Earlier today, Netflix hosted a “Netflix Anime Slate 2017” in Japan. The company unveiled a slate of anime titles that will be released under the company’s banner, from known titles to totally original projects.
At the event, Netflix revealed that they will stream the upcoming Baki anime series on their digital platform. The 26-episode show will be produced by TMS Entertainment.
Netflix describes Baki as:
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! More than 63 million copies of the original manga series have been printed and the series will be comprised of 26 episodes for Netflix, produced by TMS Entertainment.
The project will be a TV series, focuses on the manga’s “Most Evil Death Row Convicts” arc. As of press time, no further details are known, but more information will be revealed in future issues of Weekly Shonen Champion.
The “Most Evil Death Row Convicts” arc is set near the start of Baki. The section revolves around five condemned criminals, who escape from prison and make their way to Tokyo. There, they decide to pit their fists against Japan’s finest fighters in an underground martial arts tournament. Baki, himself, stands at the top as champion.
Last year marked the 25th anniversary of the original Baki the Grappler (Grappler Baki) manga, which debuted in the pages of Weekly Shonen Champion in 1991. The series ran through 1999, and spanned 42 collected volumes.
Sequel series Baki launched in Weekly Shonen Champion in June 1999. The title ran in the publication through November 2005, spanning 31 compiled volumes.
Baki Hanma kicked off in the following issue of Weekly Shonen Champion, which hit newsstands on December 1, 2005. Baki Hanma ran through August 16, 2012, spanning 37 compiled books.
The most recent series, Baki-Dou is ongoing in Weekly Shonen Champion. The title began in March 2014, and currently spans 17 collected volumes.
Baki the Grappler received two TV 24-episode anime adaptations in 2001, as well as a 1994 OVA. Central Park Media released the OVA in the west on VHS and DVD, while Funimation distributed the TV adaptations.