Hajime no Ippo (aka Fighting Spirit and Espiritu de Lucha in Spanish) is a boxing and sports manga developed by manga artist George Morikawa and illustrated by him.

It began to be published in October 1989 by the publication Shonen Magazine in charge of the Kodansha publishing house, which has an overall 122 volumes that are currently in print. 

The anime adaptation started broadcasting on the 3rd of October of 2000, on Nippon Television and was in charge of the Madhouse studio, under the supervision of Satoshi Nishimura, who produced 127 episodes: Hajime No Ippo (76 + Movie + OVA), Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger (26 episodes), Hajime no Ippo The Rising (25 episodes). 

The final episode aired on March 29 the 29th of March, 2014.

The series was licensed through Selecta Vision (Spain), Viz Media (Canada & the United States), and Crunchyroll (Latin America). 

Ippo MakunouchiHe was a shy student in high school and was unable to meet new people because he was always helping his mother run the fishing business with his family. 

Because he was left alone the gang of thugs under the direction of Umezawa developed the habit of playing with him. 

When they were brutally beating him an experienced professional middleweight fighter stopped them and brought wounded Ippo into Kamogawa.

Kamogawa fitness center (mu Chuan bo Ku zi Kamogawa Bokushingu Jimu) was run by retired boxer Genji Kamogawa for treatment of his injuries. 

When Ippo awakened to the sound of boxers practicing in the gym, the boxer who helped Mamoru Takamura attempted to help cheer Ippo to his feet by helping him release his anger in the bag of sand. 

This was when Ippo was first exposed to his boxing skills. After the accident, Ippo thought a lot about the incident and decided that he’d like to make a move to become a professional boxer. 

When he relays his message to Mamoru Takamura, he receives an e-mail reprimand. Takamura believed that Ippo was doing professional boxing with a slack attitude. 

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But, Takamura felt that he could not completely dismiss Ippo, particularly due to his ability to hit the sandbag more than any other boxer in the training gym (except Takamura). So he thought that Ippo was not taking boxing as seriously as he does. 

But, Takamura felt that he was not able to completely disbelieve Ippo because of his skill at hitting the sandbag more than any other boxer in the boxing gym (except Takamura).

So he thought that Ippo was not taking boxing as seriously as he does. However, Takamura felt that he could not completely dismiss Ippo because of his ability to hit the sandbag harder than any other boxer in the training gym (except for Takamura). 

Filler episodes to skip in Hajime No IPPO

The following Hajime no Ippo filler list will let you know which episodes or chapters are filled with filler. In the anime, this is a reference to episodes that were taken from the anime and not adapted from the manga. 

This guide will be able to identify and avoid or kip Hajime no Ippo filler episodes. So, you can, and thus without filler

It is important to note that the specials, ova, and films (if the anime included the latter) will be found in chronological order. This is to help you get more enjoyment from the Netflix, Hulu, Funimation, and Crunchyroll platforms.

SEASON 1: Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting!

The opening cover is  Under Star (1-25), Inner Light (26-52), and Tumbling Dice (53-76), and the ending is  Yuuzora no Kamihikouki (1-25), 360 (26-52), and Eternal Loop (53-76).

  • 01. “THE FIRST STEP”
  • 02. “Fruits of Labor”
  • 03. “Tears of Joy”
  • 04. “Shadow Boxing”
  • 05. “3 Months to Counter”
  • 06. “The Opening Bell of the Rematch”
  • 07. “The Destructive Force of 1 cm”
  • 08. “Promise to Meet Again”
  • 09. “C Class License”
  • 10. “Debut Match!”
  • 11. “Obsession for Victory”
  • 12. “Becoming a Bully’s Buddy”
  • 13. “The Eastern Japan Rookie Championship Tournament Begins”
  • 14. “Powerful Arms! Hooks vs. Uppercut!”
  • 15. “Test of Endurance”
  • 16. “Anticipating a Fierce Fight”
  • 17. “Ippo on the Beach”
  • 18. “Clinch”
  • 19. “Dream of a KO”
  • 20. “The Threat of Shotgun”
  • 21. “The Way to Capture a Prodigy”
  • 22. “Forward! Forward!!”
  • 23. “The Other Semi-Final”
  • 24. “To the Promised Place…”
  • 25. “Grudges, Sorrows & Dreams”
  • 26. “The Battle for Distance”
  • 27. “Death Match”
  • 28. “Victory or Defeat”
  • 29. “Rocky of Naniwa”
  • 30. “To Enemy Ground”
  • 31. “Traces of Intense Battles (recap)”  * Filler
  • 32. “Throw Your Right!”
  • 33. “Smash Force”
  • 34. “The Rookie King”
  • 35. “The Counting Journey”
  • 36. “The Champ and I”
  • 37. “A Thing to Strive For”
  • 38. “Two Rookies of the Year”
  • 39. “Challenge in a Foreign Land”
  • 40. “A Counter to Surpass All Counters”
  • 41. “Barf-Michi’s Big Fight”
  • 42. “Sharing a Dream”
  • 43. “The Speed Star”
  • 44. “Blind Spot in the Ring”
  • 45. “The White Fangs of the Wolf”
  • 46. “Be the Gazelle”
  • 47. “The Fighting Spirit Within”
  • 48. “The Red Wolf”
  • 49. “The Courage to Believe”
  • 50. “Something to Convey”
  • 51. “The Group Date”
  • 52. “The Challenger (recap)”  * Filler
  • 53. “So That I Can Be Myself”
  • 54. “Fists of the Champ”
  • 55. “The Japan Featherweight Title Match”
  • 56. “The Power that Stands in the Way”
  • 57. “Conclusion”
  • 58. “Heartbroken”
  • 59. “A Determined Gaze”
  • 60. “Rival”
  • 61. “Comeback Anxiety”
  • 62. “Revival”
  • 63. “Youth of Fire”
  • 64. “Hot Rod Era”
  • 65. “The Summer of the Kamogawa Corps”
  • 66. “Mr Takamura’s Tears”
  • 67. “The Kamogawa Gym Swings Into Action
  • 68. “The Chief’s Peril”
  • 69. “The Trap of the Southpaw”
  • 70. “The Young Punk”
  • 71. “Time for the Showdown”
  • 72. “Lallapallooza”
  • 73. “Surpass that Moment”
  • 74. “Mix-Up”
  • 75. “A Step Further”
  • 76. “Boxer’s Fist”
  • <——————— Movie 1: Hajime no Ippo – Champion Road ——————- ->
  • <——————— OVA 1: Hajime no Ippo – Mashiba vs. Kimura ———————>
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SEASON 2: Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger

The opening is Hekireki (1-26) and the ending is 8 A.M. (1-26).

  • 01. “The New Step”
  • 02. “Bloody Cross”
  • 03. “To the Promised Place”
  • 04. “Towards the World”
  • 05. “The Strength of the World”
  • 06. “A Figure to Chase After”
  • 07. “The Advent of the Devil”
  • 08. “Spirit for One Last Attack”
  • 09. “Qualifying for Succession”
  • 10. “Cannon Fodder”
  • 11. “Ippo vs. Hammer Nao”
  • 12. “What It Means To Be a Pro”
  • 13. “Ippo on the Beach 2”
  • 14. “Two Sparring”
  • 15. “Itagaki’s Debut Match!”
  • 16. “The 2 Hawks”
  • 17. “Wild Child”
  • 18. “Extreme Weight Control”
  • 19. “Explosive Confrontation”
  • 20. “World Jr. Middle Weight Title Match”
  • 21. “The Battle of the Hawks!”
  • 22. “Supporting Hand”
  • 23. “Support Hand”
  • 24. “The King”
  • 25. “My Bronze Statue, Please”
  • 26. “New Challenger”

SEASON 3: Hajime No Ippo: Rising

The opening is  Yakan Hikou (1-25)  and the ending is  Buchikome !! (1-25).

  • 01. “The Strongest Challenger”
  • 02. “The Dempsey Roll Destroyed”
  • 03. “A Woman’s Battle”
  • 04. “The Goddess of Victory”
  • 05. “100% Fake”
  • 06. “The Distance Between Me and Glory”
  • 07. “Cheese Champion”
  • 08. “The Mad Dog and The Red Wolf”
  • 09. “A Savage Scenario”
  • 10. “The Face of Determination”
  • 11. “Fearless Challenger”
  • 12. “The Anti-Dempsey Perfected”
  • 13. “A Fist that Picks You Up”
  • 14. “Empowering Words”
  • 15. “A Storm Descends on Makunouchi Fishing Boat!”
  • 16. “Golden Eagle”
  • 17. “Eleki’s Shocker and Papaya’s Coconut”
  • 18. “The Unfinished New Counter”
  • 19. “Hawk vs. Eagle”
  • 20. “A Lesson Never Forgotten”
  • 21. “The End of the Death Match”
  • 22. “Flower of Hope” *
  • 23. “The Courage to Live” *
  • 24. “Iron Fist” *
  • 25. “A Vow for Honor!” *
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In the chapter in which manga will Hajime no Ippo continue?

The final episode released was the 21st episode of the third season of “Hajime No Ippo: Rising,” which is Chapters 552, 553, 554, 555, 556, and 557 in the manga “Hajime no Ippo.”

(*)22 23, 24, as well as 25, are taken from chapters 400-414 from the manga.

Therefore, they will be placed later in the chronology following “Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger” in season 2 of “Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger” by the manga.

To carry on the story from where it ended then we should begin reading starting from chapter 558 of the manga. This corresponds to Volume 61 (it includes chapters 552-561).