Toyota is one of the top car manufacturers in the world, and drivers all over have put their faith in its products. Over in Japan, Toyota is perhaps the biggest brand on the roads, and even the anime industry has celebrated Toyota in its own ways. Back in the day, Initial D was one of many that spotlighted Toyota, and now the car company is highlighting the high-octane series with a new set of commercials.
The marketing campaign was launched this year to celebrate 2022 and all of Toyota’s new models. In order to hype the GR86, Toyota has released a new set of promos starring the iconic AE86 from Initial D. And yes, the clips are just as nostalgic as you’d expect.
A total of four promos were released which can be found on Youtube. Of course, the one above showcases the AE86 and GR86 as they race on an abandoned road. All of the pieces were directed by Annis Naeem who used Blender entirely to make these commercials. Their unique aesthetic brings Initial D to life like never before, and its lead Takumi Fujiwara seems to be having a blast racing Toyota’s newest ride.
For those who are not aware of Initial D, the series made its debut in 1995 and ran until 2013. Created by Shuichi Shigeno, Initial D is considered a classic by fans worldwide given its coming-of-age themes. The story focuses on Takumi as he explores the world of illegal street racing and navigates some wild courses in his trusty Toyota. Over the decades, Initial D has become one of the greatest racing IPs in Japan, so really – Toyota could not have picked a better franchise to collaborate with this year.
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