Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger

Fighting Spirit: New Challenger

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Synonyms: Hajime no Ippo New Series, Hajime no Ippo Season II, Hajime no Ippo 2
Japanese: はじめの一歩 新シリーズ
English: Fighting Spirit: New Challenger
Spanish: Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting. New Challenger
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Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 7, 2009 to Jul 1, 2009
Premiered: Winter 2009
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 01:29 (JST)
Licensors: None found, add some
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: 8.661 (scored by 160008160,008 users)
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Ranked: #662
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Popularity: #839
Members: 273,956
Favorites: 1,737

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Japanese Featherweight Champion Ippo Makunouchi has successfully defended and retained his title. Meanwhile, his rival, Ichirou Miyata, has resurfaced in Japan, aiming for his own Featherweight belt in the Oriental Pacific Boxing Federation. When the rest of the world comes knocking, however, will Japan's best fighters rise to the challenge and achieve glory at the top? Or will the small island nation be crushed under the weight of greater entities? This time, champions will become challengers issuing a call to the rest of the world and ready to show off their fighting spirit!

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Characters & Voice Actors


Shishido, Jun
Nakajima, Toshihiko
Sound Director
Sueda, Yoshifumi
Episode Director
Watanabe, Kotono
Episode Director, Script, Storyboard


Opening Theme

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"Hekireki" by Last Alliance

Ending Theme

"8 AM" by coldrain


Dec 31, 2022
Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger continues where it left off in the first season. Ippo is now the Japan Featherweight champion. But in the second season, Ippo is not in the major role and the anime focuses more on other characters, especially on Takamura. Which is something great because in my first season review, I mentioned that the characters of this anime are its greatest weapon so focusing more on Miyata, Eiji and Takamura was great to watch. I think each of them took themselves a step further and became even better characters than before. But I can't say the same for Ippo.

Ippo wasn't ...
Aug 14, 2021
This is the second season continues right where the previous one left off. We already see a Japanese champion ippo and a Takamura aspiring to a world title. I love that throughout the series the characters do not stop evolving, always showing their human side. Of how they got to that moment of the fight, of the life that they do what they want to do. The animation is outstanding, the soundtrack is incredible and it is a masterpiece please if you did not see it, run to see it do you that favor. You will thank me.

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Esta es la segunda temporada continua justo ...
Jun 23, 2021
The first season of Hajime no Ippo had already conquered me, but this second season only confirmed my passion for this anime. The story has not lost its pace from the start. It is very gratifying to see the evolution of Ippo and the great evolution of another character, Takamura. I didn't like him very much at first, but in this second season the author made a big development of him in which he made the character even more significant in the story. the animation remains great in both fight and normal scenes. The only big difference now is that the entire anime is in ...

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