Hajime No Ippo will be returning to our screens for Season 4! Masataka Mori is the author of the series. Mori has written and created some of the biggest and most popular Japanese Manga series. Hajime No Ippo was first published in the Weekly Shonen Magazine in October 1989. As of June 2021, the series has completed a whopping 131 tanks on issues.
In 2021, it became the 8th longest-running anime series in Japan, with over 1300 episodes. In the same year, it was officially confirmed that the series would be released digitally for the first time. These updates regarding Hajime No Ippo have had fans speculating that a season 4 may be on its way.
The series was taken under the banner of Madhouse productions, which released a 76-episode anime version of the popular manga. Nippon TV broadcasted the anime between October 2000 and March 2003. A second part of the series aired from January to June in 2009, named Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger. The third season, Hajime no Ippo: Rising, was aired between October 2013 and March 2014.
Hajime No Ippo Season 4 Cast
There has been no official statement regarding the exact voice cast for the upcoming season. According to sources, the original voice cast will be returning for the new season. The voice of Makunouchi Ippo is Kohei Kiyasu. Koyama Rikiya, Fujiwara Keiji, Utsumi Kenji, Takagi Wataru, and Tamara Yukari also make up a vital part of the main cast.
Similar to the previous installments, we expect the characters for the upcoming season to remain the same. Fans believe that Mamoru Takamura will make a comeback in season 4. Further, we hope Masaru Aoki to return as well. Fans will also be able to see multiple new characters added to the anime. Manabu Itagaki, Haruhiko Yagi, Tatsuya Kimura, Genji Kamogawa, Tomoyuki Shinoda, and Takamura Mamoru are some of the characters fans can expect to see in the upcoming installment.
Hajime No Ippo Season 4 Release Date
After a long hiatus, the creators have officially confirmed that Hajime no Ippo will be returning for the 4th season. However, there has been no further update regarding when or how the anime will be released. Experts believe that the anime series will be available for streaming sometime around late 2022 or early 2023.
Given the show’s popularity, the stakes are very high, and it is crucial that the team lives up to the standards of the previous seasons. Keeping this in mind, it is not surprising that the series takes this long to release. Better to make the audience wait and deliver a masterpiece than rush through the process and remove average content.
Hajime No Ippo Season 4 Storyline
The series revolves around the life of a young quiet high schooler, Ippo Makunouchi. Makunouchi lives with his mother and helps manage the fishing charter business. He is often bullied in school and outside because of this.
Once while bullies were beating him up, a professional boxer intervened and saved him. He then took Makunouchi to the Kamogawa Gym to give him an outlet to release his anger. While the young boy was releasing his frustration onto the sandbag, the boxers at the gym saw his potential. That is how Ippo started his journey towards professional boxing.
The series then follows Makunouchi’s journey toward becoming a professional boxer. A central theme of the series discusses healthy rivalry with your opponents. As the anime progresses and Makunouchi faces new opponents, we see parts of his and his opponents’ backstory unfold. We see glimpses of their motivation, struggles, and relations with those around them. The series gives an immense amount of dimension to its characters throughout its episodes.
Fans of the Hajime no Ippo manga can predict what direction the 4th season will head towards. Although there has been no official announcement regarding the plot of season 4, experts believe that it will further unfold Ippo’s story. The young talented boxer will face new, more vigorous opponents, and we will see how each opponent shapes their character throughout the show.
While it is confirmed that season 4 will be released, there has been no official release date. As a result, there are no updates regarding the trailer for the series. Fans can, however, expect a trailer to release soon since we expect the upcoming sequel to be available for streaming around the end of 2022.