Baki the Grappler's Itagaki Starts Shaman Manga Series
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Manga creator Keisuke Itagaki (Baki the Grappler) will begin serialization on a new manga in the 2,294th issue of Nihon Bungeisha's Weekly Manga Goraku magazine on December 16. The new manga will be titled Shaman.
Itagaki's original Baki The Grappler martial arts manga (pictured at right) ran in Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine from 1991 to 1999. Following a young male martial artist, the story unfolds as Baki Hanma faces opponents in order to become the strongest grappler in the world. He wants to take the title from his father gain his mother's approval. Baki The Grappler has received several manga sequels, two television anime adaptations, and an OAV (original animation video).
The live-action comedy film Graffreeter Toki (literally, "Toki the Freelancing Grappler") inspired by Baki The Grappler and starring AKB48 member Rie Kitahara will debut next spring.
In 2009, producer Northrop Davis pitched a live-action film adaptation of Itagaki's Baki The Grappler manga to Hollywood.