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Baki Manga Has Important Announcement on September 20

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda

This year's 42nd issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine reported on Thursday that Keisuke Itagaki's Baki manga will have an important announcement in the magazine's next issue on September 20.

Weekly Shōnen Champion previously revealed in April that the manga's fifth part is in the works. It will feature the Japanese legendary sumo wrestler Nomi no Sukune. The wrestler supposedly had the first ever sumo match against Taima no Kehaya in 23 B.C.

Itagaki's original Baki The Grappler martial arts manga ran for 42 volumes in Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine from 1991 to 1999. The manga has more than 63 million copies in circulation. The Baki sequel manga ran for 31 volumes from 1999 to 2005. Media Do licensed the manga and released the first volume digitally in August.

Gutsoon! Entertainment released the first 46 chapters of the original manga in English under the title Baki The Grappler in the Raijin Comics anthology in 2002-2004.

After Baki, Itagaki published the 37-volume Hanma Baki manga in Weekly Shōnen Champion from 2005 to 2012. Baki-Dou, the fourth manga in the franchise, launched in Weekly Shōnen Champion in March 2014 and ended on April 5 with 22 volumes. The manga's fifth part is in the works.

The original series has received two television anime adaptations and an original animation video. The new Baki anime series, which adapts the sequel Baki manga, premiered on Netflix on June 25. The anime later premiered on TV in Japan on July 1, and is slated to premiere on Netflix outside of Japan this fall.

Source: Weekly Shōnen Champion issue #42


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