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Poll: Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger Episode 8 Discussion

Mar 9, 2009 4:46 AM
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what did you guys think about the fights end? date got his ass handed to him just like the manga.
to little to late.

Mar 19, 2009 6:42 AM

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I'm guessing the original thread on this one got KO'd by MAL problems? Anyway, this episode was so much better than episode 7. I loved Martinez looking like a golden god every time he completely thwarted Date just because it's a nice contrast to the usual Ippo "if I fight my hardest there will be a light at the end of the tunnel" thinking. Plus the feeling of the manga was well transferred this episode, something that hasn't always happened with the anime adaptations of Ippo.
Mar 19, 2009 7:44 AM
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Yeah, I really liked where they placed Martinez's line of "Goodbye Eiji Date" as he is falling as opposed to the impact of his corkscrew in the manga.
Mar 26, 2009 8:54 PM

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Can't ask for better ep. I like the way the producer express the reason to fight of every chararater in this show.
Apr 9, 2009 5:24 PM

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An absolutely amazing episode. I guess the man to beat for Ippo is that Mexican guy. If he can beat that guy then no one would ever win him.
This is the episode that will make anyone who was thinking of starting to box to forget about it. All those broken bones, i felt pain only watching him.
By the way the i fight with everything i got to impress the one i love is a good idea since is probably one of the main reasons a man fights hard. A man always fights harder when his girl is watching him.
Aug 27, 2009 2:21 AM

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I loved his reason for boxing lol
Oct 24, 2009 9:00 PM

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What an inspirational fight, despite Date losing it was still emotional to watch, now Ippo's feelings are solidified, he's going to get a lot better now!
Apr 21, 2010 9:23 PM

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Nov 9, 2010 1:15 AM

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I love these fights soo much, because unlike most shounens, you really don't know who is going to win. At all. I went back and forth between them rapidly at different points, it was an amazing match.
Jan 4, 2011 7:33 AM

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That was BRUTAL, and hard to watch at points. Date was torn apart piece by piece. It's amazing, all that effort and fury and Ricardo wasn't even scratched. As if Ippo's spar wasn't enough of a wake up call, seeing the person who beat him, who he looked up to, destroyed like that has got to have an effect. Regardless, it's all up to Ippo to take on that monster now. Date's finished.

Jul 6, 2011 7:07 AM

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I was touched.
Even when I was in crowd, I was always alone
Jul 8, 2011 5:32 AM

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One of the most dangerous fights we've since in the whole series.. :-( A heartbreaking lost for Date.. I was so scared for him with all the fractures.. but still mustered the strength to keep on fighting.. My heart sunk when Martinez dodged after Eiji's corkscrew punch..
The scene in the hospital was touching.. don't couldn't help myself chuckle at the lame "baton pass" Haha.. but for Ippo.. It looks like he's more stronger and focused to train even more! :-)
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Jul 24, 2012 11:53 PM

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MY GOD, I don't think there will be a fight that will ever even come close to how dangerous that one was. I was feeling Date's pain during the whole thing.
Aug 8, 2012 11:53 AM

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There's no words to describe all these feelings. Sure I had read this beforehand in the manga, but it's still just amazing. "Wanted to show her how cool I am" "Damn it", rarely do such simple words carry so much emotion and meaning. Can't wait to see THAT match, I'm probably going to faint :p

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Nov 12, 2012 4:12 AM

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Oh my god, what an amaizing episode! I almost cried at the end of the episode, when Date's wife was quoting Ippo's words "...the current me!". :')
Jan 14, 2013 10:30 PM

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I really thought Date was going to win. As long as Ippo gets to fight the world champ, I'll be satisfied.
Jan 27, 2013 10:08 AM

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tear falling trough my cheek,,,i'm so moved by the last scene T_T
his wife should have stop him from continuing the fight for what ever REASON it is!!
Apr 20, 2013 9:19 AM

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dat dodge is out of this world,so if he's based on ricardo lopez he will never lose until he retires lol.
now its time for takamura :]
Jul 20, 2013 4:24 PM

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It was painful watching Date getting beat up. ;;
Jul 25, 2013 3:42 PM

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Been rewatching the whole series to prepare for season 3. First time I've bothered to stop to comment. "Baton Pass" - Best quote I've heard in a while.
Aug 31, 2013 3:59 PM

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Date really gt messed up, that fight was just insane, I'm that Martinez was able to dodge that hit after the heartbreak shot. That dude is really invincible, looks like Ippo's new goal is to beat Martinez; that hospital scene was kind of sad, but I can understand the meaning when Date said "Baton Pass", looks like it's now Ippo's turn to try and take the World Champion belt.
Oct 18, 2013 1:27 PM

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This fight was absolutely amazing, I was floored and there were so many emotions during this fight, it was spectacular, I cried.
Oct 21, 2013 5:09 PM

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Date got murdered out there jeez. However, I was not surprised at the outcome of this match

Oct 25, 2013 1:11 AM

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My god this guy is OP lol. Great fight Date. Sad to see that Ippo and Date will never have a rematch since it looks like he's retiring for good ;_; I wonder when we'll get to see Ippo face Martinez.
Nov 27, 2013 1:37 PM
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Damn, that hurts ;.; poor Date.

To me though, he's also a winner that match whom gave it his all.
Dec 5, 2013 7:48 AM

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The outcome wasn't surprising but that Mexican world champion dude is soo OP. Needs a nerf. Rito plz....
Jan 23, 2014 9:14 AM

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Shit. Wonder if Date will be okay? Miyata's injury healed fine but Date's are a little more severe.
Apr 19, 2014 12:15 AM

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I had high hopes, but Martinez is obviously a few heaps stronger. REALLY great episode, I can't wait to see Ippo's development after this.
Aug 13, 2014 4:26 AM

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Oh wow that ending :| that's probably the most damage we've seen in this series from a match! Really epic match though but well Ippo you're going to need to train to defeat him!
Nov 9, 2014 7:25 PM

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Wow. I can't even put into words how epic this episode was. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. And that scene with Ippo and Date at the end was so moving. This show just rocks.
Oct 31, 2015 3:03 AM

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Damn, poor Date.
Feb 5, 2016 10:42 PM

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Most damage from a fight ever.
Great motivation for Ippo
Feb 20, 2016 11:16 AM

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Baton pass :( That was a pretty sad episode :'(
Feb 21, 2016 3:15 PM

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Damn Date got destroyed.
Mar 26, 2016 8:44 PM

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Definitely one of the best fights in the series so far. On par with Kimura Vs Mashiba and Ippo Vs Sendo. I legitimately had no idea who would win once he landed the corkscrew shot. I'm actually glad he didn't wind up dying. That would have been cliche as fuck and pointless, since everything was still super emotional.

So, I'm guessing Martinez will be Ippo's final opponent before Miyata
Sep 7, 2016 5:06 AM

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Gotta say Martinez is absolutely terrifying. I'd rather fight Takamura honestly. At least he has flaws; Martinez has none. The entire fight for Date was utterly hopeless.

Really hope Ippo gets to fight him before he gets too old and retires. Would love to see that.
Mar 6, 2:41 PM
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That wife was terrible. She should have tried to stop him, instead she encouraged him to almost get himself killed. If this wasn't an anime I'd say she wanted insurance money
May 14, 4:47 AM

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I closed my eyes when he fall ;-;
Ippo I put all my hopes on you please don't disappoint me.
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May 17, 8:23 PM

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One of my favorite episodes of the series. This was such an epic end to the fight. That one line (something like "When someone asks who was my strongest opponent, I'll say it was a samurai from a distant island nation") gave me chills, especially after it was followed by the "Damn it" and the "Goodbye". Just such an epic conclusion. The baton pass was also extremely touching. This show has outstanding fucking characters man. 6/5
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Jun 7, 6:23 AM

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The fight was brutal. It was hard watching Date getting so beat up.
Fortunately, he didn't receive any life threatening injuries.
And damn, I cried when Date passed on the baton to Ippo. The background music just made it worse :_: