You give an excellent sense of motion in this piece... and it's not just because of the blurring effect. The pose, foreshortening, expression, and tensing of the muscles all translate to giving a proper message of the character's motion.
However, the highlighting seems too strong or sharp in some areas, like around the right thigh, left arm, and right shoulder (his right/left, not ours). Not to say it looks bad; I like the style of hard lightbloom and strong glow quite a bit! I just think it extended a bit more than it should have been.
Believe me , i know exactly what you mean . It never was my favorate style to do ( very hard backlight , very eye poping ) . I think the reason why the compagny that hired me wanted this like that was cause its directed at quite a young public (kids) , also , those are made for tcg , which mean that image will be shrinked to fit a card ( very small ) so in a way we were forced to have very dramatic light source to make the character pop as much as possible .
But if you ask my personal opinion , im 100 % on your side . I prefer much more delicate light source ( smoother highlights ) .