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Hajime no Ippo (lit. "The First Step" in Japan) is a boxing manga and anime series created by Jōji "George" Morikawa which is serialized by Kodansha in Weekly Shōnen Magazine.

Hajime no Ippo The Fighting

Artwork from the first season DVD.


The manga has been running since 1989, span 100? tankōbon. A 76-episode anime adaption, titled Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting! was produced by Madhouse, the Nippon TV Network and VAP, directed by Satoshi Nishimura and ran on the Nippon TV Network from October 2000 to March 2002.[2] One OVA and a tv? movie were also produced. At the end of 2003 the anime was licensed in North America by Geneon.[6] Geneon released it as Fighting Spirit. It was called Knock Out! in the Philippines. On September 15, 2008 it was announced in Weekly Shōnen Magazine that a second season of Hajime no Ippo would begin airing on January 6, 2009. The second season is called Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger. It concluded on June 30, 2009. The third season came as a 25 episode sequel, which it's first episode was released on the 6th of October, 2013.


The first season covers up to Ippo's first title defense (Vol. 35 of the manga). Because of this, Itagaki Manabu (one of the? major characters) was not included, as he was not yet introduced by that point in the story.

The characters Kimura Tatsuya and Mashiba Kumi are introduced slightly earlier than in the manga, and Kimura's fight against Mashiba Ryou takes place after the Makunouchi vs. Sanada fight instead of before it (the final OVA covers this fight).

The anime was dubbed in English by Geneon under the title Fighting Spirit.


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Main CastEdit

Main article: List of voice actors


Full list of the episodes from all seasons - anime guide

Early Days ArcEdit


Rookie King Tournament ArcEdit


Champion Road ArcEdit


Theme songsEdit

Opening ThemesEdit

  1. Under Star by Shocking Lemon (Round 1~25)
  2. Inner Light by Shocking Lemon (Round 26~52)
  3. Tumbling Dice by Imahori Tsuneo (Round 53~75)

Ending ThemesEdit

  1. Yuuzora no Kami Hikouki by Mori Noaya (Round 1~25)
  2. 360° by Naoya Mori (Round 26~52, 75)
  3. Eternal Loop by Saber Tiger (Round 53~74)

See alsoEdit

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