Ranked #22

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
Premiered: Fall 2000
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: VAP
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 8.851 (scored by 67,524 users)
Ranked: #222
Popularity: #315
Members: 121,451
Favorites: 7,029
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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.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Makunouchi, Ippo
Makunouchi, Ippo
Main
Kiyasu, Kohei
Japanese
Kiyasu, Kohei
Takamura, Mamoru
Takamura, Mamoru
Main
Koyama, Rikiya
Japanese
Koyama, Rikiya
Aoki, Masaru
Aoki, Masaru
Main
Takagi, Wataru
Japanese
Takagi, Wataru
Kamogawa, Genji
Kamogawa, Genji
Main
Utsumi, Kenji
Japanese
Utsumi, Kenji

Staff

Nishimura, Satoshi
Nishimura, Satoshi
Director
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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Xinil
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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FauxAzn
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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ParaParaJMo
Jul 23, 2008
The anime makes use of every character it introduces and develops them very convincingly and you can really connect to them. Such as Ippo in gaining more confidence and motivation, Takamura in wanting to become a champion and a hero, and Miyata wanting to prove that his father’s boxing style is the best. The characters all have back-stories of why they became fighters but they still live lives in certain ways you can still relate to them and they all have every day issues as real boxers would have such as Takamura’s weight control. As for the pacing, yes, the anime is long and the read more
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Master10K
Jun 2, 2008
Hajime no Ippo (Fighting Spirit) is a fantastic Shounen, Sports, Comedy, Action anime produced by one of the greatest studios ever (Madhouse). Even though it doesn’t tell the entire story, the story it does tell is truly amazing, with all its manliness.

It’s about your classic teenage underdog (Ippo Makunoichi) who’s pretty shy and gets bullied and looked down upon, by some of his peers. Then one fateful day he comes across a boxing gym, with a great pro boxer, and soon attains the desire to become a boxer. Sure this set-up sounds very typical for a shounen sports drama but I personally enjoyed this story read more
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Recommendations

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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
Anime: Eyeshield 21
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: Grappler Baki (TV)
both are high pace fighting anime, good stories and show the main character enduring hardships to become the best. 
reportRecommended by MasterVolk9001
Anime: Great Teacher Onizuka
Although the stories are completely different, the style of comedy and animation are quite similar.  
reportRecommended by llamaben

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