Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger

TV (26 eps)
4.582 of 5 from 6,582 votes
Rank #18

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...

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Klitch's avatar by Klitch on Oct 30, 2009
Score 8/10

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

Jageri's avatar by Jageri on Jun 10, 2014
Score 6/10

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

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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

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