With the latest iteration of the anime releasing on Netflix shortly, I spent some time with the prequels to to anime which were released back in 2001.
High on action but low on visual quality. Baki The Grappler packs a punch with a simple yet engaging and intriguing storyline. Spanning a total of 48 episodes over two seasons, we follow Baki in his teenage years as he aims to become the worlds best fighter while desperately yearning for the affections of his mother. The immense mountain standing in the way of this is his father Yuujiro, dubbed the Ogre and renowned as the worlds greatest fighter.
A simple premise which works quite well. There aren’t overly complex plots and the character development is good with all characters filling enough of the story to keep you glued, not to mention some cool fight scenes which don’t shy away from the gore (which is light in case you were wondering).
The animation is what drags the show down. It’s a huge let down and don’t even get me started on the opening credits. It really is hard on the eyes at time but persevere through this and you will hopefully have enjoyed a classic martial arts anime. They really don’t make them like this anymore, thankfully in some regards…