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: 8.671 (scored by 165433165,433 users)
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Ranked: #662
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Popularity: #844
Members: 283,132
Favorites: 1,786

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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


Nakajima, Toshihiko
Sound Director
Sueda, Yoshifumi
Episode Director


Opening Theme

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Ending Theme

"8 AM" by coldrain


Apr 27, 2010
You know, I've always loved boxing. Yet i never imagined that anime series about boxing could be much more interesting than the "real thing". Well, actually, It's not!
In this anime you don't just have pure fight, action non-stop. NO!
You get to know each one of the characters in the series. It's like you're one part of this anime. I don't know, I've never felt it before. The "gang"...It always looked like I am part of it, laughing and sorrowing with them. Watching them get beat up and yet stand again.
I know this review sounds like shit, and there are 100% lot better reviews then this, ...
Jul 19, 2009
To start things off, I can say is that it’s about damn time that a new anime installment of Hajime no Ippo came under way. Even though the first anime series was 70 plus episodes, I felt I didn’t get enough by the time I finished watching it. To me, Ippo vs Sendo 2 was actually the beginning!!! Since then, I decided to read the manga and currently up to date on it which is now nearly 90 volumes, and I’ll say I still haven’t gotten enough!!! But moving on, to a certain extent, New Challenger for what it covers is faithful to the manga ...
Dec 20, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Compared to the first season, this season is very average in terms of production, the animation was more static, focusing much more on the consistency of the drawing than on the fluidity of the animation (so much so that there are rare moments in which the anime has dynamic animation and experimental like in the first season) the artistic direction was much more contained here and the fights were visually stiller, the animation was more aesthetically pleasing, but it no longer has that dynamism of the first season, things get worse when we compare it to Hajime's manga in Ippo, Date's fight disappointed me a ...

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