Baki The Grappler

Baki the Grappler is a Japanese anime series based on the shonen (children's) manga of the same name. It has an initial installment of 24 episodes and a sequel continuation of another 24 episodes. The story features Baki on his quest to become the greatest martial arts fighter in the world, in a style called "grappling." He starts out raised by a controlling mother, who wants him to be a warrior like his absent father. Baki soon outgrows traditional training and heads out into the world to find and challenge his father. He meets many mentors along the way.

1 Season, 24 Episodes
January 8, 2001
Anime
7.7/10
Cast: Bob Carter, Masami Kikuchi, Robert McCollum, Naomi Kusumi
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Baki The Grappler
Episodes

Baki The Grappler Full Episode Guide

  • Baki fights Dr. Shinogi Kureha.

  • The fight between Doppo and Yujiro continues; after Dr. Shinogi Kureha performs a medical miracle, he demonstrates his physical abilities to the crowd; one of Kureha's former patients visits Baki.

  • Yujiro shows up after Baki's fight and knocks him out, and Doppo challenges Yujiro to a fight. After watching Doppo spar with his students, Baki spars with him. Yujiro starts a fight with a group of boxers at their gym, and he fights with Motobe Izo and Baki's next opponent is revealed.

  • Baki fights Mount Toba, a professional wrestler.

  • Kato spars with the fighters in Doppo's dojo; Kozue interferes with some bullies that are bothering Baki, which causes problems for her later; several fighters petition Tokugawa to be Baki's next opponent; Baki trains with Motobe Ito.

  • Baki fights Shinogi Kousho, a master of Cord-Cut Karate.

  • Flash forward three years: Baki is now the champion of the underground arena. Tokugawa meets with Orochi Doppo, a former champion of the arena, and asks him to enter his son Katsumi in the arena. Doppo finds Kato, a former student, at his dojo beating up his fighters, and he introduces Kato to the arena. Baki trains for a fight at the boarding house where he is staying, where Kozue, the daughter of the woman who owns the house, has a crush on him.

  • Anton Igari, an ex-wrestler, tells Tokugawa, an old man who runs an underground fighting circuit, about Baki and his recent global travels. In the narrative, Baki is seen training and fighting, and, while in Brazil, he visits a fighting master named Dixon. Learning of the circuit, Baki returns to Japan to meet with Tokugawa, and he fights Tokugawa's bodyguards to earn a chance to enter the circuit.

  • Detective Kido reflects upon his experiences with Baki, and Kuriyagawa tells Kido about Baki's relationship with his mother and his fight with Yujiro.

  • Baki fights Yujiro.

  • All of Baki's friends show up to watch his fight with Yujiro and to help him warm up; meanwhile, Yujiro fights Gaia. Also, Hanayama opens up to Baki about his mother.

  • Yujiro breaks into the Prime Minister's office to prove a point; Baki fights the swordsman Kurokawa; Yujiro forces the archer Kanemoto to shoot an arrow at him; Baki visits his mother after she is rejected by Yujiro.

  • Baki fights Gaia.

  • Captured by the mercenaries as soon as he parachutes in, Baki must free himself and fight his way out. Meanwhile, an old friend warns Strydum of Gaia's fighting ability.

  • Andreanof Garland, the last reserver, is introduced when it is deemed that Shiba is in no condition to fight in the next round; in the second C-Block match of round two, Jack Hammer faces Misaki Kengo.

  • Baki's dad, Yujiro, shows up after Baki's fight with Hanayama. After the story of how Yujiro met Baki's mother is told, Yujiro and Hanayama fight.

  • Baki and Hanayama continue to fight, and Hanayama's tattoo is explained.

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