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Fighting Spirit, known in Japan as Hajime no Ippo (はじめの一歩) is an anime television series based on the manga series written and illustrated by George Morikawa. The series was directed by Satoshi Nishimura and produced by Madhouse, Nippon Television and VAP. The series originally aired in Japan between October 2000 and March 27, 2002, consisting of 75 episodes. The series was released in North America on DVD by Geneon Entertainment between July 6, 2004 and December 19, 2006.

Synopsis

Ippo Makunouchi 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, 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.

Cast

Image Character Seiyū Dub Actor
Ippoh.png Ippo Makunouchi Kōhei Kiyasu Steve Staley
Takamura.jpg Mamoru Takamura Rikiya Koyama Eddie Frierson
Aoki.jpg Masaru Aoki Wataru Takagi Peter Doyle
Kimura.jpg Tatsuya Kimura Keiji Fujiwara Grant George
Kamogawa.jpg Genji Kamogawa Kenji Utsumi Richard Epcar
Yagi.jpg Yagi Toshihiko Nakajima Paul St. Peter
Fuji.png Fujii Kenichi Ono Joe Cappelletti
Miyata.jpg Ichiro Miyata Tomokazu Seki Jason Palmer
Miyatas father.png Miyata's Father Unshō Ishizuka Paul St. Peter
Mashiba.jpg Ryo Mashiba Masahiko Tanaka Terrence Stone
Toho1.png Chairman Toho Yukitoshi Hori Richard Epcar
Kumi.jpg Kumi Mashiba Sanae Kobayashi Stephanie Sheh
Ippo mother.png Hiroko Makunouchi Yorie Terauchi Joan-Carol O'Connell
Umezawa.jpg Umezawa Mitsuaki Madono Kirk Thornton
Shinoda.jpg Shinoda Seiji Sasaki David Lodge
Ginpachi nekota.jpg Ginpachi Nekota Ichirō Nagai Joey D'Auria
Date.jpg Eiji Date Masaki Aizawa Tony Oliver
Nakadai.jpg Nakadai Mitsuru Ogata Michael Sorich
Aiko.jpg Aiko Date Sakiko Tamagawa Dorothy Elias-Fahn
Yuuji date.jpg Yūji Date Naomi Wakabayashi ¿?
Sendo.jpg Takeshi Sendo Masaya Onosaka Doug Erholtz
Yanaoka.png Yanaoka Naoki Tatsuta Dave Mallow
Zangief.jpg Alexander Vorg Zangief Toshiyuki Morikawa Dave Wittenberg
Volg young.jpg Fujiko Takimoto
(child)
Barbara Goodson
141581.jpg.png Ruslan Ramuda Motomu Kiyokawa Michael Sorich
Okita Keigo.jpg Keigo Okita Hiroaki Hirata Tom Fahn
Naomichi.jpg Naomichi Yamada Daisuke Sakaguchi Tony Oliver
Mari.jpg Mari Iimura Emi Shinohara Michelle Ruff
Yamaguchi.png Tomoko Yamaguchi Yuko Kobayashi Mona Marshall
Takuma saeki.png Takuma Saeki Kiyoyuki Yanada Lex Lang
Shigeta.png Akira Shigeta Hiroyuki Yoshino Sam Riegel
Ozuma.jpg Jason Ozuma Masahiro Kobayashi Hall Hollis
Hachinoe.png Chairman Hachinoe Issei Futamata Robert Axelrod
Otowa.jpg Otowa Keiichi Sonobe Peter Doyle
Yusukeoda.jpg Yusuke Oda Nobutoshi Canna Joe Cappelletti
Mikamient.png Mikami Chō Bob Papenbrook
Reikomikami.png Reiko Mikami Akemi Okamura Michelle Ruff
Kobashi.png Kenta Kobashi Taiki Matsuno Richard Cansino
Yasuda.jpg Yasuda Toshiya Ueda Steve Kramer
Ryuichi Hayami.jpg Ryuichi Hayami Kōji Tsujitani Nathan Smythe
Tomiko.jpg Tomiko Shōko Tsuda Ellyn Stern
Reiko.jpg Reiko Yuka Komatsu Dorothy Elias-Fahn
Megumi ippo.png Megumi Mayuko Arai Stephanie Sheh
Announcer Ippo.jpg TV Announcer Jin Horikawa Kirk Thornton
Teacher ippo.png Teacher Masashi Hirose
Referee.jpg Referee Naoshi Izumi Richard Cansino
Takemura.jpg Takemura Kōichi Hasebe
Matsuda v2.jpg Matsuda Shinichi Namiki Terrence Stone
Announcerring.jpg Ring Announcer Katsuyuki Konishi Beau Billingslea
Reporter ippo.png Reporter Naomi Shindō ¿?
Grandma sendo.jpg Sendo's Grandma Kazuko Sugiyama Mona Marshall
VolgsMother.png Volg's Mother Mizuka Arima
Kida ippo.jpg Kida Tōru Ōkawa ¿?
Tamaoki.jpg Atsushi Tamaoki Hiroshi Yanaka ¿?
Chana.jpg Chana Chie Kōjiro Mona Marshall
Kumiko morita.png Kumiko Morita Tomoko Kawakami Stephanie Sheh

Additional Voices

Notes

  • The final dubbing role of Joan-Carol O'Connell.

Video Releases

Distributor Year Format Contents Region Country
Geneon Entertainment 2004-2006 DVD.jpg The Complete Series 1
NTSC
United States United States
15 Volumes
2007 The Complete Series
2 Volumes
Discotek Media 2021 BD The Complete Series* A
DVB-T
3 Volumes

*including Champion Road OVA

See Also

  • Fighting Spirit: Champion Road

External Links

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