Hajime no Ippo: Champion Road

Fighting Spirit: Champion Road

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Synonyms: The First Step - Champion Road
Japanese: はじめの一歩 -Champion Road-
English: Fighting Spirit: Champion Road
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Type: TV Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 18, 2003
Producers: None found, add some
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Genre: SportsSports
Theme: Combat SportsCombat Sports
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 1 hr. 30 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.271 (scored by 8474784,747 users)
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Ranked: #2952
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Popularity: #1639
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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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Dec 24, 2022
I'm not entirely sure if this is based on the manga or not, but this seems more or less just like a couple episodes of Hajime No Ippo. Same pacing, some of the same music. Usually I find fault in a lot of anime movies, but I have absolutely no complaints here. Hajime No Ippo is a great show, regardless of genre, and nothing has changed here.

If you've enjoyed watching Hajime No Ippo, or you just want to get a sneak peak of what the series will entail, I would say this is a pretty decent representation. Of course you wouldn't understand all of it, ...
Apr 7, 2021
A worthy OVA of a great franchise. This OVA takes some time place after the end of the first season.

Solid story with some romance, comedy, and the boxing. The pacing was pretty good for the most part and I was pretty content on most of the things they have done in this OVA. My only problem was with some of the glaring issues of the fight. The characters are decent. Ippo's opponent who knows the functions and weaknesess of the human body and is a docotor which I thought was pretty cool. Ippo's attitude is kinda disappointing, he still acts a bit wimpy/weak during ...
Nov 3, 2020
Where should I begin, another boxing classic.

Ippo is a different bread man, he kinda like me!!

If u have watched the first series before this then u should already know that it is good. everything about the story line in my opinion is just perfect. never has a series made me so emotional and this movie wasnt any different, as a matter of fact it was the most emotional point of the series. I feel like I felt more emotions in the movie then I did throughout the whole series. This is the only movie I have watched that made me feel every possible emotion in ...

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Is this movie canon or filler?
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