Baki: The Great Raitai Tournament Saga

Alt title: Baki: Dai Raitaisai-hen

Web (13 eps x 24 min)
3.92 out of 5 from 3,493 votes
Rank #1,336

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: 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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