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Is Baki Really Worth The Hype?

According to the synopsis, Baki is raised by his wealthy and money-obsessive mother, Emi Akezawa, who also funds his training in the hopes that he can be a powerful warrior like his father.

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Okay….so I am here with my usual animated rants of pure exhilaration or begrudging criticism to talk about recently seen anime.

It has been a long while i put pen to paper (or keys to the screen..) as regards anime reviews and I blame adulthood for that (being an adult in Nigeria is one of the worst things that can ever happen to you…..you can ask any young Nigerian).

*ahem* So today, I hereby place the anime Baki or Baki the Grappler on the scope would like to give a brief review on it.

For anime veterans, Baki the Grappler isn’t new (*side eyes MAL Authors*) and has two previous installments before this one that aired this year (*side eyes MAL Authors* again).

According to the synopsis, Baki is raised by his wealthy and money-obsessive mother, Emi Akezawa, who also funds his training in the hopes that he can be a powerful warrior like his father.

Around the start of the series, Baki outgrows traditional training and heads out to follow the path of his ruthless father’s training and meets many powerful fighters along the way. Eventually, Baki fights his father and is beaten without a challenge.

After being beaten, Baki travels around the world continuing his training. Years down the road he finds an underground fighting arena where he fights some of the most powerful fighters of all styles of martial arts. It is here he truly begins to hone his martial arts skills.

For lovers of “beat and smash them up anime”, you would probably appreciate this one.

But unfortnately, the anime had a lot of flaws…..I was nearly moved to tears from the lack of comprehension of story depth.

Okay, let me dig in….

The story revolves around a 13 years old boy named Baki who wants to get as stronger as he can be for one purpose: to defeat his father. The story is at weak as it sounds as there’s nothing else to support it.

As far as sound direction, the music is drab. I am in agreement with Noir Caesar when he opined that the songs were not memorable and the opening and ending songs did not necessarily resonate well.

Character development is terrible….I understand the need for Baki to fight and get stronger but the creators should try to fleshen out the background stories more (I was left with more questions than answers).

However, if you watched and enjoyed Berserk in its entirety (I did not….), you would find the messy fighting of the anime a delight to watch.

But my opinion overall, is that Baki (2018) like all it’s predecessors is a really poor anime.

 

 

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