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Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger (はじめの一歩 New Challenger) or Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting! New Challenger, is the second television anime based on Hajime no Ippo, produced 5 years after the first anime concluded.

It adapted the New Challenger Saga from the manga entirely (except for the After the War Arc), and a bit of the start of Rising Saga.

It debuted on January 6th, 2009 at 25:29 on Nippon Television and ran until June 30 of the same year and time.


The new series went into development due to the high ratings of the reruns of the first series. The main cast from the first series returned, although Mashiba Kumi is now voiced by actress Hiraka Yuka rather than Kobayashi Sanae. In addition, an almost entirely new production staff is used.

The story resumes from where the first series ended, with the Miyata Ichirō vs. Arnie Gregory story arc. The series also covered Date Eiji's rematch with Ricardo Martinez, Ippo's fight against former kouhai Yamada Naomichi (Hammer Nao), Itagaki's debut match against Makino Fumito, and Takamura's Jr Middleweight championship match against Bryan Hawk.

According to Koyama Rikiya, the voice of Takamura at that time, a sequel was already being planned.

Cast of New Challenger

The Cast

Full list of all the Characters - Characters List
Full list of Seiyuu: List of Seiyuu
The Recurring Cast
Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger
Character Japanese Seiyuu
Makunouchi Ippo Kiyasu Kouhei
Takamura Mamoru Koyama Rikiya
Kamogawa Genji Utsumi Kenji
Aoki Masaru Takagi Wataru
Kimura Tatsuya Fujiwara Keiji
Yagi Haruhiko Nakajima Toshihiko
Shinoda Sasaki Seiji
Nekota Ginpachi Nagai Ichirou
Miyata Ichirō Seki Tomokazu
Miyata Senior Ishizuka Unshou
Sendō Takeshi Onosaka Masaya
Date Eiji Aizawa Masaki
Tomiko Tsuda Shouko
Umezawa Masahiko Madono Mitsuaki
Makunouchi Hiroko Terauchi Yorie
Fujii Minoru Ono Kenichi
Iimura Mari Shinohara Emi
Hammer Nao Sakaguchi Daisuke
Referee Izumi Hisashi

New Cast

The Cast
Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger
Character Japanese Seiyuu First Appearance
Itagaki Manabu Namikawa Daisuke Round 9
Mashiba Kumi Yuka Hirata
(2nd Series Only)
Round 1
Mr. Sakaguchi Inaba Minoru Round 1
Imai Kyōsuke Nakamura Yuuichi Round 14
Arnie Gregory Kuroda Takaya Round 1
Bill Stewart Omoro Masayuki Round 4
Ricardo Martinez Sugawara Masashi Round 4
Ryōgoku Kokugikan Ring Announcer Nomura Kenji Round 5
Kōrakuen Hall Ring Announcer Takase Akimitsu Round 1
Morris West Shimura Tomoyuki Round 16
Makino Fumito Satou Takuya Round 15
Bryan Hawk Ohtsuka Akio Round 16
Takamura Suguru Horiuchi Kenyuu Round 17
Takamura Kyōka Inoue Kikuko Round 17
Takamura Wataru Matsumoto Megumi Round 17
Miguel Zale Iizuka Shouzou Round 19
Ryōgoku Kokugikan Referee Matsumoto Dai
Itagaki Nanako Kobayashi Yuu Round 26
Itagaki's Father Fukuda Nobuaki Round 26
Itagaki's Mother Sonozaki Mie Round 26

List of Episodes

New Challenger List of Episodes
Series # New Challenger # Episode Title
Bloody Cross Arc

Episode 79

Round 1:

The New Step

The first episode of the second season starts with mostly the match of Miyata against Arnie. Shows Kimura sparring with Miyata and then the Weigh-in. Then the match is about to start, Miyata and Arnie are ready for battle!

Episode 80

Round 2:

Bloody Cross

The second episode of the second season starts off on Miyata's OPBF Title Match. With it Arnie showing his special weapon called Bloody Cross and Miyata throwing strong counters to escape from this techniques strange name 'Bloody Cross '.

Episode 81

Round 3:

To the Promised Place

The third episode of the second season continues on the OPBF Match with Miyata against Arnie. With almost every time Miyata is about to fall down from hits of the champ, but then he took big step and takes the OPBF Champion Arnie Gregory to the ground. The count starts, and the episode ends.

Revenge Arc

Episode 82

Round 4:

Towards the World

Miyata Ichirou wins the title of OPBF Featherweight Champion, but now Ippo feels even further from him than before. After his match, Date Eiji's second Title Match against Ricardo Martinez is officially finalized, after seven years. As they look at the boxing magazine, the coach comes in and says that Ricardo Martinez has requested a sparring match with Ippo.

Episode 83

Round 5:

The Strength of the World

Ippo comes to the sparring match against Ricardo Martinez as focused as if it were a real match, and he is determined to land at least one hit on the World champion. However, Martinez's lightning-fast lefts and instant reflexes are like nothing Ippo's ever seen. Will Ippo's Dempsey Roll work on the strongest man in the world?

Episode 84

Round 6:

A Figure to Chase After

Episode 85

Round 7:

The Advent of the Devil

Episode 86

Round 8:

Spirit For One Last Attack

Proof of Power Arc

Episode 87

Round 9:

Inheritance Qualifications

The Kamogawa Boxing Gym gets a new recruit: Itagaki Manabu, the inter-high national runner up who happens to idolizes Ippo. Meanwhile, Ippo is hit with a blast from the past when he is challenged by Hammer Nao, his former junior who now seeks to defeat him and take his belt.

Episode 88

Round 10:

Biting Dog

Ippo is reluctant to fight Nao, who used to be his junior and friend. Nao faces his fear of fighting Ippo and resolves to let Ippo know how strong he has become firsthand. Who will come out on top?

Episode 89

Round 11:

Ippo vs. Hammer Nao

The match begins. Ippo goes on an all-out offensive, hoping to end this match as soon as possible, but Nao refuses to stay down until he has shown Ippo his new power! Nao makes use of relentless and forceful body blows, pushing Ippo into a corner.

Episode 90

Round 12:

Requirements For A Pro

Ippo lowers his guard and it becomes a blow-for-blow confrontation, with Ippo winning out and knocking Nao down. Nao reflects on his past with Ippo as he gets up once more, only to be ultimately knocked out. Ippo remarks that Nao hasn't felt the pain of losing yet, and now that he has, he will become much stronger.

Battle of Hawk Arc

Episode 91

Round 13:

Ippo At The Beach 2

Episode 92

Round 14:

Two Spars

Episode 93

Round 15:

Itagaki`s Debut Fight!

Takamura and Ippo's next matches are finalized. Itagaki has a jarring introduction to the world of pro boxing when he fights a boxer desperate enough to cheat, and Kimura's Dragon Fish Blow can't seem to get the job done. To top it all off, Takamura has botched his weight management due to Aoki's revenge and is in no shape to fight! Can Takamura defeat the Filipino Middleweight Champion?

Episode 94

Round 16:

The Two Hawks

Takamura's light punches and decreased stamina have put him at a great disadvantage, but when he sees a familiar and taunting face, his anger allows him to fight back. Bryan Hawk finally makes his appearance - but his behavior is far from that of a true champion...

Episode 95

Round 17:

Wild Kid

Takamura attacks Hawk in a fit of anger, but Hawk effortlessly blocks his attack, stunning everyone. The Kamogawa gang reviews Hawk's previous matches and learn how terrifyingly strong he is. When Ippo and friends visit Takamura's home out of curiousity, Takamura's checkered past with his family is revealed.

Episode 96

Round 18:

Extreme Weight Control

Takamura resolves to reach the top of the world for the sake of his friends and for the coach. In order to do so, he must lose 20 kilos (44 lbs) before the match. Takamura starves and dehydrates himself to accomplish his goal, but will he make it through this bout of extreme weight control?

Episode 97

Round 19:

Critical Situation

The coach and Yagi see Hawk's devastating boxing firsthand. Takamura barely makes weight and is taunted by Hawk for his skinny appearance. Later, when a press conference turns into utter chaos, all of Japan roots for Takamura to beat Hawk. Ippo makes a risky promise to Takamura, but will he be able to fulfill it?

Episode 98

Round 20:

Junior Middleweight World Title Match

Ippo manages to win his title defense with a 1-round KO as per his promise and rushes back to see Takamura. There, he sees all of the Japanese champions and former champions, including Eiji and Sendo,encouraging Takamura to do his best. After a flashy entrance ceremony, the long-awaited world title match finally begins!

Episode 99

Round 21:

Battle of Hawk

Takamura takes the pace at the beginning of the match, but Hawk unveils his unique style that allows him to dodge and attack simultaneously! After being caught off-guard and taking a beating in the first round, Takamura uses his speedy footwork to circle around Hawk, but Hawk outspeeds him and knocks him down. Can Takamura learn to counter Hawk's wild fighting style in time?

Episode 100

Round 22:


Takamura is outspent once more and knocked unconscious, but manages to recover just in time. Relying on what he has learned from the coach, he knocks down Hawk and discovers his weakness! An all-out brawl ensues and Takamura comes out on top! Takamura begins the next round with a KO proclamation - but can he really end the fight in this round?

Episode 101

Round 23:

Supporting Hand

Despite using all of his remaining energy, Takamura cannot break through Hawk's defense and is left with no way to fight back. Hawk's wild bloodlust comes out, and he aims to kill Takamura in the ring! With nothing supporting him but the love of his friends and the coach's help, can Takamura mount a comeback?

Episode 102

Round 24:

The King

Takamura is knocked unconscious while standing yet again, and remembers all of the pain, suffering, and disrespect he faced for the sake of this match. Realizing that his pain is because of Bryan Hawk, he begins fighting back, this time driven purely by instinct and anger. Takamura turns the table, but the champion on the ropes has one last trick up his sleeve...

Episode 103

Round 25:

Please Accept This Bronze Statue

After a gruesome fight, Takamura becomes the WBC Jr. Middleweight World Champion, and orders a giant bronze statue of himself to celebrate. Itagaki wins his first official match, and Ippo meets Itagaki's family - and learns how terrifying a simple pun can be!

Episode 104

Round 26:

New Challenger

When Miyata confronts Ippo about their promise, it is revealed that Miyata has risen far above Ippo's level due to his over-reliance on the Dempsey Roll. When Ippo's next challenger, Shimabukuro Iwao, declares that he will destroy the Dempsey Roll, Ippo decides to train his Dempsey Roll so that it has no weaknesses. The coach decides to help Ippo, even if it means fighting against modern boxing itself!

Season One - Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting!
Season Three - Hajime no Ippo: Rising


Theme songs

Opening Theme

  1. Hekireki by Last Alliance

Ending Theme

  1. 8AM by coldrain


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