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Tomoyuki Shinoda (篠田, Shinoda Tomoyuki) is a recurring character in Hajime no Ippo.

He is a longtime trainer at the Kamogawa Boxing Gym.

The chief trainer of Aoki Masaru, Kimura Tatsuya, and Itagaki Manabu, Shinoda carries out Kamogawa Genji's tradition of strict training.

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

Background

Shinoda and Fuji meet

Shinoda and Fujii's Past

Before becoming a trainer, Shinoda and Fujii Minoru were friends who were amateur boxers partaking in city tournaments. One day after a spar, Shinoda tells Fujii that he is going to turn pro, and looks forward to seeing him in the ring someday. However, Fujii tells him that he thinks he is done as a boxer. Shinoda thought they shared the same dream- To go to the Olympics or become a champ as a pro. Fujii tells him to go and make that dream come true, while he decided to report on boxing instead. The two makes a promise for Shinoda to become a JBC champion, then world champion, as Fujii writes about him as he makes his way up.[1]

Shinoda then became a pro boxer. However, he lost his debut match and eventually retired after six matches and ending with an average record.[2] He later joined the Kamogawa Boxing Gym and became a trainer.

When Kimura Tatsuya and Aoki Masaru joined the Kamogawa gym, Shinoda looked over their training.[3] After eight months, Shinoda told the duo that their pro debut was scheduled. Shinoda then was their second for their pro debut, with both of them winning in the end.

History

Part I

Early Days Arc

Shinoda was one of Makunouchi Ippo's cornermen for his debut match against Oda Yūsuke.

First Rounder Arc

Shinoda was one of Ippo's cornermen for his match against Jason Ozuma and later, Kobashi Kenta.

Finals Arc

Shinoda was one of Ippo's cornermen for his match against Hayami Ryūichi, and later, Mashiba Ryō.

All Japan Rookie King Tournament: Rocky of Naniwa Arc

Shinoda was one of Ippo's cornermen for his match against Sendō Takeshi.

Two Rookie Kings Arc

When Aoki Masaru and Kimura Tatsuya were sparring for each other's matches, Shinoda was watching them and gave tips. Shinoda was one of the cornermen for Aoki, Kimura, and Takamura Mamoru's matches, which all three won. When the Nakadai Boxing Gym requested for Ippo to fight Okita Keigo, Shinoda was one of Ippo's cornermen for the match which Ippo won.

Speed Star Arc

Shinoda was Aoki and Kimura's second for their matches in the Class A Tournament after Ippo's win against Saeki Takuma.

White Fang Arc

Shinoda was the second for Aoki's semifinal match of the Class A Tournament against Jackal Itō, and Kimura's semifinal match of the Class A Tournament against Ryūzaki Takeshi. Both of their matches resulted in a loss, losing the Class A Tournament. Shinoda was one of Ippo's cornermen for his match against Alexander Volg Zangief.

Challenge for the Throne Arc

When the Champion Carnival began, Shinoda was one of Takamura's cornermen for his title defence against Tamaki Atsushi. The match resulted in Takamura's win. Ippo was scheduled to face against champion Date Eiji for the Champion Carnival, and when the match began, Shinoda was one of Ippo's cornermen. The match resulted in Ippo's loss.

Road Back Arc

When Kamogawa collapsed due to overwork and went to the hospital, Shinoda was there while the doctor gave the report. During Aoki's match against Snake Thomas, Kimura's match against Pone Morocotte and Ippo's match against Ponchai Chuwatana, he was there as one of their cornermen where they all won.

Mountain Training Arc

Shinoda training Aoki and Kimura in the mountains

Shinoda training Aoki and Kimura.

After the Naniwa gym approved of Ippo fighting their champion, Sendō, Kamogawa later decided to head to the Pension Yoshio as a training camp. When they arrive to the pension, they meet Nekota Ginpachi. Before Shinoda left for the woods to train with Ippo, Kimura, and Aoki, Nekota warned them of bears. Shinoda has the three boxers dash up and down hill until a bear came out and made them run away. That night, Nekota told Shinoda's group that he would prepare something to avoid bears the next day. The following day, Shinoda was shocked when Kimura and Aoki rushed back from roadwork and informed him that Ippo was attacked by a bear. However, Ippo came back with a dog, which Nekota confirmed to be his dog, Hachi. Kamogawa announced to everyone at the training camp that he would be splitting the group for individual training. Shinoda was grouped with Aoki and Kimura, with one training method being doing squats in a river. After Ippo finished his wood chop training, Shinoda participated in Kamogawa's teaching of "punching without punching, the Sakki.

On the final night of the training camp, Takamura returned wounded with a bear claw mark on his chest, claiming to have knocked out a bear. Shinoda then ate a bear nabe that Nekota made for the final night. The next day, Shinoda left with the rest of the group and returned to the Kamogawa Boxing Gym. When Takamura, Aoki, and Kimura had a match against Itō Takaaki, Boy Allade, and Nefuma Ozca respectively, Shinoda was a cornerman for Takamura's match, and the main second for Aoki and Kimura's match where all three boxer's won. Shinoda was impressed with Aoki and Kimura's results of the mountain training.

Lallapallooza Arc

On the day of Ippo's title match against Sendō, Shinoda was one of the cornermen where Ippo won and became the JBC featherweight champion.

Execution Arc

Part II

Seiken Arc

Shinoda telling Itagaki to work hard

Shinoda telling Itagaki to work hard

While Itagaki is preparing for his upcoming match against Hoshi Hiroyuki, Shinoda ask how Itagaki is doing, and comments about both of them working hard and leaving behind no regrets. He tells Aoki and Kimura to cheer hard, otherwise they will be drowned out by Osaka Fan's. Aoki and Kimura mentioned they don't need to worry, since they got "A Trainer From Hell" looking after him.

Shinoda's registration letter

Yagi showing Shinoda's Registration Letter

Prior to the Itagaki vs Hoshi match, Yagi tells everyone that Shinoda turned in his resignation letter. Shinoda tells Kamogawa that it he is afraid it might be exactly like Aoki and Kimura say, where he is a a trainer from hell who only teaches how to fight in sludge matches.

Yagi tells him not to take it seriously, but Shinoda believes he failed at both Kimura and Aoki's title matches. He wasn't able to tap into enough of their potential then. If Itagaki were to lose on top of that, then it would be his fault for not helping him utilize his talent as well. Shinoda tells Kamogawa if Itagaki loses his next match, then he will take responsibility for it.

Itagaki starting to feel the pressure prior to the match. Kamogawa tells Itagaki to get it together, do his best and have no regrets. If he losses the fight half halfheartedly, he needs to think about what will happen to Shinoda. Shinoda stops Kamogawa from mentioning the Registration Letter since he doesn't want to add more pressure to Itagaki.

At the start of the match, Shinoda tells Itagaki to focus and watch all of his moves.  Itagaki keeps on repeating focus in his head.  When the bell rings, time seems to slow down for Itagaki.  When Hoshi throws his first punch, Itagaki throws a sharp uppercut instead causing Hosi to get Knocked down.  Itagaki is starting to tap into his potential.

Speed Zone Arc

Most notably, his bond with Itagaki is brought to light in the Class A tournament in which he brought out "Itagaki's true potential" against Karasawa Takuzou. Later he was acknowledged by coach Kamogawa as being a good partner for Itagaki after getting Itagaki to calm down by playing Shiritori with him when fighting Saeki Takuma.

Seeking Heights Arc

When Shinoda enters the Kamogawa Boxing Gym, he notices Fujii's also there. After Fujii explains their story to everyone at the gym, Shinoda tells them that he lost his pro debut match, and only fought in six matches, ending with an average record. Shinoda apologises to Fujii about not being able to fulfil their promise, but Fujii tells him it is okay, since he just wasn't suited to be a pro.

Part III

Second Step Arc

Round 1214 Shinoda hairloss

Shinoda losing Hair

Shinoda visits Ippo in hopes to get him to return to boxing. However, not as a boxer but as a trainer. Kumi yells at him for trying to get Ippo back into boxing, which makes Shinoda scared of her.

Shinoda explains that he gets nervous when he is yelled at by a woman. Shinoda tells everyone that he once paid a visit to a "Free information office" (a service that points people to lewd businesses for free like Cabaret clubs, Soaplands/brothels, to even prostitution.) When he picked his destination, he turned around, only to find his wife standing there. It wasn't the first time it has happened, so he got into a lot of trouble for it. It got so bad to where his hair started to fall out. Ever since then, he always get nervous around angry women. Ippo's mom thinks Shinoda is hen-pecked, and he agrees.

When Ippo starts to ask what a "Free information office" is, Shinoda starts to lose hair again, and decides to leave. While leaving, Shinoda tells Ippo that they are short handed since Kamogawa is in hospital with a cold. Ippo is relieved when he hears that. Shinoda mention that Yagi and him talked, and the plan was that the coach only focus on Takamura for now, and to get someone we trust to help out in the meantime. Ippo tells Shinoda that he needs some time to think about it, but he will have answer for him soon. Shinoda notes that before Kimura's match next week would be ideal. Shinoda leaves.

Match History

Match History
# Result Record Date Opponent Location Time Type Notes
Retired
6 WIN 2-3-0 197? Japan Unknown Tokyo, Japan 6(6), 3:00 Decision
5 LOSS 1-4-0 197? Japan Unknown Tokyo, Japan  ?(6)  ?
4 WIN 1-3-0 197? Japan Unknown Tokyo, Japan  ?(4)  ?
3 LOSS 0-3-0 197? Japan Unknown Tokyo, Japan  ?(4)  ?
2 LOSS 0-2-0 197? Japan Unknown Tokyo, Japan  ?(4)  ? "Comeback Match"
1 LOSS 0-1-0 197? Japan Unknown Tokyo, Japan  ?(4)  ? Pro Debut

Appearance

Shinoda is a man with a tanned, average body structure. He has short dark brown hair and long eyebrows and one forehead wrinkle. His eyes appear to be closed. Early in the series, he has no moustache, but later on he grows a short moustache. Later in series, his hair slowly begins to fall out, starting from the top of his head. He wears a hat to cover the bald spot.

Boxing Abilities

When Shinoda was a boxer, during his amateur days, with his boxing skills, he was able to make it to a city tournament finals and win.[4] While pro, his boxing skills were shown to be average, losing most of his six matches before retiring.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Shinoda is the creator of the inspirational pun Gattsu de Gattsun Gattsun da! (ガッツでガッツンガッツンだ!).

References

  1. Round 1132, Page 10-11
  2. Hajime no Ippo Chapter 1132, page 13
  3. Round 219
  4. Hajime no Ippo Chapter 1130, page 10-11
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