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
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.
Ippo succeeds in catching 10 falling leaves, and is granted his first sparring session.
Ippo loses his first sparring session, but shows enough potential to be accepted into the gym.
Ippo practices shadow boxing.
Ippo trains for a rematch.
Ippo and Miyata face off in 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.
Ippo trains with Takamura and discovers the hardship of pro boxing.
Ippo takes the License Test and meets Mashiba.
Ippo and his opponent Yusuke train for Ippo's debut match.
Ippo defeats Yusuke via K.O.
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.
Ippo defeats Jason via K.O. after a tough match.
Ippo watches the fight videos of Kobashi and Hayami, his future opponents.
Ippo joins Takamura, Kimura, and Aoki in a training camp near the beach.
Start of Ippo vs Kobashi match, Ippo is loosing by points because of Kobashi's strategy.
Kobashi abandoned his strategy and looses the match to Ippo via K.O.
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.
Ippo defeats Hayami via K.O. Ippo's training with Aoki and Kimura's help Ippo win the match.
Ippos day off. Miyata and Mashiba face off.
Miyata and Mashiba continues to fight. Ippo is angred by the outcome.
Ippo trains for Mashiba flicker jabs
Ippo VS Mashiba Round 1
Ippo VS Mashiba continues
Ippo defeats Mashiba for Rookie King of Eastren Japan.
Sendo goes to Japan to meet Ippo and make him go to All Japan and gets a chance to spar with Takamura.
Ippo learns how to heal his right fist and gets ready for the All Japan but something happens his powerful right punches!
Ippo thinks of quitting boxing
Ippo gets ready for his match against Saeki the Speed Star.
Ippo fights Saeki.
Gero-michi leaves and has to move away.
The match between Volg and Ippo begins.
Volg and Ippo continue to duke it out in a hard-fought and long battle.
The end of the Volg match.
Group date, literally. Ippo walks Mashiba's Kumi home.
Background episode for Date Eiji.
The match between Sendou Takeshi and Volg Zangief starts.
Sendou wins the match versus Volg.
Miyata Ichirou defeats Li Chou Bil.
Coach returns from the hospital, and Makunochi "hits without being hit".
The past of Aoki and Kimura is shown.
Second part of Aoki's and Kimura's past.
The group go to training camp in the mountains.
Takamura fights a bear.