The BEST episodes directed by Jun Shishido

The King
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9.32
32 votes

#1 - The King

Hajime no Ippo - Season 2 - Episode 24

Takamura is knocked unconscious while standing yet again, and remembers all of the pain, suffering, and disrespect he faced for the sake of this match. Realizing that his pain is because of Bryan Hawk, he begins fighting back, this time driven purely by instinct and anger. Takamura turns the table, but the champion on the ropes has one last trick up his sleeve...

The Anti-Dempsey Perfected
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9.05
37 votes

#2 - The Anti-Dempsey Perfected

Hajime no Ippo - Season 3 - Episode 12

Ippo mounts a desperate, full frontal assault as Sawamura continues to toy with him. Determined to take back the pace, Ippo begins to dodge the Bullets and get into a rhythm as he strikes back. Almost naturally he falls into the Dempsey Roll pattern, and Sawamura makes his move!

A Fist That Picks You Up
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8.99
66 votes

#3 - A Fist That Picks You Up

Hajime no Ippo - Season 3 - Episode 13

The evolved Dempsey Roll saved Ippo from the jaws of defeat. Bolstered by the cheering fans, he chases down Sawamura. But with Sawamura more willing than ever to risk an illegal move, will Ippo's last bit of energy be enough to defend the title?

Brawl
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8.79
27 votes

#4 - Brawl

Hajime no Ippo - Season 2 - Episode 22

Takamura is outsped once more and knocked unconscious, but manages to recover just in time. Relying on what he has learned from the coach, he knocks down Hawk and discovers his weakness! An all-out brawl ensues and Takamura comes out on top! Takamura begins the next round with a KO proclamation - but can he really end the fight in this round?

Battle of Hawk
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8.75
27 votes

#5 - Battle of Hawk

Hajime no Ippo - Season 2 - Episode 21

Takamura takes the pace at the beginning of the match, but Hawk unveils his unique style that allows him to dodge and attack simultaneously! After being caught off-guard and taking a beating in the first round, Takamura uses his speedy footwork to circle around Hawk, but Hawk outspeeds him and knocks him down. Can Takamura learn to counter Hawk's wild fighting style in time?

Spirit For One Last Attack
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8.74
30 votes

#6 - Spirit For One Last Attack

Hajime no Ippo - Season 2 - Episode 8

Date tries the heart-breaker shot but Martinez blocks it with his elbow breaking Date's hand. By the end of the round Date's hand, jaw, and ribs are broken. After ten rounds the match has a winner.

A Vow
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8.70
63 votes

#7 - A Vow

Hajime no Ippo - Season 3 - Episode 25

Kamogawa resorts to pounding a log with his bare fists as he trains to face Anderson and avenge Nekota. Anderson rediscovers his pride as a boxer and brings Miguel along as his cornerman. Everything comes down to this!

Supporting Hand
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8.67
29 votes

#8 - Supporting Hand

Hajime no Ippo - Season 2 - Episode 23

Despite using all of his remaining energy, Takamura cannot break through Hawk's defense and is left with no way to fight back. Hawk's wild bloodlust comes out, and he aims to kill Takamura in the ring! With nothing supporting him but the love of his friends and the coach's help, can Takamura mount a comeback?

The Demon Returns
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8.66
87 votes

#9 - The Demon Returns

Ushio and Tora (2015) - Season 1 - Episode 20

Ushio and Tora travel back in time to ancient China and encounter Hakumen no Mono. Ushio quickly realizes he's no match for Hakumen no Mono and barely makes it out alive. Jie Mei and Giryou then take the tragic necessary steps to create the Beast Spear and Ushio learns the truth about his mother.

New Challenger
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8.65
55 votes

#10 - New Challenger

Hajime no Ippo - Season 2 - Episode 26

When Miyata confronts Ippo about their promise, it is revealed that Miyata has risen far above Ippo's level due to his over-reliance on the Dempsey Roll. When Ippo's next challenger, Shimabukuro Iwao, declares that he will destroy the Dempsey Roll, Ippo decides to train his Dempsey Roll so that it has no weaknesses. The coach decides to help Ippo, even if it means fighting against modern boxing itself!

Conclusion
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8.53
38 votes

#11 - Conclusion

Hajime no Ippo - Season 1 - Episode 57

Both Ippo and Date are beaten up bad. The match reaches the climax.

100% Fake
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8.42
36 votes

#12 - 100% Fake

Hajime no Ippo - Season 3 - Episode 5

Imae’s long hours of research quickly pay off as he decimates Aoki by countering every one of his trademark attacks, even the Frog Punch! As Tomiko watches on and the crowd awaits the inevitable knockout, Aoki does something that leaves the whole arena in shock.

Ippo At The Beach 2
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8.32
28 votes

#13 - Ippo At The Beach 2

Hajime no Ippo - Season 2 - Episode 13

Takamura, Kimura, and Itagaki go to the beach because of their training camp while Aoki and Ippo go to the beach with Kumi and Tomiko, the two don't train because of they both had a match recently.

Fearless Challenger
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8.29
35 votes

#14 - Fearless Challenger

Hajime no Ippo - Season 3 - Episode 11

Sawamura's blatant fouls and bullet-like left jabs leave Ippo scrambling to establish some kind of rhythm. He stubbornly forces his way inside, but is he charging headfirst into a trap?

Critical Situation
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8.27
26 votes

#15 - Critical Situation

Hajime no Ippo - Season 2 - Episode 19

The coach and Nagi see Hawk's devastating boxing firsthand. Takamura barely makes weight and is taunted by Hawk for his skinny appearance. Later, when a press conference turns into utter chaos, all of Japan roots for Takamura to beat Hawk. Ippo makes a risky promise to Takamura, but will he be able to fulfill it?

The End of the Death Match
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8.26
61 votes

#16 - The End of the Death Match

Hajime no Ippo - Season 3 - Episode 21

Both Takamura and Eagle are bleeding from their eyes, the doctor is about to stop the match but Takamura tells him to continue the match. Takamura can hardly see, one eye is swollen, the other is covered in blood.

A Woman's Battle
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8.24
38 votes

#17 - A Woman's Battle

Hajime no Ippo - Season 3 - Episode 3

Ippo emerges victorious after a vicious war with Shimabukuro, and Itagaki’s sister Nanako comes to pay him a visit at home while he rests. Meanwhile, Aoki is busy preparing for his first ever title match against the lightweight champion Imae Katsutaka.

Hiyou Pursuit~Successor
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8.15
52 votes

#18 - Hiyou Pursuit~Successor

Ushio and Tora (2015) - Season 1 - Episode 14

Ushio and Tora finally get to Hokkaido where they run into a girl named Hinowa, who says she is one of the rightful successors of the the Beast Spear. Meanwhile, Hakumen no Mono sends youkai called Hiyou to kill Ushio and get a hold of the spear. Ushio and Tora encounter a young man on a motorcycle. As soon as Ushio walks away and heads toward the bus to the final destination, the young man attacks Tora.

Junior Middleweight World Title Match
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8.12
26 votes

#19 - Junior Middleweight World Title Match

Hajime no Ippo - Season 2 - Episode 20

Ippo manages to win his title defense with a 1-round KO as per his promise and rushes back to see Takamura. There, he sees all of the Japanese champions and former champions, including Eiji and Sendo,encouraging Takamura to do his best. After a flashy entrance ceremony, the long-awaited world title match finally begins!

Will You Go, O Fishing Boat? Will You Tell Them of My Fate?
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8.10
31 votes

#20 - Will You Go, O Fishing Boat? Will You Tell Them of My Fate?

Chihayafuru - Season 2 - Episode 4

Misuzawa find themselves in a pinch when their semi-final match is against Homei, whose advisor was the east representative in last year's Master's match. As Taichi remains concerned, Harada gives him some cryptic advice. Taichi struggles against his opponent, causing him to question his own talent. However, after everyone shows their support in providing him a towel, Taichi manages to make a comeback and win his match, helping Misuzawa reach the finals against Hokuo.

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The Strongest Challenger
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8.07
43 votes

#21 - The Strongest Challenger

Hajime no Ippo - Season 3 - Episode 1

Makunouchi Ippo defeated Sendou Takeshi with his Dempsey Roll and became the Japanese Featherweight Champion! Reflecting on his recent title defenses, Ippo reminisces about his late father Kazuo, and his own desires to be as strong as his dad was.

The Face Of Determination
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8.06
33 votes

#22 - The Face Of Determination

Hajime no Ippo - Season 3 - Episode 10

As the fight with Sawamura draws near, Ippo has pinned all his hopes on the newly-evolved Dempsey Roll, to the point where practicing it has left him worn out and overtrained. Left with a dire warning from his massage therapist about the toll his new move is taking, will Ippo be able to perfect his technique in time for the fight?!

Two Rookies of the Year
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8.05
40 votes

#23 - Two Rookies of the Year

Hajime no Ippo - Season 1 - Episode 38

Okita uses moves that makes him unpredictable for Ippo. Okita also uses a fighting style like Dante and he uses a corkscrew.

The Advent of the Devil
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8.04
26 votes

#24 - The Advent of the Devil

Hajime no Ippo - Season 2 - Episode 7

The world featherweight title match has begun, in the first round, neither Date or Martinez use their rights. The second round is more exciting than the first. In the third round, Martinez steps it up and becomes more aggressive.

The Dempsey Roll Destroyed
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8.03
34 votes

#25 - The Dempsey Roll Destroyed

Hajime no Ippo - Season 3 - Episode 2

With his title on the line, Ippo goes toe-to-toe with Shimabukuro. The battle is so intense Ippo doesn’t even have room to breathe, to the point he starts turning blue! With Ippo struggling at the “bottom of the ocean,” has Shimabukuro met his goal of destroying the Dempsey Roll?!

Bloody Cross
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8.00
25 votes

#26 - Bloody Cross

Hajime no Ippo - Season 2 - Episode 2

The second episode of the second season starts off on Miyata's OPBF Title Match. With it Arnie showing his special weapon called Bloody Cross and Miyata throwing strong counters to escape from this techniques strange name 'Bloody Cross '.

Cheese Champion
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8.00
33 votes

#27 - Cheese Champion

Hajime no Ippo - Season 3 - Episode 7

Sendou Takeshi, the "Naniwa Tiger," returns to the ring! But it's his sparring partner, Sawamura Ryuuhei, who knocks Ippo for a loop when he calls the Dempsey Roll a "clumsy technique" and declares he's gunning for the Featherweight Title!

A Savage Scenario
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8.00
34 votes

#28 - A Savage Scenario

Hajime no Ippo - Season 3 - Episode 9

Volg has return to Japan to take back his boxing gloves from Ippo. He hopes to travel to America, but with no contacts there he must rely on Coach Kamogawa to introduce him to someone. The gang at the gym asks Volg to spar with Ippo to help him prepare for the Sawamura fight, but after such a long time away from the ring, can the Russian get in fighting shape in time?

Extreme Weight Control
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7.97
29 votes

#29 - Extreme Weight Control

Hajime no Ippo - Season 2 - Episode 18

Takamura resolves to reach the top of the world for the sake of his friends and for the coach. In order to do so, he must lose 20 kilos (44 lbs) before the match. Takamura starves and dehydrates himself to accomplish his goal, but will he make it through this bout of extreme weight control?

The Two Hawks
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7.96
26 votes

#30 - The Two Hawks

Hajime no Ippo - Season 2 - Episode 16

Takamura's light punches and decreased stamina have put him at a great disadvantage, but when he sees a familiar and taunting face, his anger allows him to fight back. Bryan Hawk finally makes his appearance - but his behavior is far from that of a true champion...

For You I Go Out
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7.95
37 votes

#31 - For You I Go Out

Chihayafuru - Season 1 - Episode 13

The team arrive at Omi Jingu for the national tournament. As the first match begins, Chihaya feels overwhelmed by the hot and noisy environment of the tournament hall. Meanwhile, Arata makes his way to Omi Jingu, remembering the time he spent with his grandfather, who taught him many valuable tips about karuta before starting to lose his memory due to dimentia. When Arata was asked to look after his grandfather on the day of a tournament, he regained his memory and encouraged him to go but passed away during the tournament. Overcoming his fears, Arata arrives at the tournament hall just in time to witness Chihaya faint. Taichi puts Chihaya in Arata's care whilst he and the others continue the match. As Chihaya laments letting everyone down, Arata encounters an old acquaintance and realises he still loves karuta. As Chihaya vows to recover in time for the individual tournament, she receives a package from Arata, saying they will meet again in a match.

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The Mad Dog and the Red Wolf
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7.90
31 votes

#32 - The Mad Dog and the Red Wolf

Hajime no Ippo - Season 3 - Episode 8

Ippo's next title defense is confirmed to be against Sawamura Ryuuhei, and after realizing the Dempsey Roll is vulnerable to counter punches, Ippo realizes he doesn't stand a chance. His only option is to somehow evolve the Dempsey Roll into a more effective move, but as he mulls over exactly how to do it, a surprisingly familiar face appears in front of him.

Two Spars
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7.88
26 votes

#33 - Two Spars

Hajime no Ippo - Season 2 - Episode 14

Ippo has a sparring match with Itagaki and knocks him down four times in three rounds. Ippo has another sparring match and this time it's with Imai Kyosuke, a boxer with an amateur record of 35 matches and 35 wins.

Hawk vs. Eagle
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7.88
59 votes

#34 - Hawk vs. Eagle

Hajime no Ippo - Season 3 - Episode 19

It's finally time for the main event, Takamura Mamoru vs. David Eagle! The challenger is full of vim and vigor, but even in the face of Takamura's fury, Eagle's face remains calm and collected.

Golden Eagle
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7.86
58 votes

#35 - Golden Eagle

Hajime no Ippo - Season 3 - Episode 16

While Takamura approaches his physical limits as he cuts weight for his upcoming world title match, the American champion David Eagle arrives in Japan. Talented, dedicated, respectful, and honorable, he exudes the aura of a true champion.

A Lesson Never Forgotten
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7.85
59 votes

#36 - A Lesson Never Forgotten

Hajime no Ippo - Season 3 - Episode 20

Despite being stymied by Eagle, Takamura assures his corner he has a plan for victory. Just as he seems to be making progress, a shocking development changes the entire fight.

Itagaki`s Debut Fight!
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7.84
25 votes

#37 - Itagaki`s Debut Fight!

Hajime no Ippo - Season 2 - Episode 15

Takamura and Ippo's next matches are finalized. Itagaki has a jarring introduction to the world of pro boxing when he fights a boxer desperate enough to cheat, and Kimura's Dragon Fish Blow can't seem to get the job done. To top it all off, Takamura has botched his weight management due to Aoki's revenge and is in no shape to fight! Can Takamura defeat the Filipino Middleweight Champion?

The Distance Between Me and Glory
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7.81
32 votes

#38 - The Distance Between Me and Glory

Hajime no Ippo - Season 3 - Episode 6

Imae, cowed by Aoki’s fearsome new move, suddenly realizes what it is Aoki has that he lacks. Summoning up all the energy he has left, he faces his challenger once again. As the fight drags on, will Imae retain his championship, or will Aoki finally reach the belt?

Become a Gazelle
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7.79
34 votes

#39 - Become a Gazelle

Hajime no Ippo - Season 1 - Episode 46

Aoki and Kimura fight their matches. Kamogawa wants Ippo to train his legs to get flexible muscles so that he can deliver a more powerful punch that can beat Volg.

To a Promise
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7.79
29 votes

#40 - To a Promise

Hajime no Ippo - Season 2 - Episode 3

The third episode of the second season continues on the OPBF Match with Miyata against Arnie. With almost everytime Miyata is about to fall down from hits of the champ, but then he tooks big step and takes the OPBF Champion Arnie Gregory to the ground. The count starts, and the episode ends.

Requirements For A Pro
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7.79
29 votes

#41 - Requirements For A Pro

Hajime no Ippo - Season 2 - Episode 12

Ippo lowers his guard and it becomes a blow-for-blow confrontation, with Ippo winning out and knocking Nao down. Nao reflects on his past with Ippo as he gets up once more, only to be ultimately knocked out. Ippo remarks that Nao hasn't felt the pain of losing yet, and now that he has, he will become much stronger.

The Strength of the World
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7.79
28 votes

#42 - The Strength of the World

Hajime no Ippo - Season 2 - Episode 5

Ippo comes to the sparring match against Ricardo Martinez as focused as if it were a real match, and he is determined to land at least one hit on the World champion. However, Martinez's lightning-fast lefts and instant reflexes are like nothing Ippo's ever seen. Will Ippo's Dempsey Roll work on the strongest man in the world?

The Courage to Live
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7.76
59 votes

#43 - The Courage to Live

Hajime no Ippo - Season 3 - Episode 23

Prizefighting turns out to be no match for boxing as Sergeant Ralph Anderson easily manhandles Kamogawa and Nekota. The two fighters redouble their training even as they adjust to their new lives living with Yuki...and each other.

Inheritance Qualifications
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7.74
27 votes

#44 - Inheritance Qualifications

Hajime no Ippo - Season 2 - Episode 9

The Kamogawa Boxing Gym gets a new recruit: Itagaki Manabu, the inter-high national runner up who happens to idolizes Ippo. Meanwhile, Ippo is hit with a blast from the past when he is challenged by Hammer Nao, his former junior who now seeks to defeat him and take his belt.

FACE
star
7.74
77 votes

#45 - FACE

Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad - Season 1 - Episode 10

After the show, Koyuki is sad about his guitar playing and Maho notices that he's wearing the pick she gave him as a necklace. At the rehearsal Koyuki wants to sing their new song. Everybody is stunned by his singing ability and even Taira is finally convinced that Koyuki should be the part of Beck.

Wild Kid
star
7.73
26 votes

#46 - Wild Kid

Hajime no Ippo - Season 2 - Episode 17

Takamura attacks Hawk in a fit of anger, but Hawk effortlessly blocks his attack, stunning everyone. The Kamogawa gang reviews Hawk's previous matches and learn how terrifyingly strong he is. When Ippo and friends visit Takamura's home out of curiousity, Takamura's checkered past with his family is revealed.

Towards The World
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7.67
24 votes

#47 - Towards The World

Hajime no Ippo - Season 2 - Episode 4

Miyata Ichirou wins the title of OPBF Featherweight Champion, but now Ippo feels even further from him than before. After his match, Date Eiji's second Title Match against Ricardo Martinez is officially finalized, after seven years. As they look at the boxing magazine, the coach comes in and says that Ricardo Martinez has requested a sparring match with Ippo.

The New Step
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7.64
28 votes

#48 - The New Step

Hajime no Ippo - Season 2 - Episode 1

The first episode of the second season starts with mostly the match of Miyata against Arnie. Shows Kimura sparring with Miyata and then the Weigh-in. Then the match is about to start, Miyata and Arnie are ready for battle!

Biting Dog
star
7.62
26 votes

#49 - Biting Dog

Hajime no Ippo - Season 2 - Episode 10

Ippo is reluctant to fight Nao, who used to be his junior and friend. Nao faces his fear of fighting Ippo and resolves to let Ippo know how strong he has become firsthand. Who will come out on top?

Iron Fist
star
7.59
59 votes

#50 - Iron Fist

Hajime no Ippo - Season 3 - Episode 24

Kamogawa breathes a sigh of relief as he watches Nekota run circles around Anderson with his spectacular footwork... Until round four, when the soldier's frustration reaches a critical mass and things take a dark turn.