Hajime no Ippo

The BEST episodes of Hajime no Ippo

Every episode of Hajime no Ippo ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Hajime no Ippo!

Ippo the Japanese Featherweight champion will defend his title against amazing challengers. Takamura fights for the second WBC title in the middleweight class, and Aoki fights for the Lightweight title.

Last Updated: 9/24/2022Network:Nippon TV
The King
34 votes

#1 - The King

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired 6/17/2009

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...

The Anti-Dempsey Perfected
39 votes

#2 - The Anti-Dempsey Perfected

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/4/2014

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!

A Fist That Picks You Up
68 votes

#3 - A Fist That Picks You Up

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/4/2014

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?

36 votes

#4 - Mixup

Season 1 - Episode 74 - Aired 3/20/2002

A flashback shows how Sendo joined his gym. Ippo gets knocked down two times but when he gets up the fifth round gets more brutal. The fifth round ends and after that, the sixth round begins and is just as brutal as the last round.

Spirit For One Last Attack
32 votes

#5 - Spirit For One Last Attack

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 2/25/2009

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.

29 votes

#6 - Brawl

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired 6/3/2009

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?

Battle of Hawk
29 votes

#7 - Battle of Hawk

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired 5/27/2009

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?

A Vow
63 votes

#8 - A Vow

Season 3 - Episode 25 - Aired 3/29/2014

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!

Supporting Hand
31 votes

#9 - Supporting Hand

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired 6/10/2009

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?

New Challenger
56 votes

#10 - New Challenger

Season 2 - Episode 26 - Aired 7/1/2009

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!

Victory or Defeat
73 votes

#11 - Victory or Defeat

Season 1 - Episode 28 - Aired 4/17/2001

Ippo defeats Mashiba for Rookie King of Eastren Japan.

Forward! Forward!
48 votes

#12 - Forward! Forward!

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired 3/6/2001

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

38 votes

#13 - Conclusion

Season 1 - Episode 57 - Aired 11/14/2001

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

43 votes

#14 - Revival

Season 1 - Episode 62 - Aired 12/19/2001

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

A Step Further
35 votes

#15 - A Step Further

Season 1 - Episode 75 - Aired 3/27/2002

The match between Ippo and Sendo finally reaches its conclusion after seven ruthless rounds.

100% Fake
38 votes

#16 - 100% Fake

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/1/2013

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.

The Rookie King
42 votes

#17 - The Rookie King

Season 1 - Episode 34 - Aired 5/29/2001

Ippo and Sendo keep fighting, the crowd starts cheering Sendo on and the match reaches its climax.

Surpass that Moment
32 votes

#18 - Surpass that Moment

Season 1 - Episode 73 - Aired 3/13/2002

Ippo starts the third round by charging at Sendo but then hesitates which leads to Sendo beating Ippo all through the third round. The fourth round is a different story being more in the favor of Ippo.

Time for the Showdown
33 votes

#19 - Time for the Showdown

Season 1 - Episode 71 - Aired 2/27/2002

Ippo reads Mari's article. Ippo invites Nekota to his fight. Both Sendo and Ippo have their weigh in. Sendo and Ippo begin their rematch with Ippo getting a very early knockdown on Sendo.

Ippo At The Beach 2
29 votes

#20 - Ippo At The Beach 2

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 4/1/2009

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.

Directors: Jun Shishido
32 votes

#21 - Lollapalooza

Season 1 - Episode 72 - Aired 3/6/2002

Sendo and Ippo's fight begins guns blazing with the two giving each other blow for blow. Ippo finds out that Sendo has the advantage of having a bigger frame.

Critical Situation
27 votes

#22 - Critical Situation

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired 5/13/2009

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?

The End of the Death Match
61 votes

#23 - The End of the Death Match

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired 3/1/2014

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.

Fearless Challenger
36 votes

#24 - Fearless Challenger

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/28/2013

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?

The Courage to Believe
37 votes

#25 - The Courage to Believe

Season 1 - Episode 49 - Aired 9/19/2001

Volg and Ippo continue to duke it out in a hard-fought and long battle.

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