising star and engaged to the daughter of the hospital's director when he's suddenly faced with a moral dilemma that shakes his core, forcing him to make life-changing decisions. An innocent man dies because Dr. Tenma followed orders to treat a patient of higher social and political status. He is devastated and horrified as the widow confronts him, realizing what following these orders had entailed. This is a huge turning point in his life and the beginning of our story. This moment leads him to make a decision that alters his life in ways he couldn't even begin to imagine. The dilemma Dr. Tenma had to face is one that is brought up throughout the entire series: is every life equal? Obviously, the answer is "yes," and Dr. Tenma tries to convey this time and time again.
Starting because of the innocent man dying because he wasn't deemed as a priority by the hospital, Tenma performs surgery on a boy with a gun shot wound despite receiving orders to treat the major first. When Dr. Tenma decides to help this boy, he's completely unaware that he's reviving a "monster" and the antagonist of this story. Almost immediately, Dr. Tenma is faced with tragedies and mystery at the hands of this ten-year-old boy. Most of Monster takes place 10-12 years after this point, following a string of murders occurring around Germany. It doesn't take long before Dr. Tenma is standing face to face with the murderer, who then reveals that he was the young boy Tenma brought back to life ten years prior: Johan Liebert. He shoots Dr. Tenma's patient right before his eyes and walks away like a true psychopath: cool, calm, and menacingly slow. Thus begins Dr. Tenma's journey to take Johan down, pulling him out of the shadows and into broad daylight to prevent any more murders from happening. This proves to be no easy task, though, and Dr. Tenma soon discovers there is far more than meets the eye in his journey of rectitude. The plot of Monster is imaginative, with a well executed story. The mysteries, plot, and characters are all woven together so seamlessly, and everything made perfect sense as the story progressed, while also managing to surprise at every turn. The plot is beyond compelling and riddled with depth and intrigue.
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Urasawa did a great job making the characters three-dimensional and real. These characters weren't good or bad, or cookie-cutter images of other characters. They were each their own person and brought something unique to the story. They made us reflect, they made us cry, and they made us feel. Every episode brings something new and enthralling. The characters are carefully developed along the way-heroes, villains, and everyone in between. There are a lot of different types of villains in Monster (with the big bad boss being Johan Liebert), which is a big part of what makes this series so great. There's not just one bad guy and a bunch of lackeys, but multiple villains of all calibers, with various levels of evil versus humanity, none of which are the same. Even Johan's followers have their own individuality as villains. Each one brings something different to the table, and we tend to hate each of these villains (or love to hate them) for different reasons.
As the show progresses, secrets are revealed and more tragedies occur.
First and foremost, there's Johan. If you like incredibly eerie, disturbing villains-the calm and collected ones that are secretly serial killers-you've come to the right place. Johan's the main antagonist of this story and Dr. Tenma's worst nightmare come to life. He constantly taunts the doctor and murders anyone in his way-sometimes for no reason at all other than he simply can. As the show progresses, secrets are revealed and more tragedies occur. We realize just how bad Johan really is and how much he seems to hustle as a villain (seriously, where does he find the time)? He is easily one of the creepiest villains in all of anime. Everything he does is meticulous, and he can't interact with anyone without ruining their lives or convincing them they're useless and unworthy of love, or even life itself. He's calculated, intelligent, and has no remorse; he knows exactly what he wants to do and will accomplish it at all costs. He isn't predictable either, which gives the story all the twists and turns it needs to be made even more interesting. While Johan is the calm, creepy evil mastermind, there are others walking adjacent paths, such as the recurring villain Roberto. This man is so easy to hate, which makes him a good villain in its own way. In contrast to Johan's insidiousness, Roberto's more of a brute force/macho man villain that you know can beat the life out of you without breaking a sweat. While Johan uses mind games to win his wars, Roberto uses his inhuman strength and size to barrel through obstacles and demolish his enemies.
He's seditious and lacks no remorse for his actions, much like Johan. However, he still bows down to Johan and does what he's ordered to. He also thinks of his own self-indulging antics as well, as seen through his multiple affairs and his toying with people. Part of what makes Johan more evil than Roberto is that Johan seems detached from being human altogether and doesn't care about following anyone's plans or desires other than his own. There are many other villains in this series with their own twists on evil as well. Some prove to be more human than what first appears, making their stories even more interesting. This series shows us we're all human and that there are blurred lines between good and evil. We are then begged to ask the question, "can truly evil people become good in the end?" Questions like these are threaded into the entire show and addressed in ways that make us stop and think. Where there are mighty villains, there are mightier heroes. No one can watch Monster and not root for Dr.