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Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger

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
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.771 (scored by 37128 users)
Ranked: #312
Popularity: #620
Members: 56,435
Favorites: 573
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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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Aired  Jan 7, 2009 to Jul 1, 2009
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Related Anime

Adaptation: Hajime no Ippo
Prequel: Hajime no Ippo: Mashiba vs. Kimura
Sequel: Hajime no Ippo: Rising

Characters & Voice Actors

Aoki, Masaru
Aoki, Masaru
Takagi, Wataru
Takagi, Wataru
Itagaki, Manabu
Itagaki, Manabu
Namikawa, Daisuke
Namikawa, Daisuke
Kamogawa, Genji
Kamogawa, Genji
Utsumi, Kenji
Utsumi, Kenji
Kimura, Tatsuya
Kimura, Tatsuya
Fujiwara, Keiji
Fujiwara, Keiji


Shishido, Jun
Nakajima, Toshihiko
Sound Director
Watanabe, Kotono
Episode Director, Script, Storyboard
Kawamura, Kenichi
Episode Director, Storyboard

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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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Aug 27, 2014
Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger, ah this brings me back. Even though most people are probably reading this review after watching the first season, I still must address this note anyways. Yes this is about boxing, but it is about so much more than that. A love of boxing, or any sport for that matter, is not needed to enjoy this show. The Ippo anime will give you an entirely new view of boxing as a whole. I'm writing this review to try and convince at least someone to look past their anti-sport anime list to watch this.

Story 10/10
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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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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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Old school sports anime with an interesting cast that is sure to provide some laughs. 
about fighting and martial Arts 
Who says sport animes are not good?
This one exceeded my expectations fairly.
Shows a simple guy who bullied and one day knows boxing and here begins his path to becoming the champion.
The fights are very distressing ... is that anime that you do not watch the next episode you do not sleep in peace. 
Both are about boxing. Hajime no ippo is newer. If you want more boxing try it. 
Both about mastering in martial arts 
It has action, fun and great characters! 

Opening Theme

"Hekireki" by Last Alliance

Ending Theme

"8 AM" by coldrain

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