1/23/09

Hajime no Ippo: Now With More Yaoi

The new season of Hajime no Ippo began airing this month on NTV. Because of classes and work I didn't get a chance to watch it until this past Wednesday. For any of you who are lost, Hajime no Ippo is a sports anime focused on boxing. Although I would love to claim it as the best sports anime ever, the only other sports based anime I've seen is The Prince of Tennis and saying it's better than The Prince of Tennis isn't saying much because everything is better than The Prince of Tennis (*hears horrified gasps from fangirls*). But, really and truly, it's awesome and I'd recommend it to anyone.

For those of you who have been following Hajime no Ippo, you know of Ippo's gigantic fanboy crush on Miyata. For a while I ignored the yaoiness of the situation, until I started reading the manga and it was as if the creator was just begging people to slash these two. Below is one of my favorite Ippo fanboy moments. He gets angry when Sendo goes upside Miyata's head.
Dude, Ippo didn't even react that way when bully's talked trash about his mom! But oh, touch his idol and IT IS ON! So, yeah, funny, ha-ha, and cute cause, gosh, he really likes this guy. Still, I don't slash.

Then I watch New Challenger and Ippo looks like this just because Kimura says he's going to spar with Miyata:
And then when the guys question him about his devotion to Miyata he looks like this and states:
Okay, first, that image, lol. I know I'm not the only one with a dirty mind here! You know that looks like something naughty is about to happen. Second, forget fanboy, Ippo, you are a complete and total fangirl. The blush! The fingers! The lip! You have all the physical symptoms of a fangirl. You're even hated by others for your freaky love:
But oh, the the fangirling doesn't stop there. While Kimura's out kicking Miyata's butt, Ippo begins to walk home but stops for a moment to reminisce about...his boxing career? No, because his boxing career is not even half as important as Miyata:
And I could go on and on, but all this Miyata lovin' got me wondering as to why there doesn't seem to be a female following for such a yaoilicious show. The only thing I can figure is females are turned off by the art style (and I will admit I'm not a fan myself) or they really do prefer pretty boy types to beefy, muscular guys (I know they do). But give Ippo a chance. You'll enjoy it, I promise. And here, a showering Miyata to entice you:
Wheee, this was a fun, meaningless entry XD. But, hey, it's Friday! Anyway, If you're interested in anything Ippo related here's the link to its wiki page. This will take you to its page on One Manga if you want to read the 840+ chapter series. But if you're interested in the anime I'd recommend purchasing the dvd's. Right Stuf is currently selling the individual volumes for 5 dollars a pop, which is a steal when you compare it to the collections they're also selling for 72 dollars each.

Btw, check out the opening for the new season. I absolutely adore it. What do you think?

4 comments:

Poko said...

Haha I know what you mean by female following! I also agree that they probably don't like the muscles as much as the slip pretty boys lol. Personally though, I'm all for both XD Anywho, funny entry! Ippo's such a cutie pie!

BlackGargie said...

LOL! And I thought I was the only one who actually noticed the thing btwn Ippo and Miyata~! XD

Karpy said...

Even though there are times where i've seen some Hajime No Ippo Episode with him looking like hes yaoi I dont ever want to believe it. it will completely trash my view on the anime

kerbann said...

lolol this is common among girls to have no choice but to yaoi the cute guys together.

Because by default there are no female characters for us to ship, and if there is just one, she becomes difficult for us to relate to being there's this gender placement issue in our minds.

Same if a man starts to watch something like K-On, he prefers the females alone, than a random dude there.