"Chiaki's Journey II" is set to debut this weekend.
If you enjoyed Acura's Anime Chiaki's Journey last year, you'll be pleased to hear the second season will debut this weekend at the 48th Annual Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach with the 2024 Acura Integra Type S playing a starring role.
Acura's most viewed marketing campaign to date with a combined 275 million views, it seems a no-brainer that the brand would continue to use it to show off new models into the future. Just like last season, all of the episodes will be free on Acura's YouTube page.
The series will pick up where season one left off as, "we learn about Chiaki's father, Ichiro, along with Ichiro's teammate from the past, called P, as Chiaki takes on Colorado's daunting Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in the new 2024 Integra Type S." The trailer definitely has all the hallmarks of a great racing anime so check it out below.
To expand the story beyond the screen, Acura will actually be racing at this year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 25th. Hoping to improve upon the company's success at the hill climb last year, the car will be piloted by race car driver Loni Unser, of the great Unser family of motorsports fame, in her second year competing in the Pikes Peak event.
Acura will also be bringing Uncle Noboru's garage from the animated series to life, creating a full-scale version of the Type S garage at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. Attendees will be able to visit the garage over the course of the weekend to check out the new Integra Type S, the #93 Racers Edge Acura NSX GT-3 Evo22, and the Acura pace cars for the weekend that will have Chiaki's Journey-inspired wraps.
The series represents what the Acura brand is all about, and this season will feature special appearances like the Realtime Racing Integra Type R of 90s motorsport fame.
It appears that Acura is pulling all of the stops to make the Integra Type S debut as big as possible and we don't blame them; the new luxury hot-hatch is a 320-horsepower riot gunning for its German rivals. We imagine it will drive similarly to the Civic Type R, meaning it should have the driving characteristics worthy of starring as a race car in its own show.
There's no word on the pricing for the vehicle yet, but we imagine it will come in the high $40,000 range to be competitive with other cars in the class. Some may just call it a rebadged Civic Type R, and that comparison is more than justified even if it features improved looks, slightly more power, and a much nicer interior over its rowdier cousin, but it will also have its own anime, so who's the real winner here?
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