– Grappler Baki
– O Último Combate
– باكي الخطاف
– Grappler Baki: The Ultimate Fighter
Grappler Baki (Japanese: グラップラー刃牙 Hepburn: Gurappurā Baki), known as Baki the Grappler in North America, is a manga series written and illustrated by Keisuke Itagaki.
The animation is pretty good for the time (1994). The action is visceral and brutal. The art style is pretty traditional compared to the manga version.
The ending theme is “Baki no Theme” (刃牙のテーマ) by Tamotsu Mizutani.
Baki is a likable character, despite very little backstory or dialog is given to him. We see he is a happy and almost innocent boy, if not for the gory martial art competition he is participating in.
The story is a simple one really if you can even call it a story. It focuses mainly on the fight between Baki and Shinogi. This show isn’t concern about story or plot, it is an exposition driven narrative used to set up a sequence of gory combats. Oddly enough, it does a good job at it.
I recommend this OVA to fan of the competition shows. Please be warned, the combat can be gory and hard to watch at times. Grappler Baki contains graphic violence and is intended for mature audiences.
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