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Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting! - New Challenger (はじめの一歩 The Fighting! New Challenger), often shortened as "Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger", is the second anime adaption of the Hajime no Ippo manga, and the sequel to Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting!. It was produced by studio Madhouse, directed by Jun Shishido, and aired from January 6, 2009 to June 30, 2009. The third season is Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting! - Rising.

Overview

The second season went into development due to the high ratings of the reruns of the first season. The main cast from the first series returned, although Kumi Mashiba was voiced by actress Yuka Hiraka rather than Kobayashi Sanae. In addition, an almost entirely new production staff was used. According to Koyama Rikiya, the voice of Takamura at the time, a sequel was already being planned.

The story resumes from where the first season ended, with the Ichirō Miyata vs. Arnie Gregory match. The second season also covered Eiji Date's rematch with Ricardo Martínez, Ippo Makunouchi's fight against former kōhai Naomichi Yamada, who uses the ring name "Hammer Nao", Manabu Itagaki's debut match against Fumito Makino, and Mamoru Takamura]'s junior middleweight championship match against Bryan Hawk.

Episodes

Full list of the episodes from all seasons - Anime Guide
# Episode Title Japanese Airdate English Airdate
1 "The New Step" January 6, 2009
2 "Bloody Cross" January 13, 2009
3 "To the Promised Place" January 20, 2009
4 "Towards the World" January 27, 2009
5 "The Strength of the World" February 3, 2009
6 "A Figure to Chase After" February 10, 2009
7 "The Advent of the Devil" February 17, 2009
8 "Spirit for One Last Attack" February 24, 2009
9 "Inheritance Qualifications" March 3, 2009
10 "Biting Dog" March 10, 2009
11 "Ippo vs. Hammer Nao" March 17, 2009
12 "Requirements For A Pro" March 24, 2009
13 "Ippo on the Beach 2" March 31, 2009
14 "Two Spars" April 7, 2009
15 "Itagaki's Debut Fight!" April 14, 2009
16 "The Two Hawks" April 21, 2009
17 "Wild Kid" April 28, 2009
18 "Extreme Weight Control" May 5, 2009
19 "Critical Situation" May 12, 2009
20 "Junior Middleweight World Title Match" May 19, 2009
21 "Battle of Hawk" May 26, 2009
22 "Brawl" June 2, 2009
23 "Supporting Hand" June 9, 2009
24 "The King" June 16, 2009
25 "Please Accept This Bronze Statue" June 23, 2009
26 "New Challenger" June 30, 2009

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See also