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Hajime no Ippo  
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Fighting Spirit
Hajime no Ippo Gaiden
Hajime no Ippo Gaiden: Naniwa no Tora
Naniwa Tiger: Hajime no Ippo Gaiden
The First Step
Первый шаг
はじめの一歩外伝 浪速の虎

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126 Volumes (Ongoing)
14 Volumes (Bunko - Ongoing)

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Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol. 1, Ch. 1 (S1) | Vol. 31, Ch. 270 (Film + OVA) | Vol. 35, Ch. 315 (S2) | Vol. 45, Ch. 399 (S3)
Ends at Vol. 30, Ch. 269 (S1) | Vol. 35, Ch. 314 (Film + OVA) | Vol. 44 Ch. 398 (S2) | Vol. 61, Ch. 558 (S3)

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Hajime no Ippo by Kaioh

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Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (946 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.43 / 10.0

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October 6th 2019, 1:45am PST



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Lost the good feelings.  
by MrZerooo
January 21st, 2020, 10:54pm
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
A great series about boxing, but lost the meaning and nostalgia later.
Some spoilers about the recents chapters:
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Ippo is now a ugly bald coach and the others look better than him.

I am really sad for writing this comment. However...
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Why do this with a good MC?
Ippo was so cool before the fall, is like waiting the return of our hero and get the worst possible version of a bad end of him.

Another deception in the list.
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I finally caught up to it  
by kitt33
April 1st, 2016, 12:41pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
when i started reading it, only 1000 chapters were released, and i thought i would never catch up to. Its now 1131 and ive read 1131 chapters so far. the fights are memorial and takamura is one of a kind. I do feel like Ippo is getting beaten up a little too much in some of his matches. I really wanna see just how far Ippo and Takamura will go.Recommended to everyone.
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by TundraDweller
November 1st, 2013, 3:55pm
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
I learned 99% of what I know about boxing from this manga, so there's that. You wouldn't imagine a manga about boxing could run for 1000+ chapters and still be interesting after all this time. The author has uncanny skills. Once I started reading, I couldn't stop.

I've read up to 1035 and I think everyone should read this, that's how good I think this manga is. But it's not without its flaws, in my opinion. So I'm gonna focus on those since it's good points need not be repeated.

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The fact that Ippo, despite being the MC, shows no true awe-inspiring strength in comparison to his opponent, 85% of the time, is kinda frustrating. Almost all his matches end with him winning (which is good and all) but the winner ends up in worse shape than the loser. It's hard to be Ippo's fan when that happens.

So many matches end in ways that make me wanna meh. For instance, the guy who dominates the match and beats his opponent senseless somehow loses because the plot demands the half-dead guy be the eventual winner, regardless of who was on the brink of victory and obviously the more skilled boxer.

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Other than the MC's fights (which can be excused), Miyata's fight with Randy made me wanna punch the author. That one sucked. As if I needed one more reason to hate the Sasuke of this manga anymore. Ippo's homo crush on Miyata really irks me. It's always Miyata-san this, Miyata-san that. Won't you shaddap about that annoying guy already!?!

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Itakagi's title fight was a surprise but satisfying cuz I wasn't gonna excuse the author for shoving that unlimited natural talent (over 9000!) BS down my throat for much longer. It had to be put a stop to at some point. Glad it happened when it did.

Takamura rulez. And you just gotta love Aoki. I've faced plenty of gags in plenty of manga, but Takamura's antics, which involve Aoki as the victim most of the time, nearly always make me lose control of myself. I end up LOLing, which is really rare for me.

... Last updated on November 1st, 2013, 4:04pm
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i absolutely love ippo  
by Bignana92
January 8th, 2013, 8:54am
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
but itagaki just reeeeeallly annoys me those last couple of chapters in which he starred kinda pissed me off.
I am now a full fledged un repentant otaku. I like all types of manga not just sports or even shounen but i admit without hesitation that hajime no ippo is the absolute best. I have read dozens of manga and i'm sure to name this one in the top five for sure!!!!
P.S. this manga is older than i am!!!!!
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ippo is gay  
by ntah
July 18th, 2012, 7:37am
Rating: N/A
>interesting boxing manga
>ippo is the strongest infighter with explosive punch but he's still far away from being a world champion ( might take another 1000 chapters for him to become one)
>he likes kumi but he is definitely loves miyata more (miyata being on the top of course)
>takamura is the main character in this manga
>and my biggest fear is the mangaka end first before the manga itself.
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Seems to be picking up steam again....  
by Pakuen
April 27th, 2012, 8:04pm
Rating: N/A
Well, I don't know about others but while the recent two fights for Ippo have been not up to par and not keeping the excitement up, it feels like the mangaka has regained some of the creative, expressive juice of old. the manga once more seems focused with

/>Miyata saying essentially that he doesn't care about "fastest in Japan" but only interested in the "fastest in the world"
/ End/>
among other things. I think its quite worth reading, 100 volumes or 200 volumes as long as the author is able to keep his creative/expressive juices flowing because a certain kind of stamina is necessary on a work this long about a single subject. I've fully enjoyed the ride even when it was at its lowest (Gedo). I'm glad to have read this best of all sports manga and glad to have come to terms with a sport that I'd never have encountered by choice otherwise. Please read this and do not worry about the length. I won't say its uniformly good by any choice of words but its still damn good even on the verge of the 100th volume


... Last updated on April 27th, 2012, 8:05pm
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Too much damage to the boxers, Ippo especially  
by alphaGulp
March 29th, 2012, 1:10pm
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
As an ex-competitive boxer / Thai boxer, I had to stop reading this after seeing the protagonist suffer so much head trauma, with the never-ending focus on simple 'toughness'. The fact of the matter is that you suffer permanent damage when you receive continual trauma like that, and that you will basically end up like Mohamed Ali if you don't wise up - what good is it to celebrate watching someone destroy themselves like that?

A real pro with a smart management team will do their best to avoid having too many brutal matches, as sooner or later you come back a changed man. (FWIW, I think Ali got his brain damage mostly from his training, which involved daily doses of massive head trauma to condition himself and thus be able to succeed with 'rope a dope' - it was insane training that required huge guts, but when you consider how it silenced a great thinker and social commentator, it is a terrible shame).

Anyhow, as a boxer once more, I think there is plenty to love and learn from in this manga. I really appreciated the research and references to the training that old-time greats used, as well as the many insights into different types of boxers (some of which are very pertinent). You can actually learn some useful stuff from reading this manga, if you happen to be a boxer.

The story, characters, comedy and such are all quite good, although I am not surprised to learn that it has become repetitive (based on the reviews below). I quit reading it before that, as I simply couldn't bear to watch the hero progressively destroy himself to such an extent. I have seen too many men destroyed by such a process to be able to ignore it in the manga...
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Neverending Shounen Sports-Manga  
by Rushingwolf
September 17th, 2011, 5:23pm
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
I really liked the manga the first 10 volumes, but the pace is way too slow, the plot way to repetitive, the characters did not really evolve in 22 years much.

Unlike in mangas like Dragonball Z where better and stronger opponents seem plausible with transformation and stuff, Hajime no ippo as a boxing manga has gotten unrealistic and boring in its own world.

Maybe its because i've raised my standarts as i got older, so neverending plots like this one where the author will never finish it, just can't seem to interest me anymore.
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by liquidsin
April 28th, 2011, 8:45am
Rating: N/A
It's got a classic formula that somehow always keeps you on your toes. The fights are enthralling, the artwork acceptable, and the pacing keeps the action flowing. It's not surprising that this series is about to break a 100 volumes. Try it out and you can even chip away with it in small bites.
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seems to me, if you want a manga that never ends this should do the trick  
by Kisuke28
April 20th, 2011, 10:06pm
Rating: N/A
at a whooping 94 volumes and counting this will give anybody with plenty of free time something to do. If you love boxing and are tired of the Rocky movies this seems like the manga for you. If you are not into boxing then it probably will get old.
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