Fighting Spirit

(ended 2003)


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Fighting Spirit

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Also known as Hajime no Ippo, Makunouchi Ippo Helps his mom at a fishing dock, he is currently in school and because he has to help his mom he couldn't make very many friends if any at all. Walking home from school a bully named Umezawa-kun and his two friends walk up to Makunouchi and as always he doesn't try to defend himself and leaves an open weak point for being bullied around and this is where Makunouchi gets beaten up pretty bad and Takamura-san comes to save him. The bullys run off in fear of Takamura-san and Makunouchi passes out1. He wakes up in the gym and before leaving, Takamaura-san tries to help give him the courage to defend himself by putting a drawing on a punching bag for Makunouchi and he punches with unbelievable power and thus reveals the type of fighter he would become. Now he gets some video tapes of some boxing matches and starts to desire the idea of becoming 'strong' and begins to buy boxing magazines and now his desire and respect for the sport grows. He meets up with Takamura-san on the road side, here he says he wants to become a Pro Boxer, Takamura-san thinking he doesn't have the ability to become anything good he tries to stop him from doing it, but Makunochi doesn't give in so Takamura-san gives him a really hard mission that normally he wouldn't be able to fulfill, having to catch 10 leaves while they fall from a tree. Opening Theme: #1- "Under Star" (eps 1-25) #2 - "Inner Light" (eps 26-52) #3 - "Tumbling Dice" (eps 53-76) Ending Theme: #1 - "Yuuzora no Kamihikouki" (eps 1-25) #2 - "360°" (eps 26-52,75) #3 - "Eternal Loop" (eps 53-74,76)moreless
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  • SEASON 3!

    Season 3 is confirmed for this fall! Cant wait! Its gonna be great!
  • Defiantly one of the best sports anime out there

    Well it's a sport anime about boxing. At first I didn't think that I'll like this show, but once I watched the first episode I got hocked and started watching more anime after this. If you watched "Slam Dunk" then you should defiantly watch this show. I am surprised that not many people know about it. This anime is really exciting hilarious and addictive. It's only 19 mints if you cut the opening and the ending song. it would be such a waste not to watch it. Well you should give it a try and see for yourself how good it is.moreless
  • The storyline is about a high school boy who is always picked on. He grows in confidence after taking up the Sport of Boxing.

    This show is hilarious and inspirational. You can identify with the trials and tribulations that the main Character, Ippo, goes through. From the Nerdy, and uncoordinated beginnings, you witness the emotional ups and downs. He starts off as a kid with no confidence. Being picked on was the norm, until Takemura, an upcoming middleweight fighter, saves him from bullies beating up on him. Through training and hard work, Ippo grows in confidence and strength. It's an emotional rollercoaster from the first victory, throughout. The supporting characters blend very well and compliment each other. This series got me hooked into Japanese Anime.moreless
  • This anime is too damned good to let it go to waste ... if your not watching it or havent watched it. look at one episode and you will stick to it like glue.moreless

    Hajimeno Ippo a good kid that studies a lot and generally a push over at school. Sounds like an everyday cliche story right? ... wrong. This kid is one of those good spirited kids that of course always tries to do what's right and give his best effort in all. But because he was such a push over his life was hell before, a boxer helped him out. After getting rescued and helped by a boxer who became one of his best friends, he started learning boxing and his entire used to be pathetic life took a turn to whats called self superation in other words ... it started to rock the world. This story is about beating all the obstacles showing the world that no matter how weak or scrawny or smart you are, if you train and put your heart into something you can always become good at it. The moral is to never give up and to face all your fears no matter how big the wall to climb is, you can always try and try again. Failure is an option as long as you get back on your feet and try again.

    Besides all of that it shows the good and the bad about boxing in most of its areas so ... for all those sport addicts watch this ... its a Must See!!!moreless
  • I am not normally a fan of boxing in general and don't tend to watch much sport, who would have thought that a boxing anime would turn out so great!

    Fighting Spirit, or Hajime no Ippo as I know it (watched the japanese, original, version with subs) was an unexpected find for me, I happened to watch an episode at someone else's house and from then I was hooked!

    The story has no magic, no mecha, no outlandish creatures, nothing but a guy and his love of boxing. The story is well told and well animated with the characters all being hilarious, I especially love Mashiba's reaction to Makunouchi's name.

    The way the character develops through hard work also makes a change from the norm "gifted hero" approach most anime's take and it's a refreshing change of pace.

    Right from the first episode Hajime no Ippo drew me in with its good natured story and comedy and still hasn't let me go! A Great blend of action and comedy

    (I'm still reading the manga which carries on from the end of the animated series)moreless