chipsKeisuke Itagaki, creator of the Baki the Grappler manga series, has teamed up with Calbee to produce Grappler Baki potato chips.

For those of you unfamiliar with the series, Baki is a young wrestler who travels and fights around the world, honing his skills in the hopes of following in the footsteps of his father, Yujiro, to become the strongest fighter on the planet. In staying with the theme of strongest, Itagaki decided the Baki-themed chips should be flavored after one of the most powerful creatures to walk the planet, Tyrannosaurus rex. According to Itagaki, the packaging of the chips is also designed to reflect “forcefulness” and “intensity,” traits associated with the popular manga character.

In conjunction with the release of the chips, Calbee will be running a promotional campaign in which participants can win either an original sports towel or a hand-painted figurine of Yujiro Hanma, Baki’s father, both signed by the artist.

The chips will only be on sale at convenience stores for a limited period starting July 20 until mid-August. Fans of the series who can’t wait until then to see this collaborative effort can head over to Baki Fair 2013, being held at the Kotobukiya Base in Akihabara June 22-23, where the chips will be on display.

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If “truffle” or “luxury vanilla” flavored potato chips didn’t do it for you, we’re sure this “strongest meat on the planet” creation will hit the spot.

▼ Check out Baki’s brother, Jack, taking on their father, Yujiro.

Source: Goo News via esuteru
Images: Calbee, Baki