FANDOM


Kimura Tatsuya
ME3050345767 2 (1)
Biography
Japanese Name 木村 タツヤ
Gender Male
Birth date October 10, 1971
Homeland Japan Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Professional Boxer
Kimura Flower Shop worker
Boxer Info
Weight Class Junior Lightweight
Height 171 cm (5'7")
Reach 171 cm (67")
Style Out Boxer
Stance Orthodox Stance
Current Affiliation Kamogawa Boxing Gym
Trainer Shinoda
Boxing Record
Rank 7 (JBC)
Total fights 26
Wins 15
Wins by KO 9
Losses 6
Draws 5
Appearances
Manga Debut Round 17
Manga Final Recurring
Anime Debut Round 3 (The Fighting)
Anime Final Recurring
Voice Actor Fujiwara Keiji

Kimura Tatsuya (木村 • タツヤ lit. kimura tatsuya, formerly 木村 • 達也) is a major supporting character in Hajime no Ippo.

He is a junior lightweight boxer. Along with Makunouchi Ippo, Takamura Mamoru, Aoki Masaru and Itagaki Manabu, he rounds out the core members of the Kamogawa Boxing Gym. His main fights in the series are against Mashiba Ryou and Eleki Battery.

His surname is Kimura. In Japan, surnames are listed before given names.

BackgroundEdit

AokiKimuraPast

Kimura and Aoki

Kimura became a delinquent because he was bullied by an older boy, and when his father went to confront the boy's father, he was pressured and ended up apologizing, this made Kimura lose all respect for his father, becoming more violent in both his house and in the outside, and decided to quit high school without his parents knowing.

Kimura and Aoki Masaru were best friends since kindergarten. In high school they began brawling and causing trouble with students from rival schools, namely North High, which eventually led to their expulsion. Kimura was the most affected by this because he was worried he had disappointed his mother. One day the pair attacked North High's Takamura Mamoru and lost miserably. Seeing Takamura's strength as a boxer, they decided to join the Kamogawa Boxing Gym to try and become strong too.

Despite losing to him in every spar, they continued boxing until they had earned their pro licenses and stepped into the ring. Eventually they forgot about their grudge and became passionate about boxing itself. They now look up to Takamura.

HistoryEdit

Ippo's Pro DebutEdit

In the anime, Kimura and Aoki watch Makunouchi Ippo and Miyata Ichirou sparring. After the end of the spar, he introduces himself to Ippo. On Ippo's first day at the gym, Kimura and Aoki attempts to train him, however they are stopped by the coach. Ippo, not knowing what Shadow Boxing is, asks Kimura, he then demonstrates shadow boxing. Kimura is seen watching Ippo's and Miyata's second sparring match.

Makunouchi Ippo vs Oda YusukeEdit

When Yagi announces Ippo's pro debut match opponent is Oda Yusuke, Kimura remembers him, as Oda started around the same time as him. Kimura, along with the others watch Ippo's fight with Oda, then celebrated after Ippo's first win.

Rookie King Tournament - First Round: Makunouchi Ippo vs Jason OzumaEdit

Ippo celebrates his first year at the gym with Kimura, Takamura, and Aoki at the Chuuka Soba. Kimura, along with Takamura and Aoki, watch Ippo's match against Jason Ozuma.

Rookie King Tournament - Second Round: Makunouchi Ippo vs Kobashi KentaEdit

A bit later after Ippo's fight with Ozuma, Kimura sparred with Ippo, noticing the latter is getting stronger. Kimura along with the others, watched Kobashi Kenta's and Hayami Ryuuichi's matches on tape. Kimura, along with Aoki, Ippo, and Takamura goes to the training camp at the beach. There, Kimura trained himself and helped Ippo with his training by sparring and throwing tennis balls for Ippo to catch. At the day of the match, Kimura watched Ippo's match against Kobashi.

JBC Middleweight Champion Title Match - Takamura Mamoru vs Yajima YoshiakiEdit

Kimura attended Takamura's match against JBC middleweight champion, Yajima Yoshiaki. When Takamura went down, Kimura and the others cheers helped Takamura stand up. Kimura and the others are overjoyed with Takamura earning the JBC middleweight champion belt. Kimura and the others celebrates at the Sugar Ray.

Rookie King Tournament - Semi-final Round: Makunouchi Ippo vs Hayami RyuuichiEdit

Kimura, Ippo, and Takamura attended Hayami Ryuuichi's match against Yasukawa Kazu, and Aoki's match. Kimura and the others watch Ippo's match against Hayami.


Kimura's main fight in the series is against Mashiba Ryou for the JBC Junior Lightweight championship. The fight was animated in the Kimura vs. Mashiba OVA; Kimura lost despite inventing a new signature move and putting in his best efforts. He also fought twice against Eleki Battery, a national champion. Both fights ended as draws.

Kimura's main role in the story is that of a supporting character, but upon his and Aoki's second entry into the Class A Tournament, they became directly antagonized by Iga Shinobu and his trainer, Baron Kurita. They are now both aiming to settle their grudge with the duo.

Match HistoryEdit

Result Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
DRAW 15-6-5 Unknown Decision 8(8), 3:00 1998 Tokyo, Japan N/A
DRAW 15-6-4 Unknown Decision 8(8), 3:00 1998 Tokyo, Japan Comeback Match
LOSS 15-6-3 Unknown Decision 10(10), 3:00 1997-98 Tokyo, Japan Class-A Tournament Final
WIN 15-5-3 Japan Ryuuzaki Takeshi Decision 10(10), 3:00 1997 Tokyo, Japan

Class-A Tournament First Round

LOSS 14-5-3 Philippines Sim Rex Decision 5(10) 1997-04-15 Yokohama, Japan Stopped by doctor due to heavy bleeding on both sides.
WIN 14-4-3 EUA Michael Gehon KO 5(10) 1996-09-12 Tokyo, Japan

"Operation - World Domination" Semi-Final Match

DRAW 13-4-3 Philippines Eleki Battery Decision 10(10), 3:00 1996-03 Tokyo, Japan N/A
DRAW 13-4-2 Philippines Eleki Battery Decision 10(10), 3:00 1995-08

Yokohama, Japan

N/A
WIN 13-4-1 Arman Algeria Decision 10(10), 3:00 1994-10-14 Tokyo, Japan "Apocalypse Now"
Semi-Final Match
LOSS 12-4-1 Japan Mashiba Ryou TKO 9(10), 2:30 1994-02-17 Tokyo, Japan "Execution"
Junior Lightweight Title Match
WIN 12-3-1 Philippines Nefuma Ozca TKO 5(10), 1:25 1994 Tokyo, Japan N/A
WIN 11-3-1 Thailand Pone Morocotte KO 10(10) 1993-07-11 Tokyo, Japan N/A
WIN 10-3-1 Japan Yokita Fujisawa KO 6(8), 1:18 1993 Tokyo, Japan N/A
LOSS 9-3-1 Japan Yokita Fujisawa Decision

8(8), 3:00

1992 Tokyo, Japan N/A
LOSS 9-2-1 Japan Ryuuzaki Takeshi KO 1(1), 2:06 1992-07 Tokyo, Japan

Class-A Tournament (Extra Round)

DRAW 9-1-1 Japan Ryuuzaki Takeshi Decision 8(8), 3:00. 1992-07 Tokyo, Japan Class-A Tournament Second Round
WIN 9-1-0 Japan Nishimura Hiroshi Decision 8(8), 3:00 1992 Tokyo, Japan Class-A Tournament
First Round
WIN 8-1-0 Japan Kanzaki Shinji Decision 8(8), 3:00 1992-04-20 Tokyo, Japan N/A
WIN 7-1-0 Japan Hotta Junichi KO ?(6) 1991 Tokyo, Japan N/A
WIN 6-1-0 Unknown N/A N/A N/A Tokyo, Japan N/A
LOSS ?-1-0 Unknown N/A N/A N/A Tokyo, Japan First Loss
WIN 1-0-0 Unknown TKO  1(4)  19?? Tokyo, Japan Pro Debut

AppearanceEdit

Kimura has a pale skin complexion, black hair color with a flat top hairstyle, and a medium-sized nose. His eye color is black and he has long, thin eyebrows. It is noted by Itagaki that Kimura is moderately handsome.

His training outfit is either a green jumpsuit or a blue t-shirt with pants

During his delinquent days, he had a pompadour hairstyle and wore gold shades with green lens.

Nicknames, etcEdit

Character Nickname Japanese Translation
Ippo
Itagaki
Kimura-san 木村さん see here
Takamura
Aoki
Shinoda
Most Characters
Kimura 木村 N/A
Yagi Kimura-kun 木村くん see here
Parents Tatsuya 達也 N/A
Itagaki (occasionally) Aokimura 青木村 Amalgamation of Aoki & Kimura

PersonalityEdit

Kimura is a smart boxer with a good eye. He lives with his parents and helps them run their flower shop, but makes most of his living from his fights. He has been known to come up with his own original training methods, such as shadow boxing to music. He also tends to speak more politely and can often narrowly avoid Takamura's pranks through guile, and shifting the brunt of the blame on to Aoki.

He and Aoki are best friends and are sometimes referred to as Aokimura (青木村). He tends to be less hard on Ippo than the others and more willing to assist in his training, although he does still tease him occasionally. While Takamura and Aoki often show concern for Ippo, Kimura is the closest of the three of them to being an ideal senpai. He is not above being petty or jealous and gloating. An example would be when he refused to stop celebrating Mashiba's suspension and Sawamura's retirement (as it meant he had less obstacles for the belt), despite Ippo's protests.

Kimura's pathetic love life and constant lack of a girlfriend is a recurring joke in the series, and he even named his pet fish Reiko after a girl who broke his heart.

Like Aoki, he is also highly skilled at baseball, particularly as batter, but as the two of them became delinquents, they lost interest in the sport and abandoned it.

He originally wrote his given name in kanji as 達也, but switched to katakana as タツヤ after returning from a brief retirement.

Fighting StyleEdit

Like Aoki, his boxing ability is also downplayed for much of the series (albeit not quite as badly). Despite this, he has proven to be a good boxer with solid all-around ability. Miyata stated that as a boxer, Kimura had no weaknesses (despite also not having any strengths) and Miyata's father said that although he was only ranked third before his fight with Mashiba, his talent surpassed that ranking. Mashiba himself admitted that Kimura was his strongest challenger. He shows strength around the level of a national champion, as he was able to draw with Eleki Battery twice and only barely lost to Mashiba.

As a fast outboxer, Kimura is often asked to be a sparring partner for Ippo and one time for Miyata, though Kimura benefited more from Miyata's sparring.

TechniquesEdit

WeaknessesEdit

In the lead-up to Kimura's fight against Mashiba, Miyata identifies Kimura's biggest flaw: as a well-rounded fighter he has no specific weaknesses, but he also has no strengths. Kimura comes to the same realization when he manages to slip pass Miyata's jabs, but realises he has no plan of attack with the distance closed. Notably, his lack of a Sunday punch makes it difficult for him to intimidate his opponents.

While Kimura does come up with the Dragon Fish Blow, he still does not have an emphasis on particular strengths, unlike Ippo's in-fighting or Miyata's counters.

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • He came up with his Dragon Fish Blow when he was feeding his fish
  • On one occasion, while Ippo was waiting for Miyata to appear at the gym following their second spar, Ippo mistakenly took Kimura's silhouette for Miyata.
  • Kimura, along with Aoki, appeared earlier in the anime than in the manga.

Ad blocker interference detected!


Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.