For the twelfth year in a row, Acura is a presenting sponsor and the official vehicle of the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Acura created a four-part anime series called Chiaki’s Journey combining the medium Sundance celebrates, Japanese anime, the automaker’s fuller Type-S lineup, and the new Acura Integra hatch. Unlike most of the films at the festival, however, Chiaki’s Journey runs a total of four minutes and 12 seconds, each episode lasting just over a minute.
The story centers on Chiaki, a young Japanese woman from a family of racers who knows how to hustle a car around a track, but who has a temper that runs faster than her vintage Integra can rev. The villain is Erich Kang, the same rich and insufferably arrogant hotshot from every video game and car movie, piloting a non-descript blue hot rod. He’s clearly the guy everyone would like to beat, and he knows he’s that guy. When Chiaki gets behind the wheel to teach Kang a lesson in lap times, her uncle Noboru steps in to teach her the lessons she’ll need to need to win.
Being so condensed, each installment plays like a trailer for a longer episode. Acura managed to fit in all the cars, though: Spot the 2022 MDX Type S, NSX Type S, TLX Type S, and 2023 Integra. The car brand got the obligatory Japanese rock anime intro as well, thanks to the all-female metal band NEMOPHILA doing the song “Raitei.” You can see the first episode above and the rest at Acura’s dedicated Type S site.