Hajime no ippo (2000–2002)

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Makunouchi 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 ... See full summary »

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Makunouchi 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 (the family fishing business grants him a distinct odor), 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. Written by GAP 93

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Fighting Spirit  »

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The series is based on a long running manga in Japan. Besides the series itself, there's also an OVA featuring a fight between Kimura and Mashiba, another that features a Takamura-based storyline that is an episode in length, and a full length movie that follows the end of the series into Ippo's next fight. See more »

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The best sport/martial arts anime
9 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fighting Spirit is better than the Dragon Balls Z or most other famous and popular TV anime shows about fights because it is more matured and realistic in its drawing style, plot, characterization, and animation technology.

Animes like the Dragon Balls and most Hayao Miyazaki works are intended for little kids, at least in Japan, but the Flighting Spirit was late night show, intended for older teens and adults.

It should also appeal to the female audience who get turned off by silly fantasy girls with gross body shapes or stupid voices in typical anime.

I don't care about most anime shows, but I love this series. Try it and judge for yourself!


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