Ranked #20

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!


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


Score: 8.861 (scored by 63,682 users)
Ranked: #202
Popularity: #310
Members: 113,923
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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.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Makunouchi, Ippo
Makunouchi, Ippo
Kiyasu, Kohei
Kiyasu, Kohei
Takamura, Mamoru
Takamura, Mamoru
Koyama, Rikiya
Koyama, Rikiya
Aoki, Masaru
Aoki, Masaru
Takagi, Wataru
Takagi, Wataru
Kimura, Tatsuya
Kimura, Tatsuya
Fujiwara, Keiji
Fujiwara, Keiji


Nishimura, Satoshi
Nishimura, Satoshi
Mima, Masafumi
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director
Kojima, Masayuki
Kojima, Masayuki
Episode Director, Storyboard
Mitsuyuki, Masuhara
Mitsuyuki, Masuhara
Episode Director, Storyboard

More episodes Episodes(75/75)

Episode Title Aired
1 The First Step
The First Step (The First Step)
Oct 4, 2000
2 Fruits of Labor
Doryoku no Seika (努力の成果)
Oct 11, 2000
3 Tears of Joy
Ureshi Namida (うれし涙)
Oct 18, 2000
4 Shadow Boxing
Shadow Boxing (シャドーボクシング)
Oct 25, 2000
5 Three Months to Counter
Counter he no Mitsuki (カウンターへの三ヶ月)
Nov 1, 2000

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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Nov 19, 2015
Hajime no Ippo, A series I almost dropped. Before anything, I must say I'm not a fan of boxing nor was I fan of Sports anime. But this... This is the shit! Hajime no Ippo is a story that changed my views on sports anime and it's an anime that has raised my standards of a perfect anime. This is going to be a rather small review, But let's get into it!

Synopsis-Stuff - Makunochi Ippo is a teenage boy, who is usually bullied by his seniors at school. On day while being bullied, He is saved by Mamoru Takamura. A very strong and kind-hearted boxer. read more
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Nov 20, 2015
I wanted to write my first review for something amazing, and after watching Ippo there's no doubt it is amazing.

At first, Ippo is outstaning, I can't even imagine there's sport anime even close to this. I started Ippo becouse i couldn't find anything for me, so I decided to watch something from another category. That was the best decision in my whole life.

Story 10/10

Outside the ring there's great story and amazing relationships between characters. What can I say, that's great.

Art 10/10

When I saw Ippo's from 2000 I expected pretty bad animation, but I enjoyed it very much, just great animation.

Sound 10/10

God damn, first ending was read more
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Nov 8, 2006
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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Nov 7, 2010
"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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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. 
reportRecommended by Xinil
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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.  
reportRecommended by skooter
Anime: Baby Steps
Fully agree with all the others recommending Ippo. This is the nearest anime ever to the excitement and hero's journey that is played out in Ippo. Although one is boxing and the other is tennis, the methodical training, characters and epic moments are all there.

It won't disappoint. 
reportRecommended by roflman79
Anime: Yowamushi Pedal
Ippo and Onoda are very similar in the way they behave. They're both modest and aren't aware of their true physical strength until they are introduced to the solitary sport they play.  
reportRecommended by femalegoblin
Anime: Great Teacher Onizuka
Although the stories are completely different, the style of comedy and animation are quite similar.  
reportRecommended by llamaben
Anime: Hikaru no Go
Each series follows a story where the main character is struggling to be the best. Ippo and Hikaru both go through rough times in their conquest to get better. With great character development and comedy thrown in at just the right spots, you don't want to miss this! 
reportRecommended by Xinil

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