Shounen, Comedy, Slice of Life, Drama, Action, Sports,

Hajime no Ippo

AKA: 123991237612417123981996827497 31532199683107025331 the-first-step fighting-spirit the-fighting
Released: 1989
Author: MORIKAWA Jyoji
Hajime no Ippo

Makunochi Ippo is an ordinary high school student in Japan. Since he spends most of his time away from school helping his mother run the family business, he doesn't get to enjoy his younger years like most teenagers. Always a target for bullying at school, Ippo's life is one of hardship. One of these after-school bullying sessions turns Ippo's life around for the better, as he is saved by a boxer named Takamura. He decides to follow in Takamura's footsteps and train to become a boxer, giving his life direction and purpose. Ippo's path to perfecting his pugilistic prowess is just beginning. Note: Won the 15th Kodansha Manga Award for Best Shounen Manga in 1991.