Hajime no Ippo: Boxer no Kobushi

Fighting Spirit Special

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English: Fighting Spirit Special
Synonyms: Hajime no Ippo Episode 76, The First Step Special, Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting Special, Hajime no Ippo Special
Japanese: はじめの一歩 THE FIGHTING! ボクサーの拳


Type: Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 21, 2003
Producers: VAP
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Genres: ComedyComedy, DramaDrama, ShounenShounen, SportsSports
Duration: 23 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.101 (scored by 2405024,050 users)
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Ranked: #4232
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Popularity: #2669
Members: 41,624
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A special episode included in the DVDs. It tells how Takamura started boxing.


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Characters & Voice Actors


Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director
Morikawa, George
Original Creator
Kaneko, Hidetoshi
Art Director
Tomioka, Takashi
Key Animation


Opening Theme

"Tumbling Dice" by Tsuneo Imahori

Ending Theme

"360°" by Naoya Mori

Jul 14, 2013
spacemonkey93 (All reviews)
This new or "bonus" episode is an addition to the series -as far as I know- only included in the DVDs, as 'Round 76: The fists of the boxer'.

Through-out the series, we get to see the background of almost every secondary boxer character, such as Kimura, Aoki, Miyata, Sendo, Volg and Date, but we don't really get to see how it was that Takamura enrolled into boxing. Well, that's what we get in this Special Episode, Kamogawa instructor notices his potential and decides to give him the Kamogawa treatment in his gym and the road, which despite Takamura’s doubts, get him his first results (All read more
May 21, 2016
Noisdesu (All reviews)
I am not going to say much about this OVA/Special, since it's only ~20 minutes long, just want to write down my feelings towards this.

If you haven't read the description yet: It's about Takamura-san's past and how he got to boxing. Doesn't sound too special, huh? Well, it isn't. But that doesn't matter, since it doesn't try to be special at all. This OVA tells us a lot about Takamura's attitude towards boxing and what he did before he started his career as a boxer. Also it shows us what kind of character Takamura has and gives us some good hints about his relationship read more
Nov 3, 2020
S7Fortino (All reviews)
Finished the original Hajime No Ippo and found out about this bonus EP 76

Pretty good Ep, tells the story about how Takamura got into boxing

Overall, I think this was a perfect OVA and I can recommend this to every Hajime no Ippo fan out there. Really, there is nothing bad about this, except one thing: I wish they would have told us something about Takamura and his relationship towards Miyata-kun, since he left really early in the anime and we couldn't see how they felt towards each other, although this isn't really necessary I guess. In my opinion it's a 8/10, because I just read more
Apr 7, 2021
WazThatTL (All reviews)
This ova tells us on how Takamura got into boxing the first place.

Solid story with funny atmosphere and decent dialogue and shows how Takamura develops over time. The characters are decent. We are introduced to the beginning relations between Kamogawa and Takamura which was great. Most of the other characters get very few lines and screentime except for maybe Yagi. The visuals have definitely improved and there was an obvious difference, such as the crispier details and nicer animation. The music is pretty much the same from the original, with similiar uses of symphonies and intstruments

A likable OVA and a recommened watch. Nothing bad or read more

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