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Fighting Spirit, otherwise known as Hajime No Ippo or Victorious
Boxers on the PS2, Is a series that doesn't have the greatest dub and
the animation isn't the greatest, looking like
it was done during the 90's when Tenchi Muyo and DBZ were being
run on Japanese TV, however in reality it was done during the 2002-2003
season. For reference Naruto, Ghost and the shell: SAC, and Getbackers
aired during that same season.You would think it would of had similar
production values considering that it was a long running manga.
While those negatives mentioned above might turn most off, its the
storytelling and soundtrack that managed to captivate me completely.
The dub even grows on you after awhile. The boxing scenes get you
involved and excited
even though you know Ippo most likely will never lose a match, they
detail the opponents motivation and personal character in several
episodes leading up to the
fight as well as Ippo's struggle to prepare for them. So you end up
liking not only Ippo but his opponent as well most of the time, at the
very least you understand why
his opponent is willing to put it all on the line in the first place.
This is quality storytelling, folks!
The show is a series
that doesn't look good if you choose to judge it by its cover but if
watch a few episodes you'll be surprised at what you find. It clocks in
at 75 episodes and a movie, as well as a second series currently airing
in Japan. Give this one a chance and it will hook you, pun intended.
Its positives completely
outweigh its negatives, its truly a rough around the edges gem.
If your remotely into sports anime or shounen style series at all, give this one a look.