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Grappler Baki

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  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305167273
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,046 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The ULTIMATE fighter? Just maybe... 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
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
5.0 out of 5 stars it's short but cool May 3, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
With Street Fighter 2 style of fughting Grapler Baki is 45mins of jammed packed action. it's not long but it has so monay cool things in it you'll keep wathching it. With intresting characters and slap stick humor Grapler Baki is a must see.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining and very action-packed anime! July 20, 2013
By Jamie
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This film was very action packed. It was actually English dubbed!

I always liked Grappler Baki, I watched it 10 years ago when I was a child and I just remembered that I want to live that experience and see this great fighting anime once again. It had a great impact with superb animation. For action thrillers, anime lovers or martial arts film seekers, I would say definitely see this film!
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5.0 out of 5 stars BAKI KICKIN'BUTT! April 29, 2013
By Charlie
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Grappler Baki- Nearly Flawless April 22, 2011
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Grappler Baki: Ultimate fighter is an anime that was released in the late 90's and is based of the early issues of Grappler Baki the manga. The story kicks off right away at the Japanese Karate Competition. Baki is a last minute entry and basically wipes the mat with every opponent that is thrown his way, including the students of the world's greatest karate dojo. You soon find out that this competition was all just a warm up for Baki as he finds himself at the underground arena defending his championship title against Kosho Shinogi, The Cord Cutter. Shinogi uses a style of karate that can severe nerves beneath the skin and make his enemy immobile, or even blind. This fight can well be Baki's last.
Now on to my opinion of the anime; nearly flawless. Now take into account that this anime has very little storyline, yet I feel it's better than it's 2004 counterpart. It has everything you need out of an action anime; Action. The fights are superb and brutal, and even with the lack of story the characters are intriguing. They also kept this anime short and sweet, running at about 90 minutes which in my opinion is perfect length. I give this one an 8.5-9 out of 10.
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5.0 out of 5 stars strongest fighter August 25, 2009
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The tournament is deadly as can be and only the chosen can be pick to fight in the shinshinkai underground tournament. Baki is an excellent fighter who can not be defeated and when he come up against a fighter who can pull your nerve cords from your body he has trouble figuring out how to beat him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Either annoying or entertaining January 1, 2008
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars heh heh
man this thing sucked. but it was sort of almost its so bad its good. horrible dub that that to no suprise cant be unintentiionally funny. Read more
Published on November 14, 2005 by TheJukeboxLoser
4.0 out of 5 stars Kung-Fu
It was the 18th Shinshinkai all-Japan open at Tokyos Buddahkhan stadium. It was a tournament open to all fighters, although it was mainly to showcase fighters from the Shinshinkai... Read more
Published on August 25, 2005 by Ronnie Clay
4.0 out of 5 stars Provocative, Entertaining, and Short
This movie is interesting in many ways yet disappointing in so many others. Being an anime that was made in 1996, I personally see no excuse for the poor animation that had me... Read more
Published on December 17, 2003 by JL1984
5.0 out of 5 stars Grappler Baki is awesome!
Grappler Baki is one of the best fighting anime I have ever seen besides Yu Yu Hakusho, and Dragonball Z. Read more
Published on June 27, 2003 by Tical
4.0 out of 5 stars mest up anamantion movie
This movie was mest up beacouse a guy ripped peaples cords out to make them weaker.but baki deafetid him.All around this was good movie.
Published on December 16, 2002 by "zacgauthier"
3.0 out of 5 stars it was ok, but more would be nice
the only real problem with this movie was its length. also, it wasn't too bad for a martial arts anime; fake martial arts, but not too goofy. Read more
Published on January 22, 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars lousy
This movie is the apitimey of fighting anime and I strongly beleive that at the absolute max you should rent this otherwise DO NOT BUY THIS IT IS 45 MINUTES!!!!! Read more
Published on February 20, 2001 by "koga88"
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