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Grappler Baki Pt 1 (1 - 24) (MI)
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ChivenDragonOverall Rating (7.33)
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Ok, despite what my scores look like, this is the coolest fighting anime series I've seen. Now to explain my ratings. The 6 for sound was due to some of the below-par music and sound effects. The 7 for video is because there were just a few too many of the shots where it's hard to make out exactly what just happened, usually during attacks and such. I watched it dubbed on TV, so I can't comment on the subtitles (Nice default 6). The characters were pretty well detailed in proportion to the amount of time they were in the series. The story was cool except the fact that there happens to be a huge underground stadium thing that nobody who's not in on it knows about. I mean if you see people going into a place and seemingly disappearing SOMEONE will find out and it will undoubtedly get out into the public, but using my "It's just a show" theorem then I allow it a "Wow, this kicks ass" score of 8. It was very enjoyable seeing Baki's cheerful attitude, even when getting his nerves torn out and such, very respectable, too bad he's not real. But there isn't a much better series out there if you're a fan of martial arts and anime.

SyferOverall Rating (9.17)
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great series, with craptastic subs. the subs dont detract from the story too much since grappler baki isnt too story-heavy. Go into this expecting bad subs and weird translations (adrenaline = brain coffee) and youll love it

~/Super_Saiyajin noOverall Rating (9.33)
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Grappler Baki...The story of Hanma Baki, a thirteen year old who strives to be the strongest fighter in the world so that he may one day take on "him", the most dangerous man in the known world of fighting...his father. From the very begining, this anime is filled with action. A must see for any fan of fighting genre'. If you can get by the engrish and the bit of timing that is off in the first episode, I am sure that you will enjoy this series.

Asabi KatamashiOverall Rating (7.00)
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The story is wonderfully simple. that is to say that it dosen't get in the way of the awesome fighting. However the story that keeps coming up seems to be very redundent at times. "oooooooh, baki is fighting!! what? they're friends now?" and so on and so forth. but the real killer is the subtitles. they made this anime impossible to take seriously. but on some level, that probably isn't such a bad thing considering the story is not too interesting to begin with. but the picture is perfect as is the sound (once in awhile this killer evil techno comes on) the supporting characters are acceptable but Baki still comes accross a little 2-d. but all in all, it's certainly one worth the money

M4EOverall Rating (8.00)
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This is one of those titles I would only recomend if you are into animes that have very little plot and constatly throw fights at you. And there are alot of fights. The opening scene shows Baki taking on a whole gang (he takes down 30 by the way). The plot is pretty simple Baki is an underground fighter. His only mission in life is to become better then his father who is the best there is. The animation doesnt look to good. The only thing that kept me watching was this anime was wondering who is going to get pounded next.

ikari47Overall Rating (7.33)
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Assuming you've actually gotten this far, you've probably already read the reviews that have come before me and know what the basic premise is about: Baki Hanma just wants to be the strongest fighter in the world. Pretty simple, nothing profound here. Let me start off my review by saying however that I'm a big fan of the Baki manga (as I seem to have all of them, and even the first 13 tankouban of the second series BAKI: New Grappler Baki), but that upon reading the previous two reviews, I must admit to being somewhat surprised at how well this title has been taken. While I won't go so far as saying that this animé is the pinnacle of "fighting animé," I will say that it is fun to watch. You really don't get as much out of it one who reads the manga, however, as the animé takes some really odd turns at times. While the manga can be as strange as the animé in terms of plot, the fighting in the animé is often less realistic than in the manga. When I picked up the manga, I expected to see fighting that I could actually recognize and correlate with real life (with a few exaggerations thrown in for fun). With a title like "Grappler Baki," how can one not see that coming? The animé however doesn't suspend disbelief however, and despite how one character is portrayed as a "Grappler," or even a "Jiujitsuka" I find it rare that they do anything trademark to their martial occupation. Still, it is all about full tilt fighting, and if that's what you want, you've got it in this set. (Just don't expect to see any real display of martial arts, is all... unless of course, you're in Karate. I'm not too sure whether or not they did that one true to form...) One thing I must admit that I found absolutely unforgivable in this set though, were the subtitles. All the names (save Baki's) were in Chinese. Yujiro becomes Long, and Hanayama becomes San. ("What kind of wuss-merry name is 'San?!'" And though I'm not fluent in Japanese, I do know some, and have come to realize that most of what is translated is not even near correct to what is being said. The subtitles, at the very best, all seem to be guesswork. But subtitles aside, the animé is still fun to simply watch. The plot seems to be a little more watered down when compared to the manga, but that's a good thing considering how bad the subs are. It's simple, and the characters aren't complex by any measure. It's not profound, and it's not cultured, but it *is* damn fun. (And by no means is it bloodier or more brutal than Fist of the North Star, or "better than Saint Seiya." I think that first review only spoke for itself... :^P) Pick up this title if you're interested in seeing fight scenes that (in theory) are a plausible in real life, or are interested in the martial arts world, as it's probably the closes thing we've got in animated form that deals with it.

Straight CougarOverall Rating (9.33)
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Grappler Baki is for those that feel the need to better themselves through fighting. After I watched the first disc I pulled out my weights and started to pump some iron. lol. This is a great series mainly because of the characters like Baki. Baki Hanma is a 13 year old with only one goal to be the best grappler in the world. (Pretty simple huh? but looks can be misleading.) This series pulls all the stops and adds in a variety of entertaining bits and pieces. Mainly Baki's father,Yogiro Hanma, this guy is pretty much the highest under god. (Yogiro Hanma....remember that name you won't have time to scream it later.) Subtitles Little mistakes with the subtitles but not so much that you'd want to skip an episode or fast forward. Character Designs The character designs perfectly match the voices and vice versa. (They did a good job here.) Fights The fights are dirty, I mean they must have a handbook for these moves. Box Art: If you like a seeing people get beat down you probably won't even care about looking at the box art. but it goes hand and hand with the dvd though. Animation: The animation doesn't fall off into oblivion. It remains pretty much constant. (Or maybe it's just that the story is done so well that you don't even notice a change it. You decide.) Final Notes DBZ fans listen up! Card Captor Sakura fans try this out and you'll be wondering what you were doing with your life before you had it. If you're still a little skeptical about getting this like I was, then you'll be very surprised at the first scene, it sets the tone for the whole series. That's all for now Straight Cougar (Shrinking the world one anime review at a time.)

DannyVOverall Rating (8.33)
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-Title: GRAPPLER BAKI, PART 1 -Publisher: Manga -Format: 3 Discs, TV Series, 24 Episodes -Synopsis: Since birth, Baki Hanma has been raised in the world of fighting. His monstrous father, Yujiro, is the world's most brutal and powerful fighter, and his mother has raised him with the best training money can buy, all leading to an ultimate battle against his own father. In his quest to become the strongest, he will meet many worthy and deadly opponents. Will Baki step up to the challenge and prove one as young as he can be the world's best? -Opinion: Make no mistake about it: this is THE ultimate fighting anime. Forget Fist Of The North Star, Saint Seiya, and all those others, no anime has EVER had fights as brutal and bloody as this! This is one of those series that makes your eyes bug out with the happenings on-screen. I had seen the Baki OVA released a few years back by U.S. Manga Corps, but this blows it away easily! Definitely recommended, and the second season(which I just finished watching) is EVEN MORE brutal! -Packaging: 8/10. Nice looking, with original ilustrations by the manga's artist, but nothing mind-blowing. -Video: 10/10. Perfect transfer. No VHS-to-DVD here. -Audio: 10/10. The sound is dead on. No extremes in equalizing(i.e. no overwhelming bass), and it sounds KILLER over a home theater system. -Subtitles: 5/10. This is where the series is lacking. It'll take some patience, but it's not very hard to grasp the plot from the subtitles. The first episode is HORRIBLE, however, since not only are the subtitles extremely bad, but they don't even synch with the character speaking them! Also, some characters sport different names in the subtitles(Yujiro is called Long, for example), probably because of changes in name from Japanese to Chinese. The subtitles do get better from around the halfway point, but it's still kinda tricky. -Chapter Breaks: By episode, no mid-episode breaks. -Extras: None, just the anime. -Menus: Simple. Just Play, Subtitles and Chapters. -Fun Factor: 10/10. Any fighting anime fan worth his weight in testosterone(or estrogen) NEEDS this series. The characters are likeable(Baki RULES), the fighting is just pure crap-beating(no superpowers, but some WEIRD fighting styles), the story is nice and simple(not of epic proportions, but who watches this for the story?), you just can't go wrong with this anime. Forget the whole subtitle issue, the anime just speaks for itself. Definitely recommended.

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