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Hajime no Ippo

Japanese name: Hajime no Ippo Hajime no Ippo TV Series image
Japanese name: はじめの一歩
English name: The First Step; Fighting Spirit
Dates: October 3, 2000-March 27, 2002 (October 4, 2000-March 28, 2002)
Broadcast time: Tuesday, 24:50-25:20 (Wednesday, 12:50-1:20 am)
Number of episodes: 75 (76)
Animation Studio: Madhouse
Production Company: Nippon Television, VAP Limited
Broadcaster: Nippon Television (NTV)
Creator(s): Jyoji Morikawa (manga)
Series Director: Satoshi Nishimura, Kenichi Kawamura (assistant)
Episode Director(s): Kenichi Kawamura, Saburo Hashimoto, Hitoshi Nanba, Nanako Shimazaki
Producer(s): Hiroshi Yamashita, Michiru Oshima, Manabu Tanura, Masao Maruyama
Planning: Tatsuhiko Urahata (series composition)
Storyboard(s): Satoshi Nishimura, Kou Matsuo, Soichiro Zen, Nanako Shimazaki
Writer(s): Tatsuhiko Urahata, Daisuke Aranishi
Art Director: Hidetoshi Kaneko, Koji Sugiura
Art Design: Akihiko Isozaki (color), Yoshimi Koshikawa (color)
Character Designer(s): Koji Sigiura
Animator(s): Hiroshi Koujina (chief director), Masanori Shino (chief director), Satoshi Tasaki (director), Toshiyuki Kanno (director), Masaki Hosoyama (director), Atsushi Hasebe (director), Takashi Saijo (director), Toshiyasu Okada (director), Hiroshi Koujina (director)
Music: Tsuneo Imahori
Sound: Masafumi Mima (director)
Voice Actors
(regular characters):
Kohei Kiyasu (Ippo Makunouchi), Kenji Utsumi (Coach Kamogawa), Rikiya Koyama (Takamura), Wataru Takagi (Aoki), Keiji Fujiwara (Kimura), Sanae Kobayashi (Kumi Mashiba)
Genre(s): sports (boxing), drama
Home Video
Japan: DVD (VPBY 11186-11201, 11457-11465)
United States: DVD (Geneon, 15 discs)
Note(s): A 76th episode was distributed in the home video release of this series.

To see what other animated programs were out at the same time as Hajime no Ippo go to the Chronology of Animation.

Note on finding copies of programs:
Unfortunately I lack the time or resources to help people find copies of anime television programs. I have put together a web List of Online Video and Book Stores that will be useful to find copies in the United States, some other countries, and one Japanese store. There are other similar stores on the Internet around the world that might be able to supply the DVDs, LDs, VCDs, or video tapes that are desired. Check my Japanese Animation Information page for links to Internet resources that may have further information. I am not involved in trading materials from my own collection. I am still waiting to see most of the programs in this List of Anime Television Series and would be happy to find sources for many of them.

Because of these circumstances I will not respond to requests for help to find these types of materials.

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