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Grappler Baki

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His name is Baki Hanma. No one knows where he came from or where he learned his unique fighting style. He can defeat an opponent with a single blow and he's taking the Karate Championship by storm. But now he's in for the fight of his life. Anything goes and his opponent can rip his nerves out — literally. If he wins, he's the BEST. If he loses... he's DEAD.

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Product Details

  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Us Manga Corps Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 1, 1998
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305167273
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,052 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C.W. Fitch on December 13, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Once in a while, I like to kick back and watch an anime that's got nothing but lots of good old dirt-under-the-nails FIGHTIN'. You can't go wrong with a title like "Grappler Baki: The ULTIMATE FIGHTER", can you? So I gave it a rent and checked it out. And you know what? I was pretty impressed. There's a lot to enjoy in this flick, most of which is the fighting itself. The fight scenes were well done; not on par with, say, the choreographed genius of "Street Fighter: the Animated Movie", but they hold their own. A lot of the moves hurt just to look at (like when a shoulder gets separated and they show you an inside-the-body shot of the bones coming apart) and the animation is pretty decent as well. There's not much story here; just a guy named Baki who wants to be the best fighter in the land and the people he goes through to get there. The final battle, though, between Baki and the "Cord Cutter" (speaking of painful techniques, ever have someone pull on your NERVES?) is a sight to behold. All in all, a decent fight flick that will keep you entertained for almost an hour. The only real problems I saw were the crowd shots (completely still and noiseless; I guess they were completely mesmerized by the fight) and the dubbing. It wasn't bad, but I've heard a LOT better. But hey, if you like the fightin' stuff, you'll enjoy it. Great action and a minimum of sentiment. It's a good combination.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 1999
Format: DVD
if you like your anime with non-stop fighting action with one fight better thean the next,check this one out pronto!! grappler baki is a high school kid who obviously spends most of his time fighting because he can take out fighters twice his age.baki skillfully defeats his foes with dramatic style only to face a fighter with an unusual technique that "cuts like a knife".the only drawback is it`s short length which leaves you looking for a sequel.chek it out!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luquillo on October 1, 2014
Format: DVD
Taking place in a Martial Arts tournament, there's a young white belt destroying the competition; this young man's name is Baki Hanma. While many people praise his skill despite carrying the title as a novice. Many are in disbelief on why he's so good. What exactly is Baki's secret? -summary

Grappler Baki is a 45 minute OVA released in 1994 that is based on Keisuke Itagaki's manga. Now to be clear, I never liked this anime and time really hasn't done it any favors at all. I decided to rewatch it only because I recently gave the TV series Baki the Grappler a rewatch. I'm not normally a fan of remakes, but this is one title that really needed it through the 48 episode TV series, because this anime is so bland to the point it can barely even fall back on its action.

Yuji Asada did a very poor job directing this anime. There is pretty much no story and the plot is non existent. Before some crazed fan decides to leap and shout out the short run time as an excuse. I recommend giving Battle Angel a watch to see what a competent anime director can do in a short time. This anime is all about the fight and nothing more. Baki is competing in a Karate tournament for whatever reason. Then he makes his way off to the underground circuit where he's champion, which explains why he's so tough for people to beat and far beyond black belts in the other tournament he's competing in. There's no real reason on why he's fighting there, these things are all just happening and various characters are making token appearances just to have them. There are at least three characters and a couple of segments that could have been completely removed and the "story" wouldn't have been effected at all. This is just how bare bones it is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Brown on January 1, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I first saw this over 10 years ago as a rental. In the eyes of everyone that saw it with me, it's a classic. It is short... VERY short. It's almost like they expect you to know everything about all the characters and left 45 minutes worth of backstory, character development and plot on the cutting room floor. So while 45 minutes isn't much, if you editted out all the fluff in a DragonBall Z episode, you'd probably only have about 4 minutes. Thus, this is the equivalent of 10 episodes of your standard fighting anime.

What sells it is how over-the-top it can be. It could be a lot worse, but for its time, it was pretty impressive. For example, when he fights the huge guy behind on the cover, the huge guy breaks his hand (the bone pops out the skin) when he punches Baki in the face. You'd think Baki would be in a lifelong coma after charging into a punch like that from such a large man, but he gets up with a wry grin and a swollen eye and says, "Crying over a broken hand?"
That's just part of the first fight.

Although it's not on par with Fist of the North Star for ludicrous brutality and machismo, it's up there. I actually like that from time-to-time, but most people don't. I give it 5 stars, most people would consider it worthy of a rental.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charlie on April 29, 2013
Format: DVD
When I first saw this anime and it's introduction to the character of Baki,I was awestruck on what a great yet short anime this was. It's got great tourney fighting action,interesting characters and hard hitting action.

The animation however did have some unusual similarities to that of DBZ,some even resembled some characters to each other that I saw before,probably done by the same animation team as well,not saying that's bad or anything.

It's short and sweet and worth adding to your collection,a short but sweet treat at that.
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