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
in a very funny way).
The animation looks more modern and brighter, just as in New Challenger. So what are you waiting? Just watch it :)
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
to his coach. Even the fight at the end of the episode told us a lot about Takamura's personality and (especially) his strenght. The humour of this "episode" is as funny as always and the animation and soundtracks just stayed the same, also the enjoyment level was really high since this is Takamura at his best, who is probably the funniest character throughout the series.
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 9/10, because I just don't feel like this is a "masterpiece".
This bonus episode of Hajime no Ippo isn't one of the better ones in the show's catalog, but it still has enough of the charm to satiate fans.
The story of Takamura's beginning is interesting enough, but it's not exactly very eventful with him just training most of the time, something the anime has already shown a lot of (obviously). It would have been more interesting to see the show take some risks with this and maybe show Takamura in a different light than viewers have seen him before.
The fight at the end isn't very memorable either, but it is sufficient for showing how Takamura
got his start. Overall, I won't remember this bonus episode that well, but it still had the characters and art that Hajime is known for making it a worthy episode.