Hanma Baki or Baki Son Of Ogre is the 3rd Part of the Baki series, please watch Baki The Grappler Anime & read New Grappler Baki.
Baki Son Of Ogre delivers in gritty action but starts to shift its tone. The story begins with Baki developing a new form of image training where he can physically create an opponent to spar against (originally featured in Baki VS Retsu Kaioh). This new form of training eventually becomes Baki's newest fighting style as incorporates animals & insects into his attacks.
The first arc takes place in prison where Baki intentionally commits a crime just so he can battle
against Olivia Biscuit. I personally found the first arc very slow as the focus was more on Olivia than Baki himself.
The 2nd arc & possibly the best written arc in the Baki series is "The Pickle Arc" where a caveman from the Jurassic Period is revived in modern society. Several Baki characters battle against Pickle as centuries ago Pickle managed to not only fight dinosaurs but eat them occasionally. Several characters gain development & life changing events as they battle Pickle.
The 3rd arc is sadly untranslated as it seem to deal with Retsu Kaioh being a boxer. Not many of these chapters can be found online.
The last arc of Son of Ogre is the long awaited fight of Baki Vs Yujiro. Depending on your viewpoint, this battle is either anti-climatic or okay.
Overall, this chapter of the Baki series certainly delivered its action & easily its most savage fights in the Pickle Arc. Due to certain events in these arcs, convinced me that Toriko has gained some inspiration from Baki Son Of Ogre due to the Pickle character. Lastly, the next part of the Baki series is called Baki Dou or Way Of Baki which deals with a clone of Miyamoto Musashi. Only time will tell how Part 4 will fare.
I mean what can I say it is a continuation of the original but it takes place 4-5 years after the original(in manga time line) so low on new characters(not many) and the same story, "imma kill my dad," boring. C(Copy)+P(Paste).
C+P: "I really do like this manga it is one of the many I would recommend to old and new alike. But the one main thing that nags at me the entire time I was reading it is that Baki is an arrogant asshole," still an asshole but now he is older and shows some strength.
C+P: "Again my reader has a very weird arrangement of
the manga which i'm gonna assume was the original way it was published."
This just like the original it is super engrossing and I didn't want to stop reading it I know my first major statement said boring it's the premise that's boring not the actually story.
~4 years later Baki is still doing Baki things, he's getting stronger and fighting mind enemies(like shadow boxing but they can be anything) which we find out is a Hanma specialty. He fights bullies a kid. Keeps practicing to fight his dad and then he fights some dude named Pickle, who's a fucking caveman, wtf. The he tells Colonel Scar he wants to eat a meal with his dad which he does, flirts with his crush, sorta. The he fights his dad now it get boring it's a regular beat down here nothing special except more mind things and grandpa Hanma ghosts into the fight and doesn't do anything and Baki wins but says he loses. He dad gave him the title for messing with his mind during another meal but the Hanma mind games meal, and Yujiro flips out after Baki flips a non-existent table with the food on it. Stupid. Worth 1 read.
Do you like big muscular men that were clothes that leaves little to the imagination pounding each others faces in? Well boy do i have a great testosterone filled ultra violent martial arts manga just for you!
While the story isn't anything that will make your jaw drop the art and fights puts any battle manga to shame. The fighting is raw, gritty and follows true martial art styles but pumps them up to 11. Strikes that are faster than the human eye, fists that can brake through solid iron and muscle structure impossible for the human race are still here while never dropping it's realistic
martial arts roots.
The art is amazing and really is the highlight of the manga! Itagaki, Keisuke really know how to make every panel count and when the fighting is in full force the art shines even more with striking poses and amazing fight choreography. The characters are also good. They are not anything outstanding but they do a great job of feeling intimidating and as an obstacle for Baki while still having enough character so the reader can feel joy in victory and sadness in defeat.
All in all Hanma Baki is an amazing martial arts manga. Its amazing and memorable fights and over the top violence will have you hooked from start to finish. Read it if you haven't already.