Hajime no Ippo

Hajime no Ippo (はじめの一歩, lit. “The First Step”) is a Japanese boxing manga series written and illustrated by George Morikawa. It follows the story of high school student Makunouchi Ippo, as he begins his career in boxing and over time obtains many titles and defeats various opponents. A 76-episode anime adaptation titled Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting! was produced by Madhouse, Nippon Television and VAP, directed by Satoshi Nishimura and ran on the Nippon Television Network from October 2000 to March 2002. The second season is called Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger and concluded on June 30, 2009.

Opening Theme
#1: “Under Star” by Shocking Lemons
#2: “Inner Light” by Shocking Lemons
#3: “Tumbling Dice” by Tsuneo Imahori
#4: “Hekireki” by Last Alliance
#5: “Yakan Hikou” by Wasureran nee yo

Ending Theme
#1: “Yuuzora no Kamihikouki” by Naoya Mori
#2: “360°” by Naoya Mori
#3: “Eternal Loop” by Saber Tiger
#4: “8 AM” by coldrain
#5: “Buchikome!!” by Shikuramen

Hajime no Ippo Original Soundtrack:
1. First KO
2. Final Round
3. New Challenger
4. Hajime no Ippo Rising


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