Baki (2018) – My Review

The protagonist, Baki Hanma, trains with an intense focus to become strong enough to surpass his father, Yujiro Hanma, the strongest fighter in the world. Five of the world’s most violent and brutal death row inmates are gathering to face Baki. Their objective is to taste defeat — their unmatched strength and skill have led them to grow bored of life itself, and they now seek out Baki in the hopes that he can overwhelm and utterly crush them. In this crisis, other underground martial art warriors gather to fight by Baki’s side: Kaoru Hanayama, Gouki Shibukawa, Retsu Kaioh, and Doppo Orochi. An epic showdown between violent death row inmates and Baki and his friends begins!

One of my very first posts on here was on this anime! you can read it here, Baki the Grappler – My thoughts. So let’s get into this review!

I really enjoyed this anime. It’s hard to describe Baki in plain text. It doesn’t do much Justice. Seeing these grown muscular men handshaking and then punching each other to their faces as a greeting gesture, makes you want to start pumping iron. This anime consists of men with insane amounts of muscle just beating the life out of each other in search of defeat. Baki is in this weird place where at some points the animation is GREAT! Someone gets kicked in the face and you can feel the impact… but then it flies back to a still image with camera movement to simulate action.

I’m in turmoil when trying to review its art because, on one hand, some of its animations seem lazy and half-assed but on the other hand you can really FEEL the impact of most of the hits.

Going back to what I said in the “art” section, part of the reason why every hit felt genuine was the sound, from fracturing bone to explosions, everything had a certain weight behind it that I really can’t properly explain. The OST was also great, tracks were noticeably reused but still sounded epic no matter HOW many times they replayed it, and it also boasts one of the greatest endings of all time (in my opinion), the sound of Baki is almost as crazy as the show itself.

I personally like it when an author writes a character with no intention of them being liked by anyone. The characters in Baki seem relatively different from each other, but the major disparity between them would be their fighting styles. On one hand, you have the honorable martial artists, each with their own history and methods of fighting and on the other hand, you have the despicable death row inmates who focus on more underhanded tactics to win (example, most of the inmates used explosives at least once).

 

I love this anime, this is a review on the first season of this 2018 adaptation of the show. If you are into violent anime then I would highly recommend you watch this anime. I do have to say I can appreciate the physique of characters in most anime. Like if I were to wake up with the body of Goku, Deku, Naruto. etc I would be happy, but if I woke up with the body of anyone from Baki I would die, literally, there body fat percentage is so low that no human would be able to survive, they are that insane!

Today’s question is, if you could master any material art, what would it be and why?

Thank you so much for reading my post, I hope you enjoyed! and don’t forget to have a great day!

-Alex

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