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Hajime no Ippo

Hajime no Ippo

Alternative Titles

English: Fighting Spirit
Synonyms: The First Step, Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting
Japanese: はじめの一歩 THE FIGHTING!

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 75
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 4, 2000 to Mar 27, 2002
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 8.861 (scored by 44459 users)
Ranked: #162
Popularity: #312
Members: 75,783
Favorites: 4,514
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boxing comedy shounen sports

Synopsis

Makunouchi Ippo has been bullied his entire life. Constantly running errands and being beaten up by his classmates, Ippo has always dreamed of changing himself, but never has the passion to act upon it. One day, in the midst of yet another bullying, Ippo is saved by Takamura Mamoru, who happens to be a boxer. Ippo faints from his injuries and is brought to the Kamogawa boxing gym to recover. As he regains consciousness, he is awed and amazed at his new surroundings in the gym, though lacks confidence to attempt anything. Takamura places a photo of Ippo's classmate on a punching bag and forces him to punch it. It is only then that Ippo feels something stir inside him and eventually asks Takamura to train him in boxing. Thinking that Ippo does not have what it takes, Takamura gives him a task deemed impossible and gives him a one week time limit. With a sudden desire to get stronger, for himself and his hard working mother, Ippo trains relentlessly to accomplish the task within the time limit. Thus Ippo's journey to the top of the boxing world begins.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Related Anime

Adaptation: Hajime no Ippo
Sequel: Hajime no Ippo: Champion Road
Side story: Hajime no Ippo Special

Characters & Voice Actors

Aoki, Masaru
Aoki, Masaru
Main
Takagi, Wataru
Japanese
Takagi, Wataru
Apostolina, Stephen
English
Apostolina, Stephen
...
Kamogawa, Genji
Kamogawa, Genji
Main
Utsumi, Kenji
Japanese
Utsumi, Kenji
Epcar, Richard
English
Epcar, Richard
...
Kimura, Tatsuya
Kimura, Tatsuya
Main
Fujiwara, Keiji
Japanese
Fujiwara, Keiji
George, Grant
English
George, Grant
...
Makunouchi, Ippo
Makunouchi, Ippo
Main
Staley, Steve
English
Staley, Steve
Kiyasu, Kohei
Japanese
Kiyasu, Kohei
...

Staff

Nishimura, Satoshi
Director
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director
Takahashi, Atsushi
Episode Director
Mitsuyuki, Masuhara
Episode Director, Storyboard



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Nov 7, 2010
FauxAzn
"What? 76 episodes of… boxing? 76 episodes set in a small square ring? Yeah, right."

I had no idea.

What makes this anime special is undoubtedly the characters. How each character is so likeable, so original, and so fully developed that you end up understanding, caring, and rooting for them in the end. How even the ones that only last an episode, even Ippo's opponents can be given such plausible and staggering backstories that you might actually find yourself siding against the main hero for a match or two. And how these characters are just so serious with their lives read more
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Nov 8, 2006
Xinil
First, let me say that I'm not a fan of boxing. In fact, I pretty much hate the sport. Honestly, who likes seeing people getting their head beat in every day?

With that being said, this series is brilliantly done. There's comedy, romance, and plenty, plenty, plenty of plot. Follow Ippo as he grows as a person and as a professional boxer. You'll laugh, and you'll probably cry here or there. The fact that I don't even like boxing never came in to play. You'll probably find yourself doing some jabs here and there while watching the show too. It's that captivating.

The supporting characters are awesome. read more
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Recommendations

Hajime no Ippo and Kenichi are very similar, mostly by looking at the main characters. Makunouchi is a weakling, Kenichi is a weakling. However, they both train hard and become stronger in order to achieve their goals. Makounouchi wants to know what it means to be "strong", and Kenichi wants to become stronger to protect his friends from harm.
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Both Ippo and Sena are thrown into a world which they have no knowledge about, yet both seem to find their place and their talents which help them rise to the top. Also, they both have a group of friends to support them.

The biggest similarity both shows have is both main characters seem like ordinary people, with the potential to become extraordinary, and are thrown into an extraordinary situation in which their natural talents seem to develop at a fast pace.

Opening Theme

#1: "Under Star" by Shocking Lemons (eps 1-25)
#2: "Inner Light" by Shocking Lemons (eps 26-52)
#3: "Tumbling Dice" by Tsuneo Imahori (eps 53-75)

Ending Theme

#1: "Yuuzora no Kamihikouki" by Naoya Mori (eps 1-25)
#2: "360°" by Naoya Mori (eps 26-52, 75)
#3: "Eternal Loop" by Saber Tiger (eps 53-74)

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