On Friday, the official Twitter account for George Morikawa’s Hajime no Ippo boxing manga announced that the manga has reached over 100 million copies in circulation.
The manga’s 138th compiled volume was released on the same day.
— 『はじめの一歩』担当 (@hajimenoippo100) July 13, 2023
The cover illustration of the 138th volume of the manga pays homage to the manga’s first volume.
The first volume was published in Japan in February 1990.
Furthermore, the manga’s commemorative illustration for reaching the 100 million sales milestone will be published in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Magazine 33rd issue on Wednesday.
Morikawa also expressed his gratitude to the fans and stated that the manga is “halfway through” the story.
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.
Source: Hajime no Ippo manga‘s Twitter account.