The Best Episodes of Hajime no Ippo

Last Updated: Jan 28, 2019

Makunouchi 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 (the family fishing business grants him a distinct odor), 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 ...

The King

#1 - The King

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...

star 9.32
25 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
The Anti-Dempsey Perfected

#2 - The Anti-Dempsey Perfected

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!

star 8.93
30 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
A Fist That Picks You Up

#3 - A Fist That Picks You Up

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?

star 8.88
32 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu

#4 - Mix-Up

Season 1 - Episode 74

star 8.69
26 votes
Battle of Hawk

#5 - Battle of Hawk

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?

star 8.63
19 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu

#6 - Brawl

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?

star 8.60
20 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Hawk vs. Eagle

#7 - Hawk vs. Eagle

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.

star 8.54
26 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Supporting Hand

#8 - Supporting Hand

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?

star 8.52
23 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
The Road Back

#9 - The Road Back

Season 1 - Episode 62

Coach returns from the hospital, and Makunochi "hits without being hit".

star 8.48
31 votes
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
A Lesson Never Forgotten

#10 - A Lesson Never Forgotten

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.

star 8.46
28 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu

#11 - Conclusion

Season 1 - Episode 57

star 8.39
28 votes
The End of the Death Match

#12 - The End of the Death Match

Season 3 - Episode 21

star 8.39
28 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
100% Fake

#13 - 100% Fake

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.

star 8.37
30 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Spirit For One Last Attack

#14 - Spirit For One Last Attack

Season 2 - Episode 8

star 8.33
21 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Time for the Showdown

#15 - Time for the Showdown

Season 1 - Episode 71

star 8.32
25 votes
Into the next step

#16 - Into the next step

Season 1 - Episode 75

Ippo defeats Sendo and becomes the Japanese Featherweight Champion.

star 8.24
25 votes
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
The Rookie King

#17 - The Rookie King

Season 1 - Episode 34

star 8.23
30 votes
Surpass that Moment

#18 - Surpass that Moment

Season 1 - Episode 73

star 8.22
23 votes
Fearless Challenger

#19 - Fearless Challenger

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?

star 8.21
29 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
A Vow

#20 - A Vow

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!

star 8.19
27 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Forward! Forward!!

#21 - Forward! Forward!!

Season 1 - Episode 22

Ippo defeats Hayami via K.O. Ippo's training with Aoki and Kimura's help Ippo win the match.

star 8.18
34 votes
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Tears of Joy

#22 - Tears of Joy

Season 1 - Episode 3

Ippo loses his first sparring session, but shows enough potential to be accepted into the gym.

star 8.13
45 votes
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu

#23 - Lallapallooza

Season 1 - Episode 72

star 8.13
24 votes
Critical Situation

#24 - Critical Situation

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?

star 8.11
18 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
The Destructive Force of 1cm

#25 - The Destructive Force of 1cm

Season 1 - Episode 7

Ippo and Miyata are in the last round and Ippo does a short upercut to Miyata's chin, Miyara was knocked down and was unable to get up, Ippo wins the rematch.

star 8.11
37 votes
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu