Last year, Keisuke Itagaki’s martial arts series Baki turned 25 years old and celebrated with an OAD and news of a TV anime adaptation of Prisoners Saga (Saikyou Shikeishu-hen/The Deadliest Condemned Criminals arc) from manga’s second installment Baki (1995-2005). Now, Netflix’s big Tokyo press conference has revealed that the service will be carrying the anime.
This 26 episode “Ultimate Fighting Legend” will be produced by TMS Entertainment, the studio behind the recent Lupin III part IV.
They describe the new production
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 series started with Baki the Gappler, which ran 42 volumes starting in 1991. Then, Baki (“New Grappler Baki: In Search of Our Strongest Hero”) ran 31 volumes starting in 1999, followed by Baki Hanma (“Baki: Son of Ogre”), which ran 37 volumes starting in 2005, and now, Baki-Dou (Baki: The Way), which started in March, 2014.
Gutsoon’s Raijin Comics serialized the manga in North America, and Funimation released the 2001 TV anime. Central Park Media released the 1994 OVA.