Ultimate Muscle: The Kinnikuman Legacy, known in Japan as Kinnikuman Nisei (ƒLƒ““÷ƒ}ƒ“‡U¢), is a manga and anime series made by Yoshinori Nakai and Takashi Shimada under the pen name Yudetamago (Japanese for 'Boiled Egg'). It is the sequel to the hit manga Kinnikuman that they started in 1979. The toy line of Kinnikuman was released in North America as M.U.S.C.L.E.
I'm amazed 4kids even considered this show, but then again, we're talking about a company that judges everything that its cover. Anyway, this show is really funny and the action is so cool. Someone said it was horrible because of what the characters look like. Again, you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. Also, Mantarou's 'face' is a mask. Why do so many people get at him for that? The fact that this show is not that much like actual wrestling also makes it better, imo, cause real life wrestling is getting boring these days. This, on the other hand, is innovative for it has out-of-this world moves and VERY creative character designs. (Of which most were fanmade) Now, in regards to the English dub, this was one of the few great dubs from 4kids. Despite a few story changes, which are predictable, I have to admit they did a good job on this one. The anime's okay if you can handle over-the-top humor, but the thing that keeps me hooked is how well-thought-out the fights are. Mind you, the fact that each episode alternates between animators makes the animation quality questionable. Now I recommend the manga for people over the age of 10, because not only is it really gory but the sexual humor in the Choujin Crown arc may make you wanna vomit. (Berrierfreeman fights his foes with a hemmorhoid and Mantarou pokes an old woman's nipple by mistake... yeah) Anyway, DO NOT judge this show by the way it looks. Give it a chance.moreless
This show is not meant to be taken seriously, it makes fun of everything. If you have ever seen WWE or any of the other brands you'll probably get a few extra jokes.
Kid Muscle is not your typical hero, he is scared and generally obsessed with food and girls. When he is put in a perilous situation his hidden power is unlocked and his attitude changes (this is when the fights get good). There is generally quite a lot of development of Kid throughout the series and he becomes a lot more likable as the series continues. If you generally like rivalries, this series has a great one between Kid and a character called Kevin Mask (who is a fairly neutral character) and some of the greatest parts of this series evolve around this rivalry. To really appreciate this series you have to really see it from the beginning otherwise you won't really get why the characters are the way they are. There are also lots of running jokes. Through the series the fights are generally entertaining or funny, sometimes both. There is slight continuity between this and a previous series and if you have seen the previous series you'll probably get more from this (i haven't seen it and i still enjoyed this).moreless
Ever since I first heard of this tv series on Fox Box (later changed to 4Kids TV), I thought this show looked terrible. I watched some episodes of it and I was right, this show is completly discusting. It has a guy who has a butt for a face, a guy who wears a toilet around his head, a guy just like the toilet guy only as a urinal and alot of charactors keep being shown farting. I'm serious, if you don't beleive me then you should watch it yourself. It has too much gross humor in it and it's alot worse then 'My Gym Partner's a Monkey'. I can't beleive 4Kids actually decided to dub this. 4Kids is usually too protective when they dub anime that they even cut out most scenes that show a love relationship between 2 charactors even though they are a male and a female (which I hate) but then they decide to dub and air this trash on their block. I'd rather see this was dubbed by a company that dubs adult and teen animes (like Viz Media and FUNimation) and aired on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim or some other channel that airs adult anime. I don't want to effend anyone who likes this show but I felt like I needed to review it.moreless
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