- This article is about the series. For this series' protagonist, see Ikuro Hashizawa.
Baoh: The Visitor (バオー来訪者 Baō Raihōsha) is a manga written and illustrated by Hirohiko Araki; originally serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1984 to 1985, and later compiled into two tankōbon volumes.
The manga was licensed in English and released in monthly chapters by VIZ Media in 1990. Financially unsuccessful, it was not until 1995 that they released it in tankōbon format.
Teenager Ikuro Hashizawa (橋沢 育朗 Hashizawa Ikurō) is kidnapped by the Doress (Judas in the English manga) Laboratory and turned into a Baoh, a bioweapon with super-human strength and other abilities.
He escapes with the help of Sumire (スミレ lit. "Violet"), a 10-year-old psychic girl who also was kept by the Judas group. Professor Kasuminome (Hazyeye in the English manga), head scientist at Judas, sends various assassins and monsters to try and kill Ikuro, in means of stopping the Baoh virus from spreading and infecting the world.
One of the assassins, Dorudo, manages to kidnap Violet to lure Ikuro, but his unauthorized actions makes Judas have him executed by Walken, the giant psychic. In his attempt to save Violet, Ikuro destroys Walken's headgear, the only thing keeping his power under control, and the whole facility explodes, killing several scientists of Doress, Kasuminome and Walken.
Ikuro is left dormant at the bottom of the sea, but Violet has a last vision: He's still alive and will come back years later to meet her again.
| Volume 1: The Invincible Body's Baoh|
(無敵の肉体バオー Muteki no Nikutai Baō)
||(JP) 1985||(JP) ISBN 4-08-851029-3|
| Volume 2: Demon Human Walken|
(魔人ウォーケン Majīn Wōken)
||(JP) 1985||(JP) ISBN 4-08-851030-9|
The series was adapted into a single-episode original video animation (OVA) by Studio Pierrot in 1989; licensed for an English DVD release by AnimEigo in 2000, delayed until finally released in 2002.
|Ikuro Hashizawa||Hideyuki Hori||Brian Hinnant|
|Sumire||Noriko Hidaka||Kem Helms|
|Kasuminome||Ichiro Nagai||Mike Way|
|Dordo||Shuichi Ikeda||Dave Underwood|
|Sophine||Yō Inoue||Sara Seidman|
|Walken||Yusaku Yara||Chuck Denson|
|#22||Ikuya Sawaki||Sean P. O'Connell|
|Masked Men||Shinya Otaki|
|Technician||Kōzō Shioya||Patrick Humphrey|
|Soldier||Michitaka Kobayashi||Jim Clark|
|Motorcycle Girl||Tomoko Maruo||Sandy Clubb|
- Baoh was Araki's first series to display his signature amount of over-the-top gore.
- In episode 10 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: The Animation, Joseph is seen in a flashback reading Baoh (the same scene in the manga used Superman).
- Baoh (Ikuro Hashizawa) appears as a DLC guest fighter in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle.
- During the ending sequence of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable song, "I Want You", a copy of Baoh can be spotted on Rohan Kishibe's bookshelf.
|Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan|