Beach City Drift

Back in July 2016, Episode 11 of Season 3 of Steven Universe was aired. The title may be a reference to The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift or to the Korean MMORPG Drift City.

Much of the episode form an extended parody of the 1990s manga and anime series Initial D. The first instance is the racing site where Kevin and Stevonnie raced resembles the famous Akina Mountain Pass.
The Dondai Supremo is based on a 1992 Volkswagen Golf MK2, with elements borrowed from a 1986 Toyota Sprinter Trueno (AE86). As such, it resembles the AE86 used by Takumi Fujiwara in the Initial D series (which, like the Supremo, was owned by his father), while Kevin’s Himitsu X-12 is based on Keisuke Takahashi’s 1991 Mazda RX-7 Type R (FD3S) from Initial D. Both are painted similarly to their Initial D counterparts, too.
The driving sequence, with the Eurobeat-inspired soundtrack and closeups of the pedals, imitates the races in Initial D, which have also been widely parodied in other anime series.
Stevonnie’s ignorance about the car (knowing it only as “a Dondai”, when Ronaldo talks about the “power of the Supremo”) also references the anime, in which Takumi initially doesn’t understand when his car is referred to as an “AE86”, as he only knows the “Trueno” name on the badge.

Source: Steven Universe

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