On Wednesday, Kodansha’s K MANGA service announced that Joji Morikawa’s Hajime no Ippo: Fighting Spirit! manga’s first 10 volumes will be available on the online service in English.
New chapters of the manga will be released weekly as well.
🚨GREAT NEWS: 10 VOLUMES of Hajime no Ippo: Fighting Spirit! by Joji Morikawa are now available in the #KMANGA library. It's now the perfect time to jump into the series! Check out Round 1 – 87 here:https://t.co/2SK7AV5gEB
🔥New chapters will come out every week! pic.twitter.com/JOZNPMsm6N
— K MANGA (@KMANGA_KODANSHA) September 26, 2023
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: K MANGA’s Twitter account.