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Hajime no Ippo: Mashiba vs. Kimura

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Synonyms: Fighting Spirit: Mashiba vs. Kimura
Japanese: はじめの一歩 間柴vs木村 死刑執行


Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 5, 2003
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Genres: Comedy, Shounen, Sports
Duration: 1 hr. 1 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.261 (scored by 39,057 users)
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Ranked: #2852
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1543
Members: 62,479
Favorites: 120


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Oct 12, 2008
ParaParaJMo (All reviews)
Remember how I say that when you get to the end of the first anime series, it’s truly the beginning? This oav is a perfect example of what I’m talking about. It finally further gives the other characters deeper opportunities to develop and to be taken seriously. Especially in the case of Kimura who’s primary function has always been comic relief. It’s nice that the oav of course centers around on Kimura and you only view Ippo from a 3rd hand perspective which I thought was an interesting twist since he’s the main character. You really get to see how much boxing really means to read more
Apr 20, 2011
Danno (All reviews)
What can I say? I loved it. This is what Hajime no Ippo's all about. Boxing isn't just some uncivil sport; it's physically and mentally challenging, everyone has their own reasons for doing it, and it takes some serious dedication and guts. When I saw Mashiba's name in the title, I thought it would just be some hilarious spin-off with Kimura getting beaten up by that crazy SOB, but the story was quite intense and touching.

The animation was smooth and stuff. There were maybe a few recycled fighting sequences, but this series always does it in a tasteful way, unlike DBZ. I love that about read more
Aug 19, 2008
Sick_Bastard (All reviews)
Hajime no Ippo - Mashiba vs. Kimura
Approx. 60 minuets
Age Rating: 12+ (Violence, Blood, Mild Profanity)
Genres: Sports (Boxing)

Story - 7/10 - Good
The story is really nothing to write home about, it really just serves as a device to get to the fighting scenes. The movie is about 40% plot, and 60% action, so it will not fail to disappoint. The story has some good twists and turns and will keep you on edge the entire time, and is generally captivating for a sports anime.

Art - 9/10 - Great
Very detailed art, I was impressed. Each individual character is detailed very nicely, and the all the muscles and read more
Nov 9, 2014
rewdalf (All reviews)
1. It's been done well despite being a single OVA. Sometimes some scenes looks better than the first season anime.
2. The match animation is equivalent to a "big match" done in the first season of the anime. Gotta love the exaggerated wind effects and high speed punches. That Kimura vs. Miyata fight scene is really satisfying.

1. The OVA gave the side characters (Kimura and Aoki) focuses on development that otherwise couldn't been done in the main anime as it usually focuses on Ippo, his rivals, Takamura, etc.
2. Takamura and his bullying antics has been a good source of humor for the series.
3. A little read more
Apr 5, 2018
seal308 (All reviews)
I am surprised that Champion Road has a better MAL rating than this special.
In my opinion this is far superior.
Unlike in Champion Road we know the history behind these two fighters.
There is actual meaning behind every punch.
It’s not just the fighters but the people around them that we know of.
How Aoki deals with this match is powerful stuff.
This is what makes Hajime No Ippo great. Above all it’s about heart.
Kimura is a fighter who doesn’t get much love in the series, but unlike Aoki’s brawler style Kimura fights with his brain and this gives him the ability to have a chance at the belt.
I read more