Hajime No Ippo: Anime: First Impression: “A rare, good start in sports anime.”

Hey guys, how’s it going? Rahul here coming in with a brand new blog. I hope everyone is having a great week. So, let’s begin.

Starting off, this anime was kept way later on my list because I haven’t really been able to catch up with what is going on with this season of anime. But, my friend would just not let me live without watching this and the amount of praise it got from everyone around me just pushed me to my limit.

Firstly, unlike every single other sports anime, this anime is quality entertainment from episode one. I very rarely say this for sports anime but the build up of the main character from the first episode is phenomenal and that’s why I can really see this anime exceeding my expectations.

I am writing this first impression after watching 4 whole episodes simply because I couldn’t contain myself from watching more. We get to witness a naturally talented boxer who works with his mom in a fishing company discover his love for boxing after encountering another famous boxer. The plot doesn’t sound like much (again, it’s a sports anime what do you expect) but it just always put a smile on my face to see Ippo happy and determined doing what he loves.

The best thing about this anime is how they are always straight to the point (up until now). From the jab training to the beginner boxing match to the uppercut training to the shadowboxing. This really shows how much interest Ippo has in boxing and also shows how quick of a learner he is at this sport he was born to play.

Coming to the supporting characters who just can not be forgotten. Miyata, who Ippo first fights, seems like a super talented boxer with a lot of knowledge on the sport but seems to acknowledge Ippo early on. You can really see how he and Ippo will develop a ‘rival-type’ relationship further on. Takamura, Aoki, and Kimura are all great characters as well who add the element of humor in the anime and prevent it from going stale with ‘only boxing’. Finally, Genji, Ippo’s coach, is a really cool character who learns how to train Ippo very quickly and this shows his past experience and talent.

One thing I would like to mention is how much similarity there is between Deku from My Hero Academia and Ippo. I feel Deku was actually created based off Ippo’s character because of the amount of similarities. Their determination for their passion, the amount of hard work they put in, they have an extremely talented person who chose them after a tough test, etc.

The animation quality is pretty good for an anime made in 2000. The opening song is great and the ending is slow for reasons I will never know. So far I am very impressed and can’t wait to watch more. Next review at the 25 episode mark.

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