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Kengan Ashura Season 1 (2019)
ケンガンアシュラ

Synopsis

Since the Edo periods of Japan, gladiator arenas have existed in various forms around the world. In these arenas, wealthy business owners and merchants hire gladiators to fight in unarmed combat where the winner takes all. Tokita “Ashura” Ohma joins these arenas and devastates his opponents. His spectacular ability to crush his enemies catches the attention of big business owners, including the Nogi Group CEO, Nogi Hideki.
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Overview

The first of a two-part anime adaptation premiered on July 31, 2019 through Netflix. The second part began streaming on October 31, 2019.

TL;DR First Impression

Kengan Ashura (Japanese: ケンガンアシュラ) is a Japanese manga series written by Yabako Sandrovich and illustrated by Daromeon.

The opening theme is “King & Ashley” by My First Story while the ending theme is “Born This Way” by BAD HOP. A pretty good rock/metal opening to get your heart pumping.

From all the promotional arts I’ve seen, I assumed this was a Baki clone with ultra-violent hand to hand combat. I was only partially right in the hand to hand combat parts and the manga art style. I would do this series a disservice to compare it to Baki. Where Baki only fame is the gores and violence for gores and violence’s sake, Kengan Ashura has humor, characters, and a plot.

This series is completely rendered in 3D CGI and I was only slightly bothered by it at the beginning. Now the style grows on me as the action sequences are very well done. Characters’ figure is not as over the top as Baki’s, but it does get near the impossible spectrum.

I am looking forward to finishing this series and present a proper review.

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