Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting! (2000)

A flash of light in the vibrant realm of anime, where the thrill of battles, monumental characters, and intense martial arts showdowns reign supreme, one series has etched its mark as a true masterpiece, “Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting!”

This series, centering on the sweet science of boxing, weaves heartwarming narratives with jaw-dropping fight scenes, proving itself as a heavyweight masterpiece in the world of anime.



“Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting!” boasts a rich and diverse cast that brings the boxing world to life.

Protagonist Ippo Makunouchi, portrayed with depth and nuance, evolves from a timid high school student to a determined and skilled boxer.

The supporting characters, including the gruff yet mentor-like Mamoru Takamura and the wise coach Genji Kamogawa, contribute to the anime’s narrative depth.

Each opponent Ippo faces adds a layer of complexity to the story, showcasing their unique personalities and motivations.

The cast’s chemistry and stellar voice acting create an immersive experience beyond the boxing ring, making “Hajime no Ippo” a character-driven masterpiece.

“Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting!” is more than just an anime; it’s a legacy deeply rooted in the manga “Hajime no Ippo”, written and illustrated by George Morikawa.

The journey began with the manga and evolved into an animated series, capturing the essence of the boxing world.

Produced by Madhouse and directed by Satoshi Nishimura, the anime premiered on October 4, 2000, and quickly garnered a dedicated fanbase.


The series follows Ippo Makunouchi, a timid high school student who stumbles into the world of boxing and discovers his latent talent for the sport.

The narrative unfolds as Ippo navigates the challenges of the ring, forging friendships, facing rivals, and pursuing his dream of becoming a champion.

While “Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting!” delves into the intense and demanding world of professional boxing, it does so with a perfect blend of humour and heart.

The series doesn’t shy away from the quirks of its characters, adding a touch of fun to its intense training sessions and high-stakes matches.

The protagonist, Ippo, undergoes a transformative journey from a reserved teenager to a formidable boxer.

Still, the series maintains a sense of humour through its side characters and their unique personalities. It’s a show that understands when to land a powerful emotional punch and when to throw in a light-hearted jab.


One of the defining features of “Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting!” is its exceptional portrayal of boxing matches.

A Pugilistic Epic with a Rich Legacy

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The animation captures the dynamism and strategy involved in each bout, making the viewer feel the impact of every punch.

The attention to detail in depicting various boxing styles, from the Dempsey Roll to the Gazelle Punch, adds authenticity to the series.

The series excels in showcasing the sport’s physical aspects and exploring the mental and emotional aspects of being a boxer. Each match is a character-driven narrative, providing insight into the fighters’ motivations, fears, and triumphs.

Capturing the Essence of Combat

“Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting!” introduces viewers to diverse boxers, each with a unique fighting style and background.

From the agile and technical Miyata to the powerful and relentless Takamura, the series highlights the breadth of styles within the boxing world. This diversity ensures that each match feels fresh and presents new challenges for Ippo to overcome.

A World of Boxing Diversity

The series also explores the camaraderie among boxers inside and outside the ring. The bond between members of the Kamogawa Gym adds depth to the narrative, creating a sense of family and shared dedication to the sport.

For example, William Harrison “Jack” Dempsey inspired the famous Dempsey roll. Here, we see the anime adaptation being demonstrated in real life.

The research from the creators was top-notch, and you can tell that it was inspired by boxing fanatics.


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“Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting!” isn’t just an anime; it’s a compelling journey into the world of boxing, a legacy that has left an indelible mark on the anime landscape.

From its inception as a manga in 1989 to its ongoing success in the anime world, the series continues to resonate with fans who appreciate its dedication to the sport and its characters.

If you’re a fan of sports anime that seamlessly blends action, emotion, and humour, “Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting!” is a knockout watch.

The series is available for streaming on various platforms, inviting you to enter the ring and experience the triumphs and challenges of Ippo Makunouchi’s boxing journey.

So, if I had to wrap this up where the anime kicks off – it’s not just amazing; it’s a sneak peek into the very soul of the anime. I personally can’t get enough of it!

Favourite Quotes

  • “Run until you can’t run anymore, and then run again. Constant effort is life’s greatest shortcut.” – Coach Kamogawa
    “The reason we train so hard in the first place is so we can make it home in one piece.” – Makunouchi Ippo
  • “For him to fall, the damage needed isn’t to his body, but his spirit!” – Ricardo Martinez
  • “The brighter they shine, the darker the shadow grows.” – Makino Fumito


  • “Hajime no Ippo” originated as a manga series written and was illustrated by George Morikawa. The manga, serialised in Weekly Shonen Magazine, has been ongoing since 1989.
  • The music for “Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting!” was composed by Tsuneo Imahori, known for his work on other anime series like “Trigun” and “Gungrave.”
  • The manga has been ongoing for over 30 years, showcasing the enduring popularity and success of “Hajime no Ippo.”
Hajime no Ippo The Fighting Blu ray version

Hajime no Ippo – The Fighting! – Blu-ray version

Series Rating: 9.5/10

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Andrew Laoudas

Andrew is a passionate martial arts enthusiast with knowledge on a wide range of disciplines including Nunchaku, Kali, Muay Thai, Wing Chun, and Judo. Driven by a deep love for the arts and a genuine appreciation for action movies, Andrew's focus on Wing Chun and Judo has given him significant experience and expertise. With a unique perspective that blends the excitement of action cinema with the technicality and beauty of martial arts, Andrew seamlessly integrates his passion for martial arts combat, cinema, and MMA. This fusion fuels his evolving journey of self-discovery and he hopes it will serve as inspiration for others to unlock their true potential.

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