A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Dedication and hard work are themes; the show often highlights how the cast of fighters have spent years crafting and perfecting their martial arts abilities. Restraint and mercy are other potential themes in the anime as Baki often shows mercy to his defeated opponents unlike many other fighters in the show.
Positive Role Models
Baki is constantly shown working hard and training to improve his martial arts ability. He's very protective of his friends and shows a great deal of love and respect for his opponents and their abilities.
Features a cast of fighters who come from different locations around the world, with each fighter proudly representing a unique martial arts style from their own cultural backgrounds. These fighters are usually upstaged by their Japanese counterparts, though.
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Violence & Scariness
Extremely graphic violence; fights show characters getting beaten, dismembered, set on fire, shot, and crushed. Many fighters and sometimes even civilians die bloody and violent deaths.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
In one scene a fighter's naked backside is shown. Another scene shows a girl strip down to her underwear and get into bed with Baki; Baki's father interrupts the two and makes a brief comment about sexual conquest before leaving.
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Expect insults and mild profanity during fight scenes: "damn," "hell," and "bastard."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One character is addicted to anabolic steroids and extreme doping to maintain what they believe is the ultimate physique; a doctor warns them that they are in danger of killing themselves if they continue abusing their body but the fighter is not deterred. Many characters are shown smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Baki is an action/martial arts-themed anime series with graphic violence and bloody, gory imagery. Fighters and even civilians are often killed in brutal combat, and characters are shot, dismembered, and beaten. One fighter is addicted to steroids and extreme doping to maintain their physique even though it puts their health at great risk. There's also some nudity and sexual content, including the back of a nude man, a woman shown in their underwear, and some talk of sexual conquest. Infrequent language includes "damn," "hell," "bastard." Adults and older teens may enjoy the exaggerated over-the-top fight scenes, but it's too violent for kids.
Is It Any Good?
Story takes the back seat to over-the-top action in this wild and brutally violent martial arts anime. Baki is a show purely about bloody and exciting fights -- the story is nonsensical and there isn't much to take away from the plot. Baki does feature a memorable cast of diverse characters; many of the eccentric fighters come from around the world and have unique styles of martial arts and philosophies regarding fighting. These fighters often don't have much time to shine, though, as they're frequently upstaged by their Japanese counterparts.
While the plot is lacking, there are many interesting flashbacks and monologues that explore martial arts techniques and explain character motivations, although sometimes these bits of exposition are poorly paced and interrupt the flow of the fighting action. If you don't mind the graphic violence, gore, and lack of a complex story, there's still a lot of entertainment that Baki can deliver with its hard-hitting action.
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