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...
Six months have passed since Joe Yabuki accidentally killed his rival, Rikiishi, in the ring. With no contact since then, the members of the Shiraki gym have been worried; that is, until Joe returns - but he's not the same. Haunted by memories of his past, Joe finds himself unable to hit his opponent's face - a weakness that costs him many losses. With lost confidence, it will take one special opponent to pull Joe out of his funk and get him back on his way to becoming a champion!
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.
New Challenger is for boxing what Initial D is for car racing. After watching either anime, you will most likely feel like putting on gloves; To fight, or to drive. They are both inspirational, comical, and feature supremely skilled main characters in the chase for greatness.
Sunk deep in colossal debt, Kaiji must spend the next decades of his life working it off in an underground slave pit, shovelling dirt with other disgraced down-and-outs. But far be it for Kaiji to have learned his lesson from his experiences on the Espoir. Upon discovering that the only fast track out of gambling-induced slavery is to gamble even more in a dice game called chinchirorin, he throws caution – and presumably his senses – to the fickle winds of luck! As well as giving him plenty of reasons to weep, this takes him up against formidable foes like his supervisor, Ohtsuki, whose dirty delight is to ruin the workers psychologically as well as financially. As the saying goes, in a bet there's a fool and a thief, and Kaiji can only hope he will not end up the former.
While the themes of each show are super different, Kaiji being gambling, Ippo being boxing. Both shows are done in such a way that make viewing them really intense. You'll be wishing to know what happens episode after episode. Both also have almost all male casts, an interesting look art wise, and really fitting background music for what they are trying to get across to the viewer. Check them out!
Goro Honda is a little boy who is obsessed with baseball. As a child, he watches his father, a professional baseball player, be removed from the Blue Oceans’ main team due to a shoulder injury that left him unable to pitch again. However, since his son looks up to him more than anyone else in the world of baseball, Goro's father decides that he can't quit just yet (as pitching is not the only way to be able to play baseball!). With his father's shining example, Goro decides to never give up as well, working his way into the Japanese Little League as a force to be reckoned with!
It's a hard hitting, spine tingling, emotion rattling anime. It starts off a little slow but once he hits teen years it just explodes. I stalled during his early years but once he hit his teens I could not stop watching this anime. Simply amazing. What Hajime no Ippo did for boxing this anime did for baseball.
(the entire series not just season 1 :])