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Hajime no Ippo  
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Makunochi Ippo is an ordinary high school student in Japan. Since he spends most of his time away from school helping his mother run the family business, he doesn't get to enjoy his younger years like most teenagers. Always a target for bullying at school, Ippo's life is one of hardship. One of these after-school bullying sessions turns Ippo's life around for the better, as he is saved by a boxer named Takamura. He decides to follow in Takamura's footsteps and train to become a boxer, giving his life direction and purpose. Ippo's path to perfecting his pugilistic prowess is just beginning.

Note: Won the 15th Kodansha Manga Award for Best Shounen Manga in 1991.


Related Series
Hajime no Ippo Gaiden (Side Story)

Associated Names
Fighting Spirit
The Fighting!
The First Step

Groups Scanlating
Buried With Manga
Endless Abyss
Franky House

Latest Release(s)
c.1199-1202 by MangaStream (16d ago)
c.1198 by MangaStream (51d ago)
c.1194-1197 by MangaStream (57d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
119 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1 (Hajime no Ippo); Vol 45 (New Challenger)
Ends at Vol 31, Chap 269 (Hajime no Ippo); Vol 47 Chap 420 (New Challenger); Vol 61, Chap 558 (Rising)

User Reviews
Hajime no Ippo by Kaioh

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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (915 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.43 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 10th 2017, 2:27pm PST



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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #544 increased(+1)
Monthly Pos #481 increased(+129)
3 Month Pos #563 increased(+103)
6 Month Pos #570 increased(+52)

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On 3776 reading lists
On 553 wish lists
On 126 unfinished lists
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Have we really been reading a thousand chapters? 1304 days, 22 hours, 28 minutes ago
Jumping the Shark-Hajime no Ippo 1304 days, 22 hours, 30 minutes ago
Dropped from scanlations? 1417 days, 15 hours, 30 minutes ago
Is Hajime no Ippo good if I hate boxing? 1534 days, 21 hours, 6 minutes ago
3rd Season of Hajime no Ippo Green-Lit 1608 days, 4 hours, 15 minutes ago

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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kamasutra69
June 20th, 2007, 11:26pm
very good plot. interesting characters. funny.
art good
plot not repeating . this is the way of a champion
now ippo gain a lot of experience. world champion finally open
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WOW! it has finally started...   
Rating: N/A
by barny
May 8th, 2007, 4:35am
After 70 IPPOs quest to be world champion finally started. whew! I'm just 3 years older than this manga. I hope the author would be able to finish this.
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18 years of ownage   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by Pervserk
April 24th, 2007, 5:22am
uber manga
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the hell   
Rating: N/A
by mastermeijin
April 10th, 2007, 11:38pm
howw can... I read this IPPO things . Please . I'm frustrated right now
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Rating: N/A
by JSW
November 2nd, 2006, 4:06pm
70 Volumes and just getting started...
i've read many good mangas, but only a few that are so addictive like Ippo
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Not 10 but 9   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by jonsi
October 30th, 2006, 8:43am
one of the best sports manga but still i don't like it enough to give it a 10...
nice art but the plot repeats itself after some 30vols
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Long but always well done   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ebisu
October 1st, 2006, 5:15am
One of the best manga there are. It has a lot of volumes but I just can say thanks for being able to read so much of a manga that I like.
The series gets better and better the more chapters that pass.
You'll like it for sure if you just like reading manga. It really doesn't matter if you don't like boxing.
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my fav manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Queso
September 29th, 2006, 6:11pm
best manga ever
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by m4n1
September 25th, 2006, 3:53pm
You could probably read full reviews elsewhere, I just felt that this manga deserved yet another 10.
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My thoughts   
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by Kaioh
August 16th, 2006, 12:56am
If I where to make a list of must-read manga for any new otaku, this would definantly be on it. If I where to also make a list of the best, this would on that aswell. The pacing of the manga is very interesting. It keeps you glued to each page and to every volume with its great story. The fact that the series is still going should impress everyone. I humbly tip my hat to the manga-ka for keeping things freash after so long.

Now that the good parts out of the way, let me get to the bad. Sometimes this manga tends to drag on, and sometimes the fights can drag on too long. Its interesting to note that alot of the important fights are done over many chapters, however some characters fights take one or so chapters, while others could take a few pages. The author's choices in which ones go longer and shorter are quite interesting. Established characters sometimes have short fights, and new ones can have longer fights. It seems quite akward to me.

Other than that, this manga is just short of perfect. However, it's not for everyone. Still, I have yet to read a sports manga that I didn't like. Whether or not I like the actual sport, manga always makes it better, in my opinion.

I will personally give massive credit to ANY company that winds up liscensing this, as to support it would take quite an investment.
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