Baribari Legend

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Baribari Legend
BariBari vol19.jpg
Cover of volume 19
Genre Action, Sports, Drama
Written by Shuichi Shigeno
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Magazine
Original run 19831991
Volumes 38
Original video animation
Directed by Nagayuki Toriumi
Satoshi Uemura
Studio Studio Pierrot
Released May 10, 1986December 16, 1986
Episodes 2
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Baribari Legend (バリバリ伝説 Baribari Densetsu?) is an early motorbike racing manga series by Shuichi Shigeno, who went on to create the Initial D series. It was published in 38 volumes between 1983 and 1991 by Kodansha. In 1985, it won the Kodansha Manga Award for shōnen.[1]

This manga about 4 high-schoolers and bike races got tremendous support from bike fans back then[citation needed] due to the realness and detail of the bikes Shigeno drew.

The story has a lot of similar points with Initial D. Racing on the public road (illegal of course) is the center of the storyline in the first half. It became a social problem in Japan because many "Hashiriya" got influenced by it and became "Rolling-zoku"(hashiriya trying to see how fast they can go through curves).

There is also an OVA based on the manga. It is called Bari-den for short. In August 1987, it was shown in the theater by JapanHerald.

In 1989 the manga was also licensed as a commercial video game by Taito Corporation for the PC Engine, under the original title.

The character Gun Koma appears as a hidden character in the PlayStation 2 game MotoGP by Namco.


  • Gun Koma (巨摩 郡?) is a motorcycle racer. Drive Honda NS, Suzuki GSX-R and FC3S. Voiced by: Hideyuki Tanaka
  • Ai Itou (伊藤 歩惟?) is Gun's girlfriend. Voiced by: Yōko Oginome
  • Hideyoshi Hijiri (聖 秀吉?) is Gun's friendly rival. Drive Suzuki Katana. Voiced by: Ryūsei Nakao
  • Hiro Okita (沖田 比呂?) is Gun's best friend in class. Drive Kawasaki Z400GP. Voiced by: Issei Futamata
  • Miyuki Ichinose (一ノ瀬 美由紀?) is daughter of Ichinose Racing Team, is in love with Hiro. Drive Honda VT.
  • Tomoko Hijiri (聖 知代?) is Hidyoshi's sister, has lost parents died in truck accident.


  1. ^ Joel Hahn. "Kodansha Manga Awards". Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on 2007-08-16. Retrieved 2007-08-21. 

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