MAPPA’s original anime Bucchigiri is reminiscent of the old-shonen: Is it worth watching?

MAPPA's original anime Bucchigiri is reminiscent of the old-shonen Is it worth watching

MAPPA has been blasting through recent years with its tremendous record of picking big names and giving them an absolutely brilliant adaptation. Not only has this year been blessed by an equally amazing line-up, but MAPPA decided that it’s time for them to do something that is entirely their own. Cue in Bucchigiri?!, an original anime by the studio, which is destined to rank against shows like Mashle Season 2 and Solo Leveling this January.

The show had an amazing start and is weirdly reminiscent of past Shonen who have been almost forgotten. If your memory isn’t helping you here, fret not folks, I am here to serve you. So buckle up for a review/trip to nostalgia lane as we unfold all the tiny elements that make the show enticing.

Bucchigiri?! – What is it about?

MAPPA's original anime Bucchigiri is reminiscent of the old-shonen Is it worth watching
Tomoshibi Arajin | Courtesy of MAPPA

Tomoshibi Arajin moved back to the town he grew up in and is starting a brand new high school life in the prefecture that is infamously known for its delinquents. With a very “accommodating” welcome to his class, he finds himself attracted to the only girl who cares for a decent appearance, Mahoro. Almost instantly in love with her, he finds himself itching to spend time with her.

However, things aren’t as easy as it seems. Two of his delinquent classmates stop him mid-way and that’s when he stumbles to meet his childhood friend, Matakara, who has long since beefed up to be a ferocious fighter in the feud between Minato Kai and Siguma Squad. With fists clashing all around him, he escapes to an abandoned shrine and encounters a Majin, basically a genie but with a different name due to context.

MAPPA's original anime Bucchigiri is reminiscent of the old-shonen Is it worth watching
Jin Marito | Courtesy of MAPPA

With everything going down the cliff, his only saving grace was his date with Mahoro. Wait that isn’t right? Ah yes, this gets foiled as well. Finding out that Mahoro has a brother-con with her brother being the head of the Siguma Squad, who also has a sister-con. How is this going to turn out for Akajin? Will he have a normal high school life, now that he finds himself stuck between a delinquent feud and a supernatural wish granting spirit?

Reminiscence of Older Shonen

If the description wasn’t enough to get you twitching with memories of old generations’ shows, worry not, I am here to take you on the promised trip to nostalgia lane. Here are all the shows that the first episode reminds me of:

MAPPA's original anime Bucchigiri is reminiscent of the old-shonen Is it worth watching
Arajin and Majin | Courtesy of MAPPA
  • Beelzebub: You tell me that the entire delinquent scene does not remind you of the iconic demon-human duo of Beelzebub. If this is not the first thing that pops up in your mind, I think you are quite young in the community.
MAPPA's original anime Bucchigiri is reminiscent of the old-shonen Is it worth watching
Jin Marito | Courtesy of MAPPA
  • Katekyou Hitman Reborn: Arajin’s sudden entry into the world of brawling and supernatural is a direct hit of how Tsunayoshi was dragged into the world of the Mafia, who now has to become the successor of the 9th Head of the Vongola Family.
  • Shaman King: With how the Honki people were introduced, the story seems to be heading to an all-out war between people who can attain this state, somewhat similar to how shamans come together to fight for the title of the Shaman King.
MAPPA's original anime Bucchigiri is reminiscent of the old-shonen Is it worth watching
Arajin’s wish | Courtesy of MAPPA

This is not all. Bucchigiri?! falls under the generic weak protagonist to one of the strongest characters in the show troupe, carrying on the legacy of the generic shonen formula. However, there is a slight difference. The protagonist here is not motivated to become the best in the school, he is motivated by a far more primal desire, something that Denji would approve of.

So, should you watch it?

Absolutely! This might turn out to be a generic Shonen show with the protagonist ending up being the strongest in the entire roster, but that does not mean that this would be the general plotline and can be easily skipped. Not when MAPPA is overlooking this project. With a guaranteed to be preposterously excellent visual experience, the show also has a tinge of new-generation shonen elements, allowing it to be the best of both worlds.

MAPPA's original anime Bucchigiri is reminiscent of the old-shonen Is it worth watching
Bucchigiri | Courtesy of MAPPA

Considering how the staff behind the show decides to take the story ahead, this show could very well become one of the top contenders battling for the spot of the best new-gen Shonen against Jujutsu Kaisen and Boruto Two Blue Vortex. While it is far in the future, the show boasts a potential that should not be skipped on and hence is one of the shows in the January line-up.

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