Fighting Spirit - The First Step (Vol. 1)
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I heard the song. I watched the episode. I was hooked from then on.
No, hooked isn't enough. Addicted is more like it (so much so that I bought the action figures). This show has so much more to offer than a catchy title song. It has everything you want in an engaging story. A relatable character, great cast of supporting members, and one of the best uplifting stories you could ever watch.
You really care for everyone in the series--even the "bad" guys. Not only that, they do justice to the sport of boxing. Everything in this anime has a foundation to stand on, even the boxing. They treat it with respect, and you will definitely know a thing or two about the sport after watching the first disk alone.
By far, this is one of the few anime series that deserve a much broader appeal and exposure than what is mostly on TV these days. I would swap all of the anime shows on TV, just so we could get this one show on. It is that good.
Buy this DVD. It is not a waste of money. It is an investment into pure excellence. Something you will remember for a long time.
To set the tone, let me tell you that even the title is a play on words. Hajime no Ippo should translate as 'Ippo's Beginning', Makonochi Ippo being the tititular character. However, ippo can also translate as step, makeing the title read, as this first DVD, 'The First Step'. The animation quality is good- with only a few recycled scenes, and the characters develop in a realistic manner. The series goes on for 3 seasons- 78 episodes- and a movie. The only dissapointment that a real fan of Hajime no Ippo might run into is that, even at 3 seasons, there was not enough time to tell all the stories covered in the 60+ manga. However, for any person just consittering 'Fighting Spirit', for any reason, think no longer- this one is a keeper.
Its about a kid named Ippo who gets picked on cus he has to work with his mom on the docks all the time, has no social life, and goes to school smelling like fish. One day he is rescued from the bullies by an up and coming boxer named Takamura who happens by. Ippo then decides that he wants to become a boxer. Things get crazy from there. You'll laugh, cry, and roll on the ground laughing some more. This show will own you. Crazy characters Aoki and Kimura, Takamura, Mashiba, ect. You'll like this anime even if you don't like boxing. My sister loves it! I hope it becomes really big cus I want them to make more episodes!!!
Havent watched it with the English dub yet. If I do I know I'll miss Takamura's psycho laugh that always cracks me up. We'll see how it goes...
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Fighting Spirit is the bomb.com! Extremely entertaining and great storyline of self improvement and changing oneself for the better. Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by Trevor Phillips
Great item for anyone who loves boxing or wanting a good laugh.
This anime has very inspiring and very funny. My favorite anime of all.
Ippo Makunouchi is a high school student who is too wimpy for his own good. Some yakuza type bullies with pompadours are constantly terrorizing him and beating the snot out of him... Read morePublished on February 5, 2006 by Sesho