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Grappler Baki: The Ultimate Fighter
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Directed Yuji Asada
Produced Chiaki Yasuda
Tsuneo Seto
Written Yoshihisa Araki
Music Takahiro Saito
Studio Sung San
Licensed Manga Entertainment
Central Park Media
Released August 21, 1994
Runtime 45 minutes (OVA)

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 Koushou. 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 martial artist 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 – Koushou Shinogi, 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 Yuujirou Hanma can be found. Even after Baki and Shinogi's match, Mitsunari Tokugawa does not mention anything about Yuujirou (as he did in manga).