The third season of the long-running series Hajime no Ippo has been announced to be titled Hajime no Ippo: Rising, with the first two seasons to be streamed free from NTV.
The series that first aired in October of 2000, based on George Morikawa’s manga of the same name, will see another season air this fall under the title Hajime no Ippo: Rising. The first two seasons of the show has garnered critical acclaim and has obtained an 8.87 and 8.77 on myanimelist.net for Hajime no Ippo and Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger, respectively. The third season is scheduled to air this October and NTV has offered to stream both seasons (101 episodes in total) for free from August 3rd to September.
Synopsis of first season:
(Makunouchi Ippo has been bullied his entire life. Constantly running errands and being beaten up by his classmates, Ippo has always dreamed of changing himself, but never has the passion to act upon it. One day, in the midst of yet another bullying, Ippo is saved by Takamura Mamoru, who happens to be a boxer. Ippo faints from his injuries and is brought to the Kamogawa boxing gym to recover. As he regains consciousness, he is awed and amazed at his new surroundings in the gym, though lacks confidence to attempt anything. Takamura places a photo of Ippo’s classmate on a punching bag and forces him to punch it. It is only then that Ippo feels something stir inside him and eventually asks Takamura to train him in boxing. Thinking that Ippo does not have what it takes, Takamura gives him a task deemed impossible and gives him a one week time limit. With a sudden desire to get stronger, for himself and his hard working mother, Ippo trains relentlessly to accomplish the task within the time limit. Thus Ippo’s journey to the top of the boxing world begins.)