What Happened to Baki’s Girlfriend Kozue Matsumoto: Explained

Kozue Matsumoto
Baki and his girlfriend Kozue (Credits: Weekly Shōnen Champion)

Baki the Grappler is a Japanese manga written by Keisuke Itagaki and released on Netflix and TV Tokyo. It is a bestselling manga, 85 million copies sold worldwide. Baki trains to become stronger than his father, Yujiro Hanma, the strongest fighter in the world.

Baki became a champion in the rules arena and followed in his father’s footsteps. He is an aggressive and hard training teenage boy who wants to defeat his father. He wants to avenge his mother murdered by his father. He fights many people and is a well-known martial artist.

He can only train by fighting people stronger than him. His father believed that he should crush everyone to gain victory and indomitable power.

Baki and his relationship with Kozue

Baki is also full of love and honor for those close to him, like his girlfriend, Kozue Matsumoto. He protects her if she is threatened when she is kidnapped. He is close to his girlfriend, who is his strength, support, and emotional love.

Mohammad Alai Junior tried to gain Kozue’s attention which caused barriers in their relationship ever since. Kozue is a shy girl and energetic, also his landlord. She also cares for her boyfriend, who begs him to leave his underground fighting life.

They make love in the second series just before his fight with Ryuukou Yanagi. She seems to be a character that lurks in the back and is passive, but the truth is that she is strong enough to fully express herself.

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Baki in anime (Credits: Weekly Shōnen Champion)

Read about what happened to Baki’s girlfriend, Kozue Matsumoto.

What Happened to Baki’s Girlfriend Kozue Matsumoto

She appeared in the great Chinese challenge after Baki got poisoned. She was not seen after Baki recovered from the poison. Kozue was a neighbor and high school girl who took care of his dog while he went training. In the Maximum Tournament saga, Baki and Kozue were even more loving to each other.

She became the official girlfriend of Kozue, and they spent time whenever he wasn’t training. He was worried about his excessive and intense training, and she served as his escape from that training and fighting.

In the Most Evil Death Row Convicts saga, Baki spent a  lot of time with Kozue and not hunting criminals who were also known as the strongest fighters in the world.

She might be really important to Baki. She is just an average girl in high school and has no abilities as a teenager. She was the only outlet to normal life apart from underground life.

She is a simple girl with 5.3 feet in height, brown eyes, and straight long black hair. She had bangs and wore ordinary clothes like a school uniform.

Her father’s name is Taizan Matsumoto, and his death in the underworld makes her wary of everyone else in the same underworld, even her boyfriend. Her fewer appearances led people to believe that they had broken up, but the truth is they are still together.

Kozue seems to be legitimately caring for her boyfriend because he leaves his school to fight. He also protects her when a group of notorious school boys kidnaps her.