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Hajime no Ippo

Alt titles: Fighting Spirit

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Ippo Makunouchi is a loser. He has no friends, he spends his free time helping his mom with work, and he's constantly being beaten up by bullies. But that all changes when one day he's saved from another beating by Takamura, an up-and-coming boxer. Soon, Ippo turns his life around with a passion for the newly discovered sport, but his new lifestyle is far from easy! Before he can even dream of becoming champion, he'll have to overcome a slew of fierce rivals and learn what 'dedication' really means.

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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Hajime no Ippo - Champion Road Movie 2003 TBD
Hajime no Ippo - Mashiba vs Kimura OVA 2003 TBD
Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger TV 2009 TBD
Hajime no Ippo Rising TV 2013 TBD

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Hajime no Ippo 1989 TBD
Name Role
Koji SUGIURA Character Design
Satoshi NISHIMURA Director
Tsuneo IMAHORI Music
George MORIKAWA Original Manga Creator

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Hajime no Ippo VivisQueen 9/10 Dec 28, 2009
Fighting Spirit VivisQueen 9/10 Dec 28, 2009

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History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi

History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi

Shirahama "weak legs" Kenichi is a typical high school student with typical problems: he's frequently bullied and tends to run away in the face of his enemies. Things change when Kenichi meets Furinji Miu, whose grandfather runs a dojo; and not knowing what he's getting himself into, he signs up to become a disciple. As Kenichi's life-threatening training continues and he becomes more and more powerful, he inadvertently becomes the target of the deadly gang called Ragnarok. With mental and physical challenges ahead, can Kenichi survive his encounters with Ragnarok, or will the masters of his dojo get to him first?

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Love anime about underdogs making their way to the top? Hajime no Ippo and Kenichi are both about a protagonist that used to be a weakling who was bullied around at school, who then finally decided to do something about it. Ippo takes up boxing and makes his way up as a professional and Kenichi joins a dojo where he is taught multiple martial arts (Muay Thai, Chinese Kenpo/Kung-fu, Karate, Judo, weapons) by masters of those very arts. These two stand at the top in my book for anime about weak guys that decide to learn how to fight.


In addition to the presentation of Ippo and Kenichi being bullied and then taking up their respective solutions, the presentation of the humor is alike as well. Apachai and Aoki are the weird characters who are comic relief. Sasaki is like Takamura - he is the big man who is strong and yet can bring in a humor and tease people. Plus, they share a lot of seiyuu cast members like Seki Tomokazu who plays Kenichi and Miyata. And the voice of Miyata's father also plays Sasaki, and the voice of Kimura is also the voice of Loki.


Both HnI and Kenichi center on two former losers walking a new path in life through boxing/martial arts, while always maintaining their righteousness of heart. They are more realistic than your standard shounen shows, have great characters, and among the best, if not THE best, recommendations for the fighting/martial arts genre. The excellent humor and comedy factor in both shows has to be mentioned too since it makes you laugh hard very often. It's almost guaranteed that if you've liked one you'll like the other.


Kenichi and HnI have a lot of action and the main characters are similar; they both are considered weak when they are not fighting, but are actually really strong.


Ippo and Kenichi both start out being bullied. They both get strong. And they both have their own goals that change. Kenichi with the 7 fists, and Ippo with each new boxer in his way. They also meet a person that especially good at the start. Only difference big difference is that Kenichi is more street fighting, while Ippo fights in the ring.


Both anime are about a teenager who wants to become strong. Both are shounen series with good comedy and great action scenes. Some of the episodes are very educational about boxing/martial arts. They are captivating and very well done series that can get you addicted in no time.


Both series are about a child that is being bullied, they then find someone who is extremely strong and want to get trained by them. They then get training and slowly rise to the top. In both series they must fight frequently with other people. And both persons discover their own techniques after a while of fighting. If you'd like the fighting, training and the martial arts of the first serie you'd surely like the other as well.


Both Ippo and Kenichi have underdog characters who start out being bullied and end up becoming much stronger. Ippo wastes a lot more time on really drawn out fights, but Kenichi has a few in there as well, but they aren't as painfully long. They also both have ridiculously long recaps at the beginnings of most episodes, as well.


These animes are really closely related. They're both about guys who were bullied in school and then ran across someone who brought them into the fighting world. They both never give up and are great fighters.


Ippo and Kenichi are two weak guys and both of them get stronger mentally and physically through their training and their fights against stronger and stronger opponents, so they show us great character development. However, Hajime no Ippo is more realistic and in my opinion presents more drama.  


Both Ippo and kenichi start of as weak and not very well known people, but as the story progresses they get a lot stronger after going through intense training. In History's Stongest Dispiple, as kenichi gets stronger, more people tend to want to go after him and fight him. Same with Hajime no Ippo, unlike History's Strongest Disciple where they do martial arts, Ippo learns boxing.


There are many similarities between these two animes. Heck, they even have the same arc structure - introduce obstable to overcome, train train train, battle, repeat. Both involve initially weak, underdog characters training and improving themselves until they become something much greater; characters that you can't help but love and root for. Both protagonists are innocent, pure, likeable, and funny. Both animes are heavy on humor and both do a pretty good job of it. It is worth nothing a small but noticeable difference in quality, however; Kenichi is a fun, lighthearted, and sometimes intense series. Both Ippo and his series, however, rank among my top 3 favorite characters and series of all time.


Well they're both stories of underdogs that steadily through hard-work and determination, rise to the top. Both are enjoyable and have their own qualities that make both unique while still being able to relate to each other with the main protagonists. In hindsight, I find Ippo to be more inspiring due to its more down to earth concepts but both are exaggerated in their portrayals. Kenichi by any respect isn't inferior, like i said earlier, both excel differently but will deliver the same feel.

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Prince of Tennis

Prince of Tennis

Meet Ryoma Echizen, the cocky prince of tennis. He comes to Japan from America where he is known as the Prince of Tennis – but that is no surprise considering he is the son of the former tennis pro, Nanjiroh Echizen, otherwise known as the Samurai! Upon transferring to the school Seishun Gakuen, he meets the regulars of the tennis club, and becomes the first freshman to become a regular; but he has a lot to learn yet about being a tennis star. Ryoma, along with the rest of his teammates, aspire to win the Nationals; but first, they must defeat the other teams which stand in their way!

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Again, Prince of Tennis and Hajime no Ippo have a presentation that make an otherwise borring subject (to me, at least) very exciting.
Both Hajime and Prince of Tennis are typical epic sports drama anime, full of the usual stories of overcoming difficult opponents, etc. Hajime is about boxing and more realisitic than Prince of Tennis. Fans of the sports genre should enjoy both.
While the skill of the main characters is on opposite ends (one being pro quality and the other a beginner), both series follow the road to the top. Both series give great history on the designated sport so if you're unfamiliar with it, things will be explained throughout each episodes. Comedy is also thrown in every once in a while. Don't like sports? Don't worry, you don't have to!
Ah sports anime. If you liked watching a match of boxing each episode, how about a match of tennis? A word of caution, actual games of tennis occur less often in Prince of Tennis than boxing matches in Hajime no Ippo.

Interested in a new sport, the main character has to overcome several rivals to become a champion. One boxes in every episode, while the other plays a match of tennis. If you like one, you'll definitely like the other too.


If you liked Hajime no Ippo and want to continue the sports anime trend, if tennis interests you then Prince of Tennis is your next obvious choice.


Both Hajime no Ippo and Prince of Tennis are great sport-based animes with the focus on a group of superstrong athletes. Even if the team aspect of the series is bigger in the Prince of Tennis, they are both really similar.


Take normal sports and add litle Shounen Elements in to it.

In Prince of Tennis there are many difrent styles to play and difrent ways to hit that yellow ball.

In Hajime no Ippo pair of red boxing glowes in the hands of ippo turn in to way of life.


The two shows represent different sports: boxing and tennis. But their structure is similar, because the characters have to face stronger and stronger opponents gradually. They introduce the main characters' and also their opponents' backgrounds and past, too. On the other hand, Hajime no Ippo is more realistic, dramatic, provides more scenes from the characters every day lives and contains romance.  

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Hikaru no Go

Hikaru no Go

While examining an old Go board in his grandfather's basement, twelve-year-old Shindo Hikaru is possessed by the restless spirit of Sai, an ancient Go master who has waited for over one thousand years to play the Hand of God: the perfect move. Sai convinces Hikaru to act as a vessel for making his moves, but it is soon clear that Hikaru also enjoys Go and wants to play his own games. Moreover, the rules of Go have changed since Sai's time, and Go players from all over the world are now much stronger, having had the benefit of hundreds of years of evolution and experimentation by the masters before them. Can this unlikely pair form a successful partnership and rise to the top of Japan's Go community, and can Sai finally play the Hand of God and find some peace?

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Each series follows a story where the main character is struggling to be the best. Ippo and Hikaru both go through rough times in their conquest to get better. With a great character development and comedy thrown in at just the right spots, you don't want to miss this!
Are you a fan of shows in which you can predict what will be happening in each episode? Then Hikaru no Go is the show for you. You know what will be happening in each episode....they'll be playing go! For fans of the sports/game anime there is nothing better than sitting back and watching the 'fun' unfold.

Sports is a rather unique type of anime, and if you are looking to find more series with a unique twist on the genre, then Hikaru no Go would be a good next choice.


While boxing and the game of Go share very little in common, these stories both follow a protaganist through his life and achievements with well-defined rivals and goals to tackle.


Both HnG and HnI focus on bettering skills, working through a competition person by person, and dreams of becoming the best in a sport/game.


Although there is little in common between boxing and the game of Go, their respective anime share quite a few similarities. Both Hajime no Ippo and Hikaru no Go have endearing characters that you want to win, even with a lack of knowledge of the sport. Both have surprisingly engaging storylines: the emotional and physical growth of the lead characters, complex rivalries and relationships, and uh, interesting encyclopedic information of their sports. Hajime no Ippo is the slightly stronger show, but if you enjoy one, you will undoubtedly enjoy the other.


Fantastic well made storis. The storie line just bind you to keep watching, and with a strong will and hard work you can manage anything, or it is what you want to believe anyway. While you watch this anime you will be filled with happiness and joy when they reatch sucsses after all struggle just as you will feel great sorrow and disappointment when failing after mutch training and hard work.

You must see it!!


Hajime no Ippo and Hikaru no Go similar ways of developing characters and are both very inspiring. Both give you that sense of motivation. Hikaru no Go got me into playing Go and Ippo got me into watching boxing and mixed martial arts!

Thay both have "no" in there name :D jk!

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Eyeshield 21

Eyeshield 21

Sena was always a weak child, constantly having to run away from bullies; so much, that he became good at it. Now, as a teenager, Sena’s skill at running has become so impressive that the diabolical mastermind of the school football team notices his talent and recruits him. Yet to keep his privacy intact and his dangerous hobby a secret from his overprotective childhood friend Mamori, Sena is forced to develop a secret identity: the ace running back, Eyeshield 21! But the world is full of talented rivals, and Sena has a long way to go until he can reach the top...

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Eyeshield 21 plays along with the general sports theme, and protagoninst's development is similar to that in Hajime no Ippo.


Hajime no Ippo and Eyeshield 21 are sports anime, wherein the main characters are eager to know and experience the true meaning of being strong. As the characters exert all their efforts and determination to overcome their fears and hardships, the viewers will come to realize that anything is worth attaining when so much hard work and perseverance is invested in it.


Both Hajime no Ippo and Eyeshield 21 start out with a wimpy guy who gets bullied a lot, but once he joins a sport he discovers his hidden talent for it. Though, Eyeshield 21 is about football, not boxing.


Like a kid with who gets picked on and has a hidden talent for a specific sport, and lots of humor? You can't go wrong with Hajime no Ippo and Eyeshield 21! If you liked one you'll definitely like the other.


The main characters, Sena and Ippo, are fairly similar in their attitudes. Both suffering from bullying, and both wanting to make a change to their lives. When they find their passion (boxing for Ippo, American football for Sena), they pursue their new life with dedication and overcome many obstacles... never giving up! And they're both great anime!

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Initial D

Initial D

18 year-old Takumi has been delivering tofu for his father's shop since he was 13, learning to drive fast in all weather conditions. One night he is seen racing down the mountain by Keisuke, one of the best amateur racers in Japan. Quickly overtaken by Takumi, Keisuke vows to challenge the White Hachi Roku and discover the mystery behind its driver's skills.


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Both Initial D and Hajime no Ippo have a presentation that make an otherwise borring subject (to me, at least) very exciting. If you like Initial D, I also suggest the arcade game.
Both of these sports anime fit the stereotypical features of the genre: a young male gets involved in a sport, and soon his natural talent and guts awaken his competitive spirit and he becomes a serious competitor. Hajime is about boxing, and Initial D is about illegal street racing. While the art styles, music, and subject matters are totally different for both series, those who like the sports genre will probably enjoy both.

Both HnI and Initial D are about an unknown sports hero. When he is discovered his abilities make him a competitor to watch out for! Watch and see how these guys take out fierce rivals.


Initial D and Hajime no Ippo are both uplifting coming-of-age shounen shows about an underdog protagonist taking on the world, but they're not saturday morning kiddy shounen. Both take their subject matter (mountain pass racing and boxing) very seriously, especially towards the later episodes / seasons. Plots are based on accurate technical details and intricate battle strategies, and the protagonist's neverending strive to win. Hajime no Ippo is a bit more humorous and fast-paced than Initial D, but if you enjoy immersing yourself in a world like racing or boxing and rooting for the protagonist, you'll surely like both of these shows.


Both Initial D and Hajime no Ippo take a specific subject and suck you into its world, wheather you like it or not, and in the process teach you all about it. Both are amazing and have very likable protagonists.

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