The BEST Episodes of Hajime no Ippo

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 5, 2021

Network: Nippon TV

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 - Aired Jun 17, 2009

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 9.37
30 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
The Anti-Dempsey Perfected

#2 - The Anti-Dempsey Perfected

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 4, 2014

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 9.03
34 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
A Fist That Picks You Up

#3 - A Fist That Picks You Up

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 4, 2014

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 8.97
62 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu

#4 - Mix-Up

Season 1 - Episode 74 - Aired Mar 20, 2002

star 8.84
32 votes

#5 - Brawl

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired Jun 3, 2009

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 8.67
24 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Victory or Defeat

#6 - Victory or Defeat

Season 1 - Episode 28 - Aired Apr 17, 2001

Ippo defeats Mashiba for Rookie King of Eastren Japan.

star 8.66
67 votes
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
New Challenger

#7 - New Challenger

Season 2 - Episode 26 - Aired Jul 1, 2009

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!

star 8.64
50 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
A Vow

#8 - A Vow

Season 3 - Episode 25 - Aired Mar 29, 2014

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 8.63
57 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Battle of Hawk

#9 - Battle of Hawk

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired May 27, 2009

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
24 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu

#10 - Conclusion

Season 1 - Episode 57 - Aired Nov 14, 2001

star 8.57
35 votes
Supporting Hand

#11 - Supporting Hand

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired Jun 10, 2009

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 8.56
27 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Spirit For One Last Attack

#12 - Spirit For One Last Attack

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 25, 2009

star 8.50
26 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
The Road Back

#13 - The Road Back

Season 1 - Episode 62 - Aired Dec 19, 2001

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

star 8.49
39 votes
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Into the next step

#14 - Into the next step

Season 1 - Episode 75 - Aired Mar 27, 2002

Ippo and Sendo's match concludes.

star 8.33
30 votes
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Surpass that Moment

#15 - Surpass that Moment

Season 1 - Episode 73 - Aired Mar 13, 2002

star 8.32
28 votes
100% Fake

#16 - 100% Fake

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 1, 2013

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 8.31
32 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Time for the Showdown

#17 - Time for the Showdown

Season 1 - Episode 71 - Aired Feb 27, 2002

star 8.30
30 votes
The Rookie King

#18 - The Rookie King

Season 1 - Episode 34 - Aired May 29, 2001

star 8.27
37 votes
Fearless Challenger

#19 - Fearless Challenger

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 28, 2013

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 8.23
31 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Critical Situation

#20 - Critical Situation

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired May 13, 2009

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 8.22
23 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu

#21 - Lallapallooza

Season 1 - Episode 72 - Aired Mar 6, 2002

star 8.21
28 votes
Ippo At The Beach 2

#22 - Ippo At The Beach 2

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 1, 2009

star 8.21
24 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
The End of the Death Match

#23 - The End of the Death Match

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 1, 2014

star 8.19
57 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
The Destructive Force of 1cm

#24 - The Destructive Force of 1cm

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 14, 2000

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 8.19
42 votes
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Tears of Joy

#25 - Tears of Joy

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 17, 2000

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

star 8.18
51 votes
Writers: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu