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Shijou Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi

Shijou Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi

Alternative Titles

English: KenIchi: The Mightiest Disciple
Synonyms: History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi
Japanese: 史上最強の弟子 ケンイチ

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 50
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 2006 to Sep 30, 2007
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 8.301 (scored by 53792 users)
Ranked: #2102
Popularity: #316
Members: 88,855
Favorites: 1,905
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

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Synopsis

"Weak Legs" Kenichi Shirahama would rather spend his time reading self improvement books than fighting. However, when he finally works up the courage to become strong and join his school's karate club, he is coerced into fighting a bullying upperclassman who is intent on getting him kicked out of the club. He is about to give it all up until he falls for his mysterious new classmate, Miu Furinji. In order to face this challenge, he undergoes rigorous training at the dojo she lives at, Ryouzanpaku. Some initial training by the masters there allow him to defeat his upperclassman, however his fighting prowess brings him to the attention of the powerful gang of delinquents, Ragnarok. Wishing to protect the things he loves and determined to have the strength to face the increasing adversity, he must learn various martial arts from the dojo's resident masters, taking Karate, Muay Thai, Ju Jitsu and Chinese Martial Arts and combining them to create his own fighting style!

Related Anime

Adaptation: Shijou Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi
Sequel: Shijou Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi OVA

Characters & Voice Actors

Furinji, Miu
Furinji, Miu
Main
Kawakami, Tomoko
Japanese
Kawakami, Tomoko
Savage, Carrie
English
Savage, Carrie
...
Shirahama, Kenichi
Shirahama, Kenichi
Main
Seki, Tomokazu
Japanese
Seki, Tomokazu
Grelle, Josh
English
Grelle, Josh
Loki
Loki
Supporting
Willingham, Travis
English
Willingham, Travis
Fujiwara, Keiji
Japanese
Fujiwara, Keiji
Touchuumaru
Touchuumaru
Supporting
Noto, Mamiko
Japanese
Noto, Mamiko
Cason, Chris
English
Cason, Chris

Staff

Harp, Clarine
Producer
Cook, Justin
Producer
Kamegaki, Hajime
Director
Yamauchi, Shigeyasu
Episode Director, Storyboard



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Aug 30, 2008
ZeroSumJ1
If you're looking for something engaging, with thrilling action sequences and a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat at the end of every episode, then go ahead and skip this anime. It's the ultimate definition of a mediocre anime. I had to force my way through every episode. The hero of the story is not likable, and the character Niijima is the equivalent of Jar-Jar Binks in Episode 1. Actually, I take that back because I hated Jar-Jar less. The boob jokes get old, and the action sequences are weak. You can find SO much better. If you want to read more
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Oct 3, 2013
Darynlxm
I was going to wait until I reached the end of the series to write a review, however this anime has finally worn away my tolerance.

In short, skip it.

For a longer explanation; Kenichi is a moron. He is stupid, gullible and doesn't actually seem to grow as a character. Every time he is taught (or supposedly learns) a lesson he reverts back to his original self, he's dull and easily suckered.

Miu appears to be a complete ditz with a total lack of social skills, yet is a martial arts master. She's only there in the story to be fan fodder, as apparent read more
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Jan 2, 2009
shadowcat2323
This is the crappiest of all crapfests ever. Imagine your least favorite anime. Now imagine if it had footage of your favorite pet dying. In slow motion. In the OP & ED. History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi is worse.

Story- 2: Kenichi has the most stereotypical shonen premise I've ever seen. A wimpy young schoolboy wishes he was good at fighting but he isn't. Luckily, he meets a busty schoolgirl who (surprise!) lives at an amazing dojo that takes him on as their disciple. This plot was only barely interesting the first time I saw it, however everything about it seems ripped directly from a better and/or read more
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Oct 3, 2007
VK11
You are a person who loves fighting anime and is looking for something with epic battles and intense rivalries. Or you are someone who is looking for a good laugh and an entertaining anime that will last you for awhile. Or, you are somebody who is simply looking for an amazing anime that has all the right pieces that make it extraordinary. If any of those above scenarios fit you, simply put, Shijou Saikyou No Deshi Kenichi (History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi) is a must-watch anime for you to pick up on.

The story, although simple at heart, becomes more complex at the surface read more
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Recommendations

Hajime no Ippo and Kenichi are very similar, mostly by looking at the main characters. Makunouchi is a weakling, Kenichi is a weakling. However, they both train hard and become stronger in order to achieve their goals. Makounouchi wants to know what it means to be "strong", and Kenichi wants to become stronger to protect his friends from harm.
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Both series seem to have a similar type of the main character: a good-natured boy who used to be a loser and then, through difficult training, he starts getting stronger and gets new friends on the way. In both animes the main character and his friends go through series of battles, increasingly more difficult, and their defeated rivals later become their allies and come to help.
Same type of story. Main character is a weakling that joins a school that has fighting clubs and gangs that like to test out the new freshmen to see how strong they are. Main character gets picked on and joins a dojo to get stronger. He ends up getting hunted down by the local gang and has to protect him self. Full of comedy just like Tenjou Tenge.
Both anime are centered on the same type of main character. They both follow the rise of completely unassuming characters from being cowardly and non athletic, to strong leads. Both are very good at showing the mental trials that one goes through while they develop while keeping it light and humorous. It would be very easy to say that if you liked one of these two, you will definitely like the other.
Same type of "leveling-up" occurs for the characters. Kenichi and Naruto are definitely similar in that there's martial arts, and both main characters start off basically sucking. Kenichi is much shorter though, so you'll be able to enjoy a feature filled show without all the fillers.
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Similar comedy action. Both focus on nakama and friendship. Kenichi has more fan service though.

Opening Theme

#1: "Be Strong" by Kana Yazumi (eps 01-25, 50)
#2: "Yahoo~" by Miho Morikawa, Akira Asakura (eps 26-49)

Ending Theme

#1: "Kimi ga iru kara" by Issei Eguchi (eps 01-15)
#2: "Catch Your Dream" by Koike Joanna (eps 16-25)
#3: "RunOver" by Koike Joanna (eps 26-45)
#4: "Kokoro Kara no Message" by Sakura (eps 46-49)
#5: "Be Strong" by Kana Yazumi (ep 50)
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