Hajime No Ippo a.k.a The Sprit of Fighting is a timid Japanese teenager who decided to become professional boxer to defend himself against relentless bullying at school
Most of you would probably thinking, “Anime about Boxing? Definately not for me”. Hajime no Ippo is a worthwhile series and can be enjoyed by anyone, boxing and non-boxing fans alike. One of the Premier Sports Anime Television Series, Anime Film and Original Video Animation of all time that based on the bestselling Manga series written and illustrated by Jyoji Morikawa.
The story of Hajime no Ippo is simple and hilarious to watch. A perfect combination of actions, classic love stories, drama and comedy. You will find yourself getting thrilled for the next fight, crouching over the opponent attacks, cheering when they win, and feeling down when they lose.
After his father’s death, Makanouchi Ippo spent most of his early years helping out his mother with family’s fishing boat rental business, ever since his father passed away. Unfortunately, he has also spent much of his youth being bullied and beaten by a group of delinquents at school.
He is saved from being beaten up by a boxer named Takamura. Impressed by his fighting abilities, the boy begins training in boxing. With his new found love for the sport, Ippo sets out to challenge the boxing world and become a champion.
The Manga has been published by Kodansha in Weekly Shonen Magazine since 1989. Spans more than 100 volumes and is currently one of the longest manga series ever. It has sold over 94,000,000 copies as of 2013.
The Soundtrack of Hajime no Ippo is excellent. It helps to raise the mood, punches, blocks, impacts are all well recreated and leave a lasting impression.
A story of intense, brutal, yet heartwarming and enthralling series about the tough world of boxing and a young underdog’s path to glory. Not for young children as it contains of full intense fighting, some blood, slapstick humor and even some sexual jokes. A more suited for 13 years old or older.
Needless to say, Hajime no Ippo deserves its top spot. It is Highly recommended and worth watching.