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Yūenchi: Baki Gaiden Light Novel Series Gets Manga

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Novel illustrator Yuria Fujita to launch Baki manga spinoff

This year's 44th issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine announced on Thursday that Baku Yumemakura's Yūenchi: Baki Gaiden (Amusement Park: Baki Side Story) light novel series will get a manga adaptation by Yuria Fujita, who provides the art for the novels. More information on the manga's launch will be revealed at a later date.

Yumemakura launched the Yūenchi: Baki Gaiden light novel series based on Keisuke Itagaki's Baki manga franchise in Weekly Shōnen Champion in May 2018. Akita Shoten published the third compiled book volume on May 7.

Keisuke 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 in April 2018. The manga's fifth main part, the similarly titled Bakidou, launched in 2018.

TMS Entertainment's Baki Hanma anime will debut on Netflix on Thursday with all 12 episodes. 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!

Yukinao Yamauchi (Baki Gaiden - Scarface) launched Baki Gaiden: Kizuzura, a Baki The Grappler spinoff, in the inaugural issue of Bessatsu Shōnen Champion magazine in 2012. Still another spinoff, Baki Gaiden: Kenjin, debuted in Champion RED magazine in 2013.

Update: The manga will launch in the magazine's 16th 2022 issue on March 17. Source: Weekly Shōnen Champion issue 15

Source: Weekly Shōnen Champion issue 44

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