On the official site for the animated adaptation of Keisuki Itagaki’s manga, Hanma Baki (Grappler Baki: Son of Ogre), the second promotional video for the project was posted. The video confirms that the series will have a total of twelve episodes and that its premiere is scheduled for September 30 globally on the Netflix platform. The video also shows a fragment of the opening song titled “Unchained World” and performed by GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE.
For his part, Itagaki published the manga in Akita Shoten publishing house’s Weekly Shonen Champion magazine between December 2005 and August 2012, with a total of thirty-seven compilation volumes published. The story is the third arc of the manga and focuses on the final meeting between Baki and his father, Yuujirou.
Cast of voices
- Nobunaga Shimazaki as Baki Hanma.
- Akio Ootsuka as Yuujirou Hanma.
- Sora Amamiya as Kozue Matsumoto.
- Toru Furuya is in charge of the narration.
- Toshiki Hirano (Magic Knight Rayearth, Urusei Yatsura) is directing the anime at TMS Entertainment Studios.
- Tatsuhiko Urahata (Cardfight !! Vanguard, Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku
- Tatakaeri, Kyoukaisenjou no Horizon) is in charge of writing and supervising the scripts.
- Fujio Suzuki and Shingo Ishikawa are in charge of character design.
Hanma Baki Synopsis
After 18 years of fighting and pushing his body beyond its natural limits, Baki Hanma is almost ready to face his father Yuujirou in one last battle. Publicly challenging his father to a rematch for the title of “World’s Strongest,” Baki sets out to train even more. His target is the few men said to have power comparable to Yuujirou, including the bounty hunter “Unchained” Biscuit Olivia and a revived prehistoric human named Pickle from the Mesozoic era. The demonic Yuujirou oversees his son’s training with growing anticipation. The “Ogre” sees Baki as little more than tasty food that is being marinated for him to devour.
However, Yuujirou lives alone on top of the mountain of strength. He longs for a combatant to rise up and prove himself a worthy opponent capable of challenging him. Despite seeing his son as somewhat pathetic, Yuujirou can’t help but hope that his son will be the one to give him the thrill of an equal combat that he has lived through for so long. As Baki tries to understand the monstrous legacy of his father, Yuujirou comes to accept his true feelings for his son. The two Hanmas advance towards their climactic struggle to decide who is truly the “strongest in the world.”