Hajime no Ippo: Rising episode 03
It’s time for drugs Hajime no Ippo! Did you know that Hajime no Ippo’s great success is partially thanks to these kinds of episodes? Episodes about the characters training and fighting are great, but episodes like these that make you laugh like there’s no tomorrow helped this show a lot.
I have actually been looking forward to this episode. It was so funny and ever so important. The start was curial; Ippo is badly injured and tired from his last fight against the sea’s biggest idiot. That’s when the girls, Ippo’s three most dedicated fangirls, show up to help him in any way possible. They passed the first barrier, which would be Ippo’s mother and friend, and proceeded to his bedroom where hell basically broke loose. Fights about who takes care of him and who the best girlfriend would be. It was quite the embarrassing fight that led to one obvious conclusion; all three, not just Kumi, look at him as a potential boyfriend.
The second part goes to Masaru and his superb ability to mess up his training. Those scenes where he was too thin or too fat were hilarious. I don’t think that guy has ever had serious match. It’s always been one big comedy whenever he’s involved, which is also why he’s one of my most favourite characters on the show.
On a more serious note; Masaru is about to fight in a title match. He, understandably, sees this as his last chance and wants to win no matter what the cost. He’s getting older every day and chances like these don’t come by very often for guys like him. The real question is; could someone whose ultimate attack is known as “the frog punch” really be worthy of a champion belt? I’m not sure…