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Fighting Spirit

TV, ep.75 (~23 min.), 2000

 

Information:

Genres: Action, Comedy, Drama, Ganbatte, Romance, Slice of Life, Sports, Shounen
Tags: Boxing, Coming of age, Hero of Weak Character, Present, School-Delinquent, Slapstick, Boxing, Hand to Hand Combat, Shounen, Sports
Release Date: 04.10.2000 ‑ 27.03.2002
Studios: MADHOUSE Inc.
Licensors: Geneon Universal Entertainment
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
Type: TV (2000)
Episodes: 75, ~23 min.

Alternative names:

はじめの一歩 The Fighting!
Hajime no Ippo
The First Step
Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting
Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting!
はじめのいっぽ
はじめの一歩
Ippo Makunouchi's gentle spirit and lack of confidence make him an easy target for the bullies at his high school who regularly beat him up. Then, he's rescued from a beating by Takamura, a larger-than-life professional Boxer who inspires Ippo to learn the art of boxing.

After passing one of Takamura's outrageous tests, Ippo attempts to join the Kamogawa Boxing Club, but Chief Kamogawa refuses to believe Ippo has a fighter's spirit and requires Ippo to spar with Miyata, an extraordinarily talented and skilled Boxer. Can Ippo even survive the first round?!
Makunouchi Ippo has been bullied his entire life. Constantly running errands and being beaten up by his classmates, Ippo has always dreamed of changing himself, but never has the passion to act upon it. One day, in the midst of yet another bullying, Ippo is saved by Takamura Mamoru, who happens to be a Boxer. Ippo faints from his injuries and is brought to the Kamogawa boxing gym to recover. As he regains consciousness, he is awed and amazed at his new surroundings in the gym, though lacks confidence to attempt anything. Takamura places a photo of Ippo's classmate on a punching bag and forces him to punch it. It is only then that Ippo feels something stir inside him and eventually asks Takamura to train him in boxing. Thinking that Ippo does not have what it takes, Takamura gives him a task deemed impossible and gives him a one week time limit. With a sudden desire to get stronger, for himself and his hard working mother, Ippo trains relentlessly to accomplish the task within the time limit. Thus Ippo's journey to the top of the boxing world begins.

Ippo Makunouchi is a loser. He has no friends, he spends his free time helping his mom with work, and he's constantly being beaten up by bullies. But that all changes when one day he's saved from another beating by Takamura, an up-and-coming Boxer. Soon, Ippo turns his life around with a passion for the newly discovered sport, but his new lifestyle is far from easy! Before he can even dream of becoming champion, he'll have to overcome a slew of fierce rivals and learn what 'dedication' really means.
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Related anime:

Fighting Spirit TV, 2000
Hajime no Ippo: Boxer no Kobushi Bonus, 2003, Side story
Fighting Spirit: Champion Road TV-Special, 2003, Sequel

Related manga:

Hajime no Ippo Manga, 1989, Adaptation

Related characters:

Aiko DATE
Aiko DATE
Yuuji DATE
Yuuji DATE
Naomichi YAMADA
Naomichi YAMADA
Aikawa
Aikawa
Akemi
Akemi
Ring Announcer
Ring Announcer
Boxer
Boxer
Boxer
Boxer
Boxing Merchant
Boxing Merchant
Bookseller
Bookseller
Chana
Chana
Date's Brother-in-law
Date's Brother-in-law
Delinquent
Delinquent
Delinquent
Delinquent
Akira SHIGETA
Akira SHIGETA
Doctor
Doctor
Hachi
Hachi
Interviewer
Interviewer
Interviewer
Interviewer
HACHINOHE
HACHINOHE
Kazuo MAKUNOUCHI
Kazuo MAKUNOUCHI
Kiyoie IWAKAWA
Kiyoie IWAKAWA
Jason OZUMA
Jason OZUMA
Jimmy SISPHAR
Jimmy SISPHAR
Alexander Vorg ZANGIEF
Alexander Vorg ZANGIEF
Shounen
Shounen
Shounen
Shounen
Shounen
Shounen
Shoujo
Shoujo
Kamiya
Kamiya
Kazuhito YASUKAWA
Kazuhito YASUKAWA
Yasuda
Yasuda
Kimura no Haha
Kimura no Haha
Kumiko MORITA
Kumiko MORITA
Kuma
Kuma
Kobashi's Sparring Partner
Kobashi's Sparring Partner
Mama-san
Mama-san
Megumi
Megumi
Sensei
Sensei
MIKAMI
MIKAMI
Komori
Komori
Mitsuo YOSHIDA
Mitsuo YOSHIDA
Nefuma OZUKA
Nefuma OZUKA
Ichirou MIYATA
Ichirou MIYATA
Miyuki
Miyuki
Kangoshi
Kangoshi
Hiroyuki OOTA
Hiroyuki OOTA
Oniyama
Oniyama
Shimakawa
Shimakawa
Payao
Payao
Reiko MIKAMI
Reiko MIKAMI
Reiko
Reiko
Ring Announcer
Ring Announcer
Sakura
Sakura
Student
Student
Takeshi SENDOU
Takeshi SENDOU
Reporter
Reporter
Reporter
Reporter
Li CHON PIR
Li CHON PIR
Ramuda
Ramuda
Pon MOROKOTTO
Pon MOROKOTTO
Sendou no Sobo
Sendou no Sobo
Shin Nihon Gym Kaichou
Shin Nihon Gym Kaichou
Shinoda
Shinoda
Student
Student
Takaaki ITOU
Takaaki ITOU
Thomas SNAKE
Thomas SNAKE
Student
Student
Toshio SUZUKI
Toshio SUZUKI
Atsushi TAMAKI
Atsushi TAMAKI
Tanaka
Tanaka
Baker
Baker
Yoshiaki YAJIMA
Yoshiaki YAJIMA
Yoshio's Trainer
Yoshio's Trainer
Takemura
Takemura
Matsuda
Matsuda
Vorg no Haha
Vorg no Haha
Tomoko YAMAGUCHI
Tomoko YAMAGUCHI
Yanaoka
Yanaoka
Thug
Thug
Thug
Thug
Hiroko MAKUNOUCHI
Hiroko MAKUNOUCHI
Haruhiko YAGI
Haruhiko YAGI
Genji KAMOGAWA
Genji KAMOGAWA
Masahiko UMEZAWA
Masahiko UMEZAWA
Minoru FUJII
Minoru FUJII
Mari IIMURA
Mari IIMURA
Nakadai
Nakadai
Miyata no Chichi
Miyata no Chichi
Tomiko
Tomiko
Ginpachi NEKOTA
Ginpachi NEKOTA
Ryou MASHIBA
Ryou MASHIBA
Eiji DATE
Eiji DATE
Ricardo MARTINEZ
Ricardo MARTINEZ
Yuusuke ODA
Yuusuke ODA
Keigo OKITA
Keigo OKITA
Yoshio FUJIWARA
Yoshio FUJIWARA
Takuma SAEKI
Takuma SAEKI
Ryuuichi HAYAMI
Ryuuichi HAYAMI
Ponchai CHUWATANA
Ponchai CHUWATANA
Masaru AOKI
Masaru AOKI
Tatsuya KIMURA
Tatsuya KIMURA
Teruhiko TAKADA
Teruhiko TAKADA
Kenta KOBASHI
Kenta KOBASHI
Ichirou MIYATA
Ichirou MIYATA
Takeshi SENDOU
Takeshi SENDOU
Mamoru TAKAMURA
Mamoru TAKAMURA
Kumi MASHIBA
Kumi MASHIBA
Ippo MAKUNOUCHI
Ippo MAKUNOUCHI
Commentator
Commentator
Father Miyata
Father Miyata
Aiko's Brother
Aiko's Brother
Ruslan Ramuda
Ruslan Ramuda
Mother Kimura
Mother Kimura
Toshiyuki Ohta
Toshiyuki Ohta
Toho Coach
Toho Coach
Otowa Coach
Otowa Coach
Coach Mikami
Coach Mikami
Jimmy SISFAR
Jimmy SISFAR
Ohta
Ohta
Ozuma's Trainer
Ozuma's Trainer