The Best Episodes of Hajime no Ippo
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 ...
#1 - 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?
#2 - 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.
#3 - 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.
#5 - Victory or Defeat
Season 1 - Episode 28
Ippo defeats Mashiba for Rookie King of Eastren Japan.
#7 - Test of Endurance
Season 1 - Episode 15
Ippo defeats Jason via K.O. after a tough match.
#8 - The Opening Bell of the Rematch
Season 1 - Episode 6
Ippo and Miyata face off in a rematch.
#10 - Obsession for Victory
Season 1 - Episode 11
Ippo defeats Yusuke via K.O.
#11 - Eleki's Shocker and Papaya's Coconut
Season 3 - Episode 17
It's time for Kimura and Aoki to step into the ring at the Yokohama Arena! Kimura's up first, and nerves come into play as he stands before a huge crowd for the first time. Then when Aoki's turn comes up, he finds himself perplexed by a boxer every bit as unorthodox as himself! Can the duo set the right tone for Takamura's title match?!
#12 - Promise to Meet Again
Season 1 - Episode 8
Ippo trains with Takamura and discovers the hardship of pro boxing.
#13 - Throw Your Right!
Season 1 - Episode 32
#14 - The Eastern Japan Rookie Championship Tournament Begins
Season 1 - Episode 13
Ippo and his opponent Jason prepare for the first match of the Rookie King Tournament.
#15 - The Unfinished New Counter
Season 3 - Episode 18
It's the semifinal match, Miyata vs. Dachboy, and the Miyata camp recognizes a familiar face in the opponent's corner... Mister Sakaguchi, the former manager of the boxer Miyata beat for the OPBF title!
#16 - A Storm Descends on Makunouchi Fishing Boat
Season 3 - Episode 15
To celebrate Ippo's win and recovery, the whole gym gang hops aboard the Makunouchi Fishing Boat for a fun fishing trip. Yagi suggests they liven things up with a little contest, and suddenly a relaxing afternoon turns into an all-out war!
#17 - Empowering Words
Season 3 - Episode 14
Ippo visits Dr. Yamaguchi and learns the full extent of the damage caused by the evolved Dempsey Roll. As he walks home on crutches, Umezawa drives by and gives him a lift. Ippo's relief is short-lives, however, as Umezawa suddenly reveals he plans to quit working on the Makunouchi fishing boat!
#18 - The First Step
Season 1 - Episode 1
Ippo is a high school student who works full time at his mother's fishing though. Because of this, he gets bullied on by the kids at his school. That's when his life turns around, when a professional boxer happens to be jogging along the way, and introduces Ippo to the world of boxing.
#19 - Ippo on the Beach
Season 1 - Episode 17
Ippo joins Takamura, Kimura, and Aoki in a training camp near the beach.
#20 - To Enemy Ground
Season 1 - Episode 30
Ippo learns how to heal his right fist and gets ready for the All Japan but something happens his powerful right punches!
#21 - 3 Months to Counter
Season 1 - Episode 5
Ippo trains for a rematch.
#22 - Golden Eagle
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.
#23 - C Class License
Season 1 - Episode 9
Ippo takes the License Test and meets Mashiba.
#25 - Becoming a Bully's Buddy
Season 1 - Episode 12
Ippo fights and wins his second match via K.O.,After the fight he was befriended by Umezawa, his former bully.