Fighting Spirit

(Hajime no Ippo)


Distributor: Geneon Animation
[Fighting Spirit]
Ippo Makunouchi's gentle spirit and lack of confidence make him an easy target for the bullies at his high school who regularly beat him up. Then, he's rescued from a beating by Takamura, a-larger-than-life professional boxer who inspires Ippo to learn the art of boxing.
TV Series: 75 episodes

Average Rating

Average Ratings: 69
Number of Review Sites: 6
Above Average

Review Links

Vol. 1 - "Shows like this one really need character development and humor to balance out the straight-faced themes of athleticism, and fortunately, Fighting Spirit's got fistfuls of both."
Anime Jump! (Mike Toole) - 4 stars (out of 5)

"... the story feels so traditional it's not funny. "
Anime Meta-Review (Andrew Shelton) - watchable

Vol. 1 - "This is the kind of show that gets me excited about anime and really reinvigorates when I get into those slumps of poor show." (Chris Beveridge) - B+
Vol. 2 - Read the review (Chris Beveridge) - B+
Vol. 3 - Read the review (Chris Beveridge) - B+
Vol. 4 - Read the review (Chris Beveridge) - B+
Vol. 5 - Read the review (Chris Beveridge) - B+
Vol. 6 - Read the review (Chris Beveridge) - A
Vol. 7 - Read the review (Chris Beveridge) - A-
Vol. 8 - Read the review (Chris Beveridge) - A-
Anime on DVD

Vol. 1 - "Though I'm not a sports fan myself, and I don't think I've ever even watched an entire boxing match on TV, I really liked this program." (John Sinnott) - 3 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Vol. 10 - Read the review (John Sinnott) - 4 stars (out of 5)
Vol. 11 - Read the review (John Sinnott) - 4 stars (out of 5)
Vol. 2 - Read the review (John Sinnott) - 3 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Vol. 3 - Read the review (John Sinnott) - 3 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Vol. 4 - Read the review (John Sinnott) - 4 stars (out of 5)
Vol. 5 - Read the review (John Sinnott) - 4 stars (out of 5)
Vol. 6 - Read the review (John Sinnott) - 4 stars (out of 5)
Vol. 7 - Read the review (John Sinnott) - 4 stars (out of 5)
Vol. 8 - Read the review (John Sinnott) - 4 stars (out of 5)
Vol. 9 - Read the review (John Sinnott) - 4 stars (out of 5)
DVD Talk

Vol. 1 - "Fighting Spirit is a pure, even sweet, story about finding your passion and letting it invigorate your life." (Rob Lineberger) - 80 (out of 100)
Vol. 2 - Read the review (Rob Lineberger) - 85 (out of 100)
Vol. 3 - Read the review (Rob Lineberger) - 84 (out of 100)
DVD Verdict

Vol. 1 - "Though predictable, there is still enough to draw you in."
IGN (Efrain Diaz Jr.) - 6 (out of 10)