Synonyms: The Fighting!, Fighting Spirit, The Fighting! Ippo, Hajime no Ippo Gaiden: Naniwa Tiger
Published: Sep 27, 1989 to ?
Authors: Morikawa, George (Story & Art)
Serialization: Shounen Magazine (Weekly)
Score: 8.681 (scored by 7190 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top manga page.
Popular Tagsaction boxing sports
Jul 7, 2009
The story consists of one Makanouchi Ippo, a social outcast who is picked on because he is passive, poor and smells bad because of his family fishing shop. One day Ippo is being bullied out in the open and a man jogging by scares off the kids. Ippo asks the man to teach him how to be strong and thus begins Ippo's run of determination.
The theme of this manga is "What is it like to be strong?" and pure determination and hard work. It has very good character development showing every last spec of emotion that all the characters feel at every moment, as well as epic fights (although I do admit the fights wouldn't be like that if they were real)
There is a good bulk of training in this series and it takes up a good chunk of the series but is more then made up for when the fights roll around. And you know what? I don't mind all mind that much because that's what boxers do. Train, fight, train, fight. Very good insight on what a boxers day to day life is like.
The comedy in this manga is great. Usually in manga when there is filler people dread, but Hajime no Ippo delivers the most hilarious filler I have ever seen in my days.
All in all Hajime no Ippo is a great long running story with a mangaka that has as much stamina as his protagonist when it comes to writing. (And I'm not sure about all of you but Hajime no Ippo has motivated me to start working out more and become more active)
10/10 read more
Jan 27, 2010
The reason for the submission of this review is that I thoroughly enjoy the series (so much so that I read 870 chapters in 2 weeks, whilst going to school), and that the other half caps review is trash.
First off, the premise of the story is very similar to any other shounen manga, Eyeshield 21, Naruto, etc. I could go on. However, it is unique in the fact that boxing is a blend of both the action and the sports genres - leading to none of that ridiculous superpower crap, yet not sounding completely unrealistic and solely created to maintain interest I might add, when a new ability or move is created.
In the first few hundred chapters the story progression is relatively quick, with Ippo advancing through the Pro Test, the Rookie Tournament, Japanese Rankings, and finally the Boxing Championship.
However, past this point it is simple title matches - that is not to say the enjoyment is greatly diminished. I still enjoy it to this day, definitely one of the higher rankers of shounen manga.
The art is pretty archaic, not so much so that it is downright unattractive; but, it still maintains that aged feel of classic manga. Although it has somewhat progressed throughout its publishing the overall feel is still there. I personally don't mind it, but to say I prefer it to the the standard of modern art styles would be incorrect. Although, the actions scenes are brilliantly illustrated, utilizing in full huge swishes of wind and the like.
Character design is, again, good, but nothing amazing.
Characters, the part where this manga truly shines - Takamura is undoubtedly the most popular character; his antics make him a very likable chap. However, he is not simple comic relief. He carries an aura of idolization, with all boxers in Kamogawa Gym, save Ippo's eventual kouhai - looking up to him. This admiration is not unwarranted, Takamura's record is superhuman and he is an absolute beast in the ring.
Ippo, somewhat standard fare, the young, naíve boy unhappy with his current life experiences a contextual epiphany and suddenly desires to become 'stronger'. However, Ippo is unique in that he does not start off as a complete wimp, containing power equivalent to those several weight classes above him.
The rest of the support characters are sufficiently likable, one may find themselves sympathizing with Aoki and Kimura's plight, being overtaken by their kouhai and never being able to retrieve the Champion belt.
I also found the Itagaki puns hilarious.
Enjoyment was very high, the fights keep ones testosterone at its peak, at least with what a manga can achieve at any rate. The training is amusing, the large amounts of manliness, guts, effort flying around is enough to get one's posterior on the edge of their seat.
Overall, Hajime no Ippo is one of my favourite mangas to date, and a shining example of a good shounen sport manga. read more
May 12, 2010
The story is about Sendo before he started boxing. There have been some flashbacks in Hajime no Ippo, but none of those moments appear here. It is completely original.
It shows us some known characters (like Sendo's grandma), and also some new characters. There's even a romantic bit in this 46 page manga.
This is not about how Sendo got into boxing, but how he came to be known as the "Naniwa Tiger" and how he developed his Sunday Punch, the Smash.
The art is exactly like it is in Hajime no Ippo. A 7 might not be super high, but that's only because we're used to seeing this art.
The character is great: it's Sendo. Personally my favorite character in the series, we get to see a different side to this raging tiger. We see that, like other people, he also has a softer and sometimes even shy side to him.
The enjoyment is really good in this manga. Being a big Hajime no Ippo fan, and having caught up with the manga completely, reading more about my personal favorite and one of Ippo's biggest rivals is just great.
To conclude, this story is good. Not just as a Sendo fan, but as a Hajime no Ippo fan. But as I said before, don't bother reading it unless you're familiar with Hajime no Ippo. Also, don't bother reading it if you're looking for an extra boxing match. And if you do end up reading this, enjoy! read more
Aug 13, 2009
I HIGHLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO WATCH OR READ IT BECAUSE IT REALLY IS AMAZING EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT A FAN OF BOXING PLZ GIVE IT A TRY
May 28, 2009
-End fight filler
-Rinse and repeat... FOREVER!
Of course there are good fights with the occasional serious Takamura title match. However, there are too many filler fights (Ippo title defense and Kamogawa gym underling matches) to keep things interesting during volume 50+. With how things are going, this manga will stretch forever.
It is likable though since I have lasted up to v60 and still going but I have found myself scanning the post and pre-fight fillers as well as the filler matches in hopes to get to the more important matches. This basically sums up how HNI is going.
Unless the author keeps things interesting, I will simply skim through the repetitive and formulaic discussions/fights and go through the important matches.
Nov 12, 2013
its a must watch episode