Baki Hanma is a generally happy student with a rather odd hobby; he likes fighting. Specifically, he likes fighting in a secret martial arts tournament that gathers the greatest fighters of the world and pits them against each other in really nasty combat. New Grappler Baki takes off where the original series leaves off. As the new Tournament champion, he's generally taken it easy until he recieves the news of five deadly, murderous, martial artist who have escaped their prisons and are now headed to Japan. Baki and his friends must deal with them before they are killed themselves.
Baki is a great read, its fun, it kept me engaged the whole way through, I even found myself enjoying quite a few of the slower paced everyday life kinda chapters. while this manga does have one of my personal least favorite characters in the whole series (booo Ali Jr.) I stil dont think he was horribly written or anything. a great read overall
My biggest issue with this was the fact that the story would randomly take a completely different and often nonsensicle turn. After a few of these you finally see some kind of resolution and what you could call the end of an arc.... Just in time for another random segway. It wasn't bad for what it was but it wasn't all that great either.
This is indeed not a bad manga. I like the first part the best, which is Grappler Baki (it consists of the first 42 volumes of the series). I liked how he trained towards one goal, and that was to become stronger than his father. However in the second half of New Grappler Baki and in Son of Ogre this manga lost its touch. It has very special art, specially the close-ups of the faces, and a lot of epic moments. I love all of the fight scenes. What I miss the most though, is how Grappler Baki inspired me to train even harder in my sport, because Baki is this train-a-colic, but in this 3rd part it moves on to stranger things, and is sometimes outright confusing. All in all it's an enjoyable manga, but one should mostly read it for the fights, action and epicness of Yujiro.
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