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Hajime no Ippo: Season 1

The First Step 2000 - 2002

  • 2000-10-02T15:00:00Z on NTV (JP)
  • 25 mins
  • 1 day, 7 hours, 15 mins
  • Japan
  • Japanese
  • Comedy, Anime, Drama

Based on a manga by Jyoji Morikawa, Fighting Spirit is an upbeat Rocky story that follows a high school nerd from cowardice to pugilistic stardom. Clumsy, maladroit Ippo Makunouchi helps his widowed mother with the family fishing boat business--when he's not being pounded into paste by bullies. After years of abuse, he lacks the will to defend himself against their taunts and fists. A chance meeting with rising boxing star Takamura convinces Ippo to reinvent himself. Under the guidance of Takamura and crusty gym owner Kamogawa, Ippo applies himself with a mixture of stalwart dedication and puppy-like enthusiasm. The story may be a cliché, but the filmmakers manage to make Ippo so likable that viewers who would never dream of watching a real boxing match may find themselves rooting for the irrepressible kid when he steps into the ring. (Rated 13 and older: violence, nudity, risqué humor) --Charles Solomon

Product Description

75 episodes

1x01 (1) The First Step

  • Series Premiere

    2000-10-02T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

Ippo is a high school student who works full time at his mother's fishing though. Because of this, he gets bullied on by the kids at his school. That's when his life turns around, when a professional boxer happens to be jogging along the way, and introduces Ippo to the world of boxing.

1x02 (2) Fruits of Labor

  • 2000-10-09T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

Ippo succeeds in catching 10 falling leaves, and is granted his first sparring session.

1x03 (3) Tears of Joy

  • 2000-10-16T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

Ippo loses his first sparring session, but shows enough potential to be accepted into the gym.

1x04 (4) Shadow Boxing

  • 2000-10-23T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

Ippo practices shadow boxing.

1x05 (5) 3 Months to Counter

  • 2000-10-30T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

Ippo trains for a rematch.

Ippo and Miyata are in the last round and Ippo does a short upercut to Miyata's chin, Miyara was knocked down and was unable to get up, Ippo wins the rematch.

1x08 (8) Promise to Meet Again

  • 2000-11-20T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

Ippo trains with Takamura and discovers the hardship of pro boxing.

1x09 (9) C Class License

  • 2000-11-27T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

Ippo takes the License Test and meets Mashiba.

1x10 (10) Debut Match!

  • 2000-12-04T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

Ippo and his opponent Yusuke train for Ippo's debut match.

1x11 (11) Obsession for Victory

  • 2000-12-11T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

Ippo defeats Yusuke via K.O.

1x12 (12) Becoming a Bully's Buddy

  • 2000-12-18T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

Ippo fights and wins his second match via K.O.,After the fight he was befriended by Umezawa, his former bully.

Ippo and his opponent Jason prepare for the first match of the Rookie King Tournament.

Start of Ippo vs Jason match, both men exchange powerful punches but neither goes down.

1x15 (15) Test of Endurance

  • 2001-01-15T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

Ippo defeats Jason via K.O. after a tough match.

Ippo watches the fight videos of Kobashi and Hayami, his future opponents.

1x17 (17) Ippo on the Beach

  • 2001-01-29T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

Ippo joins Takamura, Kimura, and Aoki in a training camp near the beach.

1x18 (18) Clinch

  • 2001-02-05T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

Start of Ippo vs Kobashi match, Ippo is loosing by points because of Kobashi's strategy.

1x19 (19) KO Dream

  • 2001-02-12T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

Kobashi abandoned his strategy and looses the match to Ippo via K.O.

1x20 (20) Threat of Shotgun

  • 2001-02-19T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

Takamura wins the Japanese Middleweight Championship belt, Ippo trains with Aoki to counter Hayami's Shotgun punch.

Start of Ippo vs Hayami fight, Hayami takes the advantage during the early rounds.

1x22 (22) Forward! Forward!!

  • 2001-03-05T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

Ippo defeats Hayami via K.O. Ippo's training with Aoki and Kimura's help Ippo win the match.

1x23 (23) Another Semi-Final

  • 2001-03-12T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

Ippos day off. Miyata and Mashiba face off.

Miyata and Mashiba continues to fight. Ippo is angred by the outcome.

1x25 (25) Every Emotion

  • 2001-03-26T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

Ippo trains for Mashiba flicker jabs

1x27 (27) Death Match

  • 2001-04-09T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

Ippo VS Mashiba continues

1x28 (28) Victory or Defeat

  • 2001-04-16T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

Ippo defeats Mashiba for Rookie King of Eastren Japan.

1x29 (29) Rocky of Naniwa

  • 2001-04-23T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

Sendo goes to Japan to meet Ippo and make him go to All Japan and gets a chance to spar with Takamura.

1x30 (30) To Enemy Ground

  • 2001-04-30T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

Ippo learns how to heal his right fist and gets ready for the All Japan but something happens his powerful right punches!

1x42 (42) Sympathy for a Dream

  • 2001-07-24T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

Ippo thinks of quitting boxing

1x43 (43) The Speed Star

  • 2001-07-31T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

Ippo gets ready for his match against Saeki the Speed Star.

1x45 (45) White Fang of the Wolf

  • 2001-08-14T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

Gero-michi leaves and has to move away.

1x48 (48) The Red Wolf

  • 2001-09-04T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

The match between Volg and Ippo begins.

1x49 (49) The Courage to Believe

  • 2001-09-18T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

Volg and Ippo continue to duke it out in a hard-fought and long battle.

1x50 (50) Something to Convey

  • 2001-09-25T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

The end of the Volg match.

1x51 (51) Group Date

  • 2001-10-02T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

Group date, literally. Ippo walks Mashiba's Kumi home.

1x52 (52) Challenger

  • 2001-10-09T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

Recap episode.

1x53 (53) So I Can Be Myself

  • 2001-10-16T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

Background episode for Date Eiji.

1x59 (59) A Determined Will

  • 2001-11-27T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

The match between Sendou Takeshi and Volg Zangief starts.

1x60 (60) Rival

  • 2001-12-04T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

Sendou wins the match versus Volg.

1x61 (61) Comeback Anxiety

  • 2001-12-11T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

Miyata Ichirou defeats Li Chou Bil.

1x62 (62) The Road Back

  • 2001-12-18T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

Coach returns from the hospital, and Makunochi "hits without being hit".

1x63 (63) Burning Youth

  • 2001-12-25T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

The past of Aoki and Kimura is shown.

1x64 (64) Hot Rod Era

  • 2002-01-08T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

Second part of Aoki's and Kimura's past.

1x65 (65) Kamogawa Troop's Summer

  • 2002-01-15T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

The group go to training camp in the mountains.

1x75 (75) Into the next step

  • 2002-03-26T15:00:00Z — 25 mins

Ippo defeats Sendo and becomes the Japanese Featherweight Champion.