Hajime no Ippo
Hajime no Ippo: Fighting Spirit!
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Hajime no Ippo

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: The Fighting!, Fighting Spirit, The Fighting! Ippo, Hajime no Ippo Gaiden: Naniwa Tiger
Japanese: はじめの一歩
English: Hajime no Ippo: Fighting Spirit!
French: Ippo
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Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Sep 27, 1989 to ?
Genres: Award Winning Award Winning, Sports Sports
Theme: Combat Sports Combat Sports
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Authors: Morikawa, George (Story & Art)


Score: 8.721 (scored by 3531135,311 users)
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Ranked: #452
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #169
Members: 83,312
Favorites: 6,609

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Makunouchi Ippo is a 16-year-old high school student who helps his mother run the family business. His hefty workload impedes on his social life, making him an easy target for bullies. One day, while being beaten up by a group of high school students, Ippo is saved by a boxer named Mamoru Takamura, and is brought to the Kamogawa Boxing Gym.

This afterschool bullying session turns his life around for the better as Ippo discovers his latent talent for boxing and decides to practice the sport professionally. However, Mamoru doubts Ippo's determination and assigns him a task deemed impossible to complete, but the resolute Ippo trains tirelessly to fulfill his mission. Along the way, he finds out what it means to attain true strength while making new friends and fighting formidable foes.

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Hajime no Ippo has sold over 94 million copies as of October 2013 and won the 15th Kodansha Manga Award for Best Shounen Manga in 1991.

The series has been published digitally in English as Hajime no Ippo: Fighting Spirit! by Kodansha USA through K Manga.

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Jul 7, 2009
Preliminary (859/? eps)
What can I say about Hajime No Ippo other then it's a great story that gives otaku everywhere some self confidence to be strong.

The story consists of one Makanouchi Ippo, a social outcast who is picked on because he is passive, poor and smells bad because of his family fishing shop. One day Ippo is being bullied out in the open and a man jogging by scares off the kids. Ippo asks the man to teach him how to be strong and thus begins Ippo's run of determination.

The theme of this manga is "What is it like to be strong?" and pure determination and hard ...
May 28, 2009
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (Unknown/? eps)
Since the author realized that he's going to make this run as long as he lives (or as long as there's interest) it has become a formulaic, and repetitive story. It basically runs like this:

-End fight filler
-Rinse and repeat... FOREVER!

Of course there are good fights with the occasional serious Takamura title match. However, there are too many filler fights (Ippo title defense and Kamogawa gym underling matches) to keep things interesting during volume 50+. With how things are going, this manga will stretch forever.

It is likable though since I have lasted up to v60 and still going but I have found myself scanning the post ...
Sep 23, 2022
Preliminary (860/? eps)
Hajime no Ippo was great until the series decided to repeat everything, no changes, barely any plot, and became worse over time.
Story: 6/10
the story is fine, the typical shonen manga with the protagonist wanting to be "the strongest"
Plot: 3/10
I know this series is supposed to be a sports manga, but for fuck's sake, make some changes, literally almost nothing that happens, matters.
The typical formula in the manga is like this: Ippo trains > we get to see the new opponent > Ippo nearly loses but wins in the last second > the cast doing "side quests" > rinse and repeat.
It was like that for ...

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