Hajime no Ippo: Rising episode 08
This looks way too familiar. I can’t even count the amount of episodes I’ve seen where Ippo was training yet again for his next match. I dare say that I’ve seen more episodes of them training than fighting. Maybe…
It really brings back memories to see Ippo so worked up. He himself picked a very nasty opponents, which actually reminds me of a similar character, Brian Hawk, a former world champion before Mamoru took away his belt. Ippo will have to make do with a character that seems to think he’s some kind of badass killer.
I’m kind of surprised when they focussed on Ippo’s signature move, the Dempsey Roll. I already know that the key to that particular move is that the punches come from a blind angle. Opponents often don’t see them coming before it’s too late, which only makes that move scarier. That’s really all there is to it; building up momentum to deliver punches from favourable angles.
It was also nice to see yet another blast from the past, Alexander Volg, a young boxer that Ippo defeated during his days in the rookie tournament. He’s back, he’s mean and he’s probably going to dominate soon enough. I actually read the manga up to this point, so I have no idea what’s going to happen from here on out. I simply refused to read any further because I knew a third season was coming sooner or later.
I’m guessing that we have another two episodes to go before Ippo’s match. I say that loosely because this season has sure is fast-paced. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ippo starts his fight during the next episode. Also, I feel as though he’s still going to us the Dempsey Roll. He knows it’s beatable and that people, including his next opponent, know how, but he can be pretty stubborn when he wants to.