Hajime No Ippo Author Reveals His Next Manga’s Idea!

George Morikawa then revealed that a while ago, he was practicing drawing chipmunks for his next manga

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Hajime No Ippo: The Fighting

On Thursday, Hajime no Ippo manga’s author George Morikawa tweeted his plans for a new project after the conclusion of his manga.

In the tweet, Morikawa talks about how he was surprised by his deteriorated skills in drawing chipmunks.

George Morikawa then revealed that a while ago, he was practicing drawing chipmunks for his next manga after the conclusion of his current manga.

However, when he pitched the idea to his editor, he was met with disappointment.

Morikawa also took time to talk about his experience with his pet chipmunks named Joeichiro and Rumi.

After drawing a chipmunk for the first time in a while, I was surprised at how bad I had become.

I practiced a lot because I wanted to draw a chipmunk manga once the serialization of ‘Hajime no Ippo’ ended.

However, when I showed the storyboard to my editor, their expression clearly said, ‘That’s not what we want,’ which made me sad.

The chipmunks I lived with, Joeichiro and Rumi, lived for 8 and 14 years, respectively. They were so cute. I already miss them.

Morikawa launched the Hajime no Ippo manga in 1989, and has only worked on this manga throughout his career.

The manga received an anime adaptation in 2000, followed by a sequel in 2009, titled Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger, and Hajime n Ippo Rising in 2013.

Hajime no Ippo – Champion Road special and Hajime no Ippo – Mashiba vs Kimura, two OVAs were made in 2003 as well.

Geneon Entertainment released the first anime season on DVD in North America.

Discotek licensed the first anime and is releasing the series on Blu-ray Disc. Crunchyroll is currently streaming the original adaptation and Hajime no Ippo Rising as well.

The manga received its first stage play adaptation in 2020 as well.

Kodansha has been releasing the manga digitally since 2021. The first 110 volumes of the manga are currently available on Kodansha’s Magazine Pocket website.

K MANGA describes Hajime no Ippo: Fighting Spirit as:

What does it feel like to be strong? That’s the question on the mind of Ippo Makunouchi, a clumsy high-school kid who gets bullied a lot.

But when he runs into pro boxer Mamoru Takamura, it isn’t long before the dynamite in his fists is unleashed!

Dreaming of joining Takamura in the pro ranks, Ippo joins him at the Kamogawa Boxing Gym—and there his quest for true strength begins, in and out of the ring!

Source: Twitter