Hajime no Ippo is a 2000 Japanese anime series based on the manga written by George Morikawa. The first 75-episode anime season, produced by Madhouse, Nippon Television and VAP and directed by Satoshi Nishimura, aired on Nippon TV between October 4, 2000, and March 27, 2002. The episodes were collected into twenty-five DVDs released by VAP from March 16, 2001 to March 21, 2003. The last DVD includes a special episode which did not air in Japan, numbered 76. A television film titled Hajime no Ippo: Champion Road aired on April 18, 2003. An original video animation (OVA) titled Hajime no Ippo Mashiba vs. Kimura was released on September 5, 2003.
Mashiba arrived to the Ryōgoku Kokugikan to watch Ippo fight in his eighth JBC featherweight title defence match against Hisato Kojima, who talked trash about his opponents, including Mashiba. Outside the venue, Mashiba and Kumi came across Saeki, Date, Okita, and Sendō. The five boxers got into an argument until they were stopped by Kumi, who screamed at them to stop. Mashiba was annoyed as he sat with Kumi due to the seat next to them having Sendō, Saeki, Date, and Okita cheering for ippo as he entered the ring. Mashiba watched as Ippo won by a one punch knockout in the first round. Okita asked Mashiba if he would go down from a punch by a boxer who is two weight classes higher like Kojima was to Ippo. Mashiba got irritated and claimed he wouldn't from someone like Kojima. As the main event began, Mashiba watched Takamura in his fourth WBC middleweight title defence match against Peter Rabbitson, where it ended in Takamura winning by a one punch knock out in the final twelfth round.
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