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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.1203-1204 by MangaStream 26 days ago
c.1199-1202 by MangaStream 3 months ago
c.1198 by MangaStream 4 months 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

19 topics, 109 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (916 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 #466 increased(+146)
Monthly Pos #799 decreased(-186)
3 Month Pos #779 decreased(-90)
6 Month Pos #667 decreased(-45)
Year Pos #679 decreased(-80)

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On 3825 reading lists
On 558 wish lists
On 128 unfinished lists
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Forum Posts
Have we really been reading a thousand chapters? over 3 years ago
Jumping the Shark-Hajime no Ippo over 3 years ago
Dropped from scanlations? over 4 years ago
Is Hajime no Ippo good if I hate boxing? over 4 years ago
3rd Season of Hajime no Ippo Green-Lit over 4 years ago

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Too much damage to the boxers, Ippo especially   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by alphaGulp
March 29th, 2012, 1:10pm
As an ex-competitive boxer / Thai boxer, I had to stop reading this after seeing the protagonist suffer so much head trauma, with the never-ending focus on simple 'toughness'. The fact of the matter is that you suffer permanent damage when you receive continual trauma like that, and that you will basically end up like Mohamed Ali if you don't wise up - what good is it to celebrate watching someone destroy themselves like that?

A real pro with a smart management team will do their best to avoid having too many brutal matches, as sooner or later you come back a changed man. (FWIW, I think Ali got his brain damage mostly from his training, which involved daily doses of massive head trauma to condition himself and thus be able to succeed with 'rope a dope' - it was insane training that required huge guts, but when you consider how it silenced a great thinker and social commentator, it is a terrible shame).

Anyhow, as a boxer once more, I think there is plenty to love and learn from in this manga. I really appreciated the research and references to the training that old-time greats used, as well as the many insights into different types of boxers (some of which are very pertinent). You can actually learn some useful stuff from reading this manga, if you happen to be a boxer.

The story, characters, comedy and such are all quite good, although I am not surprised to learn that it has become repetitive (based on the reviews below). I quit reading it before that, as I simply couldn't bear to watch the hero progressively destroy himself to such an extent. I have seen too many men destroyed by such a process to be able to ignore it in the manga...
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No words for this! Suberb!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by elderamy
October 18th, 2007, 4:40am
No words for this! Suberb! This is the best Sports manga I've ever seen! Loads of characters and the plot is not only centered on 1 char. Amazing fights and comebacks. Loads of technical stuff and very high on realism.

The characters are very depth and its one of the funniest I've ever seen.
Has true moments of joy where I just can't stop laughing!

best manga ever, for me at least

... Last updated on June 19th, 2011, 10:02am
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Rating: N/A
by Edd
May 11th, 2006, 11:23am
Seriously, this is seriously the best manga ever made in the world. IF YOU HAVEN'T READ IT YOU'RE SERIOUSLY DEPRIVED! However, I completly agree that it is really long, 74+ Volumes, and if it wasn't for the FABULOUS plot, GREAT CHARACTERS AND CHARACTER BUILDING, and of course, SOME OF THE BEST ACTION EVER, i might have possibly gotten bored.
On a side note: I read about 50+ Volumes in about a week. This seriously gets addicting....
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Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by TundraDweller
November 1st, 2013, 3:55pm
I learned 99% of what I know about boxing from this manga, so there's that. You wouldn't imagine a manga about boxing could run for 1000+ chapters and still be interesting after all this time. The author has uncanny skills. Once I started reading, I couldn't stop.

I've read up to 1035 and I think everyone should read this, that's how good I think this manga is. But it's not without its flaws, in my opinion. So I'm gonna focus on those since it's good points need not be repeated.

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The fact that Ippo, despite being the MC, shows no true awe-inspiring strength in comparison to his opponent, 85% of the time, is kinda frustrating. Almost all his matches end with him winning (which is good and all) but the winner ends up in worse shape than the loser. It's hard to be Ippo's fan when that happens.

So many matches end in ways that make me wanna meh. For instance, the guy who dominates the match and beats his opponent senseless somehow loses because the plot demands the half-dead guy be the eventual winner, regardless of who was on the brink of victory and obviously the more skilled boxer.

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Other than the MC's fights (which can be excused), Miyata's fight with Randy made me wanna punch the author. That one sucked. As if I needed one more reason to hate the Sasuke of this manga anymore. Ippo's homo crush on Miyata really irks me. It's always Miyata-san this, Miyata-san that. Won't you shaddap about that annoying guy already!?!

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Itakagi's title fight was a surprise but satisfying cuz I wasn't gonna excuse the author for shoving that unlimited natural talent (over 9000!) BS down my throat for much longer. It had to be put a stop to at some point. Glad it happened when it did.

Takamura rulez. And you just gotta love Aoki. I've faced plenty of gags in plenty of manga, but Takamura's antics, which involve Aoki as the victim most of the time, nearly always make me lose control of myself. I end up LOLing, which is really rare for me.

... Last updated on November 1st, 2013, 4:04pm
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It was and excellent manga but its a bit stalled now.   
Rating: N/A
by Baldulf
August 23rd, 2010, 10:50pm
Are you new to the series? Good for you, this is a great sports manga. It's all about the typical "hard work beats talent" but it's fun nowadays.

Problem is that the author has no sense of pacing, the last fights drag on FOREVER and it's a real pain to follow it weekly. Main character is not evolving and the sense of humor is missing in action.

In the end, you are going to get addicted to it if you start from fresh, but when you'll get to the weekly episodes it would turn in a nightmare.
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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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surprised me how much I liked a sports manga   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by serobins
April 28th, 2009, 11:34pm
Even though I'm not much of a sports/boxing fan, I've really enjoyed Hajime no Ippo. If the story gets repetitive some of the time, it always seems to be going somewhere and it's always entertaining. Plus, the relationship between the men in the boxing gym absolutely cracks me up. It's full of crude, idiotic, "guy" humor.

My favorite thing about this manga has been watching the art develop. After a few volumes, the artist really finds his style, and the panels become incredibly dynamic and visually striking. Though there are a lot of differences, the way the artist depicts motion reminds me of American Silver Age comics. Even with panel after panel of two boxers slugging it out in a ring, your eye always stays fed.

... Last updated on May 1st, 2009, 5:47pm
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Fighting shonen manga at it's best!   
Rating: N/A
by kukuku, THE LORD OF PERVERTS!!!
February 10th, 2006, 9:53am
Now this is a manga u can't put down. I could read the whole 74 volumes in one piece. Fighting shonen manga at it's best. And last but not least, ZOMG I LOVE TAKAMURA, THE LORD OF PERVERTS!!! U RULE MAN!!!
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Rating: N/A
by jvln
March 29th, 2006, 9:34am
great manga, one of the best.

Edited by mod: Don't ask for downloads here
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Warning!!! Must have a good Cardiovascular System   
Rating: N/A
by Anthon41772
February 24th, 2006, 12:19pm
OMG I almost had a heart attack I laughed so hard.This is far and way THE BEST manga I have read so far.
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