Ranked #31

Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger

Alternative Titles

English: Fighting Spirit: New Challenger
Synonyms: Hajime no Ippo New Series, Hajime no Ippo Season II, Hajime no Ippo 2
Japanese: はじめの一歩 新シリーズ


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 7, 2009 to Jul 1, 2009
Premiered: Winter 2009
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


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Ranked: #312
Popularity: #638
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Ippo Makunouchi continues his boxing career and his goal on knowing the meaning of being strong, and the desire on fighting his idol Ichiro Miyata once again. Along him are pro boxers Takamura, Aoki and Kimura that each one of them aspire to their own dreams.

(Source: ANN)


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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
Kamogawa, Genji
Kamogawa, Genji
Utsumi, Kenji
Utsumi, Kenji


Shishido, Jun
Shishido, Jun
Nakajima, Toshihiko
Nakajima, Toshihiko
Sound Director
Watanabe, Kotono
Watanabe, Kotono
Episode Director, Script, Storyboard
Osedo, Satoshi
Osedo, Satoshi
Episode Director

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Opening Theme

"Hekireki" by Last Alliance

Ending Theme

"8 AM" by coldrain

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Apr 27, 2010
You know, I've always loved boxing. Yet i never imagined that anime series about boxing could be much more interesting than the "real thing". Well, actually, It's not!
In this anime you don't just have pure fight, action non-stop. NO!
You get to know each one of the characters in the series. It's like you're one part of this anime. I don't know, I've never felt it before. The "gang"...It always looked like I am part of it, laughing and sorrowing with them. Watching them get beat up and yet stand again.
I know this review sounds like shit, and there are 100% lot better reviews then this, read more
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Jul 19, 2009
To start things off, I can say is that it’s about damn time that a new anime installment of Hajime no Ippo came under way. Even though the first anime series was 70 plus episodes, I felt I didn’t get enough by the time I finished watching it. To me, Ippo vs Sendo 2 was actually the beginning!!! Since then, I decided to read the manga and currently up to date on it which is now nearly 90 volumes, and I’ll say I still haven’t gotten enough!!! But moving on, to a certain extent, New Challenger for what it covers is faithful to the manga read more
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Apr 6, 2015

Time to review something that actually DOESN'T suck! Hajime no Ippo is back with a vengeance!

The sequel to Hajime no Ippo continues the tale of Ippo's rise to the top of the boxing world. While the first Ippo series started as a coming of age story in which a bullied young man must learn to stand up for himself and achieve his dreams, the sequel starts right at the action and comes out swinging furiously. However, unlike the Rocky sequels, Ippo actually manages to keep the character development, pacing, and quality storytelling that made the first Ippo good. The opponents don't simply devolve into cartoon read more
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Jan 22, 2009
Okay if you are reading this it must mean you are watching or interested in watching this masterpiece. Hajime no ippo is truly the BEST SPORT ANIME EVER and i can say that for certain.The first season of hajime no ippo came out in 2000 and its still rank top 5 overall so the new season will be just as good or even better with almost every member of the previous season will be working in this anime so it will truly be something else. I can pretty much say for certain that this anime will blow every other anime away cuz you can't be read more
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