Shūichi Shigeno will end his Initial D manga in this year’s 35th issue of Kodansha’s Young Magazine that is scheduled to be released on July 29. The manga has been running for 18 years in the magazine, and Shigeno had revealed in March that he was heading toward the manga’s finale.
The manga follows Takumi Fujiwara, a high school boy with a natural talent for driving, in his racing pursuits on the public highways. The manga debuted in 1995, and Kodansha published the 46th book volume in January. The manga inspired several television anime series (including the Fifth Stage that just ran last year), a live-action film, several original video anime projects, and a successful game line.
Tokyopop published the manga and released part of the anime before ceasing its North American publishing operations. Funimation also licensed and released some of the anime.