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INTEREST: Hajime no Ippo's Protagonist Shocks Fans With Announcement in Latest Chapter


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Banken



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:57 am Reply with quote
Professional boxing is a dumb, pointless sport and this is a fitting end to the series IMO.
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Beatdigga



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:27 am Reply with quote
Banken wrote:
Professional boxing is a dumb, pointless sport and this is a fitting end to the series IMO.


This isn’t about ESports. It’s about an actual sport.
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Shradow



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:00 pm Reply with quote
Honestly I'm quite annoyed with how the series has been as of late. Ippo has been confirmed healthy by multiple specialists and he only lost this last fight because he acted like an idiot, it's like all of his fight IQ went out the window just because he was so fixated on the new Dempsey.

He's clearly conflicted with his choice of retirement, and even Kumi is conflicted even though she herself thinks she should be happy. Then there's the whole talk with Ippo's mom about him going on a new adventure. I was actually pretty negative until these past couple of chapters, but I think things are actually more positive.

Otherwise, for how long this has been dragged out, there's an incredible lack of payoff. Ippo just quietly retires after losing to some nobody and that's that? I don't think so. I'm obviously not the author but from how most of the series has been, I don't think this is the kind of series Hajime no Ippo is supposed to be, to end like this.

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BadNewsBlues



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:09 pm Reply with quote
Joa wrote:
I wouldn't really call this "shocking". Ippo said he would retire if he lost another match,


Yeah except this loss followed immediately after his second loss (and right when Ippo was supposed to be debuting a new version of his signature move) that's why reactions to this development have been divisive.

Joa wrote:
and his potential brain damage has been part of the plot for like 200 chapters, so it's not like this came out of nowhere.


Ippo hasn't really displayed the symptoms of having brain damage though the closest the manga has gotten to showing what a boxer with brain damage looks like looks like is with Nekota.

LegitPancake wrote:
Sorry if this is off topic, but could someone explain to me as to why both the manga and anime for this series remain unlicensed in English?


The manga's never been licensed in English likely because

A. It's a sports manga
B. It's an old manga.
C. It has over 1000 chapters across I believe 90 volumes
D. As the anime never caught on there was therefore no demand for the manga.
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Shichiya



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:48 am Reply with quote
There is a possibility he sets up Ippo for a short retirement before he realizes how much boxing to him or set up having Miyata coming back for him to set up 1 last fight; usually for a lot of fighters/boxers they go through that realization period after a lost whether they have it again for another comeback.
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BadNewsBlues



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:27 am Reply with quote
Shichiya wrote:
There is a possibility he sets up Ippo for a short retirement before he realizes how much boxing to him


I legit forget when it was but Ippo already had this realization ages ago.
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manapear



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:17 pm Reply with quote
drscorpio wrote:
manapear wrote:
So Ippo "plans" to retire. It's not like he's retiring right away. Maybe he'll retire after the long awaited match. It could be before though. . .


I cant see any matches coming...

spoiler[If you are reading the current manga, I can only imagine Ippo retiring right away. Ippo's condition has been deteriorating for some time and the last fight pretty much clinched it. There is no way Ippo will be fighting Miyata or Ricardo with how the current story is.]

Ahh. I am a few chapters behind now, probably more than I realized. Yikes, I didn't realize that.

I do feel the same as Ushio though, heh. As depressing as this situation is for Ippo, the series has always been kind of refreshing to me that isn't an (entirely) typical shonen. It's kind of just following what it started with, in that way.
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Xiximaro



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:00 pm Reply with quote
And what if Ippo makes a come back from retirement? Is that something believable, that way he could fight Myata and the Mexican again or not?
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#879644



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:50 pm Reply with quote
https://www.reddit.com/r/hajimenoippo/comments/7tm1by/newish_ippo_interview_24th_jan/

This is a reddit post about a interviewer with george mori who created ippo. It gives you insight that the ippo is not going to perm. retire. Also there is many unresolved plot points in the manga...ippo's new dempsy,miyata, takamura's 6 belt conquest, ippo's quest to understand strength, etc.

I think ippo is going to make a date-style comeback and itagaki is going to stand in ippo's way for the national championship belt, a true test whether he can truly face down a monster like itagaki in his prime and move back into the world stage.
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