Hajime no Ippo: Mashiba vs Kimura

Title:Hajime no Ippo: Mashiba vs Kimura
Hajime no Ippo - Mashiba vs Kimura
Hajime no Ippo: Extra Round
はじめの一歩 間柴vs木村 死刑執行
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Notables: Animation - Madhouse
TANAKA Masahiko
After five years as a pro boxer, Kimura finally earns a shot at the Junior Lightweight Title against the fearsome Mashiba. Knowing his chances of winning the title are slim, Kimura puts his career as a boxer on the line to win the title.

61min OVA episode.
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Rent 9 8 8 7 8 Ggultra2764 [series:1976#1552]
Kimura is the main focus of this OAV as he bets his boxing career on gaining the Junior Lightweight Title from Mashiba. The usual elements of Hajime no Ippo are found in this series with character focus, training sessions, and the mindsets of the boxers as they clash in the ring. These elements are still as solid as always for this OAV as it even retains the improved animation present from the Takamura OAV and the movie. Compared to main characters like Mashiba and Takamura though, Kimura just didn't seem to interest me as much with the pressures he felt before and during his match. With the pressures Mashiba had, I thought there could have been more focus on his character as he seemed more interesting to get to know.

Despite not being as interested in the character involved, I still enjoyed this OAV. It still retains all the elements that made the TV series worth watching and is still worth a watch from Hajime no Ippo fans.

Last updated Saturday, October 18 2008. Created Saturday, October 18 2008.

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