Baki The Grappler 2 – My Review

Baki, a great grappler needs to live up to his name being the son of the greatest grapplers of all time: Hanma Yujiro. At the Shinshinkai Organization’s private arena, anything goes and the odds are always stacked against you. The current champion of the underground tournament he fights to defend his title against the worlds strongest and best martial artists. Will he prevail or fall at the hands of a new foe.

So I recently did a review on the first season of this anime, Baki The Grappler, and the newest season, Baki 2018, so now I am going to review the second season and finish off this series… for now! So if you are ready then let’s get started!

Baki the grappler 2 takes place a couple of years after all the events of the first one. A few years later and now the champion of the underground tournament Baki is back and ready for more action. His goals remain the same as in the first one, to become be stronger than his father Yujiro. I have to say after seeing this I felt like I was watching someone else playing a videogame tournament and me in the audience cheering on the champ. The hype was exactly like the first one, actually, I think it was better.

Baki is now 17 years old and a lot more mature in this one. He doesn’t get angry over little things anymore, he’s more relaxed and cool-headed. Instead of using his head as a weapon he uses it to think strategically. He tries his best to find that certain Achilles heel/weak point on his opponent’s fighting style. Which he tends to do very quickly and effectively.

Baki has earned his respect as the new undefeated champion of the underground tournament and now he must defend his title against the world’s best. Fighters from all across the world with different fighting styles want a piece of the young champ. Some of the Characters from the prequel make an appearance, and have also improved greatly in there fighting skills, also a bunch of new and even more formidable opponents await the young fighter.

The way the new fighters are presented in terms of back story and character development are pretty much the same as they were from the prequel, they just have more screen time. It was really interesting seeing moves from different martial art styles being used here, and let me tell you there are a lot of martial art styles presented in this anime!

Baki the grappler 2 has top-notch action and a lot of fighting scenes combined with a tournament like setting. The pace of the story is a lot faster than the prequel. New martial artists testing their skills against one another, it felt like a little taste of heaven in a way for fight fans and action fans.

I do have a complaint about this season though and it’s this, I hate the intro so much. The art and animation look like it was made for a video game, not an anime and I just couldn’t stand it and would skip the intro without a second thought. Baki the Grappler had great intros but this one was just bad in my opinion. Well I guess the 2 intros we got for Baki (2018) make up for it.

 

Today’s question is, have you ever dreamt of being at the top of something, whether it’s being the worlds strongest, the top of your field, or so on and why?

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

-Alex

 

 

 

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