Hajime no Ippo

Fighting Spirit

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: The First Step, Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting
Japanese: はじめの一歩 THE FIGHTING!
English: Fighting Spirit
Spanish: Hajime no Ippo: Espíritu de Lucha
French: IPPO Le Challenger
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Type: TV
Episodes: 75
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 4, 2000 to Mar 27, 2002
Premiered: Fall 2000
Broadcast: Tuesdays at 00:50 (JST)
Producers: VAP
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Genre: SportsSports
Theme: Combat SportsCombat Sports
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.771 (scored by 298273298,273 users)
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Ranked: #412
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Popularity: #364
Members: 604,002
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In his father's absence, teenager Ippo Makunouchi works hard to help his mother run her fishing boat rental business. Ippo's timid nature, his lack of sleep, and the sea smell make him an easy target for relentless bullies who leave him bruised and beaten on a daily basis. Mamoru Takamura, an up-and-coming boxer, rescues Ippo from a violent after-school incident and takes him back to the Kamogawa Boxing Gym for recovery. Takamura and his fellow boxers, Masaru Aoki and Tatsuya Kimura, are stunned by Ippo's powerful punches—a result of strong muscles developed through years serving his physically taxing family business.

Following brief training under Takamura, Ippo impresses the other boxers in a practice match against prodigy Ichirou Miyata. He gains a rival in Miyata and a coach in Genji Kamogawa, the gym owner and a former boxer himself. As Ippo takes the first steps in his official boxing career, he faces off against a series of challenging opponents, each more powerful than the last. Victory, loss, and a cycle of dedicated training await Ippo on his journey to achieve greatness. With his tough body and unstoppable fighting spirit, the kind young man seeks to take on the world.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Nishimura, Satoshi
Director, Storyboard
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director


Opening Theme

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1: "Under Star" by Shocking Lemons (eps 1-25)
2: "Inner Light" by Shocking Lemons (eps 26-52)
3: "Tumbling Dice" by Tsuneo Imahori (eps 53-75)

Ending Theme

1: "Yuuzora no Kamihikouki" by Naoya Mori (eps 1-25)
2: "360°" by Naoya Mori (eps 26-52, 75)
3: "Eternal Loop" by Saber Tiger (eps 53-74)

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Jul 17, 2024
"Hajime no Ippo" is a fantastic sports anime that follows Ippo Makunouchi, a shy student who discovers his passion for boxing. Watching Ippo transform into a determined fighter is truly inspiring.

The animation is thrilling, especially during the boxing matches, which capture the intensity and strategy of the sport. The series does an excellent job of showcasing real boxing techniques and the dedication it takes to succeed, making it relatable for fans of the sport.

The English dub is impressive, with voice actors who bring the characters to life and enhance the emotional depth of the story. Their performances make the experience even more enjoyable.

With themes of ...
Aug 20, 2013
Mixed Feelings
There are plenty of stories about a young man finding some sort of passion and following it to some sort of logical conclusion, and Hajime no Ippo chooses not to stray from that basic idea very far. Luckily for original creator Morikawa George, not straying far from this premise seems to be the recipe for a successful comic that has lasted more than 1000 chapters week after week since its original Shounen Magazine publishing in 1989. This adaptation by Madhouse and director Nishimura Satoshi is longer than your usual TV anime run, at 75 episodes, but it doesn't quite cover the incredible length of Nishimura's ...
Jul 31, 2009
Rather than try to review a ton of aspects of a 76 episode show, I want to give a few specific criticisms.

My biggest criticism is on sound, or specifically the obvious replication of Trigun's drippy, dramatic, and perfectly fitting music in a place that it does not belong at all and is utterly disruptive, leaving any scene with it utterly bereft of its intended impact. The music in this series is fine when it is just bitchin' guitar solos, and at its best when it reinterprets the Rocky theme, but it is at its absolute worse when it mistakenly transplants Trigun's music.

My second criticism iis ...

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