‘Baki’ is a new anime show by Netflix that released in Japan in the summer of 2018. Based on a manga series of the same name by Keisuke Itagaki, ‘Baki’ follows a young man as he struggles to prove that he is the best in the field of competitive fighting. Season 1 of the show, which first made its way to viewers’ screens in Japan on June 25, 2018, adapted the “Most Evil Death Row Convicts Saga” arc of the second series of the manga. The 26-episode Season 1 is directed by Toshiki Hirano at TMS Entertainment, and the character designs and script of the show have been handled by Fujio Suzuki and Tatsuhiko Urahata, respectively.
While Season 1 aired in Japan in full, spanning from June 25, 2018 to December 16, 2018, the rest of the world saw the show being released in two parts – Part 1, comprising 13 episodes, hit viewers’ screens on December 18, 2018, and Part 2, with the remaining 13 episodes, aired in March 2019. Now, fans of the show are wondering whether Netflix will make another season of the popular anime show.
Baki Characters: Who is in it?
In the Japanese version of the show, Toru Furuya voices the narrator, while Nobunaga Shimazaki voices the titular character Baki. Additionally, Sora Amamiya voices the character of Kozue, Yoshihisa Kawahara voices Katsumi, Rikiya Koyama voices Retsu, Issei Futamata voices Yanagi, and Takehiro Koyama voices Doyle.
In the English language version of the show, Kirk Thornton voices the narrator while Tory Baker voices Baki. Kozue, Katsumi, Retsu, Yanagi, and Doyle are voiced by Cherami Leigh, Ray Chase, Kaiji Tang, Chris Edgerly, and Johnny Yong Bosch, respectively.
Baki Plot: What is it about?
The plot of ‘Baki’ is about protagonist Baki Hanma, who is training with immense focus in his quest to surpass his mighty father Yujiro Hanma, who is the most fierce and strongest fighter in the world. As Baki trains to become the best, he has to face five of the world’s most violent death row inmates, who are fierce, brutal fighters in their own right. Owing to their seemingly unmatched strength and skill, the inmates are shown to have become bored of their challenge-less lives. Eager to put their strength and skill to the test, the inmates seek out Baki in the hopes that he will be able to defeat them.
As Baki gears up for the fight, which seems like one of the toughest he will ever have to face, a few other underground martial arts warriors get together to fight by Baki’s side. The show follows these two groups of warriors as they head up to and clash in an epic no-holds-barred fight.
In terms of reception, ‘Baki’ enjoys a decent rating of 6.8/10 on IMDb, but despite its rating, continues to be an immensely popular anime show in Japan, and also enjoys popularity among anime viewers across the world.
Baki Season 3 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Baki’ season 1 released on December 18, 2018. Earlier, in 2001, the Baki manga been made into an anime series by TV Tokyo comprising two 24-episode seasons. Subsequently, this anime series went on to become a hit in other parts of the world, particularly in North America. After a hiatus of 15 years, Netflix acquired the license for the show in 2016, with the obvious aim of renewing the Baki franchise. Coupled with the fact that the Baki manga is still ongoing, and has touched 132 volumes, there never seemed to be no shortage of material for a second season. Hence, it was a foregone that Netflix would renew the show. Baki Season 2 released on April 30, 2019.
As far as the next season goes, we don’t have an official announcement yet. Though considering the popularity of the show, we would be surprised if it doesn’t get another season. Our best guess is that if the show does get renewed, Baki season 3 can release sometime in later in 2019. We will update this section as soon as we hear more.
While we await news about ‘Baki’ Season 3, here’s the official trailer of the show to give you a glimpse of the insane action. If you haven’t seen the show yet head over to Netflix to catch all the episodes of the previous seasons
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