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Wanna Be Strongest in World

FUNimation // Unrated // June 2, 2015
List Price: $69.98 [Buy now and save at Amazon]

Review by Neil Lumbard | posted July 26, 2015 | E-mail the Author


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Wanna Be Strongest in the World Blu-ray Review


Wanna Be The Strongest in the World is a
wrestling
anime series based upon a manga created by ESE and Kiyohito Natsuki.
The series
was produced and animated by Studio Arms.  The
series was licensed by Funimation
Entertainment for the US release.


The series setup focuses on a girl named Sakura
who is part
of a pop-music group called Sweet Diva. Sakura is the lead vocalist of
the
music group. The group is successful and has a lot of fans. The music
group
isn't the only thing which Sakura becomes a part of though as she will
eventually
go on to become a member of a pro wrestling team.


One day, a pro wrestler named Rio Kazama is in a
wrestling
match against fellow band member Elena. The match is horrifying and
Elena is
badly beaten up by opponent Rio. Deciding to face down Rio in a
wrestling match
herself, Sakura decides to become a wrestler who can avenge band-member
Elena
by defeating Rio. Sakura joins the Berserk Wrestlers team: an all-girl
professional wrestling team.


The series was written by Kazuho Hyodo (Phantom:
Requiem
for the Phantom
) and directed by Rion Kujo (Asu no yoichi!).
The
music score is by Kayo Konishi and Yukio Kondo (House of Five Leaves,
Challenged).
As this is a pro-sports anime series the focus of the show in on the
sport of wrestling.
The idea of the show is largely centered on showing the wrestling
matches.


The concept for the show is something that might
appeal to
anime fans who like pro wrestling, but for most others the series might
not be as
appealing. The series has disturbing violence. It seems unnecessarily
violent
and this is something that is a negative with regards to the series.


Series art direction is by Minoru Maeda (Dragon
Ball Z
).
The animation by Studio Arms is actually pretty sub-par looking with
static
animation during some moments and cheap CG gimmicks for some background
animation.  The character designs are
over-the-top. This production feels limited in budget and is not
anywhere near
a high-quality level of craft.


The Blu-ray:


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Video:


Funimation presents Wanna
Be The Strongest in the World
on Blu-ray with a
technically impressive 1080p MPEG-4 AVC encoded transfer which
preserves the
1.78:1 widescreen original television broadcast aspect ratio. The image
has
bold colors and good clarity. The presentation is generally solid
looking but
there is a minor issue with brightness levels. The release also has
ever-so-slight banding.


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The audio on this release is generally solid. The
release
includes two lossless audio options: one English Dolby TrueHD 5.1
surround
sound presentation and one Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0 stereo audio
presentation.
Either option should prove satisfactory with decent lossless audio.
However,
the 5.1 sound mix will have some improvements in bass reproduction and
be a bit
more robust sounding than the original 2.0 stereo audio mix.


English subtitles are provided.


Extras:


This is a Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack
release.


On disc supplements include: 2
episode commentaries (featuring English
dub VA's), 6 OVA short episodes (which run a total length equivalent to
one
standard episode), textless opening and closing credits, the U.S.
trailer, and trailers
for other releases from Funimation Entertainment.


Final Thoughts:


Unless viewers are fans of pro-wrestling, Wanna
Be The Strongest
in the World
is a series that should be skipped. This sports anime
seems
excessive, over-the-top, and ridiculously violent. Funimation has done
a solid
job with regards to the quality of the release but the series itself
feels sub-par.


Skip It.



Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema. He aspires to make movies and has written two screenplays on spec. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.

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