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Hajime no Ippo The Fighting

Artwork from the first season DVD.

Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting! is the first television anime of the manga Hajime no Ippo created by the author Morikawa Jouji. It was produced by Madhouse, the Nippon TV network and VAP, directed by Satoshi Nishimura and ran on Nippon Television from October 3, 2000 to March 26, 2002.

At the end of 2003 the anime was licensed in North America by Geneon. Geneon released the English Dub under the title Fighting Spirit. In the Philippines it was called Knock Out!

On September 15, 2008 it was announced in Weekly Shonen Magazine that a second season of Hajime no Ippo would begin airing on January 6, 2009. The second season is called Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger and it serves as a sequel for the first season of the series.

Overview

The first season covers up to Ippo's first title defense (Vol. 35 of the manga). Because of this, Itagaki Manabu (one of the major characters) was not included, as he was not yet introduced by that point in the story.

The characters Kimura Tatsuya and Mashiba Kumi are introduced slightly earlier than in the manga, and Kimura's fight against Mashiba Ryō takes place after the Makunouchi vs Sanada fight instead of before it (the final OVA covers this fight).

Main Cast

Main article: List of voice actors
Main Cast
Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting!
Character Japanese Seiyuu Fighting Spirit
English Voice Actor
Makunouchi Ippo Kiyasu Kouhei Steve Cannon
Takamura Mamoru Koyama Rikiya Eddie Frieson
Kamogawa Genji Utsumi Kenji Richard Epcar
Miyata Ichirō Seki Tomokazu Jason Palmer
Kimura Tatsuya Fujiwara Keiji Grant George
Aoki Masaru Takagi Wataru Jim Taggert
Mashiba Kumi Kobayashi Sanae Stephanie Sheh
Umezawa Masahiko Madono Mitsuaki
Yagi Haruhiko Nakajima Toshihiko Paul St. Peter
Nekota Ginpachi Nagai Ichirou
Yamada Naomichi Sakaguchi Daisuke Tony Oliver
Mashiba Ryō Tanaka Masahiko
Sendō Takeshi Onosaka Masaya
Alexander Volg Zangief Morikawa Toshiyuki
Date Eiji Aizawa Masaki Tony Oliver
Fujii Minoru Ono Kenichi
Iimura Mari Shinohara Emi
The Referee Izumi Hisashi Richard Cansino
TV Announcer Horikawa Jin
Ring Announcers Konishi Katsuyuki

Episodes

Full list of the episodes from all seasons - Anime Guide
CONTENT

Early Days

First Rounder

Finals

Rocky of Naniwa

Two Rookie Kings

The Speed Star

The White Fang

Challenge for the Throne

Road Back

Mountain Training

Lallapallooza

Boxer's Fist

First Step

Execution

NEXT SEASONS

Staff

  • Director: Nishimura Satoshi
  • Assistant Director: Kawamura Kenichi
  • Planning: Itou Kazuaki (NTV), Itou Umeo (VAP)
  • Project Collaboration: Nonai Masahiro, Imanishi Yousuke, Nishimura Hiroshi, Yamaguchi Kenji (Weekly Shonen Magazine Editorial Staff)
  • Producer: Yamashita You (NTV), Ohshima Mitsuru (VAP), Tamura Manabu (VAP), Maruyama Masao (Madhouse)
  • Series Writer: Urahata Tatsuhiko
  • Character Design: Sugiura Kouji
  • Animation Director: Koujina Hiroshi, Shino Masanori
  • Background Art: Kaneko Eishun
  • Director of Cinematography: Shirai Hisao, Miyata Takahiro (Ep. 76 only)
  • Coloring: Isozaki Akihiko, Koshikawa Yoshimi (Ep. 76 only)
  • Editing: Terauchi Satoshi, Itou Yukiko, Kimura Kashiko, Tsuchiya Yurika
  • Developing: Tokyo Laboratory
  • Telecine: Imazuka Makoto, Shouji Mitsuhiro (Qtec)
  • Video Editing: Yamanote Minoru (Qtec)
  • Audio Director: Mima Masafumi
  • Assistant Audio Director: Kashiwakura Tsutomu
  • Recording: Yamada Fujio
  • Recording Assistant: Fujibayashi Shigeru
  • Sound Effects: Koyama Kenji
  • Sound Production: Nakajima Tomoko
  • Recording Studio: Aoi Studio
  • Music: Imahori Tsuneo
  • Music Production: Sengoku Kazunari, Kumibashi Aya
  • Advertising: Nishibata Kaoru, Sakashita Naomi, Yamada Youji
  • Sponsors: Japanese Boxing Commission, JB Sports Gym, Kōrakuen Hall, Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium

(more to come)

Gallery

Theme songs

Opening Themes

  1. Under Star by Shocking Lemon (Round 1~25)
  2. Inner Light by Shocking Lemon (Round 26~52)
  3. Tumbling Dice by Imahori Tsuneo (Round 53~75)

Ending Themes

  1. Yūzora no Kami Hikōki by Naoya Mori (Round 1~25)
  2. 360° by Naoya Mori (Round 26~52, 75)
  3. Eternal Loop by Saber Tiger (Round 53~74, 76)

See also

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