Baki Watch Order: The Complete Guide

Baki Watch Order: The Complete Guide

If there is one thing anime fans struggle with, it is watching long-running series in the right chronological order. In most cases, you’ll find that either they skipped some movies between the anime series or they didn’t even know they existed entirely. One of the most difficult anime to follow in the right chronological order is Baki, and I’ve decided to make a detailed list of the best watch order for the fan-favorite martial arts anime.

Baki is a martial arts series adapted from the manga Baki the Grappler that was authored by Keisuke Itagaki. The narrative follows teenager Baki Hanma as he trains with a devoted fixation to become powerful enough to transcend his father, Yujiro Hanma, the strongest martial artist in the world. As of writing this article, Baki presently has three different anime adaptations and two OVAs.

The Baki series is one of those anime that has numerous characters that appear and then disappear for a long time, only to reappear again much later in the series. The issue with the Baki franchise isn’t that it is challenging to follow. Rather, it is that the series isn’t released in the proper in-universe chronological order.

The Baki franchise consists of:

  • Baki The Grappler: The Ultimate Fighter (1 episode OVA, released in 1994)
  • Baki the Grappler (48 episodes anime series, released in 2001)
  • Baki: Most Evil Death Row Convicts Special Anime (1 episode OVA, released in 2016)
  • Baki (39 episodes anime series, released in 2018)
  • Baki Hanma – Son of Ogre (12 episodes anime series, released in 2021)

Unlike the release order, I will detail how a newcomer to the Baki franchise should watch the anime to follow the story in the proper in-universe chronology.

Baki the Grappler (2001)

Baki Watch Order: The Complete Guide

Released in 2001, it largely follows Baki’s obsession to become the best fighter and surpass Yujiro Hanma, his father, a man who has earned the nickname “ogre”.

Season 1: Kid Saga/ Underground Arena Saga

Number OverallNumber in SeasonTranslated title / Original Japanese titleEpisode Air Date
11Stirrings of Destiny / Moving Towards DestinyJanuary 8, 2001
22Those Who Squirm / The Ones that SquirmJanuary 15, 2001
33The Beast of Yasha Crag / The Monster of Yasha CaveJanuary 22, 2001
44The Fang and the Tears / The Fang and TearsJanuary 29, 2001
55A Warrior’s Heart / A Warrior’s HeartFebruary 5, 2001
66Spirit / A Man’s StandFebruary 12, 2001
77Gripper / Gripping AttackFebruary 19, 2001
88DemonFebruary 26, 2001
99The Division / PartingMarch 5, 2001
1010BattlefieldMarch 12, 2001
1111GaiaMarch 19, 2001
1212Bite MarksMarch 26, 2001
1313The Midnight Hour / ChallengeApril 2, 2001
1414Lullaby / After Having a DreamApril 9, 2001
1515Reflections / SlaveApril 16, 2001
1616Coming Home / Road to the Sacred LandApril 23, 2001
1717Champion / The GatheringApril 30, 2001
1818The Cord-Cutter / The Chord-CutterMay 7, 2001
1919The Right To Fight / OpponentMay 14, 2001
2020An Honorable LossMay 21, 2001
2121An Unlikely Challenger / Killer InstinctMay 28, 2001
2222Head-On CollisionJune 4, 2001
2323Medical Miracle / Fighting God, Satan!June 18, 2001
2424The King’s Ransom / The Devil’s PaybackJune 25, 2001

Season 2: Maximum Tournament Saga

Baki Watch Order: The Complete Guide
Number OverallNumber in SeasonTranslated title / Original Japanese titleEpisode Air Date
251The Opening / StartJuly 23, 2001
262Reverse / Super A-Class ReserverJuly 30, 2001
273Darkness from Light / The Ultimate GoalAugust 6, 2001
284The King Returns / Here comes the KingAugust 13, 2001
295User / The Right to Fight HimAugust 20, 2001
306The Tigerslayer Returns / The ProfessionalsAugust 27, 2001
317Fighting the Past / The SurpasserSeptember 3, 2001
328Eras End / The Reason why He Can’t LoseSeptember 10, 2001
339Measure of a Man / The Warrior VS. The ChivalrousSeptember 17, 2001
3410Robe of Death / The FighterSeptember 24, 2001
3511The Chained Patriot / The FangOctober 1, 2001
3612Survivor / Extreme! Orochi RyuOctober 8, 2001
3713Misdirection / All Out!October 15, 2001
3814Deception / Pro Wrestling ShowOctober 22, 2001
3915The Ace and the Serpent / Fate! Sonic FistsOctober 29, 2001
4016How to Build a Better Monster / Men Who Threw Away their FutureNovember 5, 2001
4117Doppo vs Shibukawa / Doppo Orochi, Being Active!November 12, 2001
4218Warriors Legacy / The SuccessorNovember 19, 2001
4319Monster / Tatsujin VS. MonsterNovember 26, 2001
4420The Finals / Fight for VictoryDecember 3, 2001
4521Blood Battle / Secret War in VietnamDecember 10, 2001
4622Soldiers Misfortune / The Evolved GeniusDecember 17, 2001
4723Final Strike / ResolutionDecember 24, 2001
4824Public Enemy Zero / EncounterDecember 24, 2001

Baki the Grappler: The Ultimate Fighter (1994)

Following the events of the Underground Arena Saga from Season 1, this one-short anime special covers the first two fights of the manga where Baki has to prove his worth when he encounters Shinogi Kosho, also known as the Cord-Cutter, a fighter who is known for ripping out and severing people’s jugular veins.

Baki: Most Evil Death Row Convicts Special Anime (2016)

Baki Watch Order: The Complete Guide

Released 15 years after the ending of the Baki the Grappler anime, this OVA was released in 2016 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Baki franchise. It is an adaptation of the second manga series and follows the events of five death row convicts who break out of prisons from around the world to journey to Japan.

Baki (2018 – 2020)

Having been introduced to the death row convicts arc from the 2016 OVA, the story is continued in a two-season adaptation in which the five deadly inmates plan to seek out Baki and challenge him to a fight to death. The series began streaming on the popular streaming platform Netflix on June 25, 2018.

Season 1: Most Evil Death Row Convicts Saga (2018)

Number OverallNumber in SeasonEpisode TitleEpisode Air Date
11SynchronicityJune 25, 2018
22Dark Martial ArtsJuly 2, 2018
33They’re Finally Here!!July 9, 2018
44The Battle Begins!!July 16, 2018
55Want Some More?July 23, 2018
66Sergeant Katahira’s ReportJuly 30, 2018
77A Formidable TeamAugust 5, 2018
88A Match vs a True FightAugust 13, 2018
99Shaken Shinshinkai!!August 20, 2018
1010Air DuelAugust 27, 2018
1111Tiger KillerSeptember 3, 2018
1212CandySeptember 10, 2018
1313Mr. OlivaSeptember 17, 2018
1414Ungranted FreedomSeptember 24, 2018
1515Tremendous Muscle PowerOctober 1, 2018
1616SlashOctober 8, 2018
1717Dad!October 15, 2018
1818ThanksOctober 22, 2018
1919Admission of DefeatOctober 29, 2018
2020SagaNovember 4, 2018
2121PunishmentNovember 11, 2018
2222Clash of the Alphas!November 18, 2018
2323The Real AttackNovember 25, 2018
2424DefeatDecember 2, 2018
2525God and the DevilDecember 9, 2018
2626The Centennial TournamentDecember 16, 2018

Season 2: Great Chinese Challenge Saga / Godlike Clash of the Kids Saga (2020)

Baki Watch Order: The Complete Guide
Number OverallNumber in SeasonEpisode TitleEpisode Air Date
271Begin! The Centennial TournamentJune 4, 2020
282TurnaroundJune 4, 2020
293Revived!June 4, 2020
304Team Formed!June 4, 2020
315Hand PocketJune 4, 2020
326Excellennnnt!June 4, 2020
337KaiohJune 4, 2020
348The Title of the StrongestJune 4, 2020
359The Master vs the BoxerJune 4, 2020
3610Stand and FightJune 4, 2020
3711AwakeningJune 4, 2020
3812CompletionJune 4, 2020
3913Revenge TokyoJune 4, 2020

Baki Hanma – Son of Ogre (2021)

Serving as a sequel to the second season of the Netflix anime series Baki, this 12-episode anime series was released in 2021. As Baki still strives to surpass his father, he goes to Arizona State Prison to take on the infamous convict known as Mr. Unchained.

Number OverallNumber in SeasonEpisode TitleEpisode Air Date
11The World’s Strongest SeniorSeptember 30, 2021
22Mixed species’ martial artsSeptember 30, 2021
33Prison and HellSeptember 30, 2021
44The SecondSeptember 30, 2021
55Terrible TripletsSeptember 30, 2021
66Man of the SeaSeptember 30, 2021
77Hyper male and Hyper maleSeptember 30, 2021
88Gilberto StyleSeptember 30, 2021
99Decision TimeSeptember 30, 2021
1010Can’t you laugh?September 30, 2021
1111The Prison Guard talks about itSeptember 30, 2021
1212Beyond the BrawnSeptember 30, 2021

The second season of Baki Hanma – Son of Ogre was announced on March 24, 2022, with no set release date. From the recently released trailer, the main antagonist seems to be Pickle, an eight-foot-tall caveman warrior from the prehistoric era. A sneak peek of him was shown in the season finale of Baki Hanma’s season 2.

He is a brutal warrior who was frozen while fighting a dinosaur and is somehow still alive in the present day. After being reanimated, Pickle becomes a problem to others with his caveman demeanor, thus making him Baki’s next challenger.

Must I Follow This Baki Watch Guide?

Baki Watch Order: The Complete Guide

Most anime fans that have already watched Baki will be curious to know if one needs to strictly follow this watch guide. You don’t need to follow this watch guide if you have already watched the Baki franchise. This watch order serves as a guide for newcomers to the franchise that might be confused about which anime version comes first and if skipping some versions will affect their viewing experience.

Since the animation quality of the older installments might be lower than the recent installments of the franchise, skipping the first two entries in the watch guide will not impact your viewing experience, and it does not affect the plot of the 2018 Baki series on Netflix. However, they are still entertaining to watch if you don’t mind the vintage quality of anime. If you are only watching the Baki series on Netflix, you can skip the two OVAs without much worry that you’re missing a lot.

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