Rating: PG-13 or older
Aired:: October 20, 2000 to March 27, 2002
Producers: Madhouse, VAP, Geneon Universal Entertainment
Where to watch: http://justdubs.tv/anime/hajime-no-ippo-english-dub/
Story: “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–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.” (http://myanimelist.net/anime/263/Hajime_no_Ippo)
Tons of action: As you watch Hajime no Ippo, you’re going to see a lot of action in this anime. The animation of the punches is amazing! You can see the blows and how powerful they are. As you see in the above picture, Ippo managed to hit Sendo with the Dempsey Roll and you see the punch made an impact in his face.
Intense Boxing Matches: When you watch Hajime no Ippo, the boxing matches are intense. It will make you stay in your seat and enjoy the fights as they happen. Sometimes, you’ll think that Ippo is going to lose just based on how well his opponent is doing. Then you see how Ippo uses his training and manages to beat his opponent. You not only see Ippo fight, but also see some of his gym mates fight. You see Takamura going for title matches, as well as Aoki and Kimura training themselves for their matches. They also give Ippo advice on techniques to use in his upcoming matches.
People can relate to Ippo: Lots of people have been bullied at some time in their life. A lot of people can relate to Ippo because of this, and it will interest these people to see how Ippo progress as he learns to box.
Ippo’s Teammates tease him: You’ll often see his teammates teasing him or making fun of him. Sometimes it’s hilarious how Takamura, Aoki, and Kimura come up with things to tease him about, and Ippo’s reaction is priceless because he is so serious and never jokes around.
Ippo is shy and lacks confidence: You see Ippo being really shy, especially around girls. He actually does like this girl that he sees always riding her bike where he does roadwork (a boxing term meaning running). You see how their relationship progress, and that the girl is shy around him as well. Ippo wants to confess his love to her, but he really never has the guts to say so. He has so many opportunities but never gets around to saying that he loves her. He also lacks confidence when it comes up to his opponents. He usually watches the tapes of his opponents matches to study them, and the coach will tell him what kinds of things he needs to improve on. Even when he watches those, Ippo sometimes feels like he can’t do it, but he tries to the best of his ability.
Hajime no Ippo reminds me that sometimes life can knock you down, but, as believers in Jesus Christ, even though we fall from sin, we must get up off the ground and try again. No matter how many times you’ve been knocked down, you shouldn’t give up on trying to do your best for God. Go out and live for Christ and knock the enemy Satan down in whatever battle you’re facing: an addiction, lies from the enemy, financial issues, a failing marriage, etc. We need to keep our guard up because, at any moment, the enemy can strike when we least expect it. We need to put on the Armor of God in order to defeat the enemy. We mustn’t put our guard down!
Strong Language: Very little to none
Nudity/Fanservice: Two scenes I can think of. One is when Takamura takes off Ippo’s towel and the camera faces his private parts. Takamura, and Ippo are naked, but their private parts are blurred. There’s another scene when Takamura pants Ippo in front of some girls, but his private parts are blurred again.
Violence: It’s boxing, it’s going to be violent!
Blood/Gore: The only blood you’ll see flying is in the boxing ring. You won’t see gushing blood, but you can see minor cuts on a boxer’s faces or blood coming out of their mouths. That being said, there’s not much blood in my opinion.
I would like to point out that I thought this anime was going to be dumb, and not any good. That’s because I solely judged it based on the sport and not the the overall story. I really hope you enjoyed my review on Hajime no Ippo, and that you plan to watch it. Hajime no Ippo has two additional seasons: Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger and Hajime no Ippo: Rising. The manga has over 1000 chapters. The first season is in English, but the other two are currently in Japanese with English subtitles, I hope that you don’t make the judgement that I did, but that you’ll watch this anime for what it truly is. In the end, you might be blown away at what you see… and instantly hooked on it.
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