Monday, December 27, 2010

Manga Nowadays

Recently I'm realized that Manga really important for us, not only for recreational purpose but also for our life. It does really teach us a lot, not a simple matter like everyone thought about.

For example: I'm currently following Hajime no Ippo.

this is a review about what is Hajime no Ippo about:
Ippo Makunochi was a very shy high school student who never had the time to make friends because he was always busy helping his mother run their family fishing charter business. Because he kept to himself, a group of bullies led by Umezawa got into the habit of picking on him. On one particular day these bullies decided to give him a rather serious beating, but a middle-weight professional boxer who was passing by stopped the bullies and took the injured Ippo to the Kamogawa Gym, owned by retired boxer Genji Kamogawa, to treat his wounds. After Ippo awoke to the sounds of boxers training, the boxer who saved him, Mamoru Takamura, tried to cheer Ippo up by letting him vent his frustrations on a sandbag. It was then that they had their first glimpse into Ippo's talent for boxing. After that incident, Ippo started his regular training and began his path in Japan's professional boxing, beginning with two spars against the talented Ichiro Miyata who is the same age as Ippo.
The story focuses heavily on character development, even during the matches something is learned about the fighters. Ippo and his friendly rivalry with Miyata is the main draw in the early part of the series. That later changes to Ippo's path towards the Japanese Featherweight Championship and eventually the world championship. Along the way we are given glimpses into the other side character's pasts, motivations, relationships to others and current boxing trials. A colorful cast of support characters and opponents as well as side stories concerning their path in the boxing world rounds out the series.
(I'm not good at reviewing, so this is taken from wikipedia)

Hajime no Ippo is about a bullied child who eventually up become Japanese champion at boxing, this manga really inspiring for any reader, especially boxer. What actually we can grasp from this manga are:

Life: Need focus, work hard, give it all, work smart, never give up attitude to be success in everything
Ippo: See his hard work and resilient toward achieving his goal to defeat his enemies. When He got a fight this is his attitude.

Life: Do work wholeheartly and never underestimate our job even it's simple.
Ippo: When he fought with his Kouhai, Yamada, we can learn this. The coach advise also said this clearly.

Life: Setting a really high goal, so we can work towards it.
Ippo: When he set Eiji Date for his goal, we can learn this, he said it clearly that we need to set a really high goal for us to growth.

Life: Failure is a the key to success, and we should make that failure into good experience for success, not drown into our failure..
Ippo: His first defeat with Date thought us this, and he teach it to Yamada.

And still many more..

The most important things Ippo thought us is about change,
we can change as long as we want it. It's not a matter of can we change or not, but more like a do we really want that change? If we do really that change then nothing is impossible, Ippo already prove it.
Besides that, this manga really have a lot of motivation into it, but I'm sure that child can't grasp this easily, so I thought at that time, manga is really for a growing teenager and adult. Or for children, they need parents advisory to learn it.
So what your opinion about this guys?

For me, I decided to set a higher goal for next year goal, and work more wholeheartly, and never underestimate a simple task..


  1. I just read few volume can't keep it up anymore >_<,but yes this one is great manga,but i am not really fond this maybe because i don't like sports manga.

  2. I read this manga too ^^ I'm a big fan of boxing and manga, so there's no way I'm not reading Hajime no Ippo LoL
    And you got that right, some Manga are actually teaching us how to live our lifes

  3. @Aya: try to read it, this is really good..

    @h4mster: yep, and lots of motivational too, Ippo really one of a kind, I'm trying to find another manga like this.. hopefully I can list them too..

  4. I don really read manga nowadays lol