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This is a list of the fictional characters that appear in the manga and anime series Hajime no Ippo (はじめの一歩), also known as Fighting Spirit. Characters are grouped by the boxing gym they are a member of.
Ippo Makunouchi (幕之内 一歩, Makunouchi Ippo)
Voiced by: Kōhei KiyasuIppo is the main protagonist of the series. His boldness as a boxer is juxtaposed with his shy and amiable personality outside the ring. He lives with his mother, Hiroko Makunouchi, and helps with the family charter boat fishing business—a job which has developed his lower body well enough to become an effective boxer. When he was young, Ippo used to get bullied and picked on by others in his school. As fate would have it, Takamura came upon Ippo as he was getting a beating from a couple of bullies and decided to help him. Takamura saw something in Ippo and introduced him to the world of boxing. After seeing a video of Tyson, Ippo becomes inspired to take up boxing to feel reborn with strength and asks Takamura to get him into Kamogawa Gym. Immediately after arriving at Kamogawa Gym he impresses Takamura and Kamogawa with his explosive punching power and guts in the ring. Like he has with Takamura, Kamogawa personally takes on Ippo as his pupil and starts him on the path to being a pro boxer. Since then, Takamura has treated Ippo like a younger brother and has taken him under his wing.
Ippo is described as an in-fighter (though, he resembles more of a boxer-puncher) and is well known for his comeback KO victories, his Peek-a-Boo style defense and his heavy blows which include three signature punches: a rib-cracking Liver blow, Gazelle punch (an uppercut variant), and the Dempsey roll, modeled after punches used by Mike Tyson, Floyd Patterson, and Jack Dempsey respectively. He stands at 164 cm (5'5") tall with a 165 cm (5'5") reach and has consistently weighed 126 pounds (57 kg). His natural talents include stamina, balance and enough punching power to turn around a match instantly; combined with his superb fighting spirit, these assets lead to his comebacks victories and have allowed him to overcome any technical shortcomings. His destructive Dempsey roll technique has been a particular focus in the story and has continued to evolve through the series: in the match with Sawamura, he added a rapid stop-and-start to prevent it from being countered, and against Jimmy Sisfa, he incorporated an uppercut to the rotation, but Makunouchi needs to continue to develop his lower body to use these without risking further injury. He temporarily stopped using the Dempsey roll in order to refine his basics and become a more complete boxer. His nickname is the God of Wind, coined after the force of his powerful blows. In addition, his intense training has allowed him to mimic some fighters' specialities with a degree of success such as Sendo's smash attacks or Jimmy Sisfa's jolt attacks during their matches.
During his fight with Sendo, Ippo showed the Dempsey Roll's perfect form. Since the Dempsey Roll could not be used if the opponent won't back down, Ippo utilized all three of his techniques. Starting with the liver blow, which damaged Sendo's right ribs, Ippo then used a feint with his own version of "Sakki" (killing intent), called "Courage", making Sendo raise his guard. Ippo then followed up with the Gazelle punch (an uppercut using the strength of the legs for additional power), which made Sendo's jaw fly up and stunned him for a few seconds. Taking the opportunity of Sendo being stunned, Ippo then revved up his Dempsey Roll which hit Sendo a couple of times before knocking him out. Ippo used the same pattern of attack on his first title defense with Sanada but due to the damage that he sustained his attack stopped after a couple of hits.
Hajime no Ippo has covered each of Makunouchi's fights, starting with his introduction to the boxing world and winning the All Japan Rookie Kings tournament in a talented rookie Featherweight class that has produced four national champions and two OPBF Champions in varying weight classes thus far. The story continues with his ascension to becoming the Japanese Featherweight Champion, a title he defends eight times before relinquishing the belt to focus on the world title, a journey he began by challenging other national title holders in the OPBF. His current record as a professional boxer is 26 matches, 23 wins and 3 losses with all 23 victories by KO, and at his peak he had held the seventh ranking in the WBC. His only losses are to Eiji Date in his first attempt to challenge for the Japanese Featherweight title, his first Mexican opponent in the professional ring Alfredo Gonzales who was ranked #2 in the WBC at the time, and Filipino Featherweight Champion Antonio Guevara after making a 10-month comeback.
Date would go on to challenge Ricardo Martinez—the only man he'd ever lost to in the ring—for the world title, but the injuries he sustained in his title bout forced him to retire and pass the baton to Ippo. Date's young son, Yūji, who had watched his father's defeat from the crowd asks Ippo if he'll fight Ricardo as the Japanese champion after his father, to which Ippo declines, stating Ricardo is too strong for him as he is now. After eight Japanese featherweight title defenses and wins over other Asian national champions from Thailand, the Philippines, and Indonesia, Ippo's fight with Mexican boxer Alfredo Gonzales for the #2 spot in the WBC World Rankings was his first loss since becoming champion. While Gonzales dominated most of the fight, Ippo was able to knock him down and caused Gonzales to begrudgingly accept Ippo's strength. Gonzales won the fight after being luckily saved from a second knockdown by the ropes and caused massive damage to Ippo in his final attack.
After the fight, Ippo makes a promise to Kumi Mashiba that the next time he loses in the ring will be his last and he will retire without regrets. At the same time, fears of becoming "punch drunk" manifest when Ippo finds himself underperforming in spars and displaying symptoms such as becoming forgetful and being unable to draw in a straight line, a concern and suspicision shared with the Kamogawa Gym, who ban him from the gym for one month despite his insistence on his good health. Ten months after the fight with Gonzalez, Ippo returns to the ring to fight Filipino Featherweight Champion Antonio Guevara with the goal of unveiling a new Dempsey roll, but loses due to fatigue before being able to display the fruits of his training to his expectations, feeling indebted to Coach Kamogawa who had supported him for so long. Ippo retires after this fight as promised due to his own worry over punch drunk syndrome and injuries he sustained, prioritizing his ability to work in the family business for his mother's sake over boxing. He is currently employed as a second at the Kamogawa gym while acting as a trainer for his new, young pupils Taih.... Discover the Arnie Lightning popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Arnie Lightning books.