The Secret of the Sole of the Foot
Chapter Info
Volume: 5
Chapter: 41
Japanese Title: 足の裏の秘密
Romanized Title: Ashi No Ura No Himitsu
Total Pages: 20
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The Secret of the Sole of the Foot is the forty-first 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


Takamura points to his toes, stating that they are very important for a boxer, since to shift his body, he must rely on his toes. He explains that this is also the reason that Ippo can not keep up with the group. After that, Ippo and Kimura begin a training session involving tennis balls to improve Ippo's strength.

Takamura and Kimura, who get rejected by girls, laugh at Aoki when he falls in deep waters, for trying to pick up girls. They mention that he doesn't know how to swim, and so Ippo jumps to his rescue. Aoki grabs on to Ippo, causing the latter a leg-cramp and leaving him no choice but to knock the frantic former out. Once Aoki regains consciousness, he goes after Ippo, for "almost killing him".

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