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Baki the Grappler 

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Baki Hanma competes in an underground fighting tournament organized by Tokugawa. Masters of various fighting styles come from all over the world in order to determine who is the strongest fighter on Earth.
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Bob Carter ...  Narrator / ... 46 episodes, 2001
Masami Kikuchi ...  Baki / ... 46 episodes, 2001
Robert McCollum ...  Baki / ... 45 episodes, 2001
Naomi Kusumi Naomi Kusumi ...  Tokugawa / ... 37 episodes, 2001
Yoshikazu Nagano Yoshikazu Nagano ...  Additional Cast / ... 32 episodes, 2001
Doug Burks Doug Burks ...  Tokugawa / ... 31 episodes, 2001
Troy Baker ...  Kato / ... 29 episodes, 2001
Masayuki Omoro Masayuki Omoro ...  Kuriyagawa / ... 29 episodes, 2001
Takehiro Murozono Takehiro Murozono ...  Kato / ... 28 episodes, 2001
Jin Yamanoi Jin Yamanoi ...  Kizaki / ... 28 episodes, 2001
Toshitaka Shimizu Toshitaka Shimizu ...  Additional Cast / ... 28 episodes, 2001
Matthew Tompkins ...  Yujiro / ... 26 episodes, 2001
Kyle Hebert ...  Hanayama / ... 26 episodes, 2001
Kenji Nomura Kenji Nomura ...  Yujiro 25 episodes, 2001
Greg Dulcie Greg Dulcie ...  Doppo 24 episodes, 2001
Jim Johnson Jim Johnson ...  Gizo / ... 23 episodes, 2001
Masayuki Nakata Masayuki Nakata ...  Hanayama / ... 23 episodes, 2001
Bradford Jackson ...  Announcer / ... 22 episodes, 2001
Mugihito Mugihito ...  Doppo 22 episodes, 2001
Daniel Penz Daniel Penz ...  Xamma / ... 21 episodes, 2001
Christopher Sabat ...  Shinogi / ... 20 episodes, 2001
R. Bruce Elliott ...  Kuriyagawa / ... 20 episodes, 2001
Yurika Hino Yurika Hino ...  Emi / ... 19 episodes, 2001
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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. Written by page8701

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8 January 2001 (Japan) See more »

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(24 episodes)

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Performed by Dir en Grey
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"Baki" - The ultimate fight Anime'?
9 February 2009 | by dee.reidSee all my reviews

I saw the two-season series collection DVD for "Baki the Grappler" at Best Buy and I knew I had to beg my mother to get it for me for Christmas. Alas, I was not disappointed Christmas Day when I got my wish. I eagerly popped in disc one and was blown away by several repeated kicks to the senses of what I see as the ultimate fight Anime'!

My friends and I are used to the likes of watching live-action martial arts movies, but so few martial arts fight Anime' features. I'm the only one of us who has dared to experience the intensity (and overall insanity, with occasional bits of surrealism thrown in for good measure) that is "Baki the Grappler." An adaptation of the Japanese Manga series created by Keisuke Itagaki, the show follows the long and brutal path of 13-year-old Baki Hanma to proclaim himself the best fighter in the world. It's a long, hard to quest to be the best, since his father Yujiro Hanma already has that title and is pretty much the strongest living creature on the planet, although IMHO, he might as well as be The Devil Himself (you'll eventually see why).

It's obvious that Baki has a big chip on his shoulder, not only to prove to the world that he is the best, but he also has to prove it to himself, as well (lending the series an unpretentious emotional edge rare for this sort of thing). At such a young age, he's already pushed himself to the limit and beyond, both physically and mentally, to be the best fighter in the world. The series does a good job of tracking his maturation from a brash young street brawler to a seasoned and intelligent martial artist who has earned legions of respect from his fans as well as other legendary fighters.

The series at first begins like any action/crime thriller we've become so used to in the past. But about five episodes in, things suddenly change into a great new direction and never looks back. Also, some have made about comments about how there's no false drama or theatrics in this show. That's good, not bad. All we get here is straight-up action and nothing more, even though we grow to really like Baki, regardless of how deeply troubled he may be, and there are a few unexpectedly tragic moments during the series that does prove that even fighters have a heart.

Still, "Baki the Grappler" is first-rate fight Anime'. There's a wide variety of martial arts disciplines on display here, including boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Chinese gong-fu, Karate, Kickboxing, Judo, Jujutsu, Muay Thai, Russian SAMBO, Sumo, Tae Kwon Do, wrestling, and some good old-fashioned straight-up brawling. Needless to say, Baki is able to dish out beatings and take a few himself, and still walk right on into the next fight. It also goes without saying that Baki, and most of the fighters he battles with, are pretty much superhuman because their stamina and endurance during scenes of intense combat is nothing short of just that - superhuman. One of these battles includes Baki's mountain-top brawl with a giant ape that's probably the mutant offspring of King Kong and Bigfoot.

"Baki the Grappler" is up there with some of the greatest martial arts Anime' features from Japan, certainly one of the greatest animated martial arts features, period, for sure. Its two-season, 48-episode run may be pushing it for some tastes, but I guarantee you that you'll never be sleeping with so many repeated kicks to the head, and a few vague references to the martial arts philosophies of Bruce Lee, to keep you interested, and conscious.

Japanese heavy metal band Dir en Grey performs the opening theme song of each episode, "Child Prey."

10/10


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