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Hajime no Ippo

English: Fighting Spirit
Synonyms: The First Step, Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting
Japanese: はじめの一歩 THE FIGHTING!
Type: TV
Episodes: 75
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 4, 2000 to Mar 27, 2002
Premiered: Fall 2000
Broadcast: Tuesdays at 00:50 (JST)
Producers: VAP
Licensors: Geneon Entertainment USA
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Shounen, Sports
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
Score: 8.84 (scored by 82,080 users)
Ranked: #20
Popularity: #317
Members: 151,992
Favorites: 8,105

Description of Hajime no Ippo

Makunouchi Ippo has been bullied his entire life. Constantly running errands and being beaten up by his classmates, Ippo has always dreamed of changing himself, but never has the passion to act upon it. One day, in the midst of yet another bullying, Ippo is saved by Takamura Mamoru, who happens to be a boxer. Ippo faints from his injuries and is brought to the Kamogawa boxing gym to recover. As he regains consciousness, he is awed and amazed at his new surroundings in the gym, though lacks confidence to attempt anything. Takamura places a photo of Ippo's classmate on a punching bag and forces him to punch it. It is only then that Ippo feels something stir inside him and eventually asks Takamura to train him in boxing. Thinking that Ippo does not have what it takes, Takamura gives him a task deemed impossible and gives him a one week time limit. With a sudden desire to get stronger, for himself and his hard working mother, Ippo trains relentlessly to accomplish the task within the time limit. Thus Ippo's journey to the top of the boxing world begins.

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List of Characters and Actors

 
Takagi, Wataru
Japanese  
 
Aoki, Masaru
Main  
 
Utsumi, Kenji
Japanese  
 
Kamogawa, Genji
Main  
 
Fujiwara, Keiji
Japanese  
 
Kimura, Tatsuya
Main  
 
Staley, Steve
English  
 
 
Koyama, Rikiya
Japanese  
 
 
Tamura, Yukari
Japanese  
 
Aikawa
Supporting  
 
Sasaki, Seiji
Japanese  
 
Aiko's Brother
Supporting  
 
Asano, Masumi
Japanese  
 
Akemi
Supporting  
 
Suzumori, Kanji
Japanese  
 
Arade, Boy
Supporting  
 
Koujiro, Chie
Japanese  
 
Chana
Supporting  
 

 
 
Chuwatana, Ponchai
Supporting  
 

 
 
Chuwatana, Bonchai
Supporting  
 
Thornton, Kirk
English  
 
Commentator
Supporting  
 
Oliver, Tony
English  
 
Date, Eiji
Supporting  
 
Wakabayashi, Naomi
Japanese  
 
Date, Yuuji
Supporting  
 
Tamagawa, Sakiko
Japanese  
 
Date, Aiko
Supporting  
 
Oka, Kazuo
Japanese  
 
Doctor
Supporting  
 
Ono, Kenichi
Japanese  
 
Fujii, Minoru
Supporting  
 
Tachiki, Fumihiko
Japanese  
 
Fujiwara, Yoshio
Supporting  
 

 
 
Garcia, Arman
Supporting  
 
Futamata, Issei
Japanese  
 
Hachinoe Coach
Supporting  
 
Mine, Atsuko
Japanese  
 
Hachinoe Coach's Wife
Supporting  
 
Kishino, Yukimasa
Japanese  
 
Hade
Supporting  
 
Tsujitani, Kouji
Japanese  
 
Hayami, Ryuuichi
Supporting  
 

 
 
Hirano, Kazuhiko
Supporting  
 
Ruff, Michelle
English  
 
Iimura, Mari
Supporting  
 
Onishi, Takeharu
Japanese  
 
Ishino Coach
Supporting  
 
Nakamura, Daiki
Japanese  
 
Itou, Takaaki
Supporting  
 

 
 
Iwakawa, Kiyoie
Supporting  
 
Ishino, Ryuuzou
Japanese  
 
Kamiya
Supporting  
 

 
 
Kanzaki, Shinji
Supporting  
 
Ootaki, Shinya
Japanese  
 
Kawahara Coach
Supporting  
 
Hiromori, Shingo
Japanese  
 
Kawai Coach
Supporting  
 
Ookawa, Tooru
Japanese  
 
Kida
Supporting  
 
Ootori, Yoshino
Japanese  
 
Kimura, Mother
Supporting  
 
Cansino, Richard
English  
 
Kobashi, Kenta
Supporting  
 
Horimoto, Hitoshi
Japanese  
 
Komori
Supporting  
 

 
 
Li, Chonpiru
Supporting  
 
Terauchi, Yorie
Japanese  
 
Makunouchi, Hiroko
Supporting  
 

 
 
Martinez, Ricardo
Supporting  
 
Kobayashi, Sanae
Japanese  
 
Mashiba, Kumi
Supporting  
 
Stone, Terrence
English  
 
Mashiba, Ryo
Supporting  
 
Namiki, Shinichi
Japanese  
 
Matsuda
Supporting  
 

 
 
Megumi
Supporting  
 
Cho
Japanese  
 
Mikami
Supporting  
 
Okamura, Akemi
Japanese  
 
Mikami, Reiko
Supporting  
 
Seki, Tomokazu
Japanese  
 
Miyata, Ichirou
Supporting  
 
Ishizuka, Unshou
Japanese  
 
Miyata, Father
Supporting  
 
Hidaka, Narumi
Japanese  
 
Miyuki
Supporting  
 
Kawakami, Tomoko
Japanese  
 
Morita, Kumiko
Supporting  
 

 
 
Morokot, Poon
Supporting  
 
Sorich, Michael
English  
 
Nakadai Coach
Supporting  
 
Kitamura, Kouichi
Japanese  
 
Naniwa Coach
Supporting  
 
Nagai, Ichiro
Japanese  
 
Nekota, Ginpachi
Supporting  
 
Hashi, Takaya
Japanese  
 
New Japan Coach
Supporting  
 
Shirakura, Asa
Japanese  
 
Nurse
Supporting  
 
Canna, Nobutoshi
Japanese  
 
Oda, Yusuke
Supporting  
 
Hirata, Hiroaki
Japanese  
 
Okita, Keigo
Supporting  
 
Billingslea, Beau
English  
 
Oota, Hiroyuki
Supporting  
 
Sonobe, Keiichi
Japanese  
 
Otowa Coach
Supporting  
 
Sonobe, Yoshinori
Japanese  
 
Ozuka, Nefuma
Supporting  
 
Kobayashi, Masahiro
Japanese  
 
Ozuma, Jason
Supporting  
 

 
 
Paudei, Runsaku
Supporting  
 
Shibuya, Shigeru
Japanese  
 
Payao
Supporting  
 
Kiyokawa, Motomu
Japanese  
 
Ramuda, Ruslan
Supporting  
 
Elias-Fahn, Dorothy
English  
 
Reiko
Supporting  
 
Lang, Lex
English  
 
Saeki, Takuma
Supporting  
 
Marshall, Mona
English  
 
Sendo, Grandmother
Supporting  
 
Onosaka, Masaya
Japanese  
 
Sendo, Takeshi
Supporting  
 
Yoshino, Hiroyuki
Japanese  
 
Shigeta, Akira
Supporting  
 
Lodge, David
English  
 
Shinoda, Tomoyuki
Supporting  
 
Ookura, Masaaki
Japanese  
 
Sisfer, Jimmy
Supporting  
 

 
 
Snake, Thomas
Supporting  
 
Yamaguchi, Yuriko
Japanese  
 
Sugar Ray's Mama
Supporting  
 
Oonaka, Hiroko
Japanese  
 
Sumire
Supporting  
 
Sonobe, Keiichi
Japanese  
 
Suzuki, Toshio
Supporting  
 
Naka, Hiroshi
Japanese  
 
Suzuki's Second
Supporting  
 
Tetsuno, Masatoyo
Japanese  
 
Takada, Teruhiko
Supporting  
 
Hasebe, Kouichi
Japanese  
 
Takemura
Supporting  
 
Yanaka, Hiroshi
Japanese  
 
Tamaki, Atsushi
Supporting  
 
Akimoto, Yousuke
Japanese  
 
 
Epcar, Richard
English  
 
Toho Coach
Supporting  
 
Tsuda, Shouko
Japanese  
 
Tomiko
Supporting  
 
Thornton, Kirk
English  
 
Umezawa, Masahiko
Supporting  
 
Nakajima, Toshihiko
Japanese  
 
Yagi, Haruhiko
Supporting  
 

 
 
Yajima, Yoshiaki
Supporting  
 
Sakaguchi, Daisuke
Japanese  
 
Yamada, Naomichi
Supporting  
 
Yokoo, Mari
Japanese  
 
Yamada, Mother
Supporting  
 
Marshall, Mona
English  
 
Yamaguchi, Tomoko
Supporting  
 
Tatsuta, Naoki
Japanese  
 
Yanaoka
Supporting  
 
Kramer, Steve
English  
 
Yasuda
Supporting  
 

 
 
Yasukawa, Kazuhito
Supporting  
 

 
 
Yoshida, Mitsuo
Supporting  
 
Morikawa, Toshiyuki
Japanese  
 
Zangief, Alexander Volg
Supporting  
 
Arima, Mizuka
Japanese  
 
Zangief, Mother
Supporting  

List of Staffs

 
 
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director
 
Hata, Yoshito
Episode Director
 
Kawamura, Kenichi
Episode Director, Storyboard, Assistant Director
 
Kojima, Masayuki
Episode Director, Storyboard
 
Masaki, Shinichi
Episode Director
 
Mitsuyuki, Masuhara
Episode Director, Storyboard
 
Nanba, Hitoshi
Episode Director
 
Takahashi, Atsushi
Episode Director
 
Yamaguchi, Yuuji
Episode Director
 
Kamo, Yasuko
Script
 
 
Abe, Noriyuki
Storyboard
 
Sato, Yuzo
Storyboard
 
Yano, Hiroyuki
Storyboard
 
Taniuchi, Hideki
Theme Song Lyrics, Theme Song Arrangement, Theme Song Composition
 
Epcar, Richard
ADR Director
 
Honda, Takeshi
Key Animation
 
Hori, Takafumi
Key Animation
 
 
Itaoka, Nishiki
Key Animation
 
Kaneko, Hidetoshi
Art Director
 
Koike, Takeshi
Key Animation
 
Komatsu, Eiji
Key Animation
 
Morikawa, George
Original Creator
 
Okada, Toshiyasu
Animation Director
 
Saijou, Takashi
Animation Director
 
Tomioka, Takashi
Key Animation
 
Urahata, Tatsuhiko
Series Composition