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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-

Information

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

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Score: 8.351 (scored by 46,396 users)
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Ranked: #2032
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Popularity: #1308
Members: 74,561
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Synopsis

The challenger has become the champion as Ippo Makunouchi now wears the featherweight championship belt of Japan.
Some time has passed since Ippo's victory, and he has found his friends and coach as supportive as ever; his crush, Kumi Mashiba, seems to enjoy spending time with him as well. Things are looking bright for the new champion, but just as he once set his sights on becoming the best, his first challenger poses an intimidating threat.

Kazuki Sanada works as a doctor at the same hospital as Kumi and fights strategically. Known for integrating his knowledge of the human body into his fights, Sanada is a fearsome contender—however, more unnerving than his physical ability, he has garnered the support of the nurses. Despite being the champion, Ippo feels the pressure as he must face the daunting challenge, retain his belt, and win over the girl he loves.

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Staff

Nishimura, Satoshi
Director
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
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!!!
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

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