Fighting Spirit – Champion Road

Hajime no Ippo: Champion Road

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The challenger has become the champion as Ippo Makunouchi now wears the featherweight championship belt of Japan. Some time has passed since Ippo's victory, and he has found his friends and coach as supportive as ever; his crush, Kumi Mashiba, seems to enjoy spending time with him as well. Things are looking bright for the new champion, but just as he once set his sights on becoming the best, his first challenger poses an intimidating threat. Kazuki Sanada works as a doctor at the same hospital as Kumi and fights strategically. Known for integrating his knowledge of the human body into his fights, Sanada is a fearsome contender—however, more unnerving than his physical ability, he has garnered the support of the nurses. Despite being the champion, Ippo feels the pressure as he must face the daunting challenge, retain his belt, and win over the girl he loves.

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English: Fighting Spirit: Champion Road
Japanese: はじめの一歩 -Champion Road-
Type: Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 18, 2003
Licensors: Geneon Entertainment USA
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Genres: Comedy, Shounen, Sports
Duration: 1 hr 30 min
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Resolution: 480p
Type: Eng Sub


Satoshi Nishimura – Director
Masafumi Mima – Sound Director
Atsushi Aono – Key Animation
Richard Epcar – ADR Director
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Excels at character drama and adrenaline-fuelled action, unmatched in this regard. The show never misses a step, from the first to the last.


Not the strongest or most standout fight in the series by a long shot, but still a gripping and intense bout all the same.


Boxe e mais boxe


more ippo is good. main opponent isn’t that interesting though.


Ippo vs. Med Student sound just as kinda whatever as this movie is. Seriously, he fights a med student. I mean, he’s buff, but still…


classic sport one


If you liked Hajime no Ippo, this is a nice special.



    I make bad encodes and whine about subs and if I'm feeling particularly memey, I make bad subs too!