Hajime no Ippo: Review and Ratings

Are you a Boxing fan and are thinking whether to watch Hajime No Ippo or not? You will find all your answers right here!

Hajime No Ippo is a great anime series to watch. The animation is a little old school but the characters, story-line and every fight are pretty interesting and exciting. It is worth watching anime and good enough to add to your watching list.


At first glimpse Hajime no Ippo may seem like an old manga series. May be due to the type of animation it has, the way of the drawing used in the manga. But like it’s said don’t judge the book by its cover. I am an Otaku I watch anime all the time. I search for anime worth viewing, I saw this anime recommended from more than one source. So I started watching it. And I didn’t regret doing so.

Hajime No Ippo


      This story of Hajime no Ippo is based around the guy named Makunouchi Ippo, who is a high school boy with no friends. He is mostly busy after the school helping his mother loading and unloading the ship which her mother uses to make a living of the family as the father of Makunouchi Ippo has passed away. He tries his best to help his mother sometimes he has to clean the boat at morning 4.30. So in this process, he becomes a weirdo in the class with no friends.

  This is the reason why he always gets bullied by the class gang members after school. One time while going home he was again bullied by the same gang, but at that time a middle-weight boxing champion was jogging and passing by he saw the gang bulling Makunouchi Ippo. He saves him and takes injured Makunouchi to his gym for the treatment. After he wakes up he cheers him and tells him to take the frustration out on the sandbag.

    At that time he sees the skill he has to become a boxer. He convinces him to join the boxing gym. Taking this path he is unsure of his destination, of where he will reach in this career.

Why you should watch Hajime no Ippo?

It’s all about action-

Hajime no Ippo contains a bunch of thrilling fight though this anime is not all boxers fighting like same, it specifies each and every boxer with a unique style. The thrill and the excitement before every match are above the expectations. This Anime also contains a fair amount of funny moments and gags.

Training Motivation-

If you like to watch your characters train hard this might be a good fit for you. In Hajime no Ippo he trains each and every time when he gets a new opponent to fight in the tournament. It will definitely motivate you to train your body like the athletes (You might know this feeling if you are a Dragon Ball z fan).

Many Things to learn-

Hajime no Ippo anime specifies each and every boxer with a unique style of boxing their unique angle of punching, the power, the use of the counters, etc. You will learn about rules and regulations of the boxing matches, the selection process, the type of categories, information about different punches, and all kind of boxing-related stuff. If you haven’t seen boxing matches before this is a good pick for you.

If you are interested in watching Hajime No Ippo, watch this trailer-

No of Episodes and seasons in Hajime no Ippo-

Episodes- 76

Seasons- 3

Pros and Cons- Hajime no Ippo


Hajime no Ippo is a great starter anime for new people starting their anime journey. The Anime is quite relatable to our world and has no fiction and fantasy content. It has only 2 filler episodes (episode no 31 and 52). It has a low no of episodes and doesn’t require a longer commitment. The character development is great and the plot and storyline are engaging.


Hajime no Ippo’s animation might feel odd to most of the viewers. It has a vintage look to it although it really matches the fighting scenes brilliantly. The second thing is you have to watch this anime in one go. You can’t watch other anime with this or you might lose interest in between. It happened to me and I lost track of it.

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  4. Haikyuu!!
  5. Baby steps
  6. Hinomaruzumo
  7. Run with the Wind

About Author/Writer/Artist of Hajime no Ippo-

Hajime no Ippo is written by a Japanese mangaka named Jyogi Morikawa Sensei. He is also a writer of the mangas named silhouette night, signal blue, Kazuya now, I’ll be seeing you.

Sensei was inspired to become a manga artist by reading the manga ‘tetsuyachiba’.

    He mostly is known for his Hajime no Ippo series and has a different style for drawing manga as you might have already noticed by looking at the picture above.


Action- 10 out of 10

Drama/Romance- 7 out of 10

Gag- 8 out of 10

Suspense- 4 out of 10

Plot- 8 out of 10

Thrill- 9 out of 10

Characters- 8 out of 10

Anime Ost- 9 out of 10

Anime opening and ending songs- 6 out of 10

Animations- 7 out of 10

(These ratings are according to my own knowledge and experience these ratings may differ according to other people’s perspective)

Final thoughts-

It shows the sacrifice every boxer makes in his life to become a top-notch boxer the effort he puts in the exercise and jogging every day, entering the ring risking their life to prove themselves in front of the world. I will totally recommend you watching this anime.

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This post was last modified on July 15, 2020 4:11 pm