Baki The Grappler manga series is one of the most popular manga in the world. The series, which chronicles the quest of a young martial artist named Baki to prove that he is the strongest person in the world, has sold over 80 million copies. It has also been adapted into anime TV series by various networks.
Some TV networks choose to start their anime series from the very first saga of the manga, while some choose to focus on the middle as the stories can stand alone. All this can make it a bit difficult for those who want to watch the Baki series in order, i.e. the order in which the manga was written. If you are one such person, then read on and discover how to watch the Baki manga series in order.
List of Baki Series in Order
- Grappler Baki The Ultimate Fighter OVA (original video animation or home video) 1994
- Baki the Grappler anime TV series 2001 (episodes 17 – 24)
- Baki the Grappler anime TV series 2001 (episodes 1 – 16)
- Baki the Grappler anime TV series season 2 which is known as Grappler Baki: Maximum Tournament. It aired from 23rd July 2001 to 24th December 2001 (episodes 1-24).
- Baki Season 1 Part 1 (2018)
- Baki Season 1 Part 2 (2018)
- Baki Season 2 known as The Great Raitai Tournament Saga (2020)
- Baki Season 2 sequel known as Baki Hanma (2021)
How To Watch Baki in Order
To watch Baki in order, start with Grappler Baki The Ultimate Fighter OVA (original video animation or home video) 1994 before moving on to Baki The Grappler anime TV series 2001 episodes 17 – 24, Baki The Grappler Anime TV series 2001 episodes 1 – 16, Grappler Baki: Maximum Tournament 2001 episodes 1-24, Baki part 1 (2018), Baki Part 2 (2018), The Great Raitai Tournament Saga (2020), and then Baki Hanma (2021).
Grappler Baki The Ultimate Fighter OVA (original video animation or home video) 1994
If you want to watch Baki in order, then the first place you should visit is YouTube. There, you will find a 45-minute-long home video that focuses on one of the very first arcs in the series, that is the Karate Tournament Arc of the first saga – the Underground Arena Saga. It is titled Grappler Baki, The Ultimate Fighter OVA.
Baki the Grappler Anime TV Series 2001 (Episodes 17 – 24)
After watching Grappler Baki The Ultimate Fighter OVA, the next Baki anime series you should watch is season one of the Baki The Grappler anime TV series, which aired in 2001. It has a total of 24 episodes, and you will start with the 17 to 24th episodes if you want to watch Baki in order.
Episodes 17 to 24 cover the first saga in the Baki manga series, known as the Underground Arena Saga. This saga follows Baki’s early training in martial arts, the various fights he gets into, his foray into underground arena fighting, and his encounter with his neighbor and eventual girlfriend, Kozue Matsumoto.
Baki the Grappler Anime TV Series 2001 (Episodes 1 – 16)
After watching episodes 17-24 of season 1 of Baki The Grappler anime TV series, you can then go back to watching episodes 1 – 16. This covers the second saga in the manga known as Childhood Saga. The childhood saga focuses on Baki’s fights with some feared enemies. One of them is the Yasha Ape that he encounters in a forest.
Baki the Grappler Anime TV Series Season 2/Grappler Baki: Maximum Tournament
To continue watching the Baki series in order, the next series to watch is season two of Baki The Grappler anime TV series, which also aired in 2001. It is titled Grappler Baki: Maximum Tournament. It covers the third saga in the manga series known as Maximum Tournament.
The maximum tournament sees Baki participate in a tournament where he fights Japanese, Chinese, and American fighters. He defeats them all to emerge champion.
Baki Season 1 Part 1 and Part 2 (2018)
After watching Grappler Baki: Maximum Tournament, you will then proceed to watch the Baki series currently airing on Netflix. It starts with Baki season one, part 1, and season one, Part 2. It has 26 episodes and covers the next saga in the manga series after the Maximum Tournament saga. The saga is known as the Most Evil Death Row Convict Saga.
It follows five death row prisoners who escape from prisons around the world and make their way to Japan, looking for who can defeat them. The prisoners are Kaiou Dorian (American), Hector Doyle (British Assasin), Sikorsky (Russian convict), Spec (another American convict), and Ryuukou Yanagi (the only Japanese amongst them).
Baki defeats some of the convicts while the remainder is defeated by people he has already beaten. One of those that Baki defeats is Yanagi. However, Yanagi poisons him and leaves him in a weak and nearly dying state despite the victory.
Baki Season 2 – The Great Raitai Tournament Saga (2020)
After watching Baki season one, parts 1 and 2, you then proceed to what is essentially the second season known as Great Raitai Tournament Saga. It has 12 episodes and covers the Great Chinese challenge saga and the Godlike clash of the kids’ saga
In this saga, Baki and other characters from China, Japan, and the USA, take part in the Great Raitai Tournament, a martial arts tournament that happens once every 100 years in China. Baki wins easily and progresses in the tournament. He eventually defeats his love rival, Mohammad Alai Jr., on his way to victory.
Baki Season 2 sequel known as Baki Hanma (2021)
The next Baki to watch in order is the season two sequel known as Baki Hanma. It started airing on Netflix in 2021 and has 16 episodes. It covers the combat shadow fighting saga and the great prison battle saga. Baki takes on a schoolboy named Rumina Ayukawa, who challenges him. He beats Rumina and teaches him fighting skills such as shadow boxing and visualization technique.
Additionally, Baki deliberately commits a crime and becomes a prisoner in Arizona state prison just to challenge the strongest man in the United States of America named Biscuit Oliva.
Where To Watch Baki The Grappler
You can watch Baki The Grappler on Netflix. The streaming platform has Baki Part 1 (2018), Baki Part 2 (2018), The Great Raitai Tournament Saga (2020), and Baki Hanma (2021).
Another place to watch Baki The Grappler is Crunchyroll, the online platform that focuses on anime series. Crunchyroll has the 2001 Baki The Grappler anime TV series season one and season two known as Grappler Baki: Maximum Tournament. Season one and season two are also available in boxed DVD sets so you may explore that option as well. You can also watch Baki The Grappler on YouTube. The very first Baki animation, Grappler Baki The Ultimate Fighter OVA 1994 is available on YouTube in full length.