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02/11/2020 14:57:35 •••

An study about epic and martial arts

Some time ago, I found pretentious that the creator of Grendel thought of it as "an study of the nature of violence", but Baki The Grappler made me change my oppinion. It was possible to do such a concept, and also make it freaking fun. Grappler Baki is not a shonen series. You won't find any female martial artist there. No nakamas. These people devote their lifes to perfect themselves to the art of destroying another human being. Friends are good, but if they're strong enough, eventually you will fight them for the hell of it. Anyone must be a Combat Pragmatist, because if he's not, he's not ready. And also, they recognize their passion as something childish. Sensible people has matured learning that, sometimes, you must give up. That's our society. They won't learn this by sheer stubborness, and that's not useful nor worthy, but somehow it's enviable. They keep going on, training, learning, undoubtful of their success. The series dances between being realistic or Crazy Awesome. On the realistic side, people gets hurt badly. We're talking gouged eyes and ripped limbs here. On the Crazy Awesome, I won't dare to tell you something that you should read. Enjoy the series.

03/03/2011 00:00:00

Lol, calling this series realistic. Because people get hurt badly. From getting their limbs ripped off in a martial arts fight.

03/05/2011 00:00:00

Of course, sports protect you from this happening. If martial artist fight without these boundaries, they will cripple their opponents for sure; that was my point.

03/06/2011 00:00:00

Martial artists are capable of ripping your limbs off in real life?

03/12/2011 00:00:00

It depends on the martial art. Most styles just can hurt your flesh and break your bones, so are able to kill and cripple, but it's possible to rip off an arm if you catch the wrist and then use your shoulder and back to broke it from the elbow, using your victim's joint to lever. A fictional example of this, but still believable, was shown in Kinnikuman: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-25cG5Dh15U

03/15/2011 00:00:00

Even if you were capable of ripping off someone's arms, it would never happen in a realistic fight.

03/19/2011 00:00:00

Probably not. But it's technically possible. And we never ever see, in a sports anime, a regular foe. They all have special an over-the-top techniques, skills and strategies. Seeing this frequently is unrealistic, that's our usual Willing Suspension Of Disbelief; the techniques are just almost impossible. Anyhow, as I said, there are moments that just are the logical conclussion of extreme fighting; we see a lot of Eye Scream and lot of Groin Attack. And there are moments that are just driven by a Crazy Awesome Rule Of Cool. The Cretacic Man, the earthquake-stopping punch... but there's still a lot of realism.

03/19/2011 00:00:00

Thanks a lot; I'm very happy to see a little debate. Most reviews have not so many comments!

03/20/2011 00:00:00

Somehow, I really doubt it's possible to rip someone's arm off with your bare hands. You can break someone's arm, but you're not going to be ripping it off.

03/20/2011 00:00:00

If you think so, just put that on the Crazy Awesome side, and keep on as realistic just the face-stomping, the Eye Scream and the Groin Attack. I've got no problem with that. But devoting your life to destroying the human body could make able to. Could. Maybe. I may be wrong, I know it! But I like a bit or Rule Of Cool on Real Life.

03/21/2011 00:00:00

You know you've been watching way too much fiction and anime when you start believing that it's plausible to rip someone's arms off with your bare hands.

03/23/2011 00:00:00

The story's shit. There, I said it.

The art is horrendous and an anatomical eyesore, practically making Keisuke Itagaki the Japanese equivalent of Rob Liefeld, both in terms of artistic and literary talent. The pacing of the story is also awful, with the grand goal in the plot being Baki defeating his father in a battle... which still could be like a billion years away at this rate. Seriously. It feels like every ridiculous arc that gets thought up is just a means of stretching it out because Itagaki wants to make Yujiro seem more "awesome" overpowered than ever. Seriously, the guy's worse than Aizen or Sasuke in that regard. Not to mention the length of time it takes for someone to engage in exposition about why some attack did or didn't fail; what could have been explained in one or two panels in a manga written by a competent author is stretched out for a whole chapter.

Yes, I know that Rule Of Cool can justify a lot of shit, but you have to draw a line somewhere. Bigger and more widespread does not make something inherently more awesome. That's why Ashita No Joe has such a legacy, even though compared to so many other fighting series it's much more mundane. And yet it's the one that's remembered even today, thirty years after it finished its comparatively short run, with an ending scene with such emotional depth that it's still homaged.

Not to mention the ridiculous misogyny (Pickle rapes a women and of course she likes it, and nobody even bothers trying to stop it. There are better ways to show a character is wild, Itagaki) and anatomical idiocy that he parades around like it's legit (regarding Baki pulling out a nerve in Jack's neck that somehow blinds him).

I've watched quite a bit of the anime. Years ago, in fact. My friend was in love with the show and he kept showing me links and asking if I'd started reading it yet. I was put off by the awful pacing of the fights (Orochi vs. Restu especially. Never before has a one-hit knockout been dragged out for so long) and the art, even though it'd been cleaned up compared to the manga, was still shit. The animation was nothing to write home about either. Eventually I told my friend that I thought it wasn't very good... and surprise surprise he's never said another word to me since. A shame too, he was one of the factors that got me into Gundam since his username on the forum we frequented was "Qubeley." He also got me into the Doom comic, which we were more united on regarding its quality.

tl; dr, Baki the Grappler is not a study of epic and martial arts. It is a study of padding and shit. You want to see a story that's a study of epic and martial arts, go watch G Gundam.

03/26/2011 00:00:00

Steam, most that you said falls under the YMMV. Still, I must point out that the raped woman doesn't seem to like it even a bit, and the soldiers tried to stop him, without effect, though. About the stretching, I personally like it very much. I asume most of the fans think the same.

The anime was really good on its first season. The second one was much worse, but still enjoyable. Also, the neck nerve that blinds thing... it's obviously unreal, but well, maybe it could be something like pressure points and accupunture, you know, a part of the body that affects another one... but it's cool so I don't worry about it. Thank you anyway for sharing your point of view, friend Troper.

03/26/2011 00:00:00

Go learn human anatomy before you ever make another comment on what's realistic or not.

02/09/2020 00:00:00

I agree with Steam that it is one of the dumbest things in the history of the shonen genre. I also don\'t like that Yujiro is still a karma houdini.

02/09/2020 00:00:00

It\'s been 9 years dude. It would be one thing if you were replying to the review, but a commenter? let it go.

02/10/2020 00:00:00

I have Freedom of speech.

02/10/2020 00:00:00

Which is not the same as inmunity to criticism. Again, 9 years to a commenter, let it go.

02/10/2020 00:00:00

They weren't even attacking and expecting Steam to reply. They were just agreeing with the comment they've made. So do I agree as well

02/11/2020 00:00:00

It\'s necrobumping. Now personally, I don\'t think it\'s not as bad as people make it out to be. People discover things at different times. That\'s why I said that I would had understood if they were replying to the review, not a commenter, specially if just to basically say \"me too\".

02/11/2020 00:00:00

Thuggish Thanos 92\'s comment is useless, but what puzzles me most is Steam\'s. That\'s not just a review in itself, it\'s several times longer than the original! Why do some people hide their review away in comment threads instead of making their own?


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