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If anyone has read or watched Hajime no Ippo, you know that there are some significantly strong rivals that Ippo had to face. Miyata, Sendo, Vorg, and Mashiba are among a few.
One of the seniors of the Kamogawa gym, a junior light weight (AKA: Super feather weight), Kimura Tatsuya had a rough school life with his pal Aoki and was inspired to train in boxing. Within this sport, this “ex-thug” also had to face challenges unlike before.
The OVA “Kimura vs Mashiba: Execution” (はじめの一歩 間柴vs木村 死刑執行) is beautiful in and out. You would do yourself a disservice if you don’t watch this after the first TV series. Despite being a veteran, Kimura Tatsuya is a total human being. You wouldn’t see him much as a competent boxer considering the spotlight has been on Ippo. Also, Kimura and Aoki has had risen through the ranks. When Kimura realized that he had to fight Mashiba,, he had insecurities and started comparing himself to Miyata and Ippo, well-known fighters. Not to mention, Mashiba is quite known for being terrifying, and sending boxers into retirement.
The OVA also teaches you that you can have ups and downs, and you can teach yourself new tricks.
The C.V of Kimura is FUJIWARA KEIJI, who has been on a rather long hiatus for medical reasons, and has finally returned. I am quite happy as I was floored by his Kimura. I’m quite glad actually, since he plays a lot of goofy and rough guys, but there’s a complete concept of humanity within Kimura that can be praised, different from Fujiwara’s Leorio, ACDC (Esedesi), Holland (Who is great too), Axel and Reno, etc.
Hajime No Ippo has an ensemble cast of characters, many men of different backgrounds and personalities. I recommend it even though I am not a boxing fan.
Hiroshi, take it easy. Don’t hop back in too quickly.