Have many of you heard of this manga?

It’s been a few years since I first did.

Written between 2002 and 2004 by  Keiichiro Shinmura, KING only has 2 volumes.

The story is about a CRX driven by a schoolteacher. This is no ordinary CRX, though. The CRX that stars in this manga is a Mugen widebody-kitted, SSR MK-2 equipped, Subaru Impreza mounted rear-engined street racing machine. 

For those of you who enjoy diecast cars, specifically Hot Wheels, there are now 2 KING inspired CRXs available. A red and chrome one, and a new blue and grey version.

You can read the first volume in ENGLISH here:

Further reading:


Spoon Sports’ Speed Shop Type-One, founded by Tatsuru Ichishima in 2001. Exemplifies an immaculately kept tuner shop/garage. My first exposure to JDM tuning and its culture was when I first played Gran Turismo 2 for the original Playstation. One of my favorite unlockable vehicles from the game was this highly-tuned yellow Honda Civic Type R with black rims from Spoon Sports. I’ve been a fan of their work ever since.