Hajime No Ippo Episode 27
Hajime no Ippo is a 2000 Japanese anime series based on the manga written by George Morikawa. The first 75-episode anime season, produced by Madhouse, Nippon Television and VAP and directed by Satoshi Nishimura, aired on Nippon TV between October 4, 2000, and March 27, 2002. The episodes were collected into twenty-five DVDs released by VAP from March 16, 2001 to March 21, 2003. The last DVD includes a special episode which did not air in Japan, numbered 76. A television film titled Hajime no Ippo: Champion Road aired on April 18, 2003. An original video animation (OVA) titled Hajime no Ippo Mashiba vs. Kimura was released on September 5, 2003.
Hajime no Ippo Episode 27
In 2009, Rikiya Koyama, the voice actor of Mamoru Takamura, revealed in his blog that a sequel to the Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger season was being planned. At the end of his blog entry, he wrote, "Of course, a sequel is also being planned!!". In July 2013, it was reported in that year's 34th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine that a third season of Hajime no Ippo would air in the fall 2013 season. The third season, titled Hajime no Ippo: Rising, ran for 25 episodes from October 5, 2013 to March 29, 2014. Hajime no Ippo: Rising was streamed on Crunchyroll.
In North America, the first season was licensed by Geneon Entertainment in 2003, which released it under the name Fighting Spirit. Geneon distributed Fighting Spirit on 15 DVDs with five episodes per disc. The first DVD was released on July 6, 2004 and the fifteenth released on December 19, 2006. The DVDs included English and Spanish language tracks, as well as the original Japanese. The TV film Champion Road was released on North America on January 9, 2007. There were no plans to release the OVA, Mashiba vs. Kimura. Disc sales of the series did not perform well. In September 2020, Discotek Media announced that they have licensed the series for a 2021 release, including the 76 episodes, Champion Road and, for the first time in North America, the OVA Mashiba vs. Kimura.
The Hajime no Ippo Rising series will end with a four-episode spin-off arc titled "Sengo-hen" (After the War Arc) and focusing on Kamogawa and Nekota in their younger days. Mamoru Miyano will play young Kamogawa and Hiroyuki Yoshino will play young Nekota.
In the Begin Japanology Series on Japanophiles with Pro-Wrestler Kenny Omega (Season 6 - Episode 27), Kenny mentioned that he learned to read Japanese in order to be able to read Hajime no Ippo.
In the Sports x Manga documentary series, there was an episode on boxing where it discussed various boxing series (like Hajime no Ippo and Ashita no Joe) and interviewed various real-life boxers that were inspired by them. It also featured: The famous mangaka of Ashita no Joe, Tetsuya Chiba.
Super flyweight WBO Champion Naoya Inoue.
Middleweight WBA Champion Ryōta Murata.
Former super featherweight WBA Champion Takashi Uchiyama.
Veteran WBA Champ Yoko Gushiken.
In the Korean film, Make It Big (일단 뛰어, Ildan Dwieo), a character is shown reading the Korean version of Hajime no Ippo in it.
Michael B. Jordan admits to being inspired by and paying homage to Hajime no Ippo. In Creed, at Rocky's advice, Adonis "Donnie" Creed knocks out Leo Sporino with what Rocky alleges is a "shovel hook" and overhand "right on his (Leo's) chin" combo that Apollo once did to him. However, it looks more like the Signature Move of Volg Zangiev known as the "White Fang".
In Creed II, when Donnie drops Victor Drago with a left uppercut into overhand right combo, he was again emulating Volg's "White Fang" combo.
In the upcoming Creed III movie, Donnie is seen doing his version of the "Teiken" or "Tekken" (Iron Fist) training that the young Genji Kamogawa was most famous for. Dame and Donnie also do the Cross Counter anime trope also seen in Hajime no Ippo.