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Baki Hanma Anime Premieres on Netflix This Fall to Mark Franchise's 30th Anniversary

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Anime will be third Baki series on Netflix, sequel to recent Baki: Dai Raitaisai-hen series

This year's 32nd issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine announced on Thursday that Netflix will premiere TMS Entertainment's Baki Hanma anime worldwide this fall.

The magazine also announced Thursday's launch of a website to mark the 30th anniversary of the manga, which is this September. The website is hosting a fan art contest where people can submit art, cosplay, videos, or original manga on Twitter by August 31.

Baki Hanma will be the third Baki series on Netflix, and a sequel to the recent Baki: Dai Raitaisai-hen series.

Netflix describes the anime:

The story finally unfolds into a full-blooded clash between Baki Hanma and his father, Yujiro Hanma, who is known as the "strongest creature on earth." The climax of the Baki universe, which depicted the "strongest parent-child brawl in history of the world" in the original manga, has been adapted into the long-awaited anime!

Nobunaga Shimazaki is returning to play lead character Baki Hanma.

Itagaki's original Baki The Grappler (Grappler Baki) martial arts manga ran in Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine from 1991 to 1999, and the 42 compiled book volumes from Akita Shoten have more than 63 million copies in circulation. The series received two television anime seasons and an original video anime (OVA) volume.

The simply titled Baki manga sequel is the second main installment in Itagaki's overall franchise. The manga also ran in Weekly Shōnen Champion from 1999 to 2005 with 31 volumes published. The manga inspired the two previous anime series on Netflix, as well as an original anime DVD (OAD) adaptation that depicts the "Most Evil Death Row Convicts" arc. The OAD was bundled with a limited edition of Itagaki's 14th Baki-Dou manga volume in December 2016.

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 Shōnen Champion in March 2014 as the third main sequel to the original Baki The Grappler manga, and it ended on April 5, 2018. The manga's fifth main part, the similarly titled Bakidou, launched in 2018.

Source: Weekly Shōnen Champion issue 32


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