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. – My Anime List
Based on 14 review scores:
An intense, brutal, yet heartwarming and enthralling series about the tough world of boxing and a young underdog’s path to glory.
What it all boils down to, is that Hajime no Ippo is an amazingly engrossing experience, and one of the best series to come out of the anime industry. It is definitely worthy of being known as one of the best sports shounen series, and will likely convert many a viewer into a diehard fan of a currently niche genre.
I would definitely recommend any fan of sports and/or fighting anime to watch this series.
Despite being 76 episodes, the anime was enjoyable throughout the whole thing. That said, it’s quite surprising for me to like something like this anyway. I’m not into sports; definitely not boxing. But this anime is an exception.
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You don’t get to see an anime of this calibre every day. As a life-long anime fan, I wish I had watched Hajime no Ippo much sooner. From its butt-ugly head to its brawny toes, the series packs such intensity that my poor monitor emitted not sparks but vapours of sweat. It is the kind of rare event that inspires anyone to power through two-hundred squats and step out into the street asking random strangers to punch them in the stomach… or was that just me?! In any case, watch with a heart bypass surgeon at the ready because this show promises the full workout from your seat!
Hajime No Ippo is perhaps one of the greatest anime series I have encountered. It ranks up there with Rurouni Kenshin, Evangelion, and I enjoyed watching and reading it as much as I enjoy watching/reading Naruto and Full Metal Alchemist right now. Now if you will excuse me, I think I hear the sound of the gong.
Hajime no Ippo does very well to grasp the viewer during the height of competition. The characters are developed so well that you might end up rooting for Ippo’s opponent to win instead. However, a repeated shounen formula could deter the viewer from watching past the first arc, and the way it progresses from there could stagnate the viewer from progressing.
Now this anime only gets a 9 out of 10 becuase it did not continue along with the manga. The manga is a perfect 10 out of 10, however when the anime picks up again in january no doubt this will be a perfect anime! I loved the manga, and watching some of the fight scenes animated was excellent! If you love boxing and if you love sports animes, then this is perfect for you! it easily ranks up with some of the best sports manga’s ever made, adapted into anime of course.
This series is one of the funniest animés ever. This is an overall superior animé. If you never watched animé in your life, or just looking for a good series to watch, this is it.
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Definitely give this series a try. You won\’t be disappointed with the 76 episodes. In fact, you\’ll probably end up reading the manga because you don\’t want it to stop!
You know you love an anime when, trying to show it to a friend, you somehow end up watching the entire thing again with him/her. And you still shout, you still laugh, you still find yourself out of your seat punching the air the second, the third, the sixth time you’ve seen it. And you can’t stop smiling. Because you get to live in their world again.
The first season meanwhile was a lot harder to sit through because of its length and monotonous pacing, even though it never really drags on. If you’ve got the time though, by all means watch it, because it remains an incredibly solid sports series.