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Hajime no Ippo

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Hajime no Ippo is a coming of age story about a weakling maturing into one of the best boxers in Japan. Hajime no Ippo doesn’t really do anything new to the sports anime formula, Ippo discovers boxing one day and then trains hard until he becomes one of the best boxers in Japan. However it outshines all its lesser versions because of its exceptional script. It makes all the other fights feel as though it were the first because it always has something new to offer. This anime will give you a healthy dose of laugh and cry through its comedy and character development. Also when watching this I found myself not knowing who to root for because both characters are deserving of a vicory and since each one has some kind of tragic back story or reason for fighting. Even the most bad and sinister of characters end up being pretty likeable. Its one of the rare animes that inspire me to step outside and train my ass off. I cant recommend it highly enough.

Genre: Comedy, Action, Sports, Coming of age

Main Characters

images13Takamura Mamoru – Is the deuteragonist in the show. His influence on the story rivals those of coach Kamogawa’s and Miyata Ichirou’s ; all three inspire Ippo to continue boxing. Takamura is the middle son of the famous Takamura Development company. Despite his family having impressive wealth he lives off his own earnings as a boxer. He was first discovered by coach Kamogawa beating up a number of thugs, the coach sees this as senseless fighting until Takamura shows him a world class punch and hence was recruited to the gym. After being body checked by the coach we learn that Takamura possesses natural athletic ability and quickly becoming the Japanese champion. He is the reason why Ippo started boxing. The strongest character in the anime and is looked up unto by everyone in coach Kamogawa’s boxing gym.

imagesMakunouchi Ippo – Ippo is the son of a deceased fisherman and is currently living with his mom helping with the family business. As a child Ippo would wait at the dock believing in his fathers promise that he would never again leave both him and his mother. Ippo was somehow able to satisfy himself when he finds the cap his father wears during the departure. Ippo is very shy, kind and obedient but also stubborn and strong willed. Ippo was constantly bullied in school. While being tormented by Umezawa and his gang he was saved by Takamura. After that chance encounter he began to take up boxing in order to find out what it means to be strong.

imagesKimura Tatsuya – Kimura and Aoki have been best friends since kindergarten. In high school they began brawling and causing so much trouble with students from rival schools namely North High which ultimately led to their expulsions. Kimura was most affected by this because he has worried and disappointed his mother. One day the pair attacked North Highs Takamura and lost miserably. Seeing Takamura’s strength as a boxer inspired them to also take up boxing and become strong. Eventually they earned their pro licenses and became passionate about boxing. They now look up to Takamura.

imagesAoki Masaru – Best friend of Kimura since kindergarten. Together they would pick fights and wreak havoc until they attack Mamoru Takamura in an arcade and got themselves beaten up. They vowed revenge and after several failed attempts they found themselves in a boxing gym where they find Takamura. There they trained in boxing with a single goal in mind, to defeat Takamura. After winning their individual debut matches the two realized that Takamura was no longer just their goal but their inspiration and idol as well. Is known for a comical style of fighting, such as his special move the frog punch.

images15Kamogawa Genji – is the coach of the KBG. He was a former boxer himself. Kamogawa’s full introduction is given when Ippo joins the gym, and it is revealed throughout their partnership that he seeks to raise a world champion whose boxing is principled on fighting spirit, not just talent or skill. He is repeatedly proud of Takamura and Ippo, though he rarely expresses it, but it is Ippo he regards as his “last son”. He has gained the full trust of his boxers.

images17Yagi Haruhiko – Is the manager of the KBG. His job consists of publicity and match booking also takes part in managing the finances, selling merchandise, and occasionally even assists with the training now and then.

imagesMiyata Ichirou – A boxing prodigy who inherited his fathers style at a young age. With his natural talent, Miyata had assumed he obtain the world championship easily but after losing to Ippo(who only trained for three months) in their second spar, Miyata began to view Ippo as a rival and set him as his goal.

Eyeshield 21

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Eyeshield 21 is a sports anime about American Football. The story focuses on a wimpy high school kid named Sena, he has been running errands for bullies all his life and because of this he has unknowingly gained incredible speed. As a freshman in Daimon high he joins the high school football team as a manager after being asked by Kurita a big guy with a lot of heart. A run in with the bullies forced Sena to use his speed to run away. The captain of the football team Hiruma sees this and recruits him as the teams running back under the alias of eyeshield 21 to prevent other teams from scouting him. And so the three man squad start their journey towards the Christmas bowl. The main story of eyeshield 21 is nothing special but the cast of characters make this anime one worth watching. You’ve got the devil himself for a quarterback, the kind hearted fat guy who has nothing but pure power , the catching magic who looks like a monkey for a wide receiver, the guy who looks twice his age for a kicker. Whats not to like about this. Heck, even the supporting characters are memorable as ever. Even if you’re not a sports fan you should give this anime a try.

 

Genre: Shonen, Drama, Comedy, Sports, Coming of age

Attack on Titan

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Here is another great anime that i enjoyed watching. It has a good and compelling storyline, great soundtracks and awesome action scenes. Too bad there are only 25 episodes, there hasn’t been any¬†confirmation of a second season yet. So you’ll have to read the manga or patiently wait for the second season to come out. Another thing that i like about AoT is that it doesn’t have any plot armor for most of its characters. The only characters that surely wont die are the 3 main. Anyone of the major characters can unexpectedly die, this makes the story exciting and unpredictable. Very cool anime highly recommended.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Sypnosis

Several hundred years ago, the humans have encountered a new enemy the “Titans”. The titans have pushed humanity to the brink of extinction. The remaining survivors built extremely high walls to protect themselves from the Titans and for 100 years they lived in peace. Until one day a colossal titan appears and destroys the outer walls allowing the other titans to get in, resulting in a massacre. One of the victims was Eren’s mother who was eaten alive. Eren escapes and vows to wipe the earth clean of Titan.

Characters

I will only talk about the 3 main characters because there are a lot, there also might be spoilers if i talk about all of them.

imagesEren yeager – Main protagonist of the anime. Only son of Grisha and Kaluga yeager. Adoptive brother of Mikasa Ackerman. He possesses extreme amount of hate towards the Titans after seeing his mother beheaded and devoured by one, he joins and trains in the army with his childhood friends Mikasa and Armin and swears to wipe out the all the titans.

imagesMikasa Ackerman РMain female protagonist of the series. She is Goddess of awesome and winning. A prodigy soldier,  never seems to lose her cool no matter how bleak or hopeless the situation, graduated in the academy with the highest marks. She suffers only from few scratches no matter how dire the situation is while everyone loses their heads, limbs and get devoured.  She has strong feelings towards Eren and is very protective of him to the point where she would kill and hold grudges to anyone who would endanger his life.

imagesArmin Arlert – A childhood friend of Eren’s. Wishes to see and explore the world outside the walls. Has a very low opinion of himself and thinks hes useless because of constant bullying when he was a child due to his weak body. He starts to see his worth when he shows of his tactical ability in battle. He would rather die than be a burden to his comrades.