History Manga / HajimeNoIppo

9th Jun '16 1:26:50 AM Antwan
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The manga '''''Hajime no Ippo''''' (English title: "The First Step"), written by Jyoji Morikawa, has been running since 1989, spans more than 100 volumes and is currently one of the longest manga series ever. From October 2000 to March 2002, a 76-episode anime adaptation, titled ''Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting Spirit'' ran on the Nippon TV Network. One TV movie, ''Champion Road'', and an OVA, ''Kimura v. Mashiba'', were aired soon after.

On January 6 2009, the second season, titled ''Hajime no Ippo: The New Challenger'', started airing on the Nippon TV Network and ran for 26 episodes.

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The manga '''''Hajime no Ippo''''' (English title: "The First Step"), written by Jyoji Morikawa, has been running since 1989, spans more than 100 volumes and is currently one of the longest manga series ever. The series has reached its ''1,000th'' chapter as of 2012, an extremely impressive feat in the manga industry. From October 2000 to March 2002, a 76-episode anime adaptation, titled ''Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting Spirit'' ran on the Nippon TV Network. One TV movie, ''Champion Road'', and an OVA, ''Kimura v. Mashiba'', were aired soon after.

On January 6 2009, the second season, titled ''Hajime no Ippo: The New Challenger'', started airing on the Nippon TV Network and ran for 26 episodes. A [[http://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?show=anime&aid=9982 third season]], titled ''Hajime no Ippo: Rising'' premiered in Fall 2013, and contained 25 episodes.




Has recently reached its ''1,000th'' chapter as of 2012, An extremely impressive feat in the manga industry.

A [[http://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?show=anime&aid=9982 third season]], titled ''Hajime no Ippo: Rising'' premiered in Fall 2013, and will have 25 episodes.



* BloodKnight: Ryuuhei Sawamura.

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* BloodKnight: BloodKnight - Ryuuhei Sawamura.



* BoringInvincibleHero - Ippo has only [[spoiler:lost TWO matches, his very first bout against Miyata, which was also Ippo's first time in a RING, and a title-match against veteran champion Date Eiji. And he got the belt on his next try, which is against Sendo.]] Of course, he ''always'' wins by KO. Several other characters have been forced to 'win by decision', but Ippo's 'Dynamite Punch' never fails to deliver the KO.
** [[spoiler:As of chapter 1069, Ippo was defeated a third time by Gonzalez.]]

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* BoringInvincibleHero - Ippo has only [[spoiler:lost TWO THREE matches, his very first bout against Miyata, which was also Ippo's first time in a RING, and a title-match against veteran champion Date Eiji. Eiji, and a duel against Gonalez. And after his loss against Eiji, he got the belt on his next try, try , which is against Sendo.]] Of course, he ''always'' wins by KO. Several other characters have been forced to 'win by decision', but Ippo's 'Dynamite Punch' never fails to deliver the KO.
** [[spoiler:As of chapter 1069, Ippo was defeated a third time by Gonzalez.]]
KO.



** And let's not forget Ricardo Martinez, the boxer who trounced Date in the past and present.(Though, he admitted, had Date been at his best, he would have lost. He even admitted he respected Date more than any other opponent he had faced.)

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** And let's not forget Ricardo Martinez, the boxer who trounced Date in the past and present. (Though, he admitted, had Date been at his best, he would have lost. He even admitted he respected Date more than any other opponent he had faced.)



* CharacterDevelopment: What makes this series so enjoyable, aside from the boxing action.
* ChekhovsGunman: The referee in Vorg vs. Mike Elliot.
* CherryTapping: Takamura during his last match before taking on the world, beating the #2 ranked Japanese middleweight with only his left hand. Someone in the crowd said "Only his left... good god." that pretty much summed it up.
* ChickMagnet: Hayami, so much. And he has the InstantFanclub to prove it! Also, Miyata to a degree.

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* CharacterDevelopment: CharacterDevelopment - What makes this series so enjoyable, aside from the boxing action.
action, is how almost everyone grows as characters over the course of the series.
* ChekhovsGunman: ChekhovsGunman - The referee in Vorg vs. Mike Elliot.
* CherryTapping: CherryTapping - Takamura during his last match before taking on the world, beating the #2 ranked Japanese middleweight with only his left hand. Someone in the crowd said "Only his left... good god." that pretty much summed it up.
* ChickMagnet: ChickMagnet - Hayami, so much. And he has the InstantFanclub to prove it! Also, Miyata to a degree.



--->'''Aoki:''' "Actually, I thought he was kind of a big wuss."
--->'''Kimura:''' "But I better not mess with him for a while . . ."

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--->'''Aoki:''' "Actually, Actually, I thought he was kind of a big wuss."
wuss.
--->'''Kimura:''' "But But I better not mess with him for a while . . ."



* ExplainingYourPowerToTheEnemy: ''Hajime no Ippo'' is one of the few manga to avert this trope. The person using a technique never explains it to their opponent. The readers learn how a technique works in a logical manner by the observers--the seconds, usually--who then devise a counter to said technique.

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* ExplainingYourPowerToTheEnemy: ExplainingYourPowerToTheEnemy - ''Hajime no Ippo'' is one of the few manga to avert this trope. The person using a technique never explains it to their opponent. The readers learn how a technique works in a logical manner by the observers--the seconds, usually--who then devise a counter to said technique.



* {{Foil}}: Both Sendo and Miyata for Ippo, in different ways. Miyata's calm, collected, and cold nature contrasts with Ippo's mellow, somewhat dorky, and usually nervous personality; Sendo, on the other hand, contrasts with Ippo in the sense that he's brash, energetic, and much more outgoing. Miyata's style of boxing is completely opposite of Ippo's while Sendo's style is essentially Ippo's but more aggressive and with less emphasis on defense.

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* {{Foil}}: {{Foil}} - Both Sendo and Miyata for Ippo, in different ways. Miyata's calm, collected, and cold nature contrasts with Ippo's mellow, somewhat dorky, and usually nervous personality; Sendo, on the other hand, contrasts with Ippo in the sense that he's brash, energetic, and much more outgoing. Miyata's style of boxing is completely opposite of Ippo's while Sendo's style is essentially Ippo's but more aggressive and with less emphasis on defense.



* IdenticalPanelGag: The first pages of the two fights between Aoki and Papaya both have a rigorously identical panel layout and an identical pose for Aoki. So are the pages where Aoki takes the "Coconut Punch". The two fights are ''dozens of chapters apart'', making it [[CrowningMomentOfFunny doubly hilarious]] when you realize that.

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* IdenticalPanelGag: IdenticalPanelGag - The first pages of the two fights between Aoki and Papaya both have a rigorously identical panel layout and an identical pose for Aoki. So are the pages where Aoki takes the "Coconut Punch". The two fights are ''dozens of chapters apart'', making it [[CrowningMomentOfFunny doubly hilarious]] when you realize that.



* InterchangeableAsianCultures: Inverted. Takamura thinks Crocodile is American simply because he's blonde.

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* InterchangeableAsianCultures: InterchangeableAsianCultures - Inverted. Takamura thinks Crocodile is American simply because he's blonde.



* LivingLegend: Ricardo Martinez is the Mexican long-time featherweight world champion who never lost. He's actually called "The only living super-legend" and it's said that there's a higher chance that Mexican citizens know him than their own president.

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* LivingLegend: LivingLegend - Ricardo Martinez is the Mexican long-time featherweight world champion who never lost. He's actually called "The only living super-legend" and it's said that there's a higher chance that Mexican citizens know him than their own president.



* MusclesAreMeaningful : Oddly enough, both played straight ''and'' subverted at the same time due to the art direction. Every single boxer you see, regardless of weight class, is depicted with huge muscles like Mike Tyson. But while most of them live up to their appearance, some of them are still much weaker than others. It reaches ridiculous levels by the time we see Kobashi vs Ippo; Kobashi's muscles are the same size as Ippo's, but he's significantly weaker than him ''and'' compares his body unfavorably to Ippo's.

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* MusclesAreMeaningful : - Oddly enough, both played straight ''and'' subverted at the same time due to the art direction. Every single boxer you see, regardless of weight class, is depicted with huge muscles like Mike Tyson. But while most of them live up to their appearance, some of them are still much weaker than others. It reaches ridiculous levels by the time we see Kobashi vs Ippo; Kobashi's muscles are the same size as Ippo's, but he's significantly weaker than him ''and'' compares his body unfavorably to Ippo's.



* WhamEpisode:
** [[spoiler: Ippo losing his match against Date. It looked like he was going to win.]]

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* WhamEpisode:
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WhamEpisode - [[spoiler: Ippo losing his match against Date. It looked like he was going to win.]]



* TheWorfEffect - [[BloodKnight Sawamura Ryuuhei]] beating [[MadeOfIron Shimabukuro]] to a pulp without even trying and Ippo doing horrible in just about every spar. Plus, from a storytelling point of view (though it makes sense in-universe), technically Ricardo Martinez beating Date Eiji is a form of TheWorfEffect. Ippo vs [[WildChild Woli]] probably counts, too[[spoiler:, even though Ippo won... [[ArcFatigue eventually]]]].

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* TheWorfEffect - [[BloodKnight Sawamura Ryuuhei]] beating [[MadeOfIron Shimabukuro]] to a pulp without even trying and Ippo doing horrible in just about every spar. Plus, from a storytelling point of view (though it makes sense in-universe), technically Ricardo Martinez beating Date Eiji is a form of TheWorfEffect. Ippo vs [[WildChild Woli]] probably counts, too[[spoiler:, even too. [[spoiler: Even though Ippo won... [[ArcFatigue eventually]]]].
22nd Apr '16 4:54:58 PM SomeoneElse17
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The manga, written by Jyoji Morikawa, has been running since 1989, spans more than 100 volumes and is currently one of the longest manga series ever. From October 2000 to March 2002, a 76-episode anime adaptation, titled ''Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting Spirit'' ran on the Nippon TV Network. One TV movie, ''Champion Road'', and an OVA, ''Kimura v. Mashiba'', were aired soon after.

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The manga, manga '''''Hajime no Ippo''''' (English title: "The First Step"), written by Jyoji Morikawa, has been running since 1989, spans more than 100 volumes and is currently one of the longest manga series ever. From October 2000 to March 2002, a 76-episode anime adaptation, titled ''Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting Spirit'' ran on the Nippon TV Network. One TV movie, ''Champion Road'', and an OVA, ''Kimura v. Mashiba'', were aired soon after.
22nd Feb '16 3:25:02 PM mhj0808
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* LongRunner - The manga's been going for over twenty years now.

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* LongRunner - The manga's been going for over twenty nearly thirty years now.


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* TheNineties: The period most of the story still takes place in (aside from the first arc- Ippo's initial training- which was in 1989) due to being heavily affected by WebcomicTime. It's inching ever so slowly and steadily towards the year 2000, however.


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* WebcomicTime: A standout example. The events of the manga began in what was once PresentDay in 1989, a period of 27 years as of 2016 in real life; It's only been about 9 years in the story so far.
16th Feb '16 4:33:06 PM mhj0808
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* {{Foil}}: Both Sendo and Miyata for Ippo, in different ways. Miyata's calm, collected, and cold nature contrasts with Ippo's mellow, somewhat dorky, and usually nervous personality; Sendo, on the other hand, contrasts with Ippo in the sense that he's brash, energetic, and much more outgoing. Miyata's style of boxing is completely opposite of Ippo's while Sendo's style is essentially Ippo's but more aggressive and with less emphasis on defense.
15th Feb '16 11:21:25 AM mhj0808
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** To be fair regarding Ippo though (and Miyata and Takamura for that matter), this is definitely TruthInTelevision. Those gifted, generational talents rarely lose more than 3 of their first 30 offcial matches or so. A good boxer in general usually only starts losing consistently a few years into their 30's and typically retire with 10 or less losses vs 40 or more wins.

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** To be fair regarding Ippo though (and Miyata and Takamura for that matter), this is definitely TruthInTelevision. Those gifted, generational talents rarely lose more than 3 of their first 30 offcial matches or so. A good boxer in general usually only starts losing consistently a few years into their 30's and typically retire with 10 or less losses vs 40 or more wins. Ippo is still in his mid twenties and only has 25 fights under his belt. If he had lost more than 5 or so up to this point, he might as well have just quit.
15th Feb '16 11:13:17 AM mhj0808
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** To be fair regarding Ippo though (and Miyata and Takamura for that matter), this is definitely TruthInTelevision. Those gifted, generational talents rarely lose more than 3 of their first 30 offcial matches or so. A good boxer in general usually only starts losing consistently a few years into their 30's and typically retire with 10 or less losses vs 40 or more wins.
14th Feb '16 9:38:47 PM mhj0808
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* MusclesAreMeaningful : Oddly enough, both played straight ''and'' subverted at the same time due to the art direction. Every single boxer you see, regardless of weight class, is depicted with huge muscles like Mike Tyson. But while most of them live up to their appearance, some of them are still much weaker than others. It reaches ridiculous levels by the time we see Kobashi vs Ippo; Kobashi's muscles are the same size as Ippo's, but he's significantly weaker than him ''and'' compares his body unfavorably to Ippo's.
3rd Nov '15 10:05:57 AM Willbyr
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* SpiritualSuccessor - To [[AshitaNoJoe Ashita No Joe]]. Sendou even has Joe's characteristics.

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* SpiritualSuccessor - To [[AshitaNoJoe Ashita No Joe]].''Manga/AshitaNoJoe''. Sendou even has Joe's characteristics.
27th Sep '15 7:45:05 AM morenohijazo
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* ShrinkingViolet - Ippo himself in the beginning, later Naomichi Yamada. Both are total {{Butt Monkey}}s. Kumi Mashiba is a mild example.


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* ShortRangeGuyLongRangeGuy: Ippo is exclusively an in-fighter, as opposed to his chief rival Miyata Ichirou, who is primarily an out-fighter.
* ShrinkingViolet - Ippo himself in the beginning, later Naomichi Yamada. Both are total {{Butt Monkey}}s. Kumi Mashiba is a mild example.
20th Sep '15 2:52:39 PM rex1011amit
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** Seriously, it got the point that ''Umezawa'', of all people, tells him that he better make a move already, or someone else will.
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