Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it will add the Hajime no Ippo - Mashiba vs. Kimura original video anime (OVA) and the 76th episode of the original Hajime no Ippo anime to its service on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. EDT in the U.S. and Canada.
Neither the OVA nor the anime's 76th episode had been previously available in the U.S. and Canada. The 76th episode originally premiered on the final DVD for the original television anime series.
Crunchyroll is also streaming the original Hajime no Ippo anime, the Hajime no Ippo - Champion Road television special, and the Hajime no Ippo Rising anime.
The company describes the series:
IPPO Makunouchi's gentle spirit and lack of confidence make him an easy target for the bullies at his high school. Rescued from a beating by Takamura, a professional boxer, IPPO aspires to learn the art of boxing, and attempts to join the Kamogawa Boxing Club. But, to find his fighter's spirit, IPPO must first spar with Miyata, an extraordinarily talented and skilled boxer. Can IPPO even survive the first round?!
Discotek licensed the series and is releasing it on Blu-ray Disc.
George Morikawa's Hajime no Ippo boxing manga inspired a television anime adaptation in 2000, followed by the Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger sequel in 2009 and the Hajime no Ippo Rising sequel in 2013. The series also inspired the Hajime no Ippo - Champion Road special and the Hajime no Ippo - Mashiba vs. Kimura original video anime in 2003. Geneon Entertainment released the first television anime season on DVD in North America before the company ceased operations in 2007.
Source: Crunchyroll (Humberto Saabedra)