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Ring ni Kakero
(Ringu ni Kakero)
Genre Sports, Boxing, Martial Arts
Ring ni Kakero 1
Author Masami Kurumada
Publisher Shueisha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump
Original run 19771981
Volumes 25
Ring ni Kakero 2
Author Masami Kurumada
Publisher Shueisha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Super Jump
Original run 20002009
Volumes 26
TV anime
Ring ni Kakero 1 - Chapter I: Carnival Champion Hen
Director Yukio Kaizawa
Writer Yōsuke Kuroda
Studio Toei Animation
Network TV Asahi
Original run October 6, 2004December 15, 2004
Episodes 12
TV anime
Ring ni Kakero 1 - Chapter II: Nichibei Kessen Hen
Director Yukio Kaizawa
Writer Yōsuke Kuroda
Studio Toei Animation
Network TV Asahi
Original run April 6, 2006June 12, 2006
Episodes 12
TV anime
Ring ni Kakero 1 - Chapter III: Ankoku ~Shadow~ Hen[1]
Director Toshiaki Komura
Writer Osamu Dezaki
Studio Toei Animation, TMS
Network TV Asahi
Original run 2010 – ongoing
Episodes Unknown
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Ring ni Kakero (リングにかけろ Ringu ni Kakero ?), or Put It All in The Ring, is a manga created by Masami Kurumada, and was published in Weekly Shōnen Jump between 1977 and 1981. 25 volumes were published.




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 01, 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 United States (Black Shaft) and France (Napoleón Baroa) Champions. Also Führer Skorpion 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. Ryuuji, Jun, Ishimatsu, 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 Shadow Clan capture Kiku, in an attempt to provoke them to find out their current skills. Ryuuji goes off and fights quite a few members and is able to save. The Jr. Japan Team then fight off against the 5 strongest of the Shadow Clan who is led by Jun's older brother, Shadow Jun. Shadow Jun then fights off against Ryuuji, which ends in a draw(As Jun wasn't concerned with fighting his older brother). Shadow Jun becomes a recurring character later in the manga.

Continuing in the manga, Jr. Japan Team enter the Jr. World Tournament to get a shot at the current world champions, Team Greece. The first opponents are Jr. Italy Team, led by Don Juliano who rules the Mafia. Secondly, they fight Jr. Face Team led by Napoleón Baroa. Then at last, they fight against the Jr. Germany Team led Führer Skorpion and his assistant Helga who are able to reflect their opponent's attacks back at them. Surprisingly, Ryuuji doesn't fight the last match, as Kenzaki unleashes his Galatica Phantom against Fuhrer Skorpion.

After winning the World Championship, Jr. Japan Team then takes on the Best Team in the world, Team Greece led by Apollon. Then the 12 olympic gods of Greece then are out to fight Team Japan, but not before afew of the leaders of the other teams of the world join them. Team Japan is then joined by Napoléon Barona, Führer Skorpion, Krüger Helga, and Shadow Juhn. The leader of The gods is Zeus, who helps Team Japan take on the organization known as Asura, whom temporarily Kawai becomes one of them.

After Asura is defeated, members of Team Japan retire to where Kenzaki pursues a Pro Boxing Career and is able to considering he is a year older than Ryuuji and one must be 17 to be able to enter. Kenzaki fights the current world champion, Jesus J. Christ who uses the strongest technique in the World, "Neo-Bible". But before this match happens, Kenzaki is confronted by Katori on the way to the title fight, whom is enraged considering Kenzaki was acting distant toward Kiku as of late. Kenzaki manages to come out on top, but thanks Katori for giving him his fighting spirit. Despite his injuries, Kenzaki manages to come out on top against Jesus Christ.

Ryuuji enters the pro ring, and then after a year of successful title defenses, Kenzaki issues out a challenge to Ryuuji to end their rivalry. The fight results in a brutal death match, to where Ryuuji manages to defeat Kenzaki but during this match, Ryuuji and Kenzaki's bodies were to their very limit that could cost them their life. After Ryuuji wins, he falls over unable to stand. But considering, Kenzaki and Kiku were to get married on that same day (With Kiku wearing her mother's wedding dress) and wanting to show Kiku the victor, Kenzaki helps Ryuuji over to the Church where Kiku was waiting. But when they arrive, Ryuuji is unable to stand and falls over to his sister's arms. The rest of Team Japan and Shadow Juhn rush to the church, but then find Ryuuji lying down...dead with a smile and the very title he won on his waste... next to both Kenzaki and Kiku who proudly smile at him. The ending was a tribute to the ending of Ashita no Joe.

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 techniques: "Boomerang Hook", "Double Boomerang", "Boomerang Square" and "Boomerang Helios". Ryuuji and Kawai were the finalists of the tournament.


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 is currently 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. Kurumada is thinking of ending it this year.[2]


Ryuuji Takane (高嶺 竜児, Takane Ryūji ?)
Voiced by: Masakazu Morita
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 Skorpion (フューラー・スコルピオン, Fyūrā Skorupion ?)
Voiced by: Ryō Horikawa
Krüger Helga (クリューガー・ヘルガ, Kuryūgā Heruga ?)
Voiced by: Hiro Yuki
Napoléon Baroa (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 Juhn (影道 殉 (シャドー・ジューン), Shadō Jūn ?)
Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai


  1. ^ Ring ni Kakero 1 - Chapter III: Ankoku ~Shadow~ Hen at Anime News Network
  2. ^ http://www.kurumadapro.jp/e-kinkyou2007b.htm

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