So, I got an email from Crunchyroll saying that they gave me 30 days Premium Membership for free. So I got to watch episode 2 of Wanna be the Strongest in the World! in High Definiton! But, I swear there is so many shows I want to write about and yet I have so little free time to do everything I wanted. But anyways, time for a review.
Anime Review: Wanna Be The Strongest In The World! – Episode 2
So, we pick up right where we left off, Sakura lost to Rio and as a result lost her long hair and also decided to go pro and eventually have a rematch with Rio. That being said, Sakura goes to the Berzerk gym to begin her training to go pro. What she doesn’t realize until she actually starts training is that she’s going to be put through hell in order to prove that she has what it takes to step in the ring as a professional wrestler. But even during all of this, Sakura shows determination and takes all the punishment and then some. Finally, after 4 months of training, Sakura has to prove herself ready by being able to take 100 throws to the mat by 10 different wrestlers. Now, I’m not sure if pro wrestling companies in America or Japan do this to train their wrestlers or not, but I know that it really made the story more emotional and I found myself actually rooting for Sakura.
So, after taking a ton of punishment and going through hell to prove that she’s serious about being a wrestler. They finally decide to book her in her debut match in front of an audience. They schedule her first match against another young upcoming wrestler named Chinatzu Suzumoto, who has about a year’s head start ahead of Sakura. This time, Sakura has some training under her belt and puts on a better fight, but in the end she is put in a Boston Crab and is forced to submit due to her inexperience. But she realizes that she still has a lot of work ahead of her before she is good enough to get a victory in the ring.
Once again, I like the pacing of this anime, Sakura should have to start at the bottom and earn her place as a pro wrestler. This is the same thing that most real life wrestlers have to go through in order to prove that they have what it takes to compete in the ring. Especially, if that wrestler trained at the Hart Family Dungeon in Canada. One thing I noticed is that Elena, Sakura’s entire reason for challenging Rio Kazama in the first place, seems to have distanced herself from Sakura. Perhaps, her becoming a pro wrestler has upset Elena or something? And of course, YES, THERE IS FANSERVICE. This is anime, if you watched this expecting anything less, then you were fooling yourself. Any intelligent anime watcher knows that if studios can get away with showing a little bounce in the boob physics, then they WILL do it. That in no way makes this story any less interesting though so just live with it.
Another good episode of Wanna Be The Strongest In the World! I give it an 8/10