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Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting – Rising Episode #02 Anime Review

Ippo’s strength as an in-fighter is severely tested as Shimabukuro’s hard-packed bulkiness and incredible stamina begin to wear him down. After the bell is rung for the end of the fifth round, Ippo is left battered, bruised, and out of breath, still desperately clinging to the hope that he’ll be able to unleash his game-changing Dempsey Roll in time to turn the tides of the match. In the sixth round, Ippo receives the chance he’s been waiting for, as he forces himself out of a brutal one-sided pummeling and begins to weave in the familiar "figure 8″ pattern of the Dempsey roll. It seems as if he’s made his way out of the ocean depths, until Shimabukuro’s untouchable brute force puts a stop to Ippo’s comeback. Both fighters enter the next round showing major wear-and-tear, and Ippo’s normally devastating punches become weak and ineffective. He begins to fall back on his rote technical know-how just to keep himself on his feet, and somehow the technical perfection of his form gives Shimabukuro pause – he realizes too late that this isn’t the "deep sea" battle he had assumed, but a true fight in the ring with someone who’s a boxer through-and-through. READ MORE...