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Voice Compare » Initial D » Takumi Fujiwara

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Takumi Fujiwara with sound clips and images.
Takumi Fujiwara (renamed "Tak in Tokypop's english dub) is the protagonist in the Initial D series. He is a street racer who has mainly races on Mt. Akina with his dad's AE86 Trueno.  Takumi originally delivered tofu for his father's business using his car for the last 5 years which is how he gained his experience.  Takumi may appear to be more weak-minded and dull, but he becomes a more serious and strong-willed person when racing. 

In the original Tokypop releases of Initial D stages 1 and 2 "Tak" is voiced by Dave Wittenberg

Due to popular demand by the fans Initial D was redubbed by Funimation when they picked up the license in 2010.  In this version the english dub retains the original japanese music, names, and a more faithful script. As well as being the ADR director for quite a few episodes, Joel McDonald voices Takumi.

Created by Satoshi on Thu Jun 2 2011, 2 Comments, Add Comment
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Initial D: First Stage (2003)
Takumi FujiwaraDave Wittenberg
Dave Wittenberg
Initial D: First Stage (2003)
Takumi FujiwaraJoel McDonald
Joel McDonald

EDITOR'S OPINION

Even though I felt the Tokypop dub's only redeeming quality was it's voice work I felt Dave Wittenberg's "Tak" was a pretty average performance at best.  I definitely felt the care free "whatever" attitude from his performance, but when at times when Takumi really was suppose to sound more serious or determined it just came off a bit flat.  Joel McDonald performance was much more consistent overall.  He sounded a little bit younger, and was much more believable in his delivery at the same time.  While neither one of these VAs were bad here I have to give this one to Joel McDonald.


Satoshi

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HienFan
said at 4:55 AM on Thu Sep 18 2014
Both are really good but I kinda like Dave Wittenberg more
PurpleWarrior13
said at 4:08 AM on Mon Sep 19 2011
Both were great! Ah! This was a hard decision... I suppose I like Joel maybe a TAD better...
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Who do you think has been the best from these Takumi Fujiwara voice actors?
Dave Wittenberg
Joel McDonald