The growing popularity of anime has helped boost the popularity of mangas, a form of Japanese literature that is written around characters with mythological references, or superpowers, or even our regular, daily life characters.
One such Manga series is Baki the Grappler, which has had three of its seasons released till now and fans are desperately waiting for its fourth season. The story revolves around Baki who is a teenager and his struggles to train himself in becoming one of the best fighters in hand-to-hand combat, a fight without rules.
After the third season was released, fans were eager for the fourth season. So, is there any progress towards the 4th season? Has its release date been announced? Who all shall be a part of the 4th season? Let’s find out.
|Genre:||Fighting video game|
|Written by:||Atsuhiro Tomioka|
|Running time:||January 8, 2001 – December 24, 2001|
|Directed by:||Teiichi Takiguchi|
More about the show:
The Manga Baki the Grappler has been written by Keisuke Itagaki, and has been published by Akita Shoten. Its English publishers were Gutsoon! Entertainment and Media Do International. It featured in the magazines Weekly Shōnen Champion, and Raijin Comics. The Manga has had five parts released till now, namely Grappler Baki with 42 volumes, Baki with 31 volumes, Baki Hanma with 37 volumes, Baki-Dou with 22 volumes, and Bakidou with 10 volumes.
The anime television series made on the same Manga has been directed by Hitoshi Nanba, and Katsuyoshi Yatabe. It was produced by Hiroyoshi Ōkura, Kenjirō Kawando, and its executive producer was Dynamite Tommy. The series has been written by Atsuhiro Tomioka, its music has been given by project Baki and the studio involved in its production is Group TAC. The series has been licensed by Funimation and the Original network on which it aired was TV Tokyo. The English network on which it aired in the US was Funimation Channel, and Colours TV. The series had a run from January 8, 2001, to December 24, 2001. It had a total of 48 Episodes.
The original net animation Baki was directed by Toshiki Hirano and was produced by Kei Watahiki and Yuki Yokoi. Its executive producer was Tetsu Kojima and the series was written by Tatsuhiko Urahata. Its music was by Kenji Fujisawa. The Studio involved in its production was TMS Entertainment and Double Eagle. It was licensed by Netflix, and Sentai Filmworks. It had a run from June 25, 2018, to June 4, 2020. It had 39 episodes.
Plot of the show:
Bound by the hopes of becoming a powerful and ruthless fighter like his father – Yujiro Hanma, Baki Hanma is raised by immense health and wealth and all sorts of necessities by his immensely rich mother – Emi Akezawa who handles all the funds for Baki’s training to make him a powerful fighter.
As the series begins, Baki overpowers traditional training methods of fighting and vows to follow the training path his ruthless father- Yujiro Hanma took. Along the way, he meets numerous strong and powerful fighters and even gets a chance to fight his father but fails to put up a fight against him. After suffering a loss from his immensely strong father, Baki vows to become strong and increase his strength and abilities, and to accomplish so he travels the world while training.
After several years he finds an underground fight club filled with countless fighting beasts who turn out to be way more challenging than any of the opponents he has faced earlier and excel in all sorts of martial art styles. He plans on joining the fight club to improve his martial art skills and become strong to beat his father who he wasn’t able to leave a scratch at during their last bout.
Cast of the show:
Troy Baker voiced the character of Baki, while Kirk Thornton played the narrator. Cherami Leigh voiced the character of Kozue, and Kaiji Tang voiced the character of Retsu. Greg Chun voiced the character of Hanayama, while Steve Blum voiced the character of Doppo. The character of Doyle was voiced by Johnny Yong Bosch, and the character of Sikorsky was voiced by Grant George.
Ray Chase voiced the character of Katsumi, while Matthew Yang King voiced the character of Tokugawa. Tōru Furuya played the Narrator, while Rikiya Koyama voiced the character of Retsu. Akio Ōtsuka voiced the character of Yujiro, while Aaron LaPlante voiced the character of Dorian.
The character of Yanagi was voiced by Chris Edgerly while Vic Mignogna voiced the character of Shibukawa. Takayuki Sugō voiced the character of Doppo Orochi, while Bin Shimada voiced the character of Shibukawa.
The first episode of season 1 was named Synchronicity which was released on 18 Dec 2018. The second episode of season 1 was named Dark Martial Arts which was released on 18 Dec 2018. The third episode of season 1 was named They’re Finally Here!! While the fourth episode of season 1 was named The Battle Begins. The fifth episode of season 1 was named Want Some More? While the sixth episode of season 1 was named Sergeant Katahira’s Report.
The seventh episode of season 1 was named A Formidable Team while the eighth episode of season 1 was named A Match vs. a True Fight. The ninth episode of season 1 was named Shaken Shinshinkai. The tenth episode of season 1 was named Air Duel and the eleventh episode of season 1 was named Tiger Slayer. The twelfth episode of season 1 was named Candy and the thirteenth episode of season 1 was named Mr. Oliva. The second season had thirteen episodes and the third season also had thirteen episodes.
Will there be a fourth season?
Netflix took to their official page to announce that they were ready to serve the fans with the fourth season of Baki, named Baki Hanma. The fourth season shall be released in 2021 and soon after the announcement, they also released the trailer of the Fourth season.