Hajime No Ippo – ADB

Alternative Titles

English: Fighting Spirit
Synonyms: The First Step, Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting
Japanese: はじめの一歩 THE FIGHTING!

 

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 75
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 4, 2000 to Mar 27, 2002
Premiered: Fall 2000
Broadcast: Tuesdays at 00:50 (JST)
Producers: VAP
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Genres: ComedySportsDramaShounen
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

Synopsis

Makunouchi Ippo has been bullied his entire life. Constantly running errands and being beaten up by his classmates, Ippo has always dreamed of changing himself, but never has the passion to act upon it. One day, in the midst of yet another bullying, Ippo is saved by Takamura Mamoru, who happens to be a boxer. Ippo faints from his injuries and is brought to the Kamogawa boxing gym to recover. As he regains consciousness, he is awed and amazed at his new surroundings in the gym, though lacks confidence to attempt anything. Takamura places a photo of Ippo’s classmate on a punching bag and forces him to punch it. It is only then that Ippo feels something stir inside him and eventually asks Takamura to train him in boxing. Thinking that Ippo does not have what it takes, Takamura gives him a task deemed impossible and gives him a one week time limit. With a sudden desire to get stronger, for himself and his hard working mother, Ippo trains relentlessly to accomplish the task within the time limit. Thus Ippo’s journey to the top of the boxing world begins.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Review

Do you like boxing? Whatever your answer is it doesn’t matter since Ippo is just an epic must watch.

You get sucked into this world of epic boxing and training, where the motivations and inner conflicts of the main characters are so hype that you can’t help but find yourself invested in everything.

The fights are a vicious brawl where every character gives it everything they have to try and win, their passion is infectious. The characters are so very compelling as well with Ippo’s simple passion to the complex internal and external difference to Takamura’s excellent character.

This anime takes every single good thing about Shounen and sports while throwing everything else away. It’s such an epic show! It’s also so addictive that I wanted to stagger how I watched the show. So I’ve not seen the 2nd season even though I really want too just because I will have no time left for anything else!

The characters feel real and I like how despite the simple setting and premise the characters can still have meaningful hang ups and flaws. This is a must watch and easily in my top ten favourite anime.

Recommended

Kuroko No Basket Season 1 (I also recommend the sequels, it’ just that I wrote this project before I watched them so I can’t link anything)

Shows from the same genre: Comedy, Sports, Drama, Shounen

Shows from the same studio: Madhouse

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