The BEST episodes of Baki the Grappler

Every episode of Baki the Grappler ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Baki the Grappler!

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 aired from July 22, 2001 to December 24, 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. The anime was licensed and distributed by FUNimation Entertainment in the US. The OVA was released by Manga Entertainment in Australia and the UK and previously released by Central Park Media in the US. Gutsoon! Entertainment released the first 46 chapters of the original manga in English in the pages of Raijin Comics, their anthology magazine.

Last Updated: 12/26/2022Network:TV Tokyo
7 votes

#1 - Rencounter

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired 12/25/2001

In flashback, the United States government sends its special forces to South America to kill a young Yujiro.

24 votes

#2 - Gaia

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 3/20/2001

Baki fights Gaia.

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24 votes

#3 - Lullaby

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired 4/10/2001

Baki fights Yujiro.

32 votes

#4 - Demon

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 2/27/2001

Baki's dad, Yujiro, shows up after Baki's fight with Hanayama. After the story of how Yujiro met Baki's mother is told, Yujiro and Hanayama fight.

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The Division
20 votes

#5 - The Division

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 3/6/2001

Baki explains to his mother why he fights, visits Hanayama in the hospital, and trains. After a brief encounter with Yujiro, they decide that they will fight in one month. Baki then meets Strydum, who tells him of a mercenary group in Hokkaido, and Baki decides to go there to defeat them.

Medical Miracle
19 votes

#6 - Medical Miracle

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired 6/19/2001

The fight between Doppo and Yujiro continues; after Dr. Shinogi Kureha performs a medical miracle, he demonstrates his physical abilities to the crowd; one of Kureha's former patients visits Baki.

The Cord-Cutter
20 votes

#7 - The Cord-Cutter

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired 5/8/2001

Baki fights Shinogi Kousho, a master of Cord-Cut Karate.

Head On Collision
24 votes

#8 - Head On Collision

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired 6/12/2001

Dr. Shinogi Kureha reveals to his brother, the Cord-Cutter, why he is fighting Baki; Doppo and Yujiro fight.

26 votes

#9 - Spirit

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/13/2001

After being knocked down by Baki, Hanayama flies into a rage in his office; afterward, he visits his sick mother in the hospital. Also, Baki visits Yuri in the hospital before his rematch with Hanayama.

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The Right To Fight
22 votes

#10 - The Right To Fight

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired 5/15/2001

Kato spars with the fighters in Doppo's dojo; Kozue interferes with some bullies that are bothering Baki, which causes problems for her later; several fighters petition Tokugawa to be Baki's next opponent; Baki trains with Motobe Ito.

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26 votes

#11 - Battlefield

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 3/13/2001

Captured by the mercenaries as soon as he parachutes in, Baki must free himself and fight his way out. Meanwhile, an old friend warns Strydum of Gaia's fighting ability.

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28 votes

#12 - Gripper

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 2/20/2001

Baki and Hanayama continue to fight, and Hanayama's tattoo is explained.

The Fang and the Tears
27 votes

#13 - The Fang and the Tears

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/30/2001

Baki fights a rematch with the Yasha Ape.

The King's Ransom
24 votes

#14 - The King's Ransom

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired 6/26/2001

Baki fights Dr. Shinogi Kureha.

Coming Home
21 votes

#15 - Coming Home

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired 4/24/2001

Anton Igari, an ex-wrestler, tells Tokugawa, an old man who runs an underground fighting circuit, about Baki and his recent global travels. In the narrative, Baki is seen training and fighting, and, while in Brazil, he visits a fighting master named Dixon. Learning of the circuit, Baki returns to Japan to meet with Tokugawa, and he fights Tokugawa's bodyguards to earn a chance to enter the circuit.

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A Warrior's Heart
30 votes

#16 - A Warrior's Heart

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 2/6/2001

After returning home, Baki learns that Yuri will be fighting for the heavyweight title, so he visits Yuri at his gym. Meanwhile, Kuriyagawa tells Hanayama that he can't fight Baki until Baki has fought Yuri, but Hanayama has other plans.

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An Unlikely Challenger
22 votes

#17 - An Unlikely Challenger

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired 5/29/2001

Yujiro shows up after Baki's fight and knocks him out, and Doppo challenges Yujiro to a fight. After watching Doppo spar with his students, Baki spars with him. Yujiro starts a fight with a group of boxers at their gym, and he fights with Motobe Izo and Baki's next opponent is revealed.

The Successor
14 votes

#18 - The Successor

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired 11/20/2001

Baki fights Retsu Kaio in the first match of the semi-finals.

The Midnight Hour
21 votes

#19 - The Midnight Hour

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 4/3/2001

All of Baki's friends show up to watch his fight with Yujiro and to help him warm up; meanwhile, Yujiro fights Gaia. Also, Hanayama opens up to Baki about his mother.

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20 votes

#20 - Champion

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired 5/1/2001

Flash forward three years: Baki is now the champion of the underground arena. Tokugawa meets with Orochi Doppo, a former champion of the arena, and asks him to enter his son Katsumi in the arena. Doppo finds Kato, a former student, at his dojo beating up his fighters, and he introduces Kato to the arena. Baki trains for a fight at the boarding house where he is staying, where Kozue, the daughter of the woman who owns the house, has a crush on him.

Tatsujin VS. Monster
13 votes

#21 - Tatsujin VS. Monster

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired 11/27/2001

In the second match of the semi-finals, Shibukawa Goki faces Jack Hammer.

All Out!
15 votes

#22 - All Out!

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 10/16/2001

Yujiro fights against all of the tournament losers; in the second D-Block match of round two, Shibukawa Goki faces Shinogi Kousho.

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Doppo, Being active!
12 votes

#23 - Doppo, Being active!

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired 11/13/2001

Shibukawa Goki faces Doppo in the fourth match of the quarter-finals.

The Evolved Genius
14 votes

#24 - The Evolved Genius

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired 12/18/2001

Baki and Jack Hammer continue to fight in the final match. In flashback to Vietnam, Yujiro breaks into an American base and terrorizes the soldiers; later, Jack is born.

Men Who Threw Away Their Future
14 votes

#25 - Men Who Threw Away Their Future

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired 11/6/2001

Andreanof Garland and Jack Hammer continue to fight in the third match of the quarter-finals. Also, Hammer's training history is revealed.

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