The BEST Episodes of Baki the Grappler

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 26, 2021

Network: TV Tokyo

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.

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#1 - Rencounter

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired Dec 25, 2001

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

star 8.40
5 votes

#2 - Lullaby

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Apr 10, 2001

Baki fights Yujiro.

star 8.16
25 votes

#3 - Demon

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 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.

star 8.15
33 votes
The Division

#4 - The Division

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 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.

star 8.09
22 votes

#5 - Gaia

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 20, 2001

Baki fights Gaia.

star 8.09
22 votes
The Cord-Cutter

#6 - The Cord-Cutter

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired May 8, 2001

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

star 8.05
20 votes
Head On Collision

#7 - Head On Collision

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Jun 12, 2001

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

star 8.04
24 votes

#8 - Spirit

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 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.

star 8.04
26 votes
Medical Miracle

#9 - Medical Miracle

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Jun 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.

star 8.00
19 votes

#10 - Battlefield

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 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.

star 7.96
25 votes
The Fang and the Tears

#11 - The Fang and the Tears

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 30, 2001

Baki fights a rematch with the Yasha Ape.

star 7.93
27 votes

#12 - Gripper

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 20, 2001

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

star 7.90
29 votes
The Right To Fight

#13 - The Right To Fight

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired May 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.

star 7.87
23 votes
The King's Ransom

#14 - The King's Ransom

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired Jun 26, 2001

Baki fights Dr. Shinogi Kureha.

star 7.87
23 votes
Coming Home

#15 - Coming Home

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Apr 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.

star 7.86
22 votes
A Warrior's Heart

#16 - A Warrior's Heart

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 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.

star 7.86
29 votes
Stirrings of Destiny

#17 - Stirrings of Destiny

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 9, 2001

Baki Hanma fights a gang of 100 thugs; afterward, he is walked home by Detective Kido and his partner, who watched the fight. Baki then trains and thinks about what he should do to get stronger. Meanwhile, Kuriyagawa, the man who hired the thugs to fight Baki in order to test his strength, pays the gang's leader. Also, Baki watches a sparring match between Yuri Chakovsky, the international welterweight boxing champion, and Dinoy, Thailand's Muay Thai champion.

star 7.83
41 votes
An Unlikely Challenger

#18 - An Unlikely Challenger

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired May 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.

star 7.83
23 votes
The Midnight Hour

#19 - The Midnight Hour

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 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.

star 7.68
22 votes

#20 - Champion

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired May 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.

star 7.67
21 votes
Those Who Squirm

#21 - Those Who Squirm

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 16, 2001

Baki spars with Yuri. Meanwhile, Kuriyagawa meets with Kaoru Hanayama, a gangster and renowned brawler, to set up a fight with Baki.

star 7.58
31 votes
The Beast of Yasha Crag

#22 - The Beast of Yasha Crag

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 23, 2001

Baki meets his friend Ando in the woods and stays with him. While there, Baki adopts some of Ando's training techniques, and he camps alone on Yasha Rock, hoping to fight with the Yasha Ape.

star 7.57
28 votes
The Successor

#23 - The Successor

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Nov 20, 2001

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

star 7.54
13 votes
Bite Marks

#24 - Bite Marks

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 27, 2001

Yujiro breaks into the Prime Minister's office to prove a point; Baki fights the swordsman Kurokawa; Yujiro forces the archer Kanemoto to shoot an arrow at him; Baki visits his mother after she is rejected by Yujiro.

star 7.50
22 votes
An Honorable Loss

#25 - An Honorable Loss

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired May 22, 2001

Baki fights Mount Toba, a professional wrestler.

star 7.50
20 votes
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