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Anime : Hajime no Ippo Champion Road

Hajime no Ippo Champion Road Title Hajime no Ippo Champion Road
Japanese Title はじめの一歩 : チャンピオンロード
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Category Special
Total Episodes 1
Genres Action
Year Published 2003
Release Date 2003-04-18
Broadcaster -
Studio Madhouse Production
US Distribution
User Rating 9.1/10.0 (34 reviews)  (Statistic)
Updated Fri, 16 May 2008 10:05:42 +0000

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After intense battles, defeating Sendo, Makunouchi Ippo finally grasped the place as the Japanese Feather-Weight Champion. And so, Ippo changes from a "Challenger" to a "Champion", and the opponent of his first defence match is decided. The name of the challenger was Sanada Ikki. A fierce opponent who, aiming for a Dual Class Conquest, returned the title of Junior- Feather Class.

Sanada has a different face as a Current Medical University Student, which enables the intimate understanding of the human body, of where a punch should land to deprive stamina and to down the opponent with consistent damage. Furthermore, he coolly analyses his condition from a medical perspective, based on his amount of perspiration, breathing rate and heart rate, and is thus a boxer with one of the most intelligent tactics. On the other hand, Ippo, in front of his first defence match, not only is nervous but suffers progressively from fear and anxiety as he hears more about his opponent. Furthermore, Sanada Ikki's trainer was Hama Dankichi, the rival of Chairman Kamogawa when he was still active in the ring. Dankichi's special move in the days when he still fought, "Hien" ("Flying Swallow"), has been passed down to Ikki.

Encouraged by the predecessors of the gym Ippo belongs to, Takamura and Kimura, his past opponent and his mother, watched upon by Kumi who he secretly has feelings towards, the date of the first defence match draws closer. Ippo versus Sanada, and the settling of the scores of the coaches, Chairman Kamogawa and Hama Dankichi, each of their thoughts crosses over, and now, the day of the decisive match arrives!

Can Ippo dodge the "Hien" and find victory?

*** thanks to White_Reflection for description & translation ***

Crew, Cast, and Characters
Author Morikawa George (森川 ジョージ)
Design Sugiura Koji (杉浦 幸次)
Director Nishimura Satoshi (西村 聡)
Music Imahori Tsuneo (今堀 恒雄)
Script Fudeyasu Kazuyuki (筆安 一幸)

CharacterSeiyuu (Voice Talent)
Aoki Masarudescription  noimage
Takagi Wataru (高木渉)description  noimage
Chairman Kamogawanodescription  noimage
Utsumi Kenji (内海賢二)description  image
Hama Dankichinodescription  noimage
Kato Seizo (加藤 精三)description  noimage
Kimura Tatsuyadescription  noimage
Fujiwara Keiji (藤原啓治)description  image
Makunouchi Ippodescription  image
Kiyasu Kohei (喜安 浩平)description  noimage
Manager Yaginodescription  noimage
Nakajima Toshihiko (中嶋 聡彦)description  noimage
Mashiba Kuminodescription  noimage
Kobayashi Sanae (小林 沙苗)description  noimage
Mashiba Ryonodescription  noimage
Tanaka Masahiko (田中 正彦)nodescription  noimage
Nekoda Ginpachinodescription  noimage
Nagai Ichiro (永井一郎)description  image
Sanada Ikkinodescription  noimage
Yamadera Koichi (山寺宏一)description  image
Takamura Mamorudescription  image
Koyama Rikiya (小山 力也)description  image
Umezawa Masahikonodescription  noimage
Madono Mitsuaki (真殿 光昭)description  image

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