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Hajime no Ippo celebrates 20 years!

+ posted by njt in Manga News on Sep 17, 2009 14:30

In commemoration of being published for 20 years the boxing manga Hajime no Ippo will be sending volumes 1-90 to 100 schools across Japan. Having the series being 20 years old and nearly 90 volumes out, the author has found it difficult to get kids into it. So to help tackle that issue starting starting January of next year he'll be sending his manga to elementary, middle and high schools. Stating: "If they read it from the beginning I'm sure they'll get into it," he also tells those reading the manga, "If you'd like for your school to get the manga make sure you ask your teacher! If your (school's) passion for wanting it reaches us, perhaps it'll increase your chances of getting it!"

For those of you in Japan, volume 89 came out today :).

Also, if you don't know about Hajime no Ippo, here's a quick summary:

Throughout his childhood, Makunouchi Ippo has always been picked on by his fellow classmates. Long hours helping his mother run their family business, a fishing boat store, has left him without the time to make friends and so he remains an introverted loner, doomed to be beaten day in and day out. Although he hates being bullied, he hates himself even more for not being able to fight back against his tormentors.
"What is it like to be strong?" he asks himself as he stares at his clenched fist. "I want to be strong." His encounter with Takamura Mamoru, a professional boxer, leads to the discovery of a dynamite punch that opens up the doorway to a whole new world where that dream can become a reality. At the Kamogawa Gym, Ippo now trains with the aspirations of becoming a professional boxer and discovering what it means to be strong.

Do you think your school will ever consider doing this? Actively try to get kids to read manga/comics? Why is it so accepted in Japan? Where and how can we convince our teachers that manga IS a good thing?


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#1. by BlackHair ()
Posted on Sep 17, 2009
A legendary manga and worth its 20 years.
If it's about "comedy" than this manga is alongside GTO the best.
If its about "sports" than this has no equals.

I will surely read this until the end!

#2. by kenjiharima ()
Posted on Sep 17, 2009
Another long running manga. Every fight has it's epic moment.
I just wondered how can Morikawa balance the time doing manga while having a boxing gym.
#3. by BBB Banana (Fruits Punch Samurai)
Posted on Sep 17, 2009
I like this manga very much every figth is intense and the main theme "what is being strong?" is pretty cool. If this series are going to run until Ippo retire it will probably last another 20 years but lately it has been more fast paced.
#4. by njt (Last Boss ♪~( ̄。 ̄))
Posted on Sep 17, 2009
I've yet to read it... ._.
#5. by HisshouBuraiKen ()
Posted on Sep 17, 2009
Just got into it this year myself, it's very slow-paced but it has a GREAT supporting cast and is really fun to read. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone.
#6. by OZ-900 ()
Posted on Sep 17, 2009
.... come on njt go read it! =P
#7. by bittman ()
Posted on Sep 20, 2009
I also only just got into this in the last year. Easily the best sports manga out there since the characters are actually all likable to some degree. Most sports manga's struggle going over 200 chapters, but 866 chapters on Hajime no Ippo still manages to have a story, new techniques and new personalities.

So Happy Birthday Ippo.
#8. by Oxwivi ()
Posted on Sep 20, 2009
Sports really does not hold much attraction to me...
#9. by R4n ()
Posted on Sep 21, 2009
is it really good? I never read this manga, if it really have 90+ volumes then it is really intimidating to start reading it... >_<

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