The BEST Episodes of Baki the Grappler
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Mar 14, 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.
#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.
#2 - Gaia
Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 20, 2001
Baki fights Gaia.
#3 - 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.
#4 - Chivalrous 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.
#5 - The 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.
#6 - The Cord-Cutter
Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired May 8, 2001
Baki fights Shinogi Kousho, a master of Cord-Cut Karate.
#7 - Fighting God, Satan
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.
#8 - A Warrior's Mind
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.
#9 - After Having A Dream
Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Apr 10, 2001
Baki fights Yujiro.
#10 - Separation
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.
#11 - The 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.
#12 - Killer Instinct
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.
#13 - The Fang and the Tears
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 30, 2001
Baki fights a rematch with the Yasha Ape.
#14 - Foetal Movement Towards Fate
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.
#15 - Gripping Attack!
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 20, 2001
Baki and Hanayama continue to fight, and Hanayama's tattoo is explained.
#16 - Opponent
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.
#17 - The Devil`s Payback
Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired Jun 26, 2001
Baki fights Dr. Shinogi Kureha.
#18 - Road to the Sacred Land
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.
#19 - The Gathering
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.
#20 - Challenge
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.
#21 - The Demon 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.
#22 - Ones Who Stir
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.
#23 - The Successor
Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Nov 20, 2001
Baki fights Retsu Kaio in the first match of the semi-finals.
#24 - The Surpasser
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 4, 2001
The fourth D-Block match of round one continues as Shinogi Kureha and Shinogi Kousho continue to fight; Baki faces Zulu in the first A-Block match of round two.
#25 - All Out!
Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Oct 16, 2001
Yujiro fights against all of the tournament losers; in the second D-Block match of round two, Shibukawa Goki faces Shinogi Kousho.