Fighting Spirit, known in Japan as The First Step is a boxing manga and anime series created by Jo_ji 'George' Morikawa which is serialized by Kodansha in Weekly Sho_nen Magazine. The plot follows the story of highschool student Makunouchi Ippo, as he begins his career in boxing and over time obtains many titles and defeats various opponents. The manga has been running since 1989 and spans 100 tank__bon so far. A 76-episode anime adaption titled Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting! was produced by Madhouse, Nippon Television and VAP, directed by Satoshi Nishimura and ran on the Nippon Television Network from October 2000 to March 2002. One OVA and a movie were also produced. At the end of 2003 the anime was licensed in North America by Geneon.
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