"To be the strongest in the world!" That is Baki Hanma's dream. The mysterious, young, martial artist aspires to follow in his sinister father's footsteps as the world's strongest creature. But to what lengths will Baki go? We follow the young grappler as he matures in a world full of some of the strongest fighters and how he overcomes all obstacles in order to face his father one day in the fighting ring. From the jungles to an underground martial arts tournament, Baki is put to the test from fighters all over the world.
Like I've mentioned many times before I really don't like doing a review until the series is finished(this one is), but this is one of the very few exceptions, mainly the scanners are for some reason way behind in the original series but have most of the others finished, lol. I really do like this manga it is one of the many I would recommend to old and new alike. But the one main thing that nags at me the entire time I was reading it is that Baki is an arrogant asshole. Now I would like to mention that as of now(11/03/17) only 197 chapters have been fully translated and uploaded so I would say about 70% of the "read" people are lying, the other 30% either have a better "group" than me or can read Japanese. Again, my reader has a very weird arrangement of the manga which I'm gonna assume was the original way it was published to give the readers a refresher over a couple of years period that the series ran. It's worth the read I'm serious when I say time flew as I was reading chapter after chapter. The story is engrossing if a bit "normal" shonen fight series. Worth multiple reads, based on how fast I was reading it if it ever finishes. ~SPOILERS~ Baki fights his dad and loses and his dad kills his mom this would be bad normally but his mom is some slut who gets wet off of death and blood, which this series is fucking filled with gore(thank god older manga is so good), and some nudity full frontal[Baki's mom only though :-(]. Then we see Baki travel fighting all sorts of badasses and win, he then reaches someone who may at one time have been strong but never shows it(powerful in influence, name, money, and politics) then it shows Baki fighting some people in the arena, no rules except no weapons, and becomes the champ. We then are transported to the past about 2-3 years when he's 13 and Baki's rise through the ranks of the world, that's right Baki is the rich spoiled brat of an extremely wealthy whore. Though there is a pang of sympathy when we find out he was born to fight his dad and that's it, only to satisfy this sick fuck who gets even harder off death than his booty call. Then it goes back to the first chapter fighting his dad with everyone's whose ass he kicked and somehow befriended them even though we never see this at any time unless you want to say visiting the guy you put in the hospital and smiling at him while he lost half his teeth and is wrapped in a huge amount of casts smiles back, a friendship, and now we're in a new competition in the underground arena to see who's really the best.
Grappler Baki The first part of an extremely long manga series that cost me a lot of time. To be honest, the manga itself wavers between hate and love until the current Baki-Dou part. The manga always manages to create completely bizarre fights in which you have to rearrange the power of the characters again and again according to fluctuating proportions, especially later it becomes extremely difficult to determine who is above whom in the food chain. In any case, the author loves to bring bizarre visualizations of strength, training, and explanations into the manga. I have always found this aspect very appealing and at the same time daunting. In the realm of the plot, Baki owns absolutely nothing. The story only revolves around Baki's growth and how he wants to face his father and what he needs to do so. On the way, he fights against a wide variety of opponents, learns a number of techniques, and is defeated or wins. And so it goes until the finale of the third Baki Manga when he finally gets the duel of his life. When it comes to characters, there is only one thing you can say about Baki. They are dull and clichéd, all of them. However, it's the positive nature of it, they are still interesting despite everything and give the shounen setting a certain charm through their charisma. The representation of the fights in the first manga is poor and the author develops tremendously in the visual presentation. Until then, you have to get used to fluctuating chapters at the beginning. Long story short, he is always interested in material arts and bizarre battles full of brutality will find his love here. Baki is one of my favorites when it comes to this genre. Unfortunately, he is quite mediocre in terms of turnover. You should get an idea of this for yourself. In the worst case, you can skip the first manga and read a short synopsis. The other manga has a lot more dynamic in battles.
overall a solid start to the Baki series, but one major critsizm is that I dont really remeber what exactly happened? I remeber the characters were fun and the art was really good imo but the story was rather generic, still a solid read. if your a fan of martial arts defintely check this one out
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