Tatsuya Kimura (木村達也, lit. Kimura Tatsuya) is a tritagonist in Hajime no Ippo.

He is a junior lightweight veteran professional boxer. Along with Makunouchi Ippo, Takamura Mamoru, Aoki Masaru and Itagaki Manabu, round up the core members of the Kamogawa Boxing Gym and the series.

His surname is Kimura. In Japan, surnames are listed before given names.



Kimura and Aoki in the 80s

Kimura became a delinquent because he was bullied by an older boy, and when his father went to confront the boy's father, he was pressured and ended up apologising, this made Kimura lose all respect for his father, becoming more violent in both his house and outside, and decided to quit high school without his parents knowing.

Kimura and Aoki Masaru were best friends since kindergarten. In high school they began brawling and causing trouble with students from rival schools, namely North High, which eventually led to their expulsion. Kimura was the most affected by this because he was worried he had disappointed his mother. One day the pair attacked North High's Takamura Mamoru and lost miserably. Seeing Takamura's strength as a boxer, they decided to join the Kamogawa Boxing Gym to try and become strong too.

Despite losing to him in every spar, they continued boxing until they had earned their pro licenses and stepped into the ring. Eventually they forgot about their grudge and became passionate about boxing itself, even looking up to Takamura.

Part I

Early Days Arc


Kimura watching Ippo and Miyata spar.

In the anime, Kimura watches Makunouchi Ippo and Miyata Ichirō's spar. After the end of the spar, he introduces himself to Ippo. On Ippo's first day at the gym, Kimura and Aoki Masaru attempts to train him, however they are stopped by Kamogawa Genji. Ippo, not knowing what Shadow Boxing is, asks Kimura, he then demonstrates shadow boxing. Kimura is seen watching Ippo's and Miyata's second sparring match.

When Yagi Haruhiko announces Ippo's pro debut match opponent is Oda Yūsuke, Kimura remembers him, as Oda started around the same time as him. Kimura goes to the Chuuka Soba to celebrate Ippo's debut match and talks about how Oda will be easy. Kimura acts as Ippo's sparring partner and throws up due to Ippo's Body Blows. Kimura, along with the others watch Ippo's fight with Oda, then celebrate after Ippo's first win.

Rookie King Tournament: First Rounder Arc


Kimura watching the fireworks

After sparring with Ippo, Kimura celebrates Ippo's first year in the Kamogawa Boxing Gym at the Chuuka Soba. When Jason Ozuma is announced as Ippo's first opponent in the East Japan Rookie King Tournament, Kimura and the others believe it to not be his real name until his profile is shown to be American. Kimura watches Ippo's fight against Ozuma.

With Ippo being fired up from watching Miyata's match, Kimura and Aoki spar against him. After the spar, Kimura notes how he has gotten stronger since his fight against Ozuma. Kimura along with the others, watches Kobashi Kenta and Hayami Ryūichi's matches on tape.

Kimura attends the training camp. There, Kimura trained himself and helped Ippo with his training by sparring and throwing tennis balls for Ippo to catch. On the final night at the training camp, Kimura wishes to get a Japan title belt as he watches fireworks. When he and the others get back to the gym, Yagi shows everyone the poster of Takamura match against the Japanese middleweight champion and Ippo's match against Kobashi Kenta. With Ippo's match being before Takamura's, Kimura begins helping Ippo by sparring with him. After the spar, Kimura informs Ippo that his back feet is catching up better.

Kimura attends Ippo's match and Takamura's match against JBC middleweight champion, Yajima Yoshiaki. When Takamura went down, Kimura and the other's cheers helped Takamura stand up. After Ippo's win and Takamura wins the champions belt, Kimura celebrates along with everyone.

Rookie King Tournament: Finals Arc

Kimura attends Hayami's match against Yasukawa Kazu, and Aoki's match. Kimura watches Ippo's match against Hayami.

Execution Arc

Kimura's main fight in the series is against Mashiba Ryō for the JBC Junior Lightweight championship. Kimura lost despite inventing a new signature move and putting in his best efforts. He also fought twice against Eleki Battery, a national champion. Both fights ended as draws.

Part II

Kimura's main role in the story is that of a supporting character, but upon his and Aoki's second entry into the Class A Tournament, they became directly antagonized by Iga Shinobu and his trainer, Baron Kurita. They are now both aiming to settle their grudge with the duo.

Part III

Second Step Arc


Kimura counters his opponent

Ippo announces his retirement and says his farewells to Kimura and the others. Kimura tells Itagaki that he thought he was the first one going to retire, and doesn't know why Ippo retired. One day, Kimura, who is struggling with weight management, is running with the group, Ippo shows up and starts training Kimura as his second. Kimura's match begins, during his match, he has many instances where his seconds had mistakes, and it was a mud match with his opponent until round seven, where Ippo gives Kimura advice about his opponent's left hook. An exhausted Kimura sees an opening for a counter, the counter hits his opponent in the face and falls down, resulting in Kimura winning the match. After boasting about his counter, Kimura asks Ippo if he is okay with being a second, in which he states that he is.

After Aoki and Itagaki's match, Kimura explains that Ippo shouldn't nag Itagaki after he wins. When Ippo brings Teru to the gym, Kimura believed you can't judge him by his appearance as Ippo was the same. After seeing Teru's weak punch, he and Aoki teases Ippo for bringing him to the gym.

Taihei Arc

Kimura appears in this arc.

Match History

Match History
# Result Record Date Opponent Location Time Type Notes
27 WIN 16-6-5 1999-03 JapanUnknown[1] Tokyo, Japan 7(8), ?:?? KO N/A
26 DRAW 15-6-5 1998-11 JapanUnknown[2] Tokyo, Japan 8(8), 3:00 Decision N/A
25 DRAW 15-6-4 1998-09-15 JapanUnknown[3] Tokyo, Japan 8(8), 3:00 Decision Comeback Match
24 LOSS 15-6-3 1997-09-12 JapanUnknown (Former Champion)[4] Tokyo, Japan 10(10) Decision Class-A Tournament Final
23 WIN 15-5-3 1997-02 JapanRyuuzaki Takeshi[5] Tokyo, Japan 10(10), 3:00 KO Class-A Tournament First Round
22 LOSS 14-5-3 1997-04-15 Philippines Sim Rex[6] Yokohama, Japan 5(10) Decision Stopped by doctor due to heavy bleeding on both sides.
21 WIN 14-4-3 1996-09-12 Michael Gehon


Tokyo, Japan 5(10) KO Operation - World Domination" Semi-Final Match
20 DRAW 13-4-3 1996-03 Philippines Eleki Battery[8] Yokohama, Japan 10(10), 3:00 Decision N/A
19 DRAW 13-4-2 1995-08 Philippines Eleki Battery[9] Yokohama, Japan 10(10), 3:00 Decision N/A
18 WIN 13-4-1 1996-09-12 Philippines Alman Alegria[10] Tokyo, Japan 10(10), 3:00 Decision "Apocalypse Now"
Semi-Final Match
17 LOSS 12-4-1 1994-02-17 Japan Mashiba Ryō[11] Tokyo, Japan 9(10), 2:30 TKO "Execution"
Junior Lightweight Title Match
16 WIN 12-3-1 1994 Philippines Nefuma Ozca[12] Tokyo, Japan 5(10), 1:25 TKO N/A
15 WIN 11-3-1 1993-07-11 Thailand Pone Morocotte[13] Tokyo, Japan 10(10) KO N/A
14 Loss 10-3-1 1993 Japan Ryuuzaki Takeshi[14] Tokyo, Japan 6(8), 1:18 KO Class-A Tournament (Extra Round)
14 DRAW 10-3-1 1993 Japan Ryuuzaki Takeshi[15] Tokyo, Japan 6(8), 1:18 KO Class-A Tournament Second Round
13 WIN 10-3-0 1992 Japan Nishimura Hiroshi[16] Tokyo, Japan 6(6) Decision Class-A Tournament
First Round
12 WIN 9-3-0 1992-04-20 Japan Kanzaki Shinji[17] Tokyo, Japan 10(10) Decision N/A
"Unknown" Opponents
1 WIN 1-0-0 1988 Japan Hotta Junichi[18] Tokyo, Japan 2R(4) KO Debut Match


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Kimura's Appearance

Kimura has a pale skin complexion, black hair with a flat top hairstyle, and a medium-sized nose. His eye colour is black and he has long, thin eyebrows. It is noted by Itagaki that Kimura is moderately handsome.

His training outfit is either a green jumpsuit or a blue t-shirt with pants

During his delinquent days, he had a pompadour hairstyle and wore gold shades with green lens.


Kimura is a smart boxer with a good eye. He lives with his parents and helps them run their flower shop, but makes most of his living from his fights. He has been known to come up with his own original training methods, such as shadow boxing to music. He also tends to speak more politely and can often narrowly avoid Takamura's pranks through guile, and shifting the brunt of the blame on to Aoki.

He and Aoki are best friends and are sometimes referred to as Aokimura (青木村). He tends to be less hard on Ippo than the others and more willing to assist in his training, although he does still tease him occasionally. While Takamura and Aoki often show concern for Ippo, Kimura is the closest of the three of them to being an ideal senpai. He is not above being petty or jealous and gloating. An example would be when he refused to stop celebrating Mashiba's suspension and Sawamura's retirement (as it meant he had less obstacles for the belt), despite Ippo's protests.

Kimura's pathetic love life and constant lack of a girlfriend is a recurring joke in the series, and he even named his pet fish Reiko after a girl who broke his heart.

Like Aoki, he is also highly skilled at baseball, particularly as batter, but as the two of them became delinquents, they lost interest in the sport and abandoned it.

He originally wrote his given name in kanji as 達也, but switched to katakana as タツヤ after returning from a brief retirement.

Fighting Style

Kimura, like Aoki, possesses a boxing ability that is largely downplayed for much of the series (albeit not quite as badly), with his overall style being defined as a solid, all-around style with a firm grasp on the basics. Miyata stated that as a boxer, Kimura had no weaknesses (despite also not having any outstanding strengths) and Miyata's father said that although he was only ranked third before his fight with Mashiba, his talent surpassed that ranking.

Although renowned for having typically lukewarm boxing abilities compared to other characters in the series, Kimura has occasionally showcased bouts of talent, courage and willpower far beyond he is usually known for in his fights, specifically in his match against Mashiba; the latter himself later admitted that Kimura was his strongest challenger.

As a fast outboxer, Kimura is often asked to be a sparring partner for Ippo and one time for Miyata, though Kimura benefited more from Miyata's sparring.



In the lead-up to Kimura's fight against Mashiba, Miyata identifies Kimura's biggest flaw: as a well-rounded fighter he has no specific weaknesses, but he also has no strengths. Kimura comes to the same realization when he manages to slip pass Miyata's jabs, but realizes he has no plan of attack with the distance closed. Notably, his lack of a Sunday punch makes it difficult for him to intimidate his opponents.

While Kimura does come up with the Dragon Fish Blow, he still does not have an emphasis on particular strengths, unlike Ippo's in-fighting or Miyata's counters.



  • Kimura, along with Aoki, appeared earlier in the anime than in the manga.