Some of you martial arts anime and manga fans will probably be familiar with Baki the Grappler. Personally, I really enjoyed it – but it’s been a fair few years, so you might need a little bit of a recap like I did.
“Baki Hanma is an exceptionally strong young man. He spends every waking moment training and fighting so that he may someday surpass the fighting abilities of the strongest being on Earth–his father Yujiro, a cruel man who lives only to fight and hurt people. On his path to becoming the strongest, Baki fights and trains with masters of various fighting styles, always looking for new ways to increase his own strength and fighting technique.”
I always get excited when I hear of 90’s manga being adapted into anime because, for me, the 90’s were the golden era of manga and anime (Dragon Ball Z, Yuyu Hakusho, Hunter x Hunter).
And I have good reason to get excited, too. The anime ‘Kiseijuu’ (Parasyte)  and Ushio to Tora  have both had great anime adaptations in recent years.
Will The New Baki Blow Us Away?
Now that Baki has moved to media streaming giant Netflix, can we expect to be awed and amazed? I’m not sure. If you have a look at the trailer, you’ll soon notice how polished and shiny looking these macho fights are – which really destroys any of that sweet 90’s feel.
If we compare a couple of screenshots from the original anime that aired in 2001, to the one that will air in summer (2018) – we do notice a change in the animation style.
I will, however, try not to hold this against the anime and will eagerly away for its release this year.
For those of you who haven’t seen the original anime, I found this AMV which gives you an idea of what it’s all about.