Fighting Spirit

Hajime no Ippo

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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.

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English: Fighting Spirit
Japanese: はじめの一歩 THE FIGHTING!
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
Licensors: Geneon Entertainment USA
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Genres: Comedy, Sports, Drama, Shounen
Duration: 23 min per ep
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Resolution: 480p
Type: Eng Sub, Dual Audio


Satoshi Nishimura – Director
Masafumi Mima – Sound Director
Yoshito Hata – Episode Director
Kenichi Kawamura – Episode Director, Storyboard, Assistant Director
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Theme Songs

OP1: “Under Star” by Shocking Lemons (eps 1-25)
OP2: “Inner Light” by Shocking Lemons (eps 26-52)
OP3: “Tumbling Dice” by Tsuneo Imahori (eps 53-75)
ED1: “Yuuzora no Kamihikouki” by Naoya Mori (eps 1-25)
ED2: “360°” by Naoya Mori (eps 26-52, 75)
ED3: “Eternal Loop” by Saber Tiger (eps 53-74)

Episode List

01: The First Step
02: Fruits of Labor
03: Tears of Joy
04: Shadow Boxing
05: Three Months to Counter
06: The Opening Bell of the Rematch
07: The Destructive Power of one Centimeter
08: Promise to Meet Again
09: C Class License
10: Debut Match!
11: Obsession for Victory
12: Becoming a Bully’s Buddy
13: The Eastern Japan Rookie Championship Tournament Begins
14: Powerful Arms! Hook vs. Uppercut!
15: Test of Endurance
16: Anticipating a Fierce Fight
17: Ippo on the Beach
18: Clinch
19: K.O. Dream
20: The Threat of Shotgun
21: The Way to Capture a Prodigy
22: Forward! Forward!!
23: The Other Semi-Final
24: To the Promised Place…
25: Grudges, Sorrows & Dreams
26: The Battle for Distance
27: Death Match
28: Victory or Defeat
29: Rocky of Naniwa
30: To Enemy Ground
31: Traces of Intense Battles
32: Throw Your Right!
33: Smash Force
34: The Rookie King
35: The Continuing Journey
36: The Champ and I
37: A Thing to Strive For
38: Two Rookies of the Year
39: Challenge in a Foreign Land
40: A Counter to Surpass All Counters
41: Barf-michi’s Big Fight
42: Sharing a Dream
43: The Speed Star
44: Blind Spot in the Ring
45: The White Fangs of the Wolf
46: Be the Gazelle
47: The Fighting Spirit Within
48: The Red Wolf
49: The Courage to Believe
50: Something to Convey
51: The Group Date
52: The Challenger
53: So That I Can Be Myself
54: Fists of the Champ
55: The Japan Featherweight Title Match
56: The Power that Stands in the Way
57: Conclusion
58: Heartbroken
59: Look of Determination
60: Rival
61: Comeback Anxiety
62: Revival
63: Youth of Fire
64: Hot Rod Era
65: The Summer of the Kamogawa Corps
66: Mr. Takamura’s Tears
67: The Kamogawa Gym Swings Into Action
68: The Chief’s Peril
69: The Trap of the Southpaw
70: The Young Punk
71: Time for the Showdown
72: Lollapalooza
73: Surpass That Moment
74: Mixup
75: One Step Further


An intense, brutal, yet heartwarming and enthralling series about the tough world of boxing and a young underdog’s path to glory.


Wanna become addicted to sports anime? This is a good start.


Epic fights, great story, great comedy, amazing graphics (for it’s time) and amazing character development. Just an amazing anime 9/10


Don’t let the episode count put you off, Hajime no Ippo is enjoyable to watch the whole way through. One of my all time favorites.


Best anime ever. Shows the spirit of a true man.


The relatable journey of a young boxer that will draw from you many laughs, much excitement, maybe even tears. Really about coming of age.

Yugure Shadowmore

Shounen in it’s purist and best form.



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