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Check-in Station: Hajime no Ippo ch1009 (the road to the world title begins here)

I wouldn’t say it was done easily, but Sendo crushed Ippo in their spar.  Even in terms of mere psychology, it’s huge! I don’t blame the old man for being pissed.  Ippo has to be smarter than that.  Though I found it hilarious how the coach was more pissed that Ippo lost than anything.

The real news is that Ippo is giving up his Japanese title.  It’s the hugest moment of all because he’s leaving national level boxing behind forever.  His sole goal is the World Title.

This opens up things across the board. And gives the mangaka a lot to play with for the story.  Manabu Itagaki is finally free to take that title he could try for because Ippo owned it.  While Ippo is now able to challenge not just pacific league fodder, but actual world class talent.  The kind of talent that unfortunately left him unconscious in a spar…

I wonder what Takamura meant by stating that Ippo had gotten weaker.  He’s as usual worried about something we can’t see.  And considering that he’s a multiple time world champion, not just a buffoon, I think it’s important that someone pays attention to him.

This is a whole world opening up to Ippo now.  Watching are world champions Volg and Takamura, rivals like Miyata and Sendo; and the god-like “super champ”, Ricardo Martinez waiting at the summit.  I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time.  Let’s hurry up and make it official.

#HajimenoIppo ch981: this is the most hypest non-fighting chapter ever! #manga

So it’s finally all lined up!  Ippo’s road to the championship!  It’s a lot shorter than I had imagined.  First then second ranked in the world… and then maybe the first, or even Ricardo himself.  I can’t blame Ippo for being a little – no, a lot of scared (horrible grammar, I know). Last time they even scrimmaged, Ricardo knocked him out on his feet.  And Ippo hasn’t really demolished his competition in a way that impresses anybody on the outside.  So I can understand the need to prove himself a bit.

This Gonzalez guy seems to be a gatekeeper.  Having lost to Ricardo twice, his career is basically over with a third loss, and he’s probably taking a big gamble fighting the seventh ranked, in Ippo.  Then again, he may not even respect Ippo as a boxer and could see this as a way to bide his time until his last shot at Ricardo.

All this information just sorta surprised me, it didn’t shock me.  What shocked me was the stunner that Vorg is the first ranked contender in the division just above Ippo’s.  I knew he was good, but damn!  This likely means that the next big fight we see will be Vorg in his title shot.  Vorg has never been a boring boxer.  Morikawa has given us a hell of a surprise with this one. I suppose the only thing I’m left wanting is to find out what Ippo’s one true rival is doing next.
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DonKangolJones’ Images of the Week: August 1st (It’s all about 7’s & bathhouses.)

Hello everybody! I’ve taken time out of watching women’s gymnastics (don’t ask), women’s volleyball (don’t ask), women’s swimming (don’t ask), and men’s basketball and the Olympics in general to bring back my “images of the week” posts. Since I came back from my hiatus, I’ve had trouble figuring things out. The straight forward part was catching up and finishing shows I was engaged with before I disappeared. I’m generally caught up with Fairy Tail and Gundam AGE. I’ve finished Symphogear (damn fun). And the showmen manga scene doesn’t move very briskly, so I’ve had no trouble keeping up there.

The real trouble comes with the new stuff, and the blog itself. Before I disappeared I had a plan, but right now it’s not so clear. I’ve made my attempts at episodic blogging. And while I enjoyed talking about certain shows up until a point, it’s very hard for me to push out thoughts that aren’t more than moldy unique from what I’ve said the week before on a series (Mouretsu Space Pirates, I blame you). And I. Definitely not the type to push out an editorial post twice a week. So for now, please bear with me as I figure things out. Right now, these special “images of the week” posts are the most comfortable and unique things I can push out. “Viva la Pervy Images of the Week!” Read more…

DonKangolJones’ Images of the Week: March 23rd (Because after Dark Souls I need something to make me feel better.)

Off my ass again to do another images of the week post.  My excuse for the delay this time?  Mass Effect 3 and getting my curb stomped by Dark Souls over and over… and over …and over again.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m making progress, but you can’t play that game without suffering, despair… and a healthy dose of spontaneously cursing because you screwed up, or the game screw you.  So when all is lost, I completely shut down the PS3 & boot up the anime.  Games nowadays have a way of telling you you’ve been playing for too long.  They tell you you need to stop and get out of the house.  You don’t need that with Dark Souls.  Granted you haven’t spiked your controller, you’ll walk away on your own, eventually.  But enough about that.  Anime and  manga, that’s all I’m concerned about right now.  Here are my usual, but hardly consistently weekly anymore, images of the week! Read more…

Check-in Station: Hajime no Ippo ch398 – 900+ (Going the distance)

March 29, 2011 12 comments

Hajime no Ippo isn’t what I’d call one of my core series.   For me, a core series is one that got you started on anime or heavily influenced your tastes and expectations of what the medium had to offer.  Dragonball Z for example is a core series because it is the genesis of my obsession with anime.   Trigun is a core series because it raised my expectations early on as to what a good hearfelt, intense story could bring.  The same applies to Cowboy Bebop.  The difference now is that Hajime no Ippo has come along far too late in my anime viewing life for me to put it in that coveted spot.   But I’m sure if I had gotten a chance to read the manga ten or twelve years ago, it would have been one of the most influential things I’ve ever watched. Read more…

DonKangolJones’ Images of the Week: February 14th (Boobs don’t work that way!)

February 14, 2011 Leave a comment

 

I’m back, and even though I had to take off the previous week for various reasons (corrupted flashdrive again, I swear I’ve learned my lesson this time) and I’m a day late on this post, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy on the anime or manga front. So while you’ve been compiling a list of your favorite romantic moments on your blog, or setting up a romantic candle-lit dinner for your dakimakura, I’ve been hard at work. Let’s get to it. And hopefully after this you can all leave the house/apartment/basement/stuffy dorm and meet someone in the real world. Read more…

DonKangolJones’ Images of the Week: January 30th (Giant Mermaid Win-ness)

January 30, 2011 Leave a comment

 

It’s almost February and I think I’m getting a bit of cabin fever and the winter “BLAHS”.  Couple that with me still being in Madoka Magica mourning, and you’ll see why I’m a bit less than peppy (insert barrel roll joke).  Don’t get me wrong, the anime and manga coming out week to week is excellent.  I just need a splash of sunlight and a good vacation.  Regardless, my mood didn’t affect my enjoyment of the excellent manga and anime I watched this week. Read more…

DonKangolJones’ Images of the Week: January 16th (I apologize.)

January 16, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s a bit of a hodge-podge, but I’ve pieced together my images of the week, my first of the year.  And something has quickly made itself clear to me.  Even though I decided to mostly forgo the Winter 2011 season, at least in the beginning it has shown me that it’s not as easy to ignore or cut and dry as I expected.  Looks like I’m gonna have a harder time juggling my anime than I thought. Read more…

DonKangolJones’ Images of the Week: December 5th (Big and Black; Long and Hard)

December 5, 2010 1 comment

And by that title I mean it has been a long and hard week of watching anime.  Lots of crying (from the characters in shows, not me), and panting, and beating, and farewells.  Everything I watched and read seemed to be really intense and trying its best, with very few failures.  The only real failure of mine was not watching OreImo.   I just couldn’t do it.  As much as I enjoy the supporting (and in this case I mean that quite literally) characters, Kirino sucks most any enthusiasm I have for the show right out of me.  I just can’t seem to bring myself to sit down and deal with her.  With that out of the way, time to move to the week in Japanese illustrated NERD. Read more…

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