Shuichi Shigeno had a lot of success with his Initial D manga and a few years ago started the MF Ghost series, which is planned for roughly twenty or so volumes. We learned about the anime adaptation back in late 2021 and the show is set for a 2023 debut. We last heard from this production back in May of 2022 when we got the main staff and some promotional video material.
Crunchyroll announced their pickup of the show with rights to it worldwide for streaming excluding Asia a bit ago and now the official site has revealed an October 1st, 2023 premiere date.
— TVアニメ MFゴースト 公式 🚘 2023年10月〜放送開始！ (@mfg_anime) September 1, 2023
The series will have Tomohito Naka directing it based on the series scripts from Kenichi Yamashita and Akihiko Inari. Naoyuki Onda is adapting Shuichi Shigeno’s original manga designs with studio Felix Film handling the production for the animation. With plans for a eurobeat style soundtrack, Akio Dobashi of the Initial D films is handling the music composition.
The Japanese cast includes:
- Yūma Uchida as Kanata Katagiri (Kanata Livington)
- Ayane Sakura as Ren Saionji
- Daisuke Ono as Shun Aiba
- Hiroshi Kamiya as Michael Beckenbauer
- Daisuke Namikawa as Daigo Ōishi
- Junichi Suwabe as Kaito Akaba
- Hiroki Yasumoto as Fūjin Ishigami
- Ryota Ohsaka as Kōki Sawatari
- Kohsuke Tanabe as Kakeru Yashiro
- Yū Serizawa as Nozomi Kitahara
- Tooru Sakurai as Yūdai Sakamoto
- Kaito Ishikawa as Yōsuke Ōtani
- Yūichi Nakamura as Jackson Taylor
- Takumu Miyazono as Kazuhiro Maezono
- Shogo Sakata as Takuya Yanagida
- Kenta Miyake as E. Hanninen
- Tasuku Hatanaka as Ogata
- Taku Yashiro as Sena Moroboshi
- Takehito Koyasu as Ryō Takahashi
- Tomokazu Seki as Keisuke Takahashi
- Osamu Hosoi as Fumihiro Jōyū
- Yasunori Matsumoto as Wataru Akiyama
- Mitsuo Iwata Itsuki Takeuchi
- Kazuki Yao as Kōichirō Iketani
- Wataru Takagi as Kenji
- Shuuhei Sakaguchi Hiroya Okuyama
- Nobutoshi Canna as Kai Kogashiwa
- Tatsuki Kobe as Yōji Tanaka
- Yuko Iida as Kyōko Kurihara
- Coco Hayashi as Mami Satō
The series features the main theme songs with ‘JUNGLE FIRE feat. MOTSU” from Yu Serizawa as the opening while the ending theme song is “Stereo Sunet (Prod AmPM)” from Himika Akaneya.
The manga comes from Shuichi Shigeno which began in 2017 as serialized in Young Magazine. It’s released twelve volumes so far and is ongoing.
Plot Concept: MF Ghost takes place in the 2020s, when self-driving cars are ubiquitous in Japan. Centered around Kanata Livington, a Japanese driver who goes back to Japan after graduating at the top of his class at a racing school in England. MF Ghost also focuses on the MFG, a racing circuit on public roads that has garnered attention worldwide.
Previous promos and visuals: