Hajime no Ippo: Boxer no Kobushi

Fighting Spirit Special

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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
English: Fighting Spirit Special
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Type: Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 21, 2003
Producers: VAP
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Genre: SportsSports
Theme: Combat SportsCombat Sports
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 23 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.091 (scored by 3216332,163 users)
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Ranked: #4962
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Popularity: #2914
Members: 55,154
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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


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"Tumbling Dice" by Tsuneo Imahori

Ending Theme

"360°" by Naoya Mori


Jul 14, 2013
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 ...
May 21, 2016
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 ...
Apr 7, 2021
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 ...

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