Ever hear of Baki the Grappler? If so you just earned yourself some points on SD TEKKEN’s ‘cool’ persons list! Did you know Feng Wei is in it? Well… kinda… Baki the Grappler is an action packed manga and anime series by Keisuke Itagaki and has continued to fascinate readers over the years with it’s wonderful approach to martial arts and hardcore fighting action. Thankfully The Wild Fang Project is handling the English release for the manga! For more information on this hot series, click the link below!
As a Tekken website we can surely appreciate fighting action, I mean after all, Namco blatantly got their ideas for the character of Feng Wei from one of Baki’s badasses, Retsu Kaioh. Everyone knows that Feng Wei practices Chinese martial arts with a basis of Kenpo moves. What a coincidence that Retsu Kaioh also comes from the same background! In the anime and manga you’ll also notice that a lot of Feng Wei’s fighting moves seem to be borrowed from Retsu’s style. While not exactly the same, they are similar enough to make the distinction of where our favorite Tekken monk gone bad as come from.
Aside from the obvious physical similarities, both Retsu Kaioh and Feng Wei share similar backgrounds and fighting moves …
Our friends at The Wild Fang Project have been doing fan scanlations (scanned translations) for some time now and the best is yet to come! If you have not yet experienced the world of Baki the Grappler be sure to see what all the fuss is about!
From the second season of the Grappler Baki animated series, Retsu Kaioh b+1s the stuffing out of Orochi Katsumi …
The Wild Fang Project, headed by Ichido Reichan, has just released a bunch of new Baki manga! As big fans of the series, we really want to share this great manga with everyone. So while you’re at home waiting for Thanksgiving dinner or avoiding the crazy sales over the weekend, sit back relax and read some good stuff! Those interested should definitely check out the anime then continue on with the manga series. One of our favorite story arcs is the prisoner arc which you can find here. The Wild Fang Project group has just released the Chinese Tournament Saga arc which revolves around volume 19-27 of the series. You can find the manga here.
Obviously the story does not revolve around Fen… err Retsu Kaioh, but a young man named Baki Hanma…
From wikipedia, the free encyclopedia…
Baki the Grappler or Grappler Baki (グラップラー刃牙) is a manga and anime series by Keisuke Itagaki. It was originally serialized in the Weekly Shonen Champion from 1991 and 1999, lasting 42 collected volumes. It was followed by two sequel series, New Grappler Baki (バキ Baki) (serialized from 1999 to 2005) and Baki: Son of Ogre (範馬刃牙 Hanma Baki) (which began in 2005 and currently in serialization).
The 24 episode anime aired in Japan between January 8, 2001 and June 25, 2001. A second 24 episode series called Grappler Baki Maximum Tournament was released on 22 July 2001. The story revolves around Baki Hanma and his quest to proclaim himself as the strongest grappler in the world, thus taking the title from his father. Baki also fights to gain the trust of his overly psychotic mother, which gives Baki a minor Oedipus complex. The OVA was released by Manga Entertainment in Australia and the UK.
Those of you interested in the anime can purchase the DVD box set cheap at Amazon! 24 episodes that cover the start of the Baki series to the underground tournament arc. If interested you can purchase it here.
Before we go enjoy our Thanksgiving dinner, we’d like to share with you the real star of the series, Yujiro Hanma, Baki’s father… Also known as the most bad-assed guy on the face of the planet! The relationship between Baki and his father is very similar to that of Kazuya and Heihachi. Check this video out!
- The Wild Fang Project Release – Prisoner Arc
- The Wild Fang Project Release – Chinese Tournament Arc
- Amazon.com – Baki the Grappler: Box Set v.1-6
- Baki the Grappler – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia