Hajime no ippo (2000) s01e23 Episode Script

The Other Semi-Final

Love of Shooting Star is sending you A flash of light, yeah! With eternal dreams Let's roll and go Without thinking anything I'm just living in the Now What keeps me going is A street song I want to dive lost mind, I want to dive lost mind (I want to immerse myself in my dream till I can't think of anything else) I want feeling, I want feeling, always (That's how I want to feel all the time) I want to dive lost mind, I want to dive lost mind (I want to immerse myself in my dream till I can't think of anything else) Why, why, why, why? I want to dive feeling over (I don't know why, but I want to keep feeling passionate) Love of Shooting Star is sending you A flash of light, yeah! With eternal dreams Let's roll and go Whoa, he's down! Hayami is down! The referee waves his arms! The match will not continue! The fight is over! I I did it.
I won.
All right! Oh, it's morning.
Fishing Boat Rental MAKUNOUCHI Ippo Makunouchi I still can't believe that I beat Hayami-san I still can't believe that I beat Hayami-san I finally got to the final match of the Eastern Japan Rookie Championship Tournament! To Ippo: I'm off to work.
Eat whatever you want for breakfast.
Do as the Chief told you and use today to get some rest, huh? Come to think of it, I haven't rested at all recently.
Now that I'm lying down, I feel the aching all over I guess this is what they call "accumulated damage" I'm gonna do as everybody says and take it easy today Still, I'm amazed I beat them Ozuma-san Kobashi-san and Hayami-san No! I have to shut off my brain and get some rest today! Oh, man! I feel so restless when I'm staying still! It's all right to do light exercise, right? Hey! A man who's after the world championship can't get knackered by something like this! At least let me rest a little, you sadist! If you don't knock it off, I'll die! Stop whining! That idiot! I told him to rest! Come on, old man! Stop wasting time! Get moving! What?! You were whining like a girl a second ago! Shut up! I ended up doing my usual roadwork Habits are scary! But at least I feel calmer now I'll forget about boxing and think about something else She's there! Oh, well! Takamura-san and the others aren't anywhere near here, right?! I wouldn't want them to see me Welcome! She's cute every single time I see her! She's looking this way! S- She's still looking! What could it be? What could it be?! I've already picked out buns What should I do? I have to go to the register or I can't pay for them! - I'll take th-these.
- I'll take th-these.
- Um Wow! Uh, well I'm sort of a boxer, so Oh, I thought so.
Huh? I thought that might be the case.
You have bandages on your face a lot.
Oh, really? Is it fun? I was wondering if boxing was fun.
Um Well, it's painful sometimes, but I think it's fun, yes.
That's true! You do it because it's fun, right? I'm sure it's hard work, but please give it your best! S-Sure! "Please give it your best!" That girl is so cute! Although I'm sure she's Miyata-kun's fan.
Huh? But she didn't look too happy when he won the last match.
She isn't his fan? That would mean I have a chance! Maybe she'll come see one of my fights.
I have to make it a match that I won't be ashamed of! A match I can be proud of.
I reached the final one step ahead of him but I have to work hard to give him a fight that won't disappoint him.
I'm gonna drop by the gym.
How about you? Excuse me.
Sorry we're late.
- H-Hey - What's this? Hey, Mashiba.
Hey is within the weight limit.
is also within the weight limit.
Well, I'm heading home now, Dad.
Huh? Hey, go say hi to him.
Don't forget your manners.
Uh, right.
What a heartwarming father-son scene.
Are you gonna run to Daddy for comfort when you lose? Comfort from a second-class boxer, who failed to become a champion.
Check this out! Don't be so hasty.
We'll settle this tomorrow.
The Next Day The Next Day This is a large crowd.
How do you feel now? This is a large crowd.
How do you feel now? Well, I feel as nervous as if I were fighting in this match.
Eastern Japan Rookie Championship Tournament Featherweight Semi-final Match.
Ichiro Miyata (Kawahara Gym) Vs.
Ryo Mashiba (Toho Gym) Both Miyata and Mashiba were full of pep at the weigh-in.
Really? Oh, it's her! I knew it She's Miyata-kun's fan.
Ippo! Get over here! R-Right! Room D - Have you got the ice? - Yes, we're all ready.
You're cold.
What happened to your warm-up? Oh, right.
Mashiba is a tough opponent, so I'm sure you feel the pressure, but Sort of.
I'm feeling twice the usual pressure.
But not because of Mashiba.
I was thinking about him.
He came through perfectly on the promise that I forced him to make.
He's an amazing guy.
This time, I have to live up to his expectations.
Not bad.
Room B Just ignore him.
Uh, right.
He's about to fight a match, but he's just standing there.
He's kind of depressing to look at, huh? Oops.
It's time.
What's wrong? Normally, you never get nervous.
I was lost in thought for a moment.
I wonder what cooking method would preserve his natural flavor? Finally, the Eastern Japan Rookie Championship Tournament Semi-Final is about to begin! In the Red Corner, weighing Ichiro Miyata! In the Blue Corner, weighing 125 and a half pounds from Toho Gym Ryo Mashiba! It's finally time! Hey! Chill out a little.
The entire audience is quietly waiting for the opening bell.
You're right.
This is a showdown between two first-class, solid punchers.
Solid punchers? Boxers like you, who knock down their opponents with heavy blows are called hard-punchers.
Boxers who knock down their opponents with sharp and timely blows are called solid punchers.
Wow.
Miyata and Mashiba are both the type who slice in a split second.
The audience is bracing themselves so they won't miss the moment it happens.
A split second What's your prediction of the outcome? Naturally, I want Miyata-kun to win! I mean, I think he'll win.
I'm for Miyata, too.
He's slightly above Mashiba on every front, including speed and technique.
But we can't be optimistic! Mashiba has height on his side.
How will Miyata cope with those long-reaching flicker jabs? Mashiba has 177 cm to Miyata's 172 cm.
Mashiba's reach is also 10 cm wider.
There's that much difference? How far can Miyata's speed overcome the handicap of reach? This match is very intriguing.
Miyata-kun.
Now, both sides are testing the water.
They make tiny feints, maintaining their rhythms.
Who will take the initiative? The distance gradually diminishes.
Miyata breaks the ice! Amazing! It's like they sliced each other as they passed.
Miyata's right-hand grazed Mashiba's cheek but there is no damage! Bastard! So, Miyata barely has the upper hand.
His speed has become even slicker.
It'd take a move from hell to catch him the way he's fighting.
His footwork is brilliant, but I'm more impressed by how calmly he deals with Mashiba-san's fast swing.
I believe one of Miyata's strengths is his cleverness.
His ability to target counterpunches and powers of concentration are extraordinary.
Mess with him haphazardly, and he'll punch back with accuracy.
As amazing as Mashiba-san is, he has no way of fighting back.
But considering his personality I don't think he'll wait to see how his opponent takes the initiative.
Hitman style! Now it's getting interesting.
He uses that motion to confuse his opponent, and then The flicker! Good going! He swayed around it! Mashiba's jab scores a clean hit! So, it extends from there, too! He's throwing them from so far away! His punch is so long and fast, it's confusing Miyata.
This time, Miyata is stumped.
You can't box from that far away.
Come here! You took me a little off-guard, but you shouldn't have made that barrage.
Now I know your range and angles.
Now he's assuming the hitman style! And his right arm is in front.
It's southpaw! This is an insult.
Shoulder-block! Too slow! Mashiba is down! A counterpunch! Bang-on! He's strong! Go to your neutral corner! He got him with an amazing counterpunch! I missed it.
What was that?! One! Two! Hey, hey.
Is it over so soon? - Three! - I'm surprised.
So, Miyata was using the hitman style to use the shoulder-block.
He also calculated exactly when to throw a counterpunch.
Mashiba's middle is defenseless because of his long arms.
But that's not something you can easily put into practice.
He blocked those fast flicker jabs.
That proves his eyesight is way above average.
His reflexes and eyesight are amazing! His boxing level is way too high! Stand up! This is no time to kneel! Six! Seven! Can you continue? Of course I can! All right, box! The final blow! The bell rings mercilessly, ending the first round! What a time for the bell to ring! That first round was breathtaking! Three minutes went by in the blink of an eye! That was so close.
Yeah.
But I'm sure he's retaining a lot of the damage.
I'll knock him down in the next round.
Be careful.
He might have something else waiting if you go in too quickly.
He'll probably fight like mad.
OK.
Damn! Good job getting up! Listen, use your legs in the second round.
He's a precision timing genius.
If you trade punches, he'll let you have a counterpunch for sure.
Keep your distance until the damage is gone! Hey, are you listening? I've left it up to you until now but Miyata isn't the kind of opponent you can beat by yourself.
Round Two is about to start! This is the important round.
Naturally, Miyata will focus on knocking him down.
How will Mashiba try to escape? Mashiba leaps at him! What?! How stubborn is this guy?! He didn't try to escape, he suddenly launched an attack on Miyata! Ichiro, go around him! Don't get cornered! Hey, they're gonna to duke it out! I won't let damaged goods beat me in a fist fight! If I back down now he'll laugh at me! Mashiba is the more powerful of the two.
Damn! Miyata has out-hit him! What's wrong, Mashiba?! Use your legs, you idiot! You can't beat him by surprise! Miyata has also built up his power.
Yes, and he can easily switch from up to down! Miyata-kun has mastered infighting combinations, and That's right.
To do it that smoothly, he must have practiced it a lot in order to fight a certain somebody.
What? You should be thankful.
I have mixed feelings on that.
- Go for it, Miyata! - You can get him! Damn! I won't lose to a spoiled brat like you! He still has some power left.
But I'm afraid I have to finish this.
I need to get to the next round! Miyata rushes him! Mashiba's guard is gradually getting looser! He's waiting for me.
Mashiba is hobbling! At the top! Awesome! It's over! That cinches it.
Your wimpy punch had no effect.
Get real! Why would I get hit by one of those roundhouses? You bastard! I can't lose! No matter who I'm up against! I can't afford to lose! He's open for a counterpunch! - This is bad! - He took one right in the face! Miyata-kun! Ichiro! Mashiba rushes Miyata! Miyata can't get away! He's being pulverized! He's down! Mashiba, stop! Stop it, Mashiba! Mashiba! Mashiba! Go back to your neutral corner! - One! - This is explosive! - Two! - Mashiba catches Miyata in a barrage! - Three! - Can Miyata stand?! Four! Five! Reflecting on Today That's coming to an end I try to search for what I can do I might have thought too hard If I can tell myself, "I'll be fine" That would be the first step A paper plane is flying away Hopefully it will make it to Tomorrow Forever, forever, forever, forever I'll keep believing That's why, forever, forever, forever, forever It will keep flying Hungry.
A longing in the heart for victory just like a person dying of thirst longs for water.
The spirit that refuses to fall, no matter how many hits are taken.
A boxer always bears a heavy burden of reasons to win.
That's why he stands up.
That's why he challenges.
The fight is no longer physical, it's a fight inside the mind! The next episode is "To The Promised Place"