Baki: The Great Raitai Tournament Saga

Alt title: Baki: Dai Raitaisai-hen

Web (13 eps x 24 min)
3.919 out of 5 from 3,768 votes
Rank #1,433

Granted special entry into the Great Raitai Tournament, a poisoned Baki now faces fighters in China, where the next true Sea Emperor will be chosen.

Source: Netflix

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"Baki: The Great Raitai Tournament Saga" marks another chapter in the saga of Baki Hanma as he continues his quest to become stronger and to ultimately surpass his father, Yujiro Hanma, known as the strongest creature on Earth. This arc brings the action to the grand stage of the Raitai Tournament, a legendary martial arts competition held in China that allows fighters from around the world to test their might against one another. While the saga offers plenty of high-octane fights and introduces a range of new and returning characters, it navigates through both striking moments and areas where it falls short. Strengths in the Ring: Expansive Roster of Fighters: One of the saga's notable highlights is its introduction of a wide variety of fighters, each bringing their unique styles, techniques, and backstories to the tournament. This diversity enriches the saga, providing a global perspective on martial arts that spans different cultures and traditions. Spectacle of Combat: True to the series' roots, "The Great Raitai Tournament Saga" delivers on the spectacle of combat. The battles are intense, with creative choreography that showcases the series' imagination in depicting martial arts. Fans of action are treated to some of the most over-the-top and physically impossible feats that the series is known for. Areas Where It Could Improve: Narrative Depth: While the tournament format is a tried-and-true structure for showcasing fights, the saga sometimes struggles to weave these battles into a cohesive narrative that develops the characters or advances the plot substantially. The emphasis on fight after fight can leave little room for story progression or character growth outside of the arena. Pacing and Focus: With so much attention on the tournament, other aspects of the series, such as the psychological depth and personal growth of Baki and his rivals, can feel sidelined. The pacing suffers as a result, with the saga occasionally feeling like a series of disconnected bouts rather than a unified narrative journey. In the Dojo: Exploration of Martial Philosophy: Amid the physical confrontations, "The Great Raitai Tournament Saga" occasionally delves into the philosophies behind martial arts, offering some intriguing, if brief, reflections on what it means to be a warrior in the modern age. These moments, though sparse, add a layer of depth to the saga. Visuals and Animation: The animation quality remains consistent with the series' standards, capturing the dynamic action and intensity of the tournament. While there may be moments of inconsistency, the visual portrayal of the saga's key battles is generally compelling and engaging. Final Thoughts: "Baki: The Great Raitai Tournament Saga" continues the series' tradition of delivering exhilarating martial arts action with a global roster of fighters, each adding their flavor to the mix. While it excels in depicting the spectacle of combat, the saga's focus on the tournament setting comes at the expense of deeper narrative development and character exploration. For fans of "Baki" and those drawn to martial arts action, the saga offers a thrilling, if somewhat surface-level, addition to Baki's journey. It serves as a testament to the series' commitment to showcasing the extremes of strength and skill, even if it doesn't fully explore the characters' paths beyond the tournament grounds.


Baki: Dai Raitaisai-hen After the very tough but amusing Convicts arc, we actually got a sequel to everyone's surprise. After the relatively poor results of the new Baki 2016 series, I didn't expect it to stay alive, thank God I was wrong. This next season is all about Baki's recovery after being poisoned and the 4000-year-old traditions of the 4000-year-old Chinese Raitasai Tournament which is held every 100 years. Hoping that 4000-year-old Chinese martial arts and broken bones can heal Baki, Retsu Kaioh kidnaps the dying Baki to save him. Now comes the most important point, if you are not a Baki fan "yet" or the show has not convinced you yet, then you should draw a line here. Baki won't change much and every season has the same weak points. This series is only for people who can do something with it and are seduced by its bizarre silliness. [Story 2] And also here the anime presents us with what it is capable of. Namely, to show mind-bogglingly bizarre fights in which the opponents crash into each other without any significant context and break all their bones double and triple. As before, Baki has enormously slow pacing and some episodes feel like an eternity. The plot itself is non-existent, as it's just a tournament arc from start to finish, and there's likewise no depth behind the enemies. They are 4000-year-old Chinese punching bags that are just to show how "cool" the underdog team is. The only interesting fight was between Yujiro and the Chinese monster Kaku Kaioh but that's about it, this climax was just average. [Characters 3] They are still the same characters and they are still massively linear and monotonous. Their only character trait is that they are Badass and have infinite blood. And Yujiro. [Music 6 / Animation 5] In terms of animation, this season has improved and finally reached the average you would want to see. Unfortunately, the pacing ensures that the fights are nonetheless far too slow. And the narration is a disaster. Musically, the intro is well done, as are the soundtracks. Especially the one by Yujiro.   [Conclusion 4] Again, this season doesn't manage to come close to being average. Baki may be likable and occasionally amusing but has almost no qualities aside from that. It's a simple fan-service-oriented fighting anime/manga which can only hold people through personal tastes. And that works at least well enough for me to still enjoy reading the manga. [Enjoyment 5]

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