Baki the Grappler (グラップラー刃牙, Gurappurā Baki) is a 24-episode anime series aired on TV Tokyo between January 8, 2001 and June 25, 2001. It faithfully follows the original manga series. Notably, the anime was produced by Free-Will, a music record label.
The series' music was written and composed by "Project Baki", and all the theme songs performed by Ryouko Aoyagi. The anime's opening theme is "Ai Believe" (哀 believe), while its closing theme is "Reborn". Baki The Grappler was licensed for a North American English release by Funimation Entertainment.
Funimation's English version was one of the launch-shows on their own television channel, Funimation Channel, which debuted on June 19, 2006. Baki was broadcast on weekends at 11:30pm, switching to the 10:00pm slot on September 4, 2006. Dubbed in English, the episodes were edited for time but do not appear to have been edited for content. The opening theme is the song "Child Prey" by Japanese metal band Dir en grey, who is signed to Free-Will.
The story begins when 13-year-old Baki Hanma faces 100 opponents in a martial-arts battle. He manages to defeat 37 of them, but is disgusted with himself for not beating the rest of them. He goes home and fires his trainer for not doing a good job. He then sets out to fight with tough guys such as Yuri Chakovsky, the junior welterweight champion. Baki has set himself on this tough path of self-discipline because he wants to be a tougher man than his father, Yuujiro Hanma.
List of Episodes
|#||English Title||Original Title||Airdate|
|1||Stirrings of Destiny||宿命への胎動||January 8, 2001|
|2||Those Who Squirm||蠢く者たち||January 15, 2001|
|3||The Beast of Yasha Crag||夜叉岩の魔獣||January 22, 2001|
|4||The Fang and the Tears||牙と絆||January 29, 2001|
|5||A Warrior's Heart||戦士の心||February 5, 2001|
|6||Spirit||侠客立ち||February 12, 2001|
|7||Gripper||握撃!||February 19, 2001|
|8||Demon||鬼||February 26, 2001|
|9||The Division||訣別||March 5, 2001|
|10||Battlefield||戦場||March 12, 2001|
|11||Gaia||ガイア||March 19, 2001|
|12||Bite Marks||噛み跡||March 26, 2001|
|13||The Midnight Hour||挑む!||April 2, 2001|
|14||Lullaby||夢を見たあと||April 9, 2001|
|15||Reflections||彼奴||April 16, 2001|
|16||Coming Home||聖地への道||April 23, 2001|
|17||Champion||集結||April 30, 2001|
|18||The Cord-Cutter||紐切り||May 7, 2001|
|19||The Right To Fight||対戦者||May 14, 2001|
|20||An Honorable Loss||名誉ある敗北||May 21, 2001|
|21||An Unlikely Challenger||殺傷本能||May 28, 2001|
|22||Head-On Collision||両雄激突!||June 4, 2001|
|23||Medical Miracle||武神、死神||June 18, 2001|
|24||The King's Ransom||悪魔の報酬||June 25, 2001|