NOTE: SPOILER ALERT! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK
DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT OWN HAJIME NO IPPO
GENRE: COMEDY, ACTION, DRAMA, SPORTS
As usual, I am blogging about the anime shows that aired in the local channels in the Philippines, Hajime no Ippo, or Knockout (thats what they call it here in our mother country) is a Cemedy, Action anime that is designed to make you feel BAD and Uhhhhhhhh then BAM in YOU FACE BEACH! yes. It made me feel really bad for Ippo-kun (the portagonist) because he was a bullied kid and he lives with his mother who manages their fishing business. That Feel..
Also! the fights are not super exaggerated! you can actually apply some of their moves in real life! yeah, I miss Anime Series' like this one. Plus, you can feel the impact of their punches and may give you goosebumps from the excitement.
Really! this series made me cry a bit, when I saw Ippo-kun from a bullied kid to a Champion! I remembered immitating some of Ippo's Finisher and combe moves and tried his roadwork too. yeah I was a very fat kid back then and other kids teased me so I became a bit conscious, but like the Champion himself, I ignored them and tried my best to shape up. Now the kids that used to tease me are shocked when they see my evolved form. They'll have yet to see my final form.
Makunouchi Ippo was an extremely shy high school student who never had the time to make friends because he was always busy helping his mother run their family fishing charter businessving nightly hours, Ippo manages the technique in the nick of time. He waits for the jogging Takamura to come by his usual path, and manages to surprise Takamura by not just catching all 10 of the falling leaves, but only doing it with his left hand. This impresses Takamura greatly, and he informs that the action required to catch all 10 leaves was called a boxing jab, and Takamura invites Ippo back to the boxing gym for introductions.
When they got back to the gym, the coach, Genji Kamogawa, was not at all impressed by Makunouchi's lack of fighting spirit, and therefore, was challenged by Takamura to have a practice spar against a member of the gym. However, Kamogawa decides to give Ippo a severe challenge and tells him to spar with Miyata, a man that's also 16, the same age as Ippo. However, Miyata is known as a boxing prodigy and is one of Kamogawa gym's future hopes. Takamura gets extremely worried with this prospect, as Miyata skill is way above the 4-rounder pro boxer. As expected, Ippo loses by KO, but not until Miyata struggles dodging his punches and finally ends the match with his trump card: "The Counter" The coach Kamogawa decides that he has great fighting sense and spirit and decides to train him to eventually become the Japanese Champion with a world ranking while Miyata became the OPBF (Oriental Pacific Boxing Federation) Champion. Both are expected to hit high in the world rankings and eventually, fight each other for the World Champion's belt.