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Baki The Grappler

Grappler Baki (グラップラー刃牙, Gurappurā Baki) or Baki the Grappler, is a manga series written and illustrated by Keisuke Itagaki. It was originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Champion from 1991 to 1999, and later collected into 42 tankōbon volumes. It was followed by two sequel series: Baki (New Grappler Baki: In Search of Our Strongest Hero or New Grappler Baki), which was serialized from 1999 to 2005 and later collected into 31 volumes, and Hanma Baki (Baki: Son of Ogre), which was serialized from 2005 to 2012 and later collected into 37 volumes. A third sequel, Baki-Dou, began serialization on March 20, 2014.

A 45-minute original video animation (OVA) was released in 1994. A 24-episode anime aired on TV Tokyo between January 8 and June 25, 2001. This was quickly followed by a second 24-episode series, from July 22 to December 24, 2001. The 2012 comedy film Graffreeter Toki (lit. "Toki the Freelancing Grappler") is based on the March 2011 play of the same name, which in turn was inspired by Grappler Baki. The OVA was the first to be licensed and released in North America, in 1998 by Central Park Media, followed by the original manga series, in 2002 by Gutsoon! Entertainment (incomplete), and finally both anime series, in 2005 by Funimation Entertainment.

PlotEdit

Baki Hanma is raised by his wealthy and obsessive mother, Emi Akezawa, who also funds his training in the hopes that he can be a powerful warrior like his father. Around the start of the series, Baki outgrows traditional training and heads out to follows the path of his ruthless father's training and meets many powerful fighters along the way. Eventually, Baki fights his father and is beaten without a challenge.

After being beaten, Baki travels around the world continuing his training. Years down the road he finds an underground fighting arena where he fights some of the most powerful fighters of all styles of martial arts. It is here he truly begins to hone his martial arts skills.

MangaEdit

Main SeriesEdit

Baki the Grappler

Main article: Baki the Grappler

Baki the Grappler (or Grappler Baki) is a original series, serialized in Weekly Shōnen Champion from 1991 to 1999. Collected into 42 volumes. From 2007-2008 it was collected into 24 deluxe edition volumes. This series was licensed for a North American release by Gutsoon! Entertainment, who retitled it Baki the Grappler. They published the first 46 chapters in their English-language manga anthology magazine Raijin Comics. The magazine's first issue was released on December 18, 2002, but in July 2004 it was discontinued. 4 collected volumes were planned but it is unknown if they were released. 

Baki The Grappler

Sagas:

Underground Arena Saga
Childhood Saga
Maximum Tournament Saga

Baki

Main article: Baki

Baki (New Grappler Baki: In Search of Our Strongest Hero or New Grappler Baki) is a second series, also serialized in Weekly Shōnen Champion from 1999 to November 24, 2005. Collected into 31 volumes. 

New Baki The Grappler

Sagas:

Most Evil Death Row Convicts Saga
Great Chinese Challenge Saga
Godlike Clash of the Kids Saga

Hanma Baki

Main article: Hanma Baki

Hanma Baki (or Baki: Son of Ogre) is a third series, again serialized in Weekly Shōnen Champion, began on December 1, 2005 and ended on August 16, 2012. Collected into 37 volumes.

Baki son of ogre

Sagas:

Combat Shadow Fighting Saga
Superior Prison Battle Saga
Wildman War - Pickle Wars Saga
Warrior's Struggle Saga
Above-Ground Great Quarrel of Father and Child Saga

Baki-Dou

Main article: Baki-Dou

Baki-Dou is a fourth series, begun serialization in Weekly Shōnen Champion on March 20, 2014.  

Baki Dou2

Sagas:

None.

Side StoriesEdit

Grappler Baki Gaiden: Antonio Igari vs Mount Toba
Baki Gaiden Igari vs Mount Toba

Main article: Grappler Baki Gaiden: Antonio Igari vs Mount Toba

Grappler Baki Gaiden: Antonio Igari vs Mount Toba is the gaiden (side story) of Baki the Grappler, taking place immediately after the Maximum Tournament Saga.

Baki Tokubetsuhen - Saga
Baki Saga

Main article: Baki Tokubetsuhen - Saga

Baki Tokubetsuhen - Saga is the side story that develops at the same time as volume 15 of Baki manga series.

Baki Gaiden: Kizumen - Scarface
Baki Gaiden Scarface

Main article: Baki Gaiden: Kizumen - Scarface

Baki Gaiden: Kizumen - Scarface is a spinoff series, by Keisuke Itagaki and Yukinao Yamauchi, depicting Kaoru Hanayama's yakuza adventures. Ran from March 2005 to December 2007 in Champion Red, then in July 2009 in Weekly Shōnen Champion, currently 5 volumes.

Hanma Baki 10.5 Gaiden: Pickle
Baki Gaiden Pickle

Main article: Hanma Baki 10.5 Gaiden: Pickle

Hanma Baki 10.5 Gaiden: Pickle is the gaiden of Hanma Baki, taking place after volume 10.

Baki Gaiden: Kizuzura
Baki Gaiden Kizuzura

Main article: Baki Gaiden: Kizuzura

Baki Gaiden: Kizuzura is a spinoff series, by Keisuke Itagaki and Yukinao Yamauchi, based on Hanayama Kaoru adventures in High school. Began in Bessatsu Shōnen Champion in July 2012.

Baki Gaiden: Kenjin
Baki Gaiden Kenjin

Main article: Baki Gaiden: Kenjin

Baki Gaiden: Kenjin is a spinoff series, by Keisuke Itagaki and Kenko Miyatani, representing and describing Doppo's adventures. Began in Champion Red in June 2013.

OtherEdit

Baki Ultimate Book: Grappler Side (Byakko no Sho)

Main article: Baki Ultimate Book: Grappler Side (Byakko no Sho)

Baki Ultimate Book: Grappler Side (Byakko no Sho) is a compendium of the characters and events in the world of Baki The Grappler, covers until volume 23 of the second saga.

Baki Grappler Side
Baki Ultimate Book: Fighting Side (Seiryu no Sho)

Main article: Baki Ultimate Book: Fighting Side (Seiryu no Sho)

Baki Ultimate Book: Fighting Side (Seiryu no Sho) is a compendium of every battle fought and its results in the world of Grappler Baki, also covers until volume 23 of the second saga.

Baki Fighting Side
Grappler Baki Fighting

Main article: Grappler Baki Fighting

Grappler Baki Fighting

Grappler Baki Fighting
Baki Domoe

Main article: Baki Domoe

Baki Domoe is a parody manga of Baki series, created by Saitou Naoki and serialized in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine.

Baki Domoe

AnimeEdit

Main SeriesEdit

Baki the Grappler TV

Main article: Baki the Grappler TV

Baki the Grappler TV is a 24-episode anime series aired on TV Tokyo between January 8, 2001 and June 25, 2001. It faithfully follows the original manga series. Notably, the anime was produced by Free-Will, a music record label.

Baki The Grappler TV

Sagas:

Kid Saga
Champion Saga

Baki the Grappler: Maximum Tournament

Main article: Baki the Grappler: Maximum Tournament

Baki the Grappler: Maximum Tournament is a second 24-episode series, it tells the story from that part of the manga, aired from July 23, 2001 to December 24, 2001.

Baki The Grappler Maximum Tournament

Sagas:

Maximum Tournament Saga

OtherEdit

Grappler Baki: The Ultimate Fighter

Main article: Grappler Baki: The Ultimate Fighter

Grappler Baki: The Ultimate Fighter is a 45-minute original video animation (OVA) was released in 1994. The story is a close adaptation of the first few volumes of the original manga, in which Baki Hanma fights Shinogi Kosho. It was licensed and released on DVD, under the title Baki The Grappler: The Ultimate Fighter, in North America by Central Park Media on December 1, 1998. Manga Entertainment later released it in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Baki The Grappler The Ultimate Fighter
Baki: Sai Kyo Shikeishu Hen Special Anime

Main article: Baki: Sai Kyo Shikeishu Hen Special Anime

Baki: Sai Kyo Shikeishu Hen Special Anime

Baki anime 2017

Sagas:

Most Evil Death Row Convicts Saga

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