Grappler Baki: The Ultimate Fighter, originally known as Grappler Baki (グラップラー刃牙, Gurappurā Baki), is a 45-minute original video animation (OVA) was released in 1994. The story is a close adaptation of the first few volumes of the original manga, in which Baki Hanma fights Shinogi Kosho. It was licensed and released on DVD, under the title Baki The Grappler: The Ultimate Fighter, in North America by Central Park Media on December 1, 1998. Manga Entertainment later released it in Australia and the United Kingdom.


Baki Hanma is a high school student who likes his athletics to be a little more extreme than the school football team. He is a grappler on the no-holds barred fighting scene, is flying up the ranks. Baki proves himself a force to be reckoned with despite being the youngest one there. As he moves up the ranks, however, the competition gets harder. He then moves on to the real challenge - Shinogi Kosho, The Cord-Cutter, known for ripping out and severing people's nerves and muscle tendons.




  • Although set squarely in the middle of the manga, no mention of Yujiro Hanma can be found.