The cover of seventh issue of 2017 of Akita Shoten’s Weekly Shōnen Champion teased this week that the new television anime of Keisuke Itagaki’s Baki (New Grappler Baki: In Search of Our Strongest Hero) manga is confirmed. The anime is set to air some time in 2017.
The anime is set to feature the “Most Evil Death Row Convicts” arc from the manga. This arc features underground ring fighters in the no-rules combat environment of death row convicts. The OAD will highlight five individuals from prisons around the world who “long to know defeat.” The five individuals break out of their respective prisons and head to Japan.
Baki is the second installment in Itagaki’s overall series. The manga ran for 31 volumes in Weekly Shōnen Champion from 1999 to 2005. The manga recently inspired an original anime DVD (OAD) adaptation that also depicts the “Most Evil Death Row Convicts” arc. The OAD was bundled with a limited edition of Itagaki’s 14th Baki-Dou manga volume on December 6.