To worthily celebrate the 30th anniversary of Baki Hanma, the fighting manga written and illustrated by Keisuke Itagaki (father of Paru, author of Beastars), the organizers of the exhibition for the thirtieth anniversary of the release of the work want to build the underground arena that hosts the fights of the series.
Obviously, to create such a work, the passion from the fans will not be enough, but a certain amount of money will be needed that the creators of the initiative themselves hope to raise through a crowdfunding campaign launched on Campfire.
Crowdfunding to build the life-size Baki Hanma arena
If everything goes in the right direction and we manage to raise 2200000 yen (about 17 thousand euros), then work will start for the construction of the full-size Baki arena which will then be exhibited at the AaMo gallery of the Tokyo Dome City amusement park from March 5 to May 17, 2022.
To support online funding and attract contributions, the organizers have prepared multiple rewards for backers such as the ability to include their own in episodes of the Baki anime series, acrylic dioramas, art prints, enamel pins, gashapon and shikishi figures signed by the creator Keisuke Itagaki.
The arena will also contain remnants of past battles, including bones and teeth of previous fighters.
The organizers jokingly claimed they had the consent of Mitsunari Tokugawa, Baki’s character who runs the underground arena in the manga and anime series. As usual, Mitsunari will comment on the project with supporters.
Baki’s original manga
The original manga Baki The Grappler (Grappler Baki) by Keisuke Itagaki was published in Akita Shoten’s Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine from 1991 to 1999 and the 42 volumes of books collected by Akita Shoten have more than 63 million copies in circulation.
Three sequels emerged from the original work: New Grappler Baki (1999-2005), Bakl: Son of Ogre (2005-2012), Baki Dou.
The work has also been adapted from an anime series now in its third season that debuted on Netflix on September 30th.
Baki Hanma, a boy apparently manipulated by his mother Emi Akezawa, tries to make his way into the world of street wrestling. After his mother is killed by his father Yujiro, considered the strongest being on the planet, Baki sets himself only one goal in life: to become the strongest fighter in the world and defeat him.