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 ...

A Fist That Picks You Up

#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?

star 9.00
27 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
Hawk vs. Eagle

#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.

star 8.61
23 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
A Lesson Never Forgotten

#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.

star 8.48
25 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
The End of the Death Match

#4 - The End of the Death Match

Season 3 - Episode 21

star 8.48
25 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
Victory or Defeat

#5 - Victory or Defeat

Season 1 - Episode 28

Ippo defeats Mashiba for Rookie King of Eastren Japan.

star 8.25
24 votes
A Vow

#6 - A Vow

Season 3 - Episode 25

star 8.18
22 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
Test of Endurance

#7 - Test of Endurance

Season 1 - Episode 15

Ippo defeats Jason via K.O. after a tough match.

star 8.17
29 votes
The Opening Bell of the Rematch

#8 - The Opening Bell of the Rematch

Season 1 - Episode 6

Ippo and Miyata face off in a rematch.

star 8.16
32 votes
Iron Fist

#9 - Iron Fist

Season 3 - Episode 24

star 8.14
21 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
Obsession for Victory

#10 - Obsession for Victory

Season 1 - Episode 11

Ippo defeats Yusuke via K.O.

star 7.96
27 votes
Eleki's Shocker and Papaya's Coconut

#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?!

star 7.86
21 votes
Promise to Meet Again

#12 - Promise to Meet Again

Season 1 - Episode 8

Ippo trains with Takamura and discovers the hardship of pro boxing.

star 7.85
27 votes
Throw Your Right!

#13 - Throw Your Right!

Season 1 - Episode 32

star 7.85
26 votes
The Eastern Japan Rookie Championship Tournament Begins

#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.

star 7.81
27 votes
The Unfinished New Counter

#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!

star 7.81
21 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
A Storm Descends on Makunouchi Fishing Boat

#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!

star 7.78
23 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
Empowering Words

#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!

star 7.78
23 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
The First Step

#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.

star 7.77
43 votes
Ippo on the Beach

#19 - Ippo on the Beach

Season 1 - Episode 17

Ippo joins Takamura, Kimura, and Aoki in a training camp near the beach.

star 7.74
27 votes
To Enemy Ground

#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!

star 7.73
26 votes
3 Months to Counter

#21 - 3 Months to Counter

Season 1 - Episode 5

Ippo trains for a rematch.

star 7.70
33 votes
Golden Eagle

#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.

star 7.70
23 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
C Class License

#23 - C Class License

Season 1 - Episode 9

Ippo takes the License Test and meets Mashiba.

star 7.69
26 votes
The Courage to Live

#24 - The Courage to Live

Season 3 - Episode 23

star 7.68
22 votes
Directors: Jun Shishido
Becoming a Bully's Buddy

#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.

star 7.64
28 votes