The Secret Behind the Magic
Chapter Info
Volume: 14
Chapter: 117
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Total Pages: 20
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The Secret Behind the Magic is the 117th 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


Ippo goes down, and the spectators notice that something strange happened. Date walks to his corner and tells his coach that he still needs to improve and that he feels bad for using Ippo as a test subject. As he looks back, Date is surprised to see Ippo standing and saying there has not been ten counts yet. The match resumes and they begin trading. In what appears to be an even exchange, Date launches the corkscrew again. Instead of covering his face, Ippo covers his body, but realizes too late that the target was his heart. Being paralyzed after the hit, Ippo takes a left and goes down again. As Date walks away, Ippo gets up and they continue the match until the third round.

After the match, the gym members assume Date had an easy victory, and that the heart break shot was "over kill". Later in the shower however, it is revealed that Date can not wash his hair because his arms hurt from blocking Ippo's punches.

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