Man, this is an injustice to not have a section dedicated to Hajime no Ippo. It is an awesome manga that has progressed a long way.
It is probably one of the longest running manga series with 760+ chapters and it still has many fans begging for more. Although it does get repetitive at times, the author does a great job of trying to mix things up.
Here is a synopsis:
Ippo Makunouchi (幕之内 一歩, Makunouchi Ippo?) is a very shy high school student who never had the time to make friends because he was always busy helping his mother with the family fishing boat business. Because he kept to himself, a group of bullies lead by Umezawa got into the habit of picking on him. On one particular day these bullies decided to give him a rather serious beating, but a middle-weight professional boxer who was passing by stopped the bullies and took the injured Ippo to the Kamogawa Gym (鴨川ボクシングジム, Kamogawa Gym ?), owned by a retired boxer Genji Kamogawa (鴨川 源二, Kamogawa Genji?), to treat his wounds. After Ippo awoke to the sounds of boxers training, the boxer who saved him, Mamoru Takamura, tried to cheer Ippo up by letting him vent his frustrations on a sandbag. It was then that they had their first glimpse into Ippo's talent for boxing. After that incident, Ippo started his regular training and began his path in Japan's professional boxing.
The story focuses heavily on character development, even during the matches something is learned about the fighters. Ippo and his friendly rivalry with Miyata is the main draw in the early part of the series. That later changes to Ippo's path towards the Japanese Featherweight Championship and eventually the world championship. Along the way we are given glimpses into the other side character's pasts, motivations, relationships to others and current boxing trials.
(Credit to Wikipedia)
For all those who are interested in sports mangas (particularly boxing) and have time on their hands, I recommend you read this series. It is time well-spent.
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