For Me to be Me
Chapter Info
Volume: 20
Chapter: 176
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Total Pages: 20
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For Me to be Me is the 176th chapter of Morikawa Jouji's manga series Hajime no Ippo.


  • Characters Introduced: None
  • Locations Introduced: None
  • Techniques Introduced: None
  • Mentioned Boxers: None
  • Title Page Character(s): Makunouchi Ippo, Date Eiji


In an attempt to accept his new life, Date repeatedly tells himself that his current situation in the best; he has a new child, Aiko says she is happier than before, and he is now being promoted in his company. Despite all these things, Date claims that he does not feel alive anymore.

When Date gets home, he is disturbed by the sight of his boxing trophies, and decides to throw them away. However Aiko opposes his decision and begins crying, refusing to pretend she is living a happy life. She tells him that he never returned from Mexico and that their son will never see the man his father once was.

The next day, Date quits his job and begins training to regain his condition. He goes to Nakadai and requests his help in returning to the world of boxing. In no time, Date once again becomes the JBC featherweight champion and defends the title four times.

Back in the present day, Date is worried about leaving his home for training camp, but after talking it over with Aiko, he decides to begin training with his coach like they did for the world title match.

At the same time, Ippo and his gym mates are also in a training camp for their upcoming matches.


  • This chapter is the first in which Date Aiko appears outside of a flashback.

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