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High school student Ippo Marunouchi is alienated from his classmates due to his need to help his widowed mother with the family business after school, and is furthermore the target of the school bullies. When a passing boxer, Mamoru Takamura, saves him from a beating, Ippo is inspired to take up boxing, begins a tough training regime, and eventually convinces the dubious Takamura to help him join Takamura's gym. From there Ippo's nascent talent begins to shine through, as he starts up the ranks of professional boxing, along the way earning the respect of not only his gym-mates but also his opponents-by his humility, dedication to the sport, and drive to succeed-and inspiring them to be both better boxers and better men. Based on the ongoing 1989 manga by Joji Morikawa, this is a lighter-hearted take on the sports drama genre that stretches right back to Tomorrow's Joe. V

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Romaji: Hajime no Ippo
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Start Year 2000
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