The story and character development i fell in love with is very much absent in this one. This season was filled with unneccesary flashbacks and mediocre fights compared to what we were used to. The animation is oke to me. The anime isn't known for superb animation anyway and if you watched previous seasons, it wont bother you that much.
This felt like a huge filler season to prepare us for whats to come. The inevitable clash between father and son.
Lot of build up and pointless scenes for what you already know is coming. Flashbacks used as a way to simply extend the episode. Not a lot of depth to the fights, compared to previous seasons/iterations of Baki.
Baki: Son of Ogre
By now I have almost no idea what to put in my Baki reviews, thanks to the relatively thin content of the seasons. Although this one has probably been the best season of Baki so far, it possessed the same problems as any other. It's just another oversized training arc for Baki with no real buildup. Honestly, I found Olivia far more interesting than anything else that happened in this arc.
The animations are again reasonably improved, but not enough to call them above average. Further, a big heavy problem is the slow pacing. This season could have easily been shortened by 2-3 episodes without losing any content. And the fights are extremely monotonous. In the meantime, this show is just a freeze-frame battle where everyone pretends to be superior until suddenly one of them flies over. Before this season came out, I've seen better manga animations on Youtube that make the fight between Baki and Olivia look much better than in the anime.
Among other things, the narrators are pure poison to the anime. While Olivia and Baki are fighting, you seriously hear several minutes of the guardians babbling? Good grief, the pacing was already sinking into the ground anyway.
At least this season was again pretty badass and showed everything Baki is known for, from the positive to the negative.
Baki: Son of Ogre is a great addition to the Baki series and is the season that adapted my favorite arc in all of Baki, the Prison Arc. Having read the manga I had high expectations for this season and was a bit nervous going in, but thankfully this season met my expectations, falling just a hair short because of a minute detail. This season is jam packed with testosterone-inducing action and introduces a new (and one of my personal favorite) character named Jun Guevara. The anime somehow made me love his character even more with the added visuals and audio and the way the anime handled his character is arguably preferable. You also get to see what life is like in Biscuit's world and how he runs things. Overall I think the anime did a great job in adapting the manga, it excelled in certain areas and it fell short in some others, but all in all it was a great show.
The minute detail they forgot is glossing over Baki's demon back mark that he left on the prison wall as he shot towards Oliva in their final blow for blow fight. It was an important moment that symbolized Baki's growth and in the manga, when you saw that mark on the wall, it meant that Baki was going all out, but in the anime it was shown for only a split second. The second detail is not enough emphasis on Oliva dodging Baki's final strike. Biscuit Oliva, throughout the Baki show, is a man with muscles as strong as steel and he rarely (If ever) dodges a strike because he has trained his muscles to be as durable as metal (To the point of soaking shotgun shots at point blank range) and he is very proud of it. There are multiple times in the anime/manga where Oliva flexes his muscles and brags about how hard he's trained even bragging that he'd been supressing some of his strength and he is always willing to eat a punch no matter who throws it. This was a huge moment in Baki's development and growth, showcasing his newfound strength as he forced a character as dominant as Biscuit Oliva to finally dodge an attack.
Overall as an ark part of baki 10/10. the fights between this overly buff men are always fun and exiting to watch. Theres even no cgi👍