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Hajime no Ippo: Champion Road

Alternative Titles

English: Fighting Spirit: Champion Road
Synonyms: The First Step - Champion Road
Japanese: はじめの一歩 -Champion Road-


Type: Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 18, 2003
Producers: None found, add some
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Genres: Comedy, Shounen, Sports
Duration: 1 hr. 30 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.361 (scored by 43,852 users)
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As the new Champion, Ippo must protect his title against some of the best boxers available.

Makunouchi Ippo is the new Featherweight champion of Japan and is now ready for his first title defense. His opponent, the former Jr. Featherweight champion and a medical student, Sanada Kazuki. In addition to this feud, Sanada is being coached by Kamogawa's former rival, Hama Dankichi. What makes things worse is that Sanada works at the same hospital where Kumi is a nurse at and everybody at the hospital wants Sanada to win. Not only does Ippo have to defend his title, he has to reclaim his love.

(Source: ANN)


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Nishimura, Satoshi
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director
Morikawa, George
Original Creator
Epcar, Richard
ADR Director

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Apr 9, 2008
Phill-z (All reviews)
Champion Road, the amazing conclusion to a very long and amazing anime.

I'm not a fan of sports anime/manga in general, but when I see something that catches my eye, I'll watch it whatever it is. Originally I was searching for Ashita no Joe, but then Hajime no Ippo caught my eye.

Story: Essentially Ippo is fighting a medical student. Everything else is.....secondary. The romance bit was tacked on, but it kind of felt alright if not a little bit out of place. But in the 90 minute movie about an hour of that is fighting. So for me, the story doesn't read more
Oct 12, 2008
ParaParaJMo (All reviews)
I thought they fit a considerable amount into this TV special. However, some of my main gripes in relation to this series will of course be in relation to what was omitted from the manga. For example, I was upset that they took out Hayami vs Kobashi for Sanada’s vacated jr. featherweight title, it was a fight people enjoyed and gives further character development for the winner for that fight at some capacity, and it also sets up how Ippo first meets Sanada and Dankichi, which made the build up more dramatic, while in this anime, their initial encounter is just at the weigh-in. Other read more
Mar 30, 2018
seal308 (All reviews)
What makes Hajime No Ippo great are its characters. This includes Ippo's opponents. Unfortunately for this special I felt nothing for Ippo's opponent. The opponent's rationale didn't make sense. Why are you fighting? What are you trying to prove? The latter is never really fleshed out but passingly mentioned.

I can't rate this special any higher than a 6 because I feel a lot of episodes from season 1 were better than this.

As mentioned in the description the special is about Ippo defending his title and his relationship with Kumi. The later of which was one of the flaws in the first season so I'm read more
Apr 1, 2008
jknaruto (All reviews)
This movie was great!!!! It was almost as great as when he won the title, in this movie you see the reason why he loves boxing and what it means to be strong, i personally liked this a lot, he defends his title and and also fights for his love, so please watch and comment on it.Now i wanna see the fight of Takamura for the world title!!! so please can we have this as a movie or a OVA!!!


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