Based on the manga series ‘Baki The Grappler’ by Keisuke Itagaki, Baki follows the journey of a young man in the world of competitive fighting where he struggles to establish his name alongside the best of the fighters.
Baki is one of the most popular anime shows on Netflix. Despite having a mainstream storyline, the show surprisingly hooked the audience and won hearts. Furthermore, a new season of Baki is on its way this week.
1. Part 3: Season 2 Release Date and Announcement
Baki Part 3: Season 2 has been confirmed by Netflix and is slated for a release on Thursday, June 4, 2020. Season 2 will be another two-part season of 26 episodes divided into Baki part 3 and part 4.
You can watch the previous seasons on Netflix. The announcement for season 2 can be checked out below:
2. Theory Section
Baki is literally a worldwide phenomenon these days. It doesn’t have much of a story but what grasps the attention of people is the unpredictable outcome of the fighting, the amazing martial arts and the background score.
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I. Financial Standings
The first four Baki series has over 75 million copies in circulation. That’s not an ordinary achievement for a manga series. It’s incredibly popular among shonen fans. Even the spin-off series Baki: Gaiden Scarface has sold more than 3.5 million copies in print.
II. Animation Quality
There are mixed reviews regarding this aspect of the show. It seems like the culmination of 2D and CGI nowadays is the upcoming fashion in the anime industry.
Furthermore, instilling both 2D and 3D fights isn’t a smart choice, although one can’t deny that there is an improvement from the reboots of the same show.
III. About Keisuke Itagaki’s Health
Prior to becoming a manga artist, Itagaki has also served Japan Ground Self-Defence Force for five years. He has also competed in Boxing in the National Sports Festival.
Currently, he is 63 and is all fit and fine. He even works out till this date. There’s nothing to worry about his health (he’s the Baki of this world!).
3. Production Update
Part 3 was going to release in April 2020 only, but due to the pandemic, it got delayed quite a bit.
Now, the show is scheduled to release this Thursday, i.e. June 4, 2020, and Netflix also has officially announced it, so there’s no stopping it.
4. Key Visual
Baki Hanma is on the ground, light is fading away, and he’s fatigued. Is this the end?
Hear the loud bangs and gruesome punches, this season marks the inception of ‘The Centennial Tournament’, fans have been waiting for this arc to be animated for a long time.
Someone escaped the prison too. This season might provoke your goosebumps to fall out of their shells.
5. Expected Storyline
This season will cover a grand tournament which is held in China once in a century — ‘The Centennial Tournament’. Several top-notch fighters and Baki himself will be taking part in this highly anticipated tournament to gain the title of the strongest fighter.
Furthermore, the death row inmates are back in action. So get ready to flex your pecs because this season will definitely be the most surprising and thrilling one so far.
6. Cast and Staff
- Director – Toshiki Hirano
- Series Composition – Tatsuhiko Urahata
- Character Design – Fujio Suzuki
- Music – Kenji Fujisawa
- Studio – TMS Entertainment
- Nobunaga Shimazaki as Baki Hanma
- Takuya Eguchi as Kaoru Hanayama
- Sugou Takayuchi as Doppo Orochi
- Yuujiro Hanma as Akio Ootsuka
- Retsu Kaiou as Rikiya Koyama
7. About Baki
Grappler Baki or Baki the Grappler is a manga series written and illustrated by Keisuke Itagaki. The series was serialised in Weekly Shonen Champion from 1991 to 1999. There are a total of 137 volumes of the renowned manga series.
TMS Entertainment adapted the manga into an anime series licensed by Netflix which first aired on June 25 2018.