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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

related manga

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

Official Editorial Reviews

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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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Hajime no Ippo Ryan1555 10/10 Apr 11, 2014
Fighting Spirit Ryan1555 10/10 Apr 11, 2014
Hajime no Ippo Ryochi 8.5/10 Mar 28, 2014
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Slam Dunk

Slam Dunk

Sakuragi has hit an all-time low. During his last year of junior high school, fifty different girls rejected him, the last one choosing a basketball player instead. Thus it’s no surprise that in high school, Sakuragi beats up anyone who dares utter the name of the sport. However, it’s not long until he meets Haruko, a beautiful basketball enthusiast, and is determined to make her fall in love with him – even signing up for the school team to accomplish his goal. However, winning Haruko’s heart won’t be easy, as her brother is the strict and protective captain of the basketball team and Haruko’s eyes are focused on Sakuragi’s rival, the talented Rukawa. Can Sakuragi give up his delinquent ways to help get the team to Nationals, or will his temper get him kicked out before he can learn to dribble the ball?

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JingX
Hajime No Ippo is a truly great sports anime... but so is Slam Dunk. Although it is much older, it has the same suspense and intensity during matches. Each and every game is gripping, and makes you want to see through it till the end. Initially Slam Dunk is a LOT more funny but the anime gets more serious with each episode. Like in HnI, there is a lot of character development of the lead character in Slam Dunk also. You can really see how much effort the lead character in Slam Dunk puts in to make himself better, and how much he loves the game, just like the lead character in HnI. Oh and lets not forget the awkward romance between the lead character and the girl he's in love with. Only difference is that in HnI, the feeling is mutual while in Slam Dunk the romance is more of a triangle. So if you like sports animes, even if you don't have any interest in the sport, you gotta see it! They are both superb!
rryy

The main characyers of these animes are almost polar opposites, however both anime are about a kid with a natural talent for the subject sport. following them as they progress, learn new skills and beat fearsome opponants. if you liked one check out the other.

Kogoruhn

Although the main characters in Slam Dunk and Hajime no Ippo are on opposite ends of the serious scale they both have natural talent for the sport they pick up at the start of the series and have epic games/matches throughout the series.

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Both anime have some common points despite being about different sports. In both the main character is a young male who starts doing a sport they haven't ever done in their lives (boxing in Hajime no Ippo and basketball in Slam Dunk), and have a natural talent for it; both have very intense matches that leaves you glued to the screen; and both are so well done that you may like it even if you dislike the sport they are about. So if you liked one, don't hesitate to watch the other.

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Ashita no Joe

Ashita no Joe

Yabuki Joe is a scoundrel, plain and simple. He's confident, cocky, a con artist and a drifter, and one hell of a fighter too -- or at least, that's what Tange Danpei, the washout and drunk ex-boxing coach believes. Danpei is so sure of Joe's ability to be a pro boxer that he gives up the drink and works hard to earn money to build a gym; but Joe, on the other hand, has other plans that are not nearly as noble. Can Danpei convince this loose cannon to pick up the gloves and box like a world class champion?

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ParaParaJMo

Though the circumstances of Joe and Ippo getting into boxing are very much different, this difference gives the viewer the suggestion that you are still watching two different anime. To some people, watching one particular sports anime means you have seen what that genre has to offer. These two can prove you are wrong. Both Joe and Ippo come from different backgrounds, they have different struggles. The fact that they are different gives the viewer a fresh look into the characters and the story so that way you are not watching the same thing if you are to watch one and then the other. You see how history has changed in the boxing world and in Japanese society.

Ashita no Joe was about being a role model for the low class in post World War II Japan. He was anti-social, a jerk, a loud mouth. You can say that he was the equivalent to Mike Tyson in terms of outside ring behavior. And yet, kids looked up to him. He gave his peers hope. He gave his trainer a reason to live.

While in Hajime no Ippo. Ippo was like Mike Tyson inside the ring. He had great defense, incredible power, and a will to win.

To sum it all up, Ashita no Joe is more about the struggles outside the ring, while Hajime no Ippo is about the struggles inside the ring. They both offer their own unique traits that make you feel you are truly watching different boxing stories.

Ajna

Old school vs. recent boxing anime: which is better?

Can't tell, but I'm pretty sure that you are gonna enjoy both of this awesome anime and the feeling they can convey thanks to not so cheesy scripts and compelling directing in their many fighting scenes!

saladin92

also known as Hurricane Joe, very classic boxing anime that also came from a manga series. It is a complete series and has a great reputation among all sports manga fans and Jump classic lovers.

As opposed to a highschool bully victim Ippo, Joe has more focus on the phychological side of boxing and the hungry boxer's view of things.

Major Season 1

Major Season 1

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!

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kokkie1

Hajime no ippo and major have a kind of the same main character, they are both energetic and they have both the same desire to win. Together with the mix of comedy and action it get's realy fun to watch.

VivisQueen

So you've tasted sports anime greatness and want more? Check out either Major S1 or Hajime no Ippo depending on which you came across first. With inspiring protagonists, tragic backgrounds, and an action-packed plot that never fails to give and is free of filler, you'll find one as gratifying as the other.

isak0044

both animes have a hot headed main char, and they are both willing to do everything to reach they're goal. "dedication" is another thing they share, they are a lot alike if you like either ippo or Goro you are going to like the other char and surely also the anime.

Ace of the Diamond

Ace of the Diamond
  • TV (27+ eps)
  • 2013 - ?

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ZetsubouKaiji

These are both sports anime about underdogs with big hearts learning to love their chosen sport. The sports may be different, but the themes are and character types are very similar. 

Hajime no Ippo is about boxing whereas Ace of Diamond is about Baseball so the sports are quite different, but both take the same approach of building their characters through rigorous training and learning from their experiences during games or matches. Both anime show the value of hard work and training while also adding a strong lesson about the role of willpower and courage. 

Hajime no Ippo is hands down the superior anime with better characters, better fights, better plot and more satisfying development. Ace of Diamond is a much more generic anime that follows the pattern of every underdog story that's ever been written. Ippo is also a much more likable protagonist than Ace of Diamond's Sawamura. 

However, if you love sports or sports anime, or even if you're looking for an inspirational story then you should try these titles. 

JohnWatchAnime

both anime are about sports and the protagonists both love what they do. They push themselfs to become better at what they do.

Eventhough the shows are about different kind of sports they have the same feeling to it, beeing that the potagonists keep going by willpower and great effort

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Beck

Beck

Koyuki is a downcast fourteen-year-old boy who feels disconnected from life. Socially unpopular and lacking confidence, he takes some solace in his fandom of fluffy J-Pop. However, when he saves a strange dog from a group of cruel young bullies, his life changes forever; for through this encounter he meets a genius guitarist named Ryuunosuke and subsequently is introduced to the world famous rock band Dying Breed. Now, he uses his innate singing talent and beginning guitar skills to join with the indy startup band Beck, learning to live a life unlike anything he has ever known...

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mamacha

in both ways, you can say that the main characters of Hajimi no ippo (Makunouchi) and (Koyuki) in Beck are brothers xD. They have the same character, same behavoir and they are similiar to each other.

lyreth

animation style is extremely similar, humor is very similar, and both animes have a very similar feel about a guy who goes from whiney loser at school to becoming who he really wants to be.

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