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Shingo Shoji

Shingo Shoji is an antagonist from the Initial D manga and anime series.

Personality

Shingo Shoji drives a Honda Civic (EG6), which he often uses dangerously in order to win. He's a driver that finds regular Downhill races boring and one of the few villainous characters in the series, though he spends much of the latter half of the series as having a grudging respect for Takumi, the series' lead, and sticking around Takeshi Nakazato. He is also a childhood friend of Sayuki, the navigator of Impact Blue. 

Story

Wanting to prove himself to his fellow Night Kids member, Takeshi Nakazato who was defeated by Takumi Fujiwara, Shingo Shoji challenged Takumi to a race by Wrecking Takumi's friend Itsuki while he was on a date, and spinning Iketani out when he was testing his recently-repaired S13. Takumi accepted Shingo's challenge to a gumtape death match, where the right hand is taped to the wheel, severely limiting both drivers abilities. Though Shingo had the initial advantage, Takumi was soon able to come up with a strategy to overcome the weakness. When Takumi passed Shingo, Shingo attempted to wreck both himself and Takumi in a desperate attempt to tie the race, but underestimated Takumi's driving ability and crashed into a guard rail, ruining his car and forcing him to admit defeat by accepting the help of Iketani, who was following the trail of the race. Later on in the series, Shingo acted more as a background character, often talking with Nakazato and supporting him when he was racing against Keisuke at Myogi, and when Emperor's Seiji Iwaki challenged Nakazato to a race. Both Shingo and Nakazato prefer to watch the races at a distance, so people won't mistake them as friends.

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