George Morikawa’s Hajime no Ippo manga has been running for 30 years now. He launched it in 1989, and it’s still running strong. And with the manga’s 30th anniversary celebrations, Morikawa sat down with a program on Abema TV last March 5. There, the host asked him if whether or not he could possibly run out of material. To this, he replied that he has probably covered only half of his planned story material.
However, Morikawa jokingly said that he doesn’t wanna take another 30 years to go through all that material because that would be troublesome.
In the interview, he also talked about Ippo’s retirement from boxing after suffering “chronic traumatic encephalopathy” (CTE), which is common in boxers, MMA fighters, and Pro Wrestlers. In the story, he now serves as a trainer as opposed to an active fighter.
So, do you guys think Morikawa is just joking? Knowing most mangaka like One Piece’s Eiichiro Oda, they probably have planned their entire series until the ending already, and Morikawa already has a timeline for Ippo…
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source: Abema TV