The Man Who Never Laughs
Chapter Info
Volume: 15
Chapter: 127
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Total Pages: 20
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The Man Who Never Laughs is the 127th 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): Miyata Ichirou


While reviewing the info on Sisphar, who seems invincible from every angle, Miyata's father asks where his son is. Miyata, who has been struggling with his weight management, passes out in the sauna and leaves for road work as soon as he wakes up.

With a sudden squall, Chana goes out looking for Miyata, to give him an umbrella. When he finds him, he states that despite people in Thailand saying that Japanese are not "hungry", Miyata never eats or drinks as he is always training. He also notes that Miyata never smiles or looks happy about boxing.

Later, while sparring with Payao, Miyata repeatedly gets hit and is unable to land a clean punch himself. It seems Miyata's performance is due to his weight management, but Payao notices that it has nothing to do with the diet, and that Miyata is simply aiming for something different. As the match is about to be stopped because of Miyata getting hit too many times, both fighters connect a hit at the same time but only Miyata falls. As Payao walks out of the ring, he loses control of his legs and wonders what that powerful hit was. Miyata's father seeing what happened realizes that Miyata is attempting a "counter to surpass all counters".

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