Anime, Manga

Hajime No Ippo (The Fighting) – My Review

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 Kamogawa boxing gym to recover. As he regains consciousness, he is awed and amazed at his new surroundings in the gym, though lacks the 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 and gives him 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. Thus Ippo’s journey to the top of the boxing world begins.

I know what you are thinking, “A sports anime, that can’t be very good.” Well, I am here to show you otherwise. This boxing anime has so much to it and it’s easily one of my favorite anime to date. So let’s get into it.

Even though Ippo starts off by training with a top boxer the show hardly sugarcoats the true nature of the world of boxing. It’s not easy for anyone, even professional fighters. The training is intense and the dieting can be insane but it’s not a sport where anyone can get by on willpower by itself. Every successful boxer in this series has to work their butt off for it, they have to train constantly and master their techniques because the other option is basically suicide.

What makes this anime special in my opinion is definitely the characters. How each character is so likable, original, and so fully developed that you end up just understanding, caring, and rooting for your favorite until the very end. Even the characters that only last an episode, even Ippo’s opponents can be given such moving and shocking backstories that you might actually find yourself siding against your favorite fighter for a match or two. These characters are just so serious with their lives that you really feel it, and you end up believing that such a world could actually exist out there.

I absolutely love this anime. I have read the manga and I am up to date with this anime. I honestly don’t think my review can give this anime the justice it truly deserves. So I am going to link a video to a review by a youtuber I follow called maStar media with his video The Perfect Anime – Hajime No Ippo (*WARNING there are spoilers in the video*)

Thank you so much for reading my review of this anime. I hope you all enjoyed and will check it out. And don’t forget to have a great day!

My question today is, is there a sports anime/book that you really love and what is it?

-Alex

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