Burning Kabaddi Review: A Diamond in the Rough

Anime has often mesmerized us by blending different elements together to make something truly unique and Shakunetsu Kabaddi (Burning Kabaddi) was no exception. Burning Kabaddi took a traditional Indian sport, Kabaddi, and managed to perfectly and uncompromisingly show the beauty of this sport in Japanese society as well. The characters drove the plot and the plot drove the characters to greater heights, making this anime one hell of a ride for anyone who watches it!

As the anime has recently ended, it’s time to take a look back at the kind of anime that Burning Kabaddi was!

The Plot And Progression!

The story starts with Yoigoshi Tatsuya, who absolutely hates sports after having reached great heights and fame in soccer but losing all his close friends. Every sports team in school, especially the soccer team, wants to recruit Yoigoshi but he simply doesn’t budge. That is until he met Souma Azemichi who quite literally made him budge and dragged him to the Kabaddi club. Yoigoshi soon realizes that there are a variety of great players in Kabaddi, and speed alone doesn’t cut it here.

The anime starts with Yoigoshi’s exposure to Kabaddi and learning what it means to be a team player and rely on his teammates. The past doesn’t catch up to him here and he finds friends who genuinely care about him and want him to reach great heights with their help. Like we mentioned before, the plot drives itself through the characters and the characters drive the plot in turn. There is no overarching and complicated plot in Burning Kabaddi but that works fairly well for a 12 episode anime that would only suffer from a complicated plot.

The Characters Are Absolutely Memorable And Funny

It’s interesting to note how Burning Kabaddi started its story with Yoigoshi but actually ended with the Kabaddi team of Noukin High. Noukin High’s team players are some of the best characters you might ever come across in the sports genre. Without exception, the characters who made the best impressions on us were Yoigoshi and Misumi Kyouhei. While the captain Masato Oujou was simply fantastic, the depth of Yoigoshi and Misumi was unbeatable. With Misume, especially, we got to see how he was brought to Kabaddi and his growth. Misumi proved himself to be the best anti ever and Yoigosh as the main character delivered the final blow and raised himself to be one of the best raiders of the show!

It was a little disappointing to not see much depth for Azemichi since he carved himself out to be a friendly rival for Yoigoshi in the first few episodes but towards the end and in most of the matches, he simply faded out. The antagonists were simply spectacular and their characterization was in no way boring, making them great rivals for Noukin High.

The Animation Was Not Really The Best…

Anime is an audio-visual medium and that, of course, means that the animation has to be good. However, Shakunetsu Kabaddi did not really reach that mark of good animation with certain scenes feeling like a slideshow. The anime isn’t severely affected by its animation but it does feel like it could do much better by showing us what’s happening instead of simply telling us. On the other hand, the opening and ending songs were really catchy but not as impressive.

Final Thoughts

Shakunetsu Kabaddi was certainly a diamond in the rough sort of anime and it had great potential! While there were some downsides like the quality of animation and the lack of depth for certain characters, for its length of 12 episodes, we at Honey’s Anime think that Burning Kabaddi did a fantastic job in bringing out the brilliance of Kabaddi and perfectly aligning it with the spirit of reaching great heights that anime is so well known for!

We hope you enjoyed this article! Burning Kabaddi was greatly enjoyed by us at Honey’s Anime but we want to know how you felt! What are your thoughts about Shakunetsu Kabaddi? Did you love it? Is there something that you disagree with in this article? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Author: Evita Vincy

A college student and a hopeless romantic weeb slowly realizing her dreams of working in the anime industry and living like the characters of Love is Hard for Otaku with her boyfriend. Anime and writing have and always will be a huge part of my life. When I'm not watching anime or reading manga, you can find me impulsively buying kawaii things from stationery and snacks to other aesthetic things I 'need'. I also dream about visiting Japan one day, both for its culture and anime, while hoping to master the romantic language that is Japanese.

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