Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Action, Fighting, Martial Arts, Death Matches
First Aired: Summer 2018, 26 episodes
Summary: Baki Hanma is in constant training with the goal of surpassing his father in fighting skill. Obviously it is because his father is Yujiro Hanma, the strongest fighter in the world. Five fighters around the world are now traveling to find Baki. They are violent death row inmates that survived their execution and escaped prison. They have a singular goal, taste defeat. Their tremendous strength and victorious ways have caused them to become bored with life. As the inmates gather, Baki gets a group of his own to go head-to-head against them.
So much fighting! Baki the Grappler has been around since 1991 as a manga. It has been adapted a few times into anime. You can tell by the animation style and overall fighting intensity that it is a property from the 90s. It has the same feel as a lot of the other fighting anime that came out that decade. You have several intense fighters with an insane amount of muscle that want to brawl nonstop. Baki the Grappler takes it a step further, where a lot of the fighters WANT to lose because they are tired of winning, but they just can’t, they are too strong and skilled at martial arts. It must be a tough life to be so skilled. On another note, this series is so absurd at times that it’s hilarious. The characters are passionate 100% of the time about perfecting their craft, and their craft is punching other people in the face. It would be a stressful life to live like these guys. They never take a break.
You might enjoy this if: You are a fan of other 90s fighting anime.
You might not like it if: You are intimidated by insane amounts of muscle. These guys have muscles that don’t even exist on normal humans.
Note to the Viewer: If you fall in love with Baki you can find even more content through the Playstation 2 release Fighting Fury.
Baki Official Netflix Trailer
AMV – Legends Never Die by Kirin AMVs
(Warning, the AMV contains some spoilers and a lot of bloody action)