Ippo Makunochi was a very shy high school student who never had the time to make friends, because he was always busy helping his mother run their family fishing charter business. Because he kept to himself, a group of bullies led by Umezawa got into the habit of picking on him. On one particular day, these bullies decided to give him a rather serious beating, but a middle-weight professional boxer who was passing by stopped the bullies and took the injured Ippo to the Kamogawa Gym, owned by the retired boxer Genji Kamogawa, to treat his wounds. After Ippo awoke to the sounds of boxers training, the boxer who saved him, Mamoru Takamura, tried to cheer Ippo up by letting him vent his frustrations on a sandbag. It was then that they had their first glimpse into Ippo's talent for boxing. After that incident, Ippo started his regular training and began his path in Japan's professional boxing, beginning with two spars against the talented Ichiro Miyata who is the same age as Ippo.
Hajime no Ippo (also called Fighting Spirit) is a boxing anime with 76 episodes. The Sequel to this anime, Hajime no Ippo New Challenger, has 26 episodes.
by ♫ Highway to Hell ♫ September 06, 2010
It is a japanese manga drawn by Jyoji Morikawa. It started at about 1987 and its still not finished yet. Hajime no Ippo is about a teenager named "Ippo Makunouchi" who was bullied everyday by a bunch of gangsters because he works at a fishing store and probably smelled like fish. But one day, a passing boxer jogged by and saved him from the gangsters. This boxer is Takamura Mamoru, who instantly became Ippo's idol and introduced him to the Kamogawa Gym and the world of boxing.
Hajime no Ippo is the best manga ever
by tensais January 26, 2004