Friday, February 15, 2013

Hajime no Ippo: 1

The anime has ended for a while now, but the manga is still continuing the story, and right now, the focus is on Volg, the boxer from Russia. He's my favorite character in all of Hajime no Ippo. He isn't the fastest, nor is he the strongest. He isn't flashy, and he doesn't get a lot of spotlight. However, as person, he's amazing. He's kind-hearted and doesn't get angry much. Throughout the series, he fights in countries away from home. As such, he has to prove himself to everyone, and the latest chapters are no different. He fights the WBC World Champion Mike Elliot. However, he is there only as a replacement challenger because the scheduled fighter injures himself while training. Because of that, Volg only has one week to train and goes into the fight unprepared.

Once again, Volg gets into another fight where he is the foreigner and has to overcome the odds. In Japan he loses to Sendo due to the officials being biased against him because he is Russian. In America, he faces the same obstacle. Despite giving it his all, he is still faced with disadvantages. This time, after nailing a destructive right, the ref deliberately counts slowly and even helps Mike to stabilize himself. Even though it seems like Volg always gets the unfair disadvantages, he still presses on because he knows he has to go through whatever comes his way to get to where he wants to be. In other words, Volg is strong.

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