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 143996143,996 users)
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Ranked: #582
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Popularity: #810
Members: 243,877
Favorites: 1,578

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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

Apr 27, 2010
IppoSRB (All reviews)
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, read more
Jul 19, 2009
ParaParaJMo (All reviews)
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 read more
Apr 6, 2015
literaturenerd (All reviews)

Time to review something that actually DOESN'T suck! Hajime no Ippo is back with a vengeance!

The sequel to Hajime no Ippo continues the tale of Ippo's rise to the top of the boxing world. While the first Ippo series started as a coming of age story in which a bullied young man must learn to stand up for himself and achieve his dreams, the sequel starts right at the action and comes out swinging furiously. However, unlike the Rocky sequels, Ippo actually manages to keep the character development, pacing, and quality storytelling that made the first Ippo good. The opponents don't simply devolve into cartoon read more
Jun 23, 2021
gabs_0 (All reviews)
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 read more

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