Hajime no Ippo is an exemplary and wholesome example of Shonen anime. Instead of flashy powers, it exhibits pure human strength showcased with the right amount of dramatic exaggeration. The anime revolves around the strenuous sport, Boxing, and has an enthralling story that pulls you in, even if you have no interest in sports.
All the characters are incredibly fleshed out. They are loveable, relatable, and inspiring. The animation exposes these qualities even more with detailed, anatomically correct, and beautifully choreographed boxing matches. The perfect blend of action, comedy, and drama, Hajime no Ippo is the ideal anime for all Shonen lovers!
Hajime no Ippo has 3 seasons covering 126 episodes or rounds. Each episode has powerful build-ups that lead to even more powerful fights. Even though there are more than a hundred episodes, the story is so well-paced that not a single episode gets dull.
1. Release Order
I. TV series
- Season 1: Hajime no Ippo (2000-2002)
- Season 2: New Challenger (2009)
- Season 3: Rising (2013−2014)
- Hajime no Ippo: Boxer no Kobushi (2003)
- Hajime no Ippo: Champion Road (2003)
- Hajime no Ippo: Mashiba vs. Kimura (2003)
2. Chronological Order
- Season 1: Hajime no Ippo
- Special: Hajime no Ippo: Boxer no Kobushi
- Special: Hajime no Ippo: Champion Road
- OVA: Hajime no Ippo: Mashiba vs. Kimura
- Season 2: Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger
- Season 3: Hajime no Ippo: Rising
The recommended order of Hajime no Ippo is its chronological order. There are almost no fillers in the anime, and hence even the Specials and OVA are essential. For the best experience, we suggest you do not skip anything .
4. About Hajime no Ippo
The anime centers around an under-confident Ippo Makunouchi – a victim of bullying. Unable to stand up to his bullies, Ippo builds a weak sense of self. During one of the incidents, he encounters a pro-boxer Takamura who brings him to the gym to heal. After much reflection and obstacles, Ippo takes up Boxing as a career and a way to strengthen himself.
The anime focuses on perseverance, which applies not only to the sport but also to life as a whole. It brings forth characters – even opponents – with depth, motivations, and drives of their own and, therefore, does not only center itself around Ippo’s perspective. The world is too big for that.