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.[6] 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 Shōnen 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.


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).


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Main Cast

Main article: List of voice actors


Full list of the episodes from all seasons - Anime Guide

Early Days

First Rounder


The Naniwa Tiger

Two Rookie Kings

The Speed Star

The Red Wolf


Road Back

Mountain Training


Boxer's Fist

First Step


Next Seasons


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. Yuuzora no Kami Hikouki 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