Baribari Legend

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Baribari Legend
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]

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. He rides a Honda CB750 as well as a Suzuki GSX-R. 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. He rides a Suzuki Katana. Voiced by: Ryūsei Nakao
  • Hiro Okita (沖田 比呂?) is Gun's best friend. He rides a Kawasaki Z400GP. Voiced by: Issei Futamata
  • Miyuki Ichinose (一ノ瀬 美由紀?) is the daughter of the Ichinose Racing Team president. She's in love with Hiro. Miyuki rides a Honda VT250F.
  • Tomoyo Hijiri (聖 知代?) is Hideyoshi's sister. She lost her parents in car accident.


  1. Joel Hahn. "Kodansha Manga Awards". Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on 2007-08-16. Retrieved 2007-08-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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