Ring ni Kakero

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Ring ni Kakero
Ring ni Kakero vol 1 reprint.jpg
Cover of the first manga volume (reprint)
リングにかけろ
(Ringu ni Kakero)
Genre Sports (boxing)
Manga
Written by Masami Kurumada
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump
Original run 19771981
Volumes 25
Manga
Ring ni Kakero 2
Written by Masami Kurumada
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Super Jump
Original run 20002009
Volumes 26
Anime television series
Ring ni Kakero 1
Directed by Toshiaki Komura (Season 1)
Yukio Kaizawa (Season 2)
Hiroshi Ikehata (Season 3–4)
Hidehito Ueda (Season 5–6)
Produced by Hedwig Schleck (Season 1)
Atsushi Kido (Season 2)
Shōsuke Okada (Season 3)
Yoshihide Moriyama (Season 4)
Written by Yōsuke Kuroda
Music by Susumu Ueda (Season 1–4)
Seiji Yokoyama (Season 5–6)
Studio Toei Animation
Network TV Asahi (Seasons 1–2)
Animax (Seasons 3–6)
Original run October 6, 2004June 12, 2011
Next run:
Spring 2017 – ongoing
Episodes 48 (36 aired)

Ring ni Kakero (Japanese: リングにかけろ Hepburn: Ringu ni Kakero?), or Put It All in the Ring, is a manga created by Masami Kurumada. A total of 25 volumes were published in Weekly Shōnen Jump between 1977 and 1981. It is one of the magazine's best-selling manga series of all time, with over 13 million copies sold its first publication.[1][2]

About[edit]

Story[edit]

The story centers around the life of a young boxer named Ryuuji Takane and his sister Kiku, who is his coach. Ryuuji and his sister both inherited their father's talent for boxing with Ryuuji inheriting his strength and techniques while Kiku picked up his talent for analysis and strategy. In the past, their father was a famous boxer. Ryuuji and Kiku went away from home to train and become famous in order to help their lonely mother. On the way to stardom, they have to defeat the strongest challengers all over the world.

In Ring ni Kakero 1, the characters are briefly introduced, telling the story from the moment Ryuuji and Jun Kenzaki (his eternal challenger and supposedly best friend) fight for the National Boxing Title and having both achieved stardom. Ryuuji's sister then tells the story from the beginning which starts from when Ryuuji is the finalist in a local youth championship and had to compete against Kenzaki, the latter winning after an almost tie and K.O. one-to-one fight.

Afterwards, most of the series tells about Ryuuji being the successor of Kenzaki (as the latter was terribly injured and almost crippled), who competes in the Japan National Boxing Championship, where he encounters strong and deadly opponents, including Ishimatsu Katori (a comic relief, but also a strong fighter), Takeshi Kawai (who specializes in the upper jab technique; he is also a pianist and also likes to cheat) and Kazuki Shinatora (who specializes in the Rolling Thunder technique; he is a former kendo practitioner, who retired when he challenged his father due to his cruel training).

It should be noted that other opponents make cameo appearances, such as the USA (Black Shaft) and France (Napoleón Bara) Champions. Also Führer Skörpion had an appearance, who ordered a fellow member of the Boxing Team to "follow" (i.e.: spy on) Kenzaki and Ryuuji, as possible threats to the World Championship.

Later on, the Jr. Japan team facing Black Shaft's team was adapted into an anime. Ryuji, Jun, Katori, Kazuki, and Takeshi represented Japan. Black Shaft had no intention of taking Japan seriously in a boxing match so he recruits Mick, leader of the Great Angels New York Branch (originally the Hells Angels in the manga), a deathrow inmate Monster Jail, Miss Charnel, a mysterious woman boxing champion known for her unhealthy obsession with her own beauty that knows no bounds (even in the ring) as well as that in which she savors reducing the "pretty" faces of any opponent she faces in the ring into mush, along with hypnotic powers that she casts upon her opponents to leave them as sitting ducks for her attacks and high-speed punches and fancy footwork, and N.B. Forrest, also known as the emperor of the south and a Ku Klux Klan member (in the manga). The second season ends with The Shadow clan, formed by a boxer who used the sweet science as an assassination art, aiming after Team Japan.

The main techniques of Ryuuji are his Left-Right Jabs, his stubborn courage (similar to that of Seiya when fighting and never giving up) and his special technique, the "Boomerang Hook" and "Boomerang Thelios". Ryuuji and Kawai were the finalists of the tournament.[2]

History[edit]

27 years after the first chapter debuted, the manga was finally adapted into an anime series by Toei Animation which premiered October 6, 2004 and was broadcast on TV Asahi. This covered the first story arc of the manga. Since Ring ni Kakero 2 was being serialized in Super Jump at this time, the anime was titled "Ring ni Kakero 1" in order to distinguish it from the more current manga (the original manga was later republished under the anime title).

After B't X, Kurumada created Ring ni Kakero 2, which was published in Super Jump (a seinen magazine). Ring ni Kakero 2 tells the story of Kiku and Jun's son, Rindo Kenzaki who is now raised by Katori Ishimatsu after losing both of his parents.[3]

This series has a lot in common with Saint Seiya (which appeared nine years later, in 1986), with astonishing combat techniques, references to Greek Mythology, and characters with similar physical and personality traits. Ring ni Kakero is generally considered the manga that originally "made" style Shōnen Jump.

Characters[edit]

Ryuuji Takane (高嶺 竜児, Takane Ryūji?)
Voiced by: Masakazu Morita
The main character of the series, Ryuuji is a fierce and spirited young man who is trained in boxing techniques by his older sister Kiku. He has strong skill in basic techniques like jabs and one-twos. His special attacks include the Boomerang Hook and Boomerang Telios.
Kiku Takane (高嶺 菊, Takane Kiku?)
Voiced by: Rie Tanaka
Jun Kenzaki (剣崎 順, Kenzaki Jun?)
Voiced by: Ryōtarō Okiayu
Ishimatsu Katori (香取 石松, Katori Ishimatsu?)
Voiced by: Takeshi Kusao
Kazuki Shinatora (志那虎 一城, Shinatora Kazuki?)
Voiced by: Hideo Ishikawa
Takeshi Kawai (河井 武士, Kawai Takeshi?)
Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya
Futaba Shinatora (志那虎 二葉, Shinatora Futaba?)
Voiced by: Fumiko Inoue
Takako Kawai (河井 貴子, Kawai Takako?)
Voiced by: Mami Kingetsu
Catherine (キャサリン, Kyasarin?)
Voiced by: Mai Aizawa
Black Shaft (ブラック・シャフト, Burakku Shafuto?)
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu
Führer Skörpion (フューラー・スコルピオン, Fyūrā Skorupion?)
Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa
Krüger Helga (クリューガー・ヘルガ, Kuryūgā Heruga?)
Voiced by: Hiro Yuki
Napoléon Valois (ナポレオーン・バロア, Naporeōn Baroa?)
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa
Don Juliano (ドン・ジュリアーノ, Don Juriāno?)
Voiced by: Takaya Kuroda
Shadow Jhung (影道 殉 (シャドー・ジューン), Shadō Jūn?)
Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai

Media[edit]

Video game[edit]

Manga[edit]

Ring ni Kakero is a manga of 25 volumes realized between 1977 and 1981 by Masami Kurumada. After B't X, Kurumada created Ring ni Kakero 2, which was published in Super Jump, a seinen magazine. Ring ni Kakero 2 tells the story of Kiku and Jun's son, Rindo Kenzaki, who is raised by Katori Ishimatsu after losing both of his parents. The manga ended in 2009 after 26 volumes. Two manga about boxing, but also on the full of human feelings, the secret techniques, is mysterious stories.

Anime[edit]

27 years after the first chapter debuted, the manga was finally adapted into an anime series by Toei Animation. The series premiered October 6, 2004 and was broadcast on TV Asahi. It covered the first story arc of the manga. Since Ring ni Kakero 2 was being serialized in Super Jump at the time, the anime was titled Ring ni Kakero 1 to distinguish it from the more current manga (the original manga was later republished under the anime title). A total of 36 episodes were made, published in format DVD for the world market.[4]

Season 1: Carnival Champion arc (2004)[edit]

Season No. Series No. Title Original air date
01 01 "Youth that Shines"
"Kagayakeru seishun" (輝ける青春) 
October 6, 2004
(double episode premiere)
02 02 "Goodbye, Golden Fist"
"Saraba, ougon no ude" (さらば黄金の腕) 
October 6, 2004
(double episode premiere)
03 03 "Its Name is Boomerang"
"Sono na wa Buumeran" (その名はブーメラン) 
October 13, 2004
04 04 "Champion Carnival Begins"
"Chanpion Kaanibaru kaimaku" (チャンピオンカーニバル開幕) 
October 20, 2004
05 05 "Roar! Boomerang Hook"
"Unare! Buumeran Fukku" (唸れ!ブーメランフック) 
October 27, 2004
06 06 "Rolling Thunder"
"Rooringu Sandaa" (ローリングサンダー) 
November 3, 2004
07 07 "Tomorrow"
"Ashita" (あした) 
November 10, 2004
08 08 "The Man's Determination"
"Otoko no iji" (男の意地) 
November 17, 2004
09 09 "The Thunder & The Boomerang"
"Inazuma to Buumeran" (稲妻とブーメラン) 
November 24, 2004
10 10 "Gong of Fate"
"Unmei no Gongu" (運命のゴング) 
December 1, 2004
11 11 "Navigation to Victory"
"Shouri e no koukai" (勝利への航海) 
December 8, 2004
12 12 "Formation! Golden Japan Jr."
"Kessei ! Ougon no Nihon Jr." (結成!黄金の日本Jr.) 
December 15, 2004

Season 2: The Pacific War arc (2006)[edit]

Season No. Series No. Title Original air date
01 13 "Start! Golden Japan Jr."
"Shidou! Ougon no Nihon Jr." (始動!黄金の日本Jr.) 
April 6, 2006
02 14 "Under the Flag of the Oath"
"Chikai no Hata no Motode" (誓いの旗のもとで) 
April 13, 2006
03 15 "Taking the Field! Fighting Champion"
"Shutsujin! Kenka Champion" (出陣! ケンカチャンピオン) 
April 20, 2006
04 16 "Logding One's Soul into the Fist"
"Tamashi wo Kobushi ni Yadoshite" (魂を拳に宿して) 
April 27, 2006
05 17 "Pierce Through the Storm!"
"Arashi wo Tsukiyabure!" (嵐を突き破れ!) 
May 4, 2006
06 18 "Temptation! The Demon's Eyes"
"Yuuwaku! Mamono no me" (誘惑! 魔性の目) 
May 11, 2006
07 19 "Run Up the Musical Scale!"
"Onkai wo Kakenobare!" (音階を駆けのぼれ!) 
May 18, 2006
08 20 "Natural Born Madness"
"Nachuraru Boun Madonesu" (ナチュラルボーンマッドネス) 
May 25, 2006
09 21 "Fierce Tiger, Go Wild"
"Mouko, Araburu" (猛虎、荒ぶる) 
June 1, 2006
10 22 "Superstar"
"Suupaastaa" (スーパースター) 
June 8, 2006
11 23 "Black Flash"
"Kuroi Senkou" (黒い閃光) 
June 15, 2006
12 24 "...And So the Boy Flies to the World"
"Soshite Shounen wa Sekai e to Habataku" (そして少年は世界へと羽ばたく) 
June 22, 2006

Season 3: Shadow arc (2010)[edit]

Season No. Series No. Title Original air date
01 25 "The Shadow Clan"
"Shadou Ichizoku" (影道一族) 
April 2, 2010
02 26 "The Tower of Shadow"
"Kage no Tou" (影道の塔) 
April 2, 2010
03 27 "Gathered Again! Golden Japan Jr."
"Saishuuketsu! Ougon no Nippon Jr." (再集結!黄金の日本Jr.) 
May 7, 2010
04 28 "Bloody Fight! Thousand Miles' Slope"
"Kessen! Senri Kyuuryou" (血戦!千里丘陵) 
May 7, 2010
05 29 "The Leader Appears"
"Sousui Toujou" (総帥登場) 
June 4, 2010
06 30 "Farewell Shadow"
"Saraba Shadou" (血戦!千里丘陵) 
June 4, 2010

Season 4: World Tournament arc (2011)[edit]

Season No. Series No. Title Original air date
01 31 "Its Name is Square"
"Sono na wa Square"" (その名はスクエアー!) 
April 10, 2011[5]
02 32 "The Grand France"
"Kareinaru Furansu" (華麗なるフランス) 
April 10, 2011[5]
03 33 "Vollkommenheit"
"Forukomenhaito" (フォルコメンハイト) 
May 15, 2011[6]
04 34 "Hero vs. Genius"
"Eiyū vs. Tensai" (英雄VS天才) 
May 15, 2011[6]
05 35 "The Flag of Oath"
"Chikai no Hata" (誓いの旗) 
June 12, 2011[7]
06 36 "Farewell, Golden Japan Jr."
"Saraba Ōgon no Nippon Jr." (さらば黄金の日本Jr.) 
June 12, 2011[7]

Season 5: Twelve Gods arc (2017)[edit]

Season No. Series No. Title Original air date
01―06 37―42 "TBA"   Spring 2017

Season 6: Asura arc (2017)[edit]

Season No. Series No. Title Original air date
01―06 43―48 "TBA"   Fall 2017

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Top Manga Properties in 2008 - Rankings and Circulation Data". Comipress. 2008-12-31. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  2. ^ a b http://kurumadapro.com/works/list.php?select=002
  3. ^ http://www.kurumadapro.jp/e-kinkyou2007b.htm
  4. ^ http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/rin-kake1/
  5. ^ a b リングにかけろ1 世界大会編 (in Japanese). Web Newtype. Archived from the original on May 4, 2011. Retrieved May 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b リングにかけろ1 世界大会編 (in Japanese). Web Newtype. Archived from the original on May 12, 2011. Retrieved May 12, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b リングにかけろ1 世界大会編 (in Japanese). Web Newtype. Archived from the original on June 10, 2011. Retrieved June 10, 2011.