If you can’t follow the overall plot of the franchise, you won’t enjoy it. ‘Hajime No Ippo,’ likely one of your favourite anime series, is best experienced in its proper order. The story will make more sense if we read it in chronological order.
And we’re here to help you figure it out so you can relax and enjoy your favourite anime without any misunderstandings. Let’s start by learning the basics of the anime. Hajime no Ippo is a Japanese boxing manga written and illustrated by George Morikawa.
The story follows Makunouchi Ippo as he embarks on a boxing career while still in high school and goes on to win multiple titles and fight a wide range of opponents. Yet another hour of fun in the form of a boxing animation.
Timeline of Hajime no Ippo
Okay, so let’s get started. The timeline for this series is outlined below. If you view the episodes in the order given below, you’ll have a much clearer grasp of the story as a whole.
Hajime No Ippo
‘Fighting Spirit’ is the name of the album. This is the episode to begin viewing if you’re considering about checking out this anime. There are 76 episodes in the full season, and watching them all will give you a much deeper grasp of the story.
You’ll have a much better feel for the characters if you read this first. Ippo is a tormented high school student whose life is transformed when he is introduced to the world of boxing by a professional fighter.
Boxer No Kobushi, Hajime No Ippo
‘Hajime No Ippo: Boxer No Kobushi,’ the franchise’s special, is a must-see after seeing the first season. A unique episode has been added to the series. It tells the story of how Takamura got his start in the sport of boxing. The rest of the narrative will make more sense once you see this programme. I won’t tell you anything that will ruin it for you, so go in blind.
Champion Road, or Hajime No Ippo
Let us raise a glass to Hajime No Ippo: Champion Road, yet another franchise extravaganza. The first broadcast of the television film Hajime no Ippo: Champion Road took place on April 18, 2003. This episode serves as a more appropriate conclusion to the long anime. If you’re planning on seeing the rest of the franchise, this is the next logical step following the first special.
It’s Mashiba versus Kimura in “Hajime No Ippo.”
The Champion’s Road may have been a satisfactory conclusion, but it also marked the start of a new story. This conclusion is better suited to the duration of the anime.
The OVA ‘Hajime no Ippo: Mashiba vs. Kimura’ runs for an hour and is a must-watch for every fan of the series. Since it’s an OVA, you may dive straight in without much of a second thought. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by.
Challenger, New! Hajime no Ippo
You have seen the first season of the Hajime no Ippo franchise, so you may skip on to the second season, New Challenger. The anime hasn’t ended just yet, so we can expect additional episodes. The second season includes a total of 26 episodes.
Though many recommend jumping into this season after seeing the first, you’ll get the full benefit of the series by viewing the specials and OVA first.
The Rising of Hajime no Ippo
The series as a whole is in its third season. There will be no OVAs or specials airing in between seasons two and three, so you can start watching here. After that, there will be no further seasons or one-off episodes. You’re going to love this, the last episode of the anime.