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Hajime no Ippo in Please look for it MY bookstore.

Hajime no Ippo or various aspects (skills, techniques, etc.) that may have been referenced in various media.

References found in Video Games

References found in Anime

Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru - Anime - Episode 19

Ippo reference in Episode 19 of Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru

  • In episode 163 of Gintama, there is a parody/reference to Hajime no Ippo.
  • In Gundam Build Fighters episode 19, it shows the Gundam using a Dempsey Roll and Liver Blow.
  • In Hinamatsuri episode 4, you can see a magazine with Ippo on the cover.
  • In Episode 19 of Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru, Makunouchi Ippo silhouette is shown in the background along side of other famous sport anime characters.
  • In Vivi Strike! Episode 8, during the fight between Rinne and Vivio, they use various skills like Flicker Jabs, Gazelle Punch, Smash (Accel Smash), Dempsey Roll, and move their head forward to diffuse a counter's power.


References Found in Manga

Garoden - Vol 1 Chapter 1 - Ippo name

Ippo's name crossed out in challenge list in Garoden

  • In the first chapter of Garoden drawn by Keisuke Itagaki, Ippo name is seen crossed out in the MC challenge list, along side other famous fighting figures.
  • In Teppu manga, the main character uses the Detroit Style, and throw Flickers.
  • The Korean Manhwa Out boxer is know to copy scenes from Hajime no Ippo.
  • Morikawa Jouji and some characters appear in Mou, Shimasen kara manga, which is made by a former assist to Morikawa, Nishimoto Hideo.
    • File 1 - Morikawa appears in it with scenes from the manga, and Takamura.
    • Volume 1 - Take Keīchi appears in an Aftermath page
    • File 109 - Morikawa appears and plays Hajime no Ippo: Revolution, various characters appear
    • File 110 - Morikawa drawing volume 4 cover
    • Volume 5 - Miyata Ichirō appears in an aftermath page
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Ippo mention in Nagatoro

  • In Volume 4 (Chapter 27.5) of Don't Mess with Me, Nagatoro (イジらないで、長瀞さん), Ippo get mentioned by the MC while throwing some jabs.
    • Later in the chapter, she is seen throwing flicker punches.
    • At the end of the volume, the mangaka included an image of a character showing the Dempsey Roll motion.
  • In manga Shounan Junai Gumi chapter 32, a character is seeing wearing a bath towel with Ippo's face on it in a few panels
  • In manga Tenjo Tenge, Chapter 103, a character is shown training while catching leaves, and later practicing other boxing skills. Also in the manga, a character is shown throwing Flicker Jabs.
  • In the manga One Piece, Chapter 362, a character is showing throwing Flicker Jabs (but it is called Aurora Flicker Jabs.)
  • In the manga Hakaiou Noritaka!, there is a scene where the MC has Ippo's face drawn on his knees in order to train to help protect his weak kness against the opponent and in the background Kamogawa appears to cheer him on.
  • In the manga Bobobobo Bobobo, there is a panel where it shows Ippo's face hitting a sandbag, while wearing Sendo's Trunks.


Other Known References

  • In October 2017, Morikawa Jouji and WOWOW sponsored and collaborated with the 2017 Japan Boxing Test on December 10, which is a test of boxing knowledge. On the back of the pass certification card, there is a choice of three people from Hajime no Ippo - Makunouchi Ippo , Takamura Mamoru, and Miyata Ichirō to choose from for a 2000 yen fee.[1]
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  • The Charisma Brothers and Fischer's-フィッシャーズ- made a short real life Hajime no Ippo film in 2016, where they filmed live-action scene taken from a character's point of view. They even used Morikawa's boxing gym, JB Sports Gym.
  • In 2019, all Dangan Boxing Promotions and Rizin (MMA) matches is set to use Hajime no Ippo themed tape.
  • In February 2019, Joshin chain store in Japan, teamed up with Hajime no Ippo and had coloured pages of Makunouchi Ippo and Sendō Takeshi advertising Joshin to help honour 30 years. During one of the weekly store ads, they shown JB Sports Gym members and Hajime no Ippo characters in it.
  • Morikawa's JB Sports Gym tends to use Hajime no Ippo related characters on their match tickets or envelopes for match tickets, back of their gym shirts, and sell Hajime no Ippo related merchandise.
  • In July 2019, as part of a collaboration between Weekly Shonen Magazine and Asahi Soft Drinks, various panels of WSM (including Hajime no Ippo) appeared in Tokyo Metro Shinjuku Station (Metro Promenade) and Shibuya Station (near Exit 8 on the B2 floor).
  • Hajime no Ippo was part of the Manga X Sport Exhibit in part to promote the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics from 7/13/2019 to 9/29/19. There was an interactive exhibit involving it, where a person was able to catch 10 leaves.
  • Makunouchi Ippo and Takamura Mamoru appear on various Promotional posters for U-15 Boxing and JCL (Junior Champion League) Posters in order to help promote boxing and attract a younger audience.
  • In 2018, Morikawa collaborated with Japanese M League (Mahjong), where he drew various Hajime no Ippo characters wearing various M League team outfits. They also released various merchandise like limited edition merchandise for it like posters, phone case, water bottle, etc.
  • In the Korean film, Make It Big (일단 뛰어, Ildan Dwieo), a character is shown reading the Korean version of Hajime no Ippo in it.
  • During the WSM 55th anniversary, Hajime no Ippo took part in Majime no Ippo. Meaning a 'Serious Step.' It was a campaign to encourage people to refrain from committing crimes and to establish a safe society.
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On the JR Yamaote Line in Tokyo - Hajime no Ippo 30th ad

  • As part of the 30 year Celebration, the JR Yamanote Line in Tokyo posted various Hajime no Ippo posters on it train in late September 2019 to Oct 6th, 2019.
  • There is a campaign with Maruzen Junkudo Shoten stores till with Hajime no Ippo as part of the 30th from September 25th, 2019 till the end of October in select stores, where an anniversary edition was availible free of charge in the store, or a purchase of any volume of Hajime no Ippo, they will recieve a 1 of 5 stickers.[2]



  • In a recent interview, Hajime Isayama's (Author of Attack on Titan) Kodansha editor Kawakubo Shintaro appeared on the YouTube series hosted by virtual YouTuber/VTuber Sakuragi Kenji, where Kawabuko meantioned when Isayama first started out, he had Isayama draw chapters of Hajime no Ippo to help work on his action scenes.[3]


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