Keisuke Itagaki’s character “Baki Hanma” has been quite popular with martial arts fans worldwide. The ongoing “Baki Dou” manga series has been widely appreciated for its well-choreographed fighting sequences and character development.
A sequel to the original “Baki the Grappler” manga, it follows the adventures of Baki Hanma as he finds himself entangled in a secret cloning project. He has to fight the cloned Miyamoto Musashi to regain his top spot. Unlike the previous series, this one incorporates the use of ultra-modern technology in the storyline.
The Weekly Shonen Champion announced that the “Baki Dou” manga would be on hiatus till June 3.
Neither the author nor the publishing magazine has given any reason for the hiatus. It is possible that the author is facing health issues and needs a break from work. Medical issues are pervasive in the industry due to hectic schedules and work hours.
Fans also speculate that something big may be happening in the storyline soon, and Keisuke is taking his time to make it perfect. If that is the case, fans have every reason to be excited!
The anime based on the original manga premiered back in 2001. But due to the high popularity of the series, a new anime series was produced by Netflix. The series aired between 2018 and 2020. Owing to its success, Netflix has announced the sequel to the series “Baki: Son of Ogre“ which will air later in the year.
So far, eight volumes of the “Baki Dou” manga have been published. The manga is being serialized in Akita Shoten’s Weekly Shonen Champion since 2019.
Is there something big in store for us after the manga returns from its hiatus? We have to wait till June 3 to find out!
Grappler Baki known as Baki the Grappler in North America, is a manga series written and illustrated by Keisuke Itagaki. It was originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Champion, and collected into 42 tankōbon volumes by Akita Shoten.
The story follows teenager Baki Hanma as he trains and tests his fighting skills against a variety of different opponents in deadly, no rules hand-to-hand combat.
He spends every waking moment training and fighting so that he may someday surpass the fighting abilities of the strongest being on Earth – his father Yuujiro Hanma, a cruel man who lives only to fight and hurt people.