Hajime no Ippo ~ George Morikawa
Was wondering if there was any other fans of Hajime no Ippo around these boards. It might better be known as Fighting Spirit as that is what Geneon called it when they released it here.
The story is about a boy named Ippo who is saved from a group of bullies one afternoon by a boxer named Takamura. Takamura takes Ippo to the Kamogawa gym to help bandage up his injuries. Letting the injured Ippo take out some agression on the sandbag the owner takes an interest in Ippo's raw natural talent. Its not long after Ippo decides to train to become a boxer.
The manga is really good at focusing on character development. You get to see a glimpse of the life story and motivations of not just the main characters, but a lot of the other boxers Ippo and them face.
The anime covers the first 34 or so volumes of the manga and the manga is still going strong at 80 volumes and 780 chapters currently out.