Mar 31, 2014

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Hajime no Ippo: Rising episode 25

Oh hell yeah, I have no regrets! It’s been one heck of a season and I enjoyed it tremendously. The last few episodes, as strangely placed as they were, were an absolutely delight. I have no problems with this season’s ending whatsoever.

[HorribleSubs] Hajime no Ippo - Rising - 25 [720p].mkv_snapshot_12.10_[2014.03.30_22.25.26]The one thing that really spoke to me during these flashback episodes was the artwork. I loved it. Watching the coach’s face as he drove his fists into his opponent with every ounce of power he had left was absolutely thrilling. It gave me Goosebumps. You can clearly tell that that character was (and still is) very proud and hardworking.

It was a good ending. I almost shed a tear at the end. We all knew that Ippo was moulded into the coach’s image, but we never really knew the reason behind it all. Training Ippo to become a world-class fighter has always been a personal project of his. I guess we finally all understand why. Mamoru is just a born fighter. Ippo on the other hand was forged to become a world-class fighter. Great story!

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Mar 25, 2014

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Hajime no Ippo: Rising episode 24

So the third Hajime no Ippo season is going to end with a couple of flashback episodes, is it? That’s fine by me. I honestly don’t care as long as the characters in question are worth the watch. In this case they certainly are.

[HorribleSubs] Hajime no Ippo - Rising - 24 [720p].mkv_snapshot_04.01_[2014.03.24_23.29.27]These past few reviews may have been short, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy the episodes. On the contrary; I loved them. You could clearly see how the coach cared about his friend, Ginpachi. They’re both old now, but they lived in a time where justice and equality didn’t exist. Old man Ginpachi was the first one to realize that.

Still it was awesome how Genji, everyone’s favourite coach, was a die-hard hard puncher like Ippo. It’s no wonder he took an interest in Ippo when he first saw him fight. They’re both the same. Just charge your opponent head-on and give him whatever you got. Don’t care about the damage you take, just keep landing hits. That is truly an awesome character! Can’t wait to see the next episode (and season).

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Mar 18, 2014

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Hajime no Ippo: Rising episode 23

I may not have a lot to say about this week’s episode either, but I really did enjoy it. We know all about Mamoru, Ippo and the rest of the fighters that training at the gym every day. It’s really about time that we learned a bit more about the old man.

[HorribleSubs] Hajime no Ippo - Rising - 23 [720p].mkv_snapshot_14.04_[2014.03.17_22.38.19]I know this may sound rather strange, but I really liked the sight of the “olden days”. I know it was a time of war for them where people were looking down on each other, and that food and money were scarce. I still cannot help but admire the men and women that fought back against those tyrants. Let’s face it; everyone loves an underdog.

It’s quite obvious why the coach likes Ippo and Mamoru so much. They are both close-range fighters that prefer to win their match by in-fighting till one of the fighters wins by knock out. The coach was pretty much the same way, wasn’t he? So much for Brains, brawn and balls. It’s basically just brawn and balls in his case. Still, I’m looking forward to the next episode.

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Mar 12, 2014

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Hajime no Ippo: Rising episode 22

Okay! Good! Well, not good, but it was a very enjoyable episode. That being said, there is very little about it that I want to share. It’s obvious, simple and quite informative. Episodes that shed light on characters’ pasts are always quite good in Hajime no Ippo. I wonder why…

[HorribleSubs] Hajime no Ippo - Rising - 22 [720p].mkv_snapshot_06.03_[2014.03.11_21.59.51]Coach Genji… or should I call him coach Badass? I knew he was quite the brawler in his early days, but this… Awesome! He’s just like Ippo now, but without the well-mannered personality, of course. He struck me as the type of boxer that you really don’t want to fight head-on, but can beat if you outsmart him, especially since he gets angry quite easily.

Also, notice how a lot of the female characters on Hajime no Ippo look alike. This episode made me realize that once and for all. They have a lot of similar features (I think it’s the eyes and cheeks that does it). Ippo could very well like any other girl on the show. It’s basically the same thing. Either way, quite an amusing episode!

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Mar 4, 2014

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Hajime no Ippo: Rising episode 21

Here we go. It’s just as everyone could have predicted. The better boxer, Mamoru, won and there is nothing wrong with his eyes. That thing about him going blind is still haunting me… Why in the hell would they shove that in there?

[HorribleSubs] Hajime no Ippo - Rising - 21 [720p].mkv_snapshot_08.03_[2014.03.03_23.13.40]It was a rough fight and a very simplistic episode that could easily be summarized with only a few words. The guy has conquered two weight classes and is officially the strongest boxer in the world, again. So what if he fought blind for a couple of minutes (due to all of the blood in his eyes)? He knew exactly where to hit thanks to all the hellish training he had to endure.

It was a good episode. Mamoru won his match and Masaru finally got that haircut. I cheered at first and almost died laughing at the end. That’s what I like to see at the end of every match. No idea what they’re going to do next though. There’s a couple of episodes left so I’m guessing that Ippo is going to show us one more good fight.

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Feb 25, 2014

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Hajime no Ippo: Rising episode 20

What is wrong with those Japanese people? Thinking they can mess with my head by saying that Mamoru suffers from detached retina. The man has never been so strong. No way is he going blind! Mamoru for president!

[HorribleSubs] Hajime no Ippo - Rising - 20 [720p].mkv_snapshot_04.44_[2014.02.24_22.37.25]Put all that useless speculation aside and just enjoy as Mamoru teaches that guy the difference between a textbook boxer, someone that has it all, and a real boxer like Mamoru, someone that has something to lose. Mamoru has been swinging like his life depended on it and even I started to think that he might have been going bind.

Mamoru temporarily lost his left eye due to the amount of blood that kept seeping into his eye. He had only his right and he fought splendidly. Detached retina? I don’t think so. A pair of big, rough, steel balls? Obviously. That’s why he’s my favourite character. To hell with Ippo and his whining attitude. All boxers should be like Mamoru.

[HorribleSubs] Hajime no Ippo - Rising - 20 [720p].mkv_snapshot_19.51_[2014.02.24_22.38.05]I’m not going into the specifics, but Mamoru is obviously going to win. He has him right where he wants him and there’s nowhere the current champion can go without Mamoru hunting him down. Besides, Mamoru might as well take it easy and avoid getting hit at this point. It’s a given that he’s way ahead in points and would definitely win the match if it ever came to a judge’s decision. Of course, that’s not Mamoru’s style and he’s definitely looking to end it by knocking his opponent down until he can no longer get up. I’m pretty sure that next week’s episode should wrap things up quite nicely. No point in dragging it out at this point.

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Feb 18, 2014

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Hajime no Ippo: Rising episode 19

The long-awaited match between Mamoru and yet another world champion has finally begun. Mamoru’s match against Brian Hawk was one to remember so I can only hope that this one will be just as good. Too bad that things might not go as I had hoped…

[HorribleSubs] Hajime no Ippo - Rising - 19 [720p].mkv_snapshot_06.34_[2014.02.17_22.06.02]The match starts out quite normally. The well-known Mamoru attacks head-on without even thinking, when suddenly Ichiro starts talking about a possible problem with Mamoru’s right eye. He thinks that Mamoru’s right eye is starting to go blind. There is no way that a god-like human being like Mamoru could ever lose his eyesight like that, right? Come on… His journey cannot end like this. I’m almost completely positive that he’s going to win this match, so why bother me with crap about his right eye not functioning properly anymore? Just because he didn’t dodge Ichiro’s punch that one time? Come on…

[HorribleSubs] Hajime no Ippo - Rising - 19 [720p].mkv_snapshot_19.33_[2014.02.17_22.06.39]Mamoru is fighting like a well-oiled fighting machine. Yes, he’s losing in points, but he is not going down any time soon. He is holding his own against an opponent like David, a guy that’s known throughout the world of being a hardworking champion that wins all his matches by fighting fair and square by keeping his head in the game.

Mamoru is the complete opposite. I don’t think there’s a shred of strategic fighting in Mamoru’s arsenal. He just relies solely on brute strength and managed to clear a path to the top by defeating destroying his opponents with strength and instinct alone. Watch, it may look like Mamoru’s losing right now, but he will come through in the end!

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Feb 10, 2014

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Hajime no Ippo: Rising episode 18

Not a bad episode! Definitely not a bad episode at all. Sure, the next match is what really counts, but I really enjoyed watching this episode. It made me wonder when that long-awaited rematch between Ippo and Ichiro finally begins.

[HorribleSubs] Hajime no Ippo - Rising - 18 [720p].mkv_snapshot_03.33_[2014.02.09_23.28.00]My hands and shoulders are killing me and the thought of having to write two posts today isn’t making me feel any better. That is why I am keeping this post short and simple, just like this match. What I liked the most about this match was Ippo’s reaction. He realized that Ichiro had gotten stronger than he could’ve imagined, so don’t be surprised when Ippo turns it up a notch.

Now, Ichiro is a technical fighter. He uses his speed and a volley of precise blows to take down his opponent. But that is not what got him his win. His opponent was some unknown boxer that that little midget coach hired to defeat Ichiro. He hates Ichiro for taking away that belt when he defeated his beloved fighter during season two if I’m not mistaken. Ichiro will always stand above guys like that!

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