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Baki Hanma season 2 release date, plot, and cancelation status

Baki Hanma in Baki Hanma Season 2

Baki Hanma season 2 is on its way and fans around the globe are excited about the adaptation of one of the most beloved arcs in the franchise’s history.

Netflix and the Baki team kept their cards close to their vest regarding Baki Hanma. After releasing a teaser trailer in 2022, all parties went silent for over a year. That changed in May 2023 when an official release date was given for the final chapters of the series.

Because the series is an adaptation of the manga, fans know what’s in store and what’s at stake for the characters. Here are all the details on Baki Hanma season 2 including its release date, trailers, and plot.

Baki Hanma Season 2 Pickle

When is Baki Hanma season 2 coming out?

Baki Hanma season 2 is set to be released on July 26, 2023. The season will encompass the Pickle Wars arc of the manga, which introduces a new character named Pickle who the cast obsessively looks to defeat.

From there, another part of the Baki Hanma series will drop on August 28, 2023. This will cover the remaining events of the Baki Hanma: Son of Ogre manga, including Baki’s fight with Yujiro.  The manga also included a filler arc between Pickle Wars and Baki vs. Yujiro which follows Retsu traveling to the United States, shows the daily lives of Doppo Orochi and Gouki Shibukawa, and features a special fight between Baki and a returning Chiharu Shiba.

Baki Hanma season 2 trailers

Two trailers have been released for Baki Hanma season 2. The first was a brief trailer that showed off some of the early moments of the Pickle Wars arc, including the character’s introduction and a demonstration of the fixation the cast has on him.

More than a year later, a new trailer came out that also focuses on the Pickle Wars arc. This peeks much further into the season, and teases all of the major fights that are set to happen. This includes fights involving Kaio Retsu, Katsumi, Jack, and Baki.

Did Baki Hanma get canceled by Netflix?

Baki Hanma has not been canceled by Netflix. After more than a year of silence, details regarding a second season were finally revealed. 

Fear over possible cancelation were understandable. Netflix has axed a long list of series over the last year including the likes of Inside Job, Warrior Nun, and Dead End: Paranomal Park. In the case of Inside Job, it was actually renewed for a new season before having the rug pulled.

Inside Job

Thankfully, Baki Hanma avoided that fate. Fans can look forward to freakishly muscular fighters beating one another in summer 2023. This will also add a new chapter to the Baki anime franchise, which began in 2001.

What will happen in Baki Hanma season 2?

Baki Hanma season 2 will feature the introduction of Pickle and a brutal series of fights centered around this new character.

Pickle is an eight-foot-tall caveman who lived in the Cretaceous period, tens of millions of years ago. He is found “pickled,” flash-frozen in a block of salt water as he strangled a tyrannosaurus. The discovery of a living caveman garners global attention, including from the Tokyo Dome Underground Arena fighters.

Pickle and Yujiro in Baki Hanma season 2

The fighters obsess over the fact that Pickle was strong enough to kill dinosaurs with his bare hands and look to fight him as a result. The trouble is that Pickle only fights creatures he intends to eat. Several of them are willing to take that risk, with gruesome results.

Will Baki fight Yujiro next season?

Baki Hanma will fight his father Yujiro in the second part of Baki Hanma season two, which will release in August 2023.

The Baki Hanma: Son of Ogre manga concludes with Baki and Yujiro having their long-awaited rematch, and it’s safe to expect that the anime series will follow suit. The two faced off when Baki was 13 years old, a fight that ended with Baki being annihilated and his mother being killed. Fans can look forward to a much closer fight than the one seen in the original anime series.

How many seasons of Baki Hanma will there be?

The Baki Hanma anime series will last for three seasons.

The Baki Hanma: Son of Ogre manga is broken into four arcs. The first season of Baki Hanma follows the events of the first arc, dubbed the Great Prison Battle. The other three arcs are the Pickle Wars, the Warrior’s Struggle, and the Strongest Father and Son Quarrel. 

While one might think that this would mean the series should have four seasons, that’s not actually the case. Though there’s plenty of fighting in the other Baki the Grappler anime series, Baki Hanma: Son of Ogre is the most action-packed part of the Baki franchise. After a slow first season that featured just two big fights, the rest of Baki Hanma is set to be one brawl after another.

Though the Baki Hanma series will wrap up in August, fans don’t have to worry about that being the end of Baki, though. There are two more completed Baki manga series, alongside a long list of spin-offs that could be adapted into more anime content. 

How to watch Baki Hanma season 2

Baki Hanma season 2 will be available to stream on demand through Netflix. It will be available alongside the previous Baki series and the first season of Baki Hanma. The series may receive a one-time broadcast on network television in Japan, but most markets will need to subscribe to Netflix in order to watch it.

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Written by Steven Rondina

Steven Rondina has been playing video games since he was a toddler and appreciates every genre out there. He has earned the platinum trophy in every Soulsborne game, is regularly Master Ball-ranked on the competitive Pokemon ladder, and has spent thousands of hours missing shots on Dust 2. His work has previously been featured by Bleacher Report and The Washington Post, and he was an Assistant Editor at WIN.gg. You can follow him on Twitter / X at @srondina.

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