Hello again! Just finished watching the first episode of Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai! Translated “Wanna be the strongest in the world!” Time for a Mini Review.
Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai! – Episode 1 Review
Anime and pro wrestling? Better yet, Puroresu? Hell yes I’m going to give it chance. Which is exactly what I did; and to my surprise, it really wasn’t bad at all. The story begins with our main character Sakura, who is the front-person of a J-Pop Idol group called Sweet Diva. To promote the group, their manager assigns Sakura and group mate Elena to train in a joshi puroresu gym. When they arrive there, they have a very light attitude about the whole deal. This in turn, offends one of the wrestlers Rio Kazama who bad mouths them for taking not pro wrestling seriously. In retaliation Elena steps up to try and prove that she can hang with her; but in the end she gets her backside handed to her. Out of anger, Sakura vows revenge and challenges Rio to a match. Rio accepts and makes it a “Caballera contra Caballera” match. Sakura accepts not knowing what that meant.
So, fight night happens and Sakura charges Rio thinking she has her on the ropes, but in the end Rio shows her what true power is and puts Sakura out with a sleeper hold. When she wakes up Rio Kazama tells her that she must now have her hair cut in the middle of the ring because she agreed to a hair vs hair match. Sakura, having been defeated clean, reluctantly agrees and cuts her hair. Afterwards, she challenges Rio to a rematch and announces that she plans to go pro and become a pro wrestler to train and condition herself so that she can beat Rio.
Not gonna lie here, I was skeptical about this title. I feared that this would be heavily focused on fanservice and not much else; but as I watched this episode, I found that they really dive into the plot and focus on the storyline. Yes, there is fanservice in here. There are a few boob and crotch shots. But it doesn’t take away or distract from the overall storyline. As a fan of pro wrestling, I really like that they gave Rio the victory in the match because I do think that anyone going into pro wrestling should not take what wrestlers do lightly. Plus, it gives Sakura a chance to start from the bottom and work her way up to earn her victory over Rio. On a side note, I love that they modeled the arena they wrestled in after Korakuen Hall, where promotions like NJPW, AJPW, Stardom and many other promotions hold shows at.
I enjoyed watching this and I’m definitely going to continue. I give this episode a 9/10
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