Ippo continues his career as a professional boxer, trying to live up to his role as the Japanese champion. Now that a new generation looks up to him as both a role model and a target - even though he's still a little green behind the ears himself - Ippo must develop his skills both inside and outside the ring. Can the kind Ippo ruthlessly crush his challengers and be a man his younger peers can look up to? And ultimately, can he take his skills to the level where he can follow in Date Eiji's footsteps and aim for the international title? Pro boxing is a difficult sport; Ippo and his friends - even the mighty Kimura, must survive in a competetive world where all others must fall in order for one to rise to the top...
Well despite being completely underwhelmed by the first Hajime no Ippo series, I decided to give New Challenger a shot largely for the sake of completism and I must admit that I was impressed. Nearly all of the major criticisms that I had of the first Hajime no Ippo don't exist in New Challenger. Story: I complained that the original series was a copy paste-job for each new opponent with Ippo being an... read more
As a sequel to the 2000~2002 series, this series had a lot to live up to. In many ways it does fall short, but in the most important places it holds up.
The areas where it is on par with or surpasses it's predecessor are in visuals, the sound design of the fights, and the choreography.
Visuals are sharp, and in the fights, they have the same intense quality they had before, with... read more
|Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting!||TV||2000||Prequel|
|Hajime no Ippo - Champion Road||Movie||2003|
|Hajime no Ippo - Mashiba vs Kimura||OVA||2003|
|Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting! Special||DVD Special||2003|
|Hajime no Ippo: Rising||TV||2013||Sequel|
|Hajime no Ippo||1989|