This is list of episodes from the Hajime no Ippo (Fighting Spirit) anime series, based on the manga series written by George Morikawa.
Season 1: The Fighting! (2000−2002)
The first season, Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting!, is 76 episodes and covers Chapters 1-269 of the original manga (Volume 1 to Volume 30).
The first season was then followed by two TV films Champion Road and Mashiba vs.
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Kimura which collectively cover Chapters 270-314 (Volume 31 to Volume 35).
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"THE FIRST STEP"
October 3, 2000 (2000-10-03)
Ippo Makunouchi is a shy young man who works with his mother, Hiroko on their fishing boat business while he attends school, so he has no time to hang out with friends.
One day, as Ippo is walking home, he is approached by Masahiko Umezawa and two other bullies. They start beating him up and make fun of him and his mother. Suddenly, a jogger walks by and scares the bullies away. Ippo loses consciousness so the jogger takes him to the boxing gym where he works out in and heals his injuries.
When he wakes up, Ippo is amazed by all the boxers working out. The jogger then test tries to get Ippo to punch a punching bag with the bully's face drawn on it. Even though his hand gets bruised, the jogger notices Ippo has a very strong punch.
He gives him some world championship boxing tapes to look over and sends him home. Inspired by the tapes, Ippo seeks out the jogger, Mamoru Takamura, who is a middle-weight professional boxer, and begs him to train him in order to fulfill his dream of becoming a professional boxer.
To test him, Takamura kicks a tree and catches many leaves in his hand, using his lightning-fast jabs.
He tells Ippo that if he can do the same, he will train him.
"Fruits of Labor" Transcription: "Doryoku no seika (Results of Great Effort)" (Japanese: 努力の成果)
October 10, 2000 (2000-10-10)
Ippo's goal was to catch 10 leaves, with only a week to do so.
While balancing school and work, Ippo also practiced his jabs. Finally, he figured out not only to increase the speed of his jabs, but also caught all 10 leaves in his left hand.
Impressed, Takamura then assigns Ippo to work out his muscles, body and running speed for one month. Once done, Takamura takes Ippo back to the gym to test out his skills. His first test was to spar with a rookie the same age as Ippo, Ichiro Miyata.
"Tears of Joy" Transcription: "Ureshi namida (Happy Tears)" (Japanese: うれし涙)
October 17, 2000 (2000-10-17)
At first, it seems that Ippo could not keep up with Miyata, given the fact that the latter is more experienced.
Ippo keeps taking hit after hit and gets knocked down twice. After receiving some advice from Takamura, Ippo keeps getting back up to fight.
To everyone's surprise, Ippo keeps absorbing Miyata's punches. Suddenly, Miyata hits Ippo's chin, causing his brain to move back and forth.
However, Ippo was able to keep up with Miyata's movements, but unfortunately lost to Miyata's superior skills. However, the owner of the gym, Genji Kamogawa, was impressed by Ippo's determination and decides to train him every day in the gym.
First, Kamogawa himself, helps Ippo to focus on his jabs and the one-two technique. After getting the hang of it, Kamogawa instructs Ippo to practice shadow boxing. Though some patrons in the gym show him how to do it, Ippo tries again and again.
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However, as he watches Miyata sparring, he starts to finally understand how to shadow box. Takamura and Kamogawa realize what a great talent Ippo has, but Miyata feels jealousy towards him.
"3 Months to Counter" (Japanese: カウンターへの3ヶ月)
October 31, 2000 (2000-10-31)
Ippo begins training with coach Kamogawa for about three months in order to prepare for a rematch with Miyata.
During that time, he begins working on more techniques. Also, he learns more about Miyata's father, who was a former professional boxer who believes in skill surpassing power. However, in his final match, he lost and realised that that power surpasses skill. Since then, Miyata is trying to prove that his father's way of boxing is correct. After more training, Ippo is finally ready for his rematch with Miyata.
"The Opening Bell of the Rematch" Transcription: "Saisen no gongu (Gong of the Rematch)" (Japanese: 再戦のゴング)
November 7, 2000 (2000-11-07)
A representative from a boxing magazine comes to Kamogawa's Gym on the same day Ippo and Miyata have their rematch.
With Takamura as referee, the rematch begins. Both fighters begin their four-round match, each displaying their progress during the last three months.
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Each one knocking each other once, taking their audience's breath away.
"The Destructive Force of 1 cm" Transcription: "1 cm no hakairyoku (Destructive Power of 1cm)" (Japanese: 1cmの破壊力)
November 14, 2000 (2000-11-14)
Ippo and Miyata's match continue. After Ippo gets knocked down, he struggles to get back up. Once he gets up, Ippo continues with his assault.
The punches keep on flying, but then Miyata changes strategies in order to slow down Ippo's movements, which succeeds. After a few more hits, Ippo finally gets his chance and launches an uppercut, grazing Miyata's chin. This causes Miyata to fall to his knees, losing due to a K.O.
Even though Miyata felt humilitated, his father still thought he had a good fight. Ippo went to bed later that night, feeling proud.
"Promise to Meet Again" Transcription: "Saikai no yakusoku (Promise of Another Meeting)" (Japanese: 再会の約束)
November 21, 2000 (2000-11-21)
With Miyata nowhere to be found, Ippo seems distracted in his training, so Kamogawa sends him to train with Takamura.
Ippo experiences all the hardship his mentor endures since he prepares for a championship match.
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Takamura easily defeats his opponent due to his training and diet. Outside, Ippo meets Miyata, who informs him that he is quitting Kamogawa's Gym and promises to meet Ippo in the ring as professional boxers.
"C Class License" Transcription: "C kyū raisensu (C Class License)" (Japanese: C級ライセンス)
November 28, 2000 (2000-11-28)
Ippo finally applies to get his featherweight boxing license, with Takamura tagging along.
During the exam, he meets Ryo Mashiba, a ruthless boxer with a deadly combo. Six months after he began his training, Ippo finally gained his license.
Even his former bullies are no match for his speed. Back at Kamogawa's Gym, Ippo is about to learn the name of his opponent in his debut match.
"Debut Match!" Transcription: "Debyū sen!
Semblance of sanity hajime no ippo full
(Debut Fight!)" (Japanese: デビュー戦!)
December 5, 2000 (2000-12-05)
Ippo's first opponent is Yosuke Oda. However, Oda is more focused on goofing off and going out with his coach's daughter.
He also seemed to be overconfident. Unfortunately for Oda, Keiko, his girlfriend, decides to break up with him if he loses his match, due to him losing his passion for the sport. Oda decides to dedicate the next week to train as much as he can in preparation for the match. The day finally arrives and both Ippo and Oda get into the ring with cheering fans all around them.
"Obsession for Victory" Transcription: "Shōri no shūnen (Tenacity to Win)" (Japanese: 勝利への執念へ)
December 12, 2000 (2000-12-12)
The four round match finally begins.
Each fighter delivers harsh blow after harsh blow, with their teams shouting advice. Miyata arrives secretly to watch the match. However, Oda's hook actually cuts Ippo's left side of the face around his eye. The doctor warns him that if he bleeds again, he will lose with a technical K.O.
Unwilling to let that happen, Ippo goes all out to take out Oda, and he does with his most powerful jabs, earning him victory.
In the locker room, Oda swears to continue training and Keiko, having forgiven him, urges him to continue working hard. Ippo and his friends celebrate after the match.
"Becoming a Bully's Buddy" Transcription: "(Violent Friend Announcement)" (Japanese: 手荒なダチ宣言)
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December 19, 2000 (2000-12-19)
Ippo's second match is against Yoshio Fujigawa.
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However, Umezawa and his two friends actually go to Ippo's match to cheer him on. After working on a new guarding technique, Ippo seems to be on top. However, his opponent starts to play dirty by cheating. But, Ippo's determination allows him to fight back and break his opponent's guard with a mighty uppercut.
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The next day, Umezawa decides to become Ippo's friend and tells everyone about Ippo's mighty victory.
"The Eastern Japan Rookie Championship Tournament Begins" Transcription: "Kaimaku, higashi nippon shinjin Ō sen (Curtain Rises, Eastern Japan Rookie-of-the-Year Fight)" (Japanese: 開幕、東日本新人王戦)
December 26, 2000 (2000-12-26)
The Rookie Championship is about to begin.
Ippo's first opponent is an American soldier, Jason Ozma, who is based in Japan.
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To prepare for the match, Ippo trains with Takamura while practicing to dodge hooks and uppercuts. Ozma, on the other hand, trains for the people he came to know in the Japanese gym where he was based.
Hooks vs. Uppercut!" (Japanese: 強腕!フックvsアッパー!)
January 9, 2001 (2001-01-09)
Ippo and Ozma begin their match. Both of them give powerful blows, each surprising one another. Each boxer tries to think of a strategy to take out the other, until Ozma knocks Ippo down. After a brief moment, he gets up and each counter with a punch to each other's face. The intensity of the match continues.
"Test of Endurance" Transcription: "Gaman kurabe (Endurance Contest)" (Japanese: 我慢くらべ)
January 16, 2001 (2001-01-16)
The match continues between Ippo and Ozma, with each fighter dealing one crushing blow after another.
Oma manages to knock Ippo down, and it looked like he was down for the count. However, Ippo managed to get up and continue the assault, following his coach's advice on pretending like he feels no pain.
Ozma is then knocked down himself. He manages to get up as well.
As the fighters continue, Ippo receives one crushing blow after another, until he ducks and gives a huge uppercut to Ozma's chest, knocking him down. Ippo wins his first tournament match and thanks Ozma for the incredible fight. Ozma wishes him luck for his next matches. Both boxers receive applause and praise from the audience as they leave the ring.
"Anticipating a Fierce Fight" Transcription: "Gekisen no yokan (Presentiment of a Fierce Fight)" (Japanese: 激戦の予感)
January 23, 2001 (2001-01-23)
Ippo and Takamura, along with a girl that Ippo has a crush on, sees Miyata's match.
Miyata completely lowered his opponent's guard and quickly took him out. Afterwards, Ippo and his friends at the gym saw some videos of some of the next opponents he would face in the tournament.
Later, after meeting the girl at a bakery where she worked, Ippo received a call from Takamura about a training camp for preparation for his next match.
"Ippo on the Beach" Transcription: "Ippo on za bīchi" (Japanese: イッポ·オン·ザ·ビーチ)
January 30, 2001 (2001-01-30)
Ippo, Takamura and their two friends from the gym, Aoki and Kimura go to training camp, which also involves fun at the beach.
After sunset, the gang of four start running and practicing shadow boxing at their hut. Ippo also learns about movement with his feet from Takamura, which happened to be Ippo's weakness. After a fireworks celebration, all four boxers head home.
Kimura" Transcription: "Mashiba vs. Kimura" (Japanese: 間柴vs木村 死刑執行)
September 5, 2003 (2003-09-05)
Season 2: New Challenger (2009)
It has been over 3 years since Ippo Makunouchi became a professional boxer.
He fought in the Rookie King Tournament, All-Japan Rookie King Tournament, Class A Tournament (now called Japanese Title Elimination Tournament), and Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) Featherweight Champion.
Now it is time for him to defend his title!
The second season, Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger (26 episodes) covers Chapters 315-398 (Volume 36 to Volume 44).
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"The New Step" Transcription: "Arata Naru Ippo" (Japanese: 新たなる一歩)
January 6, 2009 (2009-01-06)
"Bloody Cross" (Japanese: Bloody cross-血の十字架-)
January 13, 2009 (2009-01-13)
"To the Promised Place" Transcription: "Yakusoku no Basho e" (Japanese: 約束の場所へ)
January 20, 2009 (2009-01-20)
"Towards the World" Transcription: "Sekai e no Taidō" (Japanese: 世界への胎動)
January 27, 2009 (2009-01-27)
"The Strength of the World" Transcription: "Sekai no Chikara" (Japanese: 世界の力)
February 3, 2009 (2009-02-03)
"A Figure to Chase After" Transcription: "Oi Tsudukeru Senaka" (Japanese: 追い続ける背中)
February 10, 2009 (2009-02-10)
"The Advent of the Devil" Transcription: "Akuma No Kōrin" (Japanese: 悪魔の降臨)
February 17, 2009 (2009-02-17)
"Spirit for One Last Attack" Transcription: "Tamashii no Ichigeki" (Japanese: 魂の一撃)
February 24, 2009 (2009-02-24)
"Qualifying for Succession" Transcription: "Uketsugu Shikaku" (Japanese: 受け継ぐ資格)
March 3, 2009 (2009-03-03)
"Cannon Fodder" Transcription: "Kama Se Inu" (Japanese: 噛ませ犬)
March 10, 2009 (2009-03-10)
Hammer Nao" Transcription: "Ippo v. Hamma Nao" (Japanese: 一歩vsハンマーナオ)
March 17, 2009 (2009-03-17)
"What It Means To Be a Pro" Transcription: "Puro no Jōken" (Japanese: プロの条件)
March 24, 2009 (2009-03-24)
"Ippo on the Beach 2" Transcription: "Ippo on za Biichi 2" (Japanese: イッポ·オン·ザ·ビーチ2)
March 31, 2009 (2009-03-31)
"Two Sparring" Transcription: "Futatsu no Supaaringu" (Japanese: 二つのスパーリング)