Netflix to Stream New Baki Anime Series
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Netflix announced at its "Netflix Anime Slate 2017" event on Wednesday that it will stream the new anime adaptation of Keisuke Itagaki's Baki (New Grappler Baki: In Search of Our Strongest Hero) manga. TMS Entertainment (Lupin III, ReLIFE) will animate the 26-episode series for Netflix.
Netflix describes the story:
The protagonist, Baki Hanma, trains with an intense focus to become strong enough to surpass his father, Yujiro Hanma, the strongest fighter in the world. Five of the world's most violent and brutal death row inmates are gathering to face Baki. Their objective is to taste defeat -- their unmatched strength and skill have led them to grow bored of life itself, and they now seek out Baki in the hopes that he can overwhelm and utterly crush them. In this crisis, other underground martial art warriors gather to fight by Baki's side: Kaoru Hanayama, Gouki Shibukawa, Retsu Kaioh, and Doppo Orochi. An epic showdown between violent death row inmates and Baki and his friends begins!
Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine revealed in November that the manga was inspiring a new television anime adaptation. The magazine revealed in January that the series would premiere in 2017.
The anime will feature the "Most Evil Death Row Convicts" arc from the manga. Baki is the second installment in Itagaki's overall series. The manga ran for 31 volumes in Weekly Shonen Champion from 1999 to 2005. The manga recently inspired an original anime DVD (OAD) adaptation that also depicts the "Most Evil Death Row Convicts" arc. The OAD was bundled with a limited edition of Itagaki's 14th Baki-Dou manga volume on December 6.
The "Most Evil Death Row Convicts" arc features underground ring fighters in the no-rules combat environment of death row convicts. The OAD highlights five individuals from prisons around the world who "long to know defeat." The five individuals break out of their respective prisons and head to Japan.
Itagaki's original Baki The Grappler martial arts manga ran for 42 volumes in Weekly Shonen Champion magazine from 1991 to 1999. The manga has more than 63 million copies in circulation. The series has received two television anime adaptations and an original animation video.
After the Baki sequel manga finished in 2005, Hanma Baki then ran in the same magazine from 2005 to 2012. The Baki-Dou sequel series launched in Weekly Shonen Champion in March 2014 as the third sequel to the original Baki The Grappler manga.
Yukinao Yamauchi (Baki Gaiden - Scarface) launched Baki Gaiden: Kizuzura, a Baki The Grappler spinoff, in the inaugural issue of Bessatsu Shonen Champion magazine in 2012. Still another spinoff, Baki Gaiden: Kenjin, debuted in Champion Red magazine in 2013.
Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web
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