There are times where you have to admit defeat. It’s ultimately fitting that, for the first time in 18 months (or since One Piece), that I am stopping myself from watching an entire anime series before crossing it off. I gave both New Challenger and Rising seasons a good go each -I really did – enough was enough.
Back when I watched the 75 episodes of the original season of Hajime no Ippo aI remarked that I wished that I had interspersed it with some lighter anime. It was a decent enough series but it was a real slog at times. Still, as part of it you got to see a good story of a guy go from awkward school boy/fisherman to a potentially world class boxer. This arc and the interjected humour really helped me to keep going.
Thing is… Ippo’s pretty much there at the beginning of season two. He is ultimately shown not to be world class during a sparring match, because obviously they need material to prolong the manga/anime, and so the training cycle begins anew and we watch seemingly more matches of his compatriots than we did previously.
So not only was this missing the arc that kept me going previously but the role of Ippo himself really seems to have been reduced (especially in the third series). It became a real chore to watch these so, because life’s too short, I stopped after I’d watched 15 episodes between the two series. I know that isn’t even halfway, but by this point I’ve seen 90 episodes of the franchise – so I’m happy enough to mark this franchise as done. If a fourth season comes along I’ll have to re-evaluate, but until then… bye bye Ippo.