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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...

Series Cast

  1. Kohei Kiyasu as Ippo Makunouchi (voice)

    Kohei Kiyasu

    Ippo Makunouchi (voice)

    128 Episodes

  2. Rikiya Koyama as Mamoru Takamura

    Rikiya Koyama

    Mamoru Takamura

    126 Episodes

  3. Wataru Takagi as Masaru Aoki

    Wataru Takagi

    Masaru Aoki

    126 Episodes

  4. Keiji Fujiwara as Tatsuya Kimura

    Keiji Fujiwara

    Tatsuya Kimura

    126 Episodes

  5. Tomokazu Seki as Ichiro Miyata

    Tomokazu Seki

    Ichiro Miyata

    101 Episodes

  6. Sanae Kobayashi as Kumi Mashiba

    Sanae Kobayashi

    Kumi Mashiba

    101 Episodes

  7. Kenji Utsumi as Genji Kamogawa

    Kenji Utsumi

    Genji Kamogawa

    101 Episodes

  8. Toshihiko Nakajima as Haruhiko Yagi

    Toshihiko Nakajima

    Haruhiko Yagi

    101 Episodes

  9. Masaya Onosaka as Takeshi Sendo

    Masaya Onosaka

    Takeshi Sendo

    101 Episodes

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Last Season


2013 • 25 Episodes

Hajime no Ippo: Rising continues Ippo's quest to become stronger, featuring the same cast of loveable dimwits from Kamogawa Gym, as they put their bodies and hearts on the line to make their way in the harsh world of professional boxing. With a will of iron, Ippo steps into the ring once again.

A Vow

(3x25, March 29, 2014) Season Finale

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Fighting Spirit
Fighting Spirit


Original Name はじめの一歩

Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language Japanese


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