Keisuke Itagaki’s TV anime adaptation of Baki was one of the most popular series of 2018. The anime made its debut in Japan on June 25, and it gained a lot of popularity due to its storytelling and action scenes. The series had 26 episodes, and it ended on December 17. It was fairly obvious that such a favorite anime would soon make way to the most popular streaming platform, i.e., Netflix.
Netflix aired the first half of New Grappler Baki: In Search of Our Strongest Hero on December 18. The first half had 13 episodes and the second half will have 13 episodes as well. Netflix recently confirmed the release of the second half of the anime. The anime will air on March 19.
The anime is directed by Toshiki Hirano (Rayearth, Dangaioh, Magic Kaito: Kid the Phantom Thief) at TMS Entertainment (Lupin III, ReLIFE). The character designs are done by Fujio Suzuki (Shin Getter Robo vs. Neo Getter Robo, 009-1, New Getter Robo). Tatsuhiko Urahata(DNA², Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere, Tsuredure Children) is in charge of series composition.
Here is how the series is described:
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!