English: KenIchi: The Mightiest Disciple
Synonyms: History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi
Japanese: 史上最強の弟子 ケンイチ
Oct 7, 2006 to Sep 30, 2007
25 min. per ep.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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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!
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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)
shit. i don't even know why i'm writing this but i'm going through benzo withdrawals and other stuff and as long as i write something i feel like my anxiety eases up a little bit.
the first time i watched this anime was about 4-5 years ago, when i was 16-17 years old. at the time i thought "huehue awesome, underdog, can relate, omg cool fighting scenes" when watching it and would have most likely given it a 9/10.
just about a month ago i rewatched this anime and part of me regrets it but at the same time it's kind of fun to laugh at how retarded you used to be and crush your angsty teen dreams.
the first thing that hit me about the series as a whole is that any sane, rational adult should be able to see that kenichi is the bad guy.
let me break it down to you: (spoiler warnings)
1. kenichi has a childhood friend
2. they play and get toy badges from a vending machine
3. kenichi trades his friends badge for a girls badge (the main heroine)
4. his friend now wants that badge that he traded, and rightfully so since he was literally the one who bought it.
5. kenichi insists on keeping the badge and goes as far as to beat his friend up, and then even pouring salt on his friends wounded pride by letting him have it. in other words the situation is basically the same as if i would randomly go out in the street, snatch the phone of any random stranger, then beat him up just to give it back to him later.
6. odin (the childhood friend) was obviously traumatized by this experience, so he sets out to get his revenge, and rightfully so. he even states that he wants kenichi to realize that his naive sense of justice will hurt people, and wants to stop him to save others from having to experience the same trauma that he himself went through, in other words he does not only act for revenge but also partly for altruistic reasons.
and then kenichi's outsidership is as overblown as in naruto, we never actually get to see any flashbacks from his upbringing where he was bullied, and we don't really even see him get bullied at all. all we get to know is that people basically called him "weak" and that he didn't have any friends.
kenichi is in other words extremely delusional and subconsciously uses his naive sense of justice to justify beating people up to "blow off steam" from his oh so tragic childhood that we know nothing about.
the ending scene is also extremely rushed and just generally feels braindead.
kenichi: "omg i'm so sad that my childhood friend is gone again"
his grandmaster: "eh fuck that guy, look over there, you have friends already so why care about him"
kenichi: "makes sense, now i'm genki genki again"
that is all i really have to say about this show, to sum it up, if you want some cool action scenes and training montages and you are below the age of 18, then by all means give it a try.
this is all written very hastily but idgaf right now. sue me. read more
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 by her breasts and skimpy outfits.
Many of these characters appear to be high school students, yet are drawn to look like 30 year olds who never got past the 9th Grade.
A lot of the masters Kenichi trains under start out fairly interesting but quickly fall into space-fillers. As masters, and people in general, they are terrible. There is almost no positive reinforcement of Kenichi's training and he is constantly belittled. The Drunk, The Samurai, The Pervert, Wise-man, etc. All fall into a category that adds nothing to the story.
The series focuses heavily on cliche's, sexism, tropes and stereotypes to move it supposed "plot" along. Kenichi and several girls in the series constantly talk about how women CANT do this and CANT do that because they are clearly weaker than men and that will never change. Kenichi himself wont fight a girl because he has "principles" and its "not right", despite the fact that these people have proven they're strong and have challenged him to a fight. I find it degrading that he would deny a woman a fight but not a guy.
Apachai would be the worst crime in this series. They took a character who had the opportunity to be interesting based on his background and fighting style and made him mentally retarded. He is almost too stupid to be able to function, and its insulting.
I liked the series when it started out as a young kid trying to find his way, learning martial arts and better himself, but it quickly devolves into a DBZ wanna be with "special moves", "power up's" and drawn out fights.
These teens talk about their training as if they've been at it for decades, when really it seems like only weeks or months have passed.
This anime is bland, repetitive, lacks growth and is completely forgettable. I will finish it purely out of spite, but I would advise everyone else to skip it. read more
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 as the anime progresses through the episodes. Kenichi is your run-of-the mill weakling kid who is always getting picked on by everyone and has no confidence in his abilities whatsoever. But that doesn't stop him from doing the right thing and stepping into some pretty hairy situations despite his shortcomings. The story begins with Kenichi wanting to get stronger because of his will to protect his friends. As a result, he joins the Ryōzanpaku dojo and from there on out, every episode has meaning, and will have you wanting for more. The story ends with Kenichi in an final showdown verses the leader of the most intense gang in Japan - Ragnorak. Just from that, it gives you the sense that the plot development is spectacular in this show.
The art for Kenichi is well done. All of the characters are drawn very well and have distinguishing characteristics that cosplay members will love to create. Animation is also done very well, as you have great battles and very few repetition of frames.
Arguably, the sound is probably the weakest point of the anime, and its not even that weak. Opening/ending songs are pretty good and the scores used throughout the anime fit quite well with the current scene you are watching. However, it is the voices to each character that really brings all the characters alive, as you can feel the emotion from all of the characters.
The character design in HSD Kenichi is so original and great, that you'll wonder why nobody has ever came up with this before. Kenichi is trained by six masters, who all specialize in a different form of martial arts. All of their personalities are so different and unique, you'll also wonder how each of them get along in the first place. Hence, the many comedic moments and episodes that you'll inevitably witness as they all fight amongst themselves to be the one who trains Kenichi. Ah, and let's not forget the beautiful Miu Furinji, Kenichi's love interest, who, unlike other female protagonists of similar plots, is one hell of a fighter and the reason Kenichi joins the dojo. As the anime progresses deeper in the story, you'll be unveiled to a plethora of unique characters who have different fighting styles and unique personalities, which will all amaze and have you laughing at the same time. For the sake of keeping this section as short as possible, I'm simply going to say character development is flawless in this anime.
Even with all of this that I have written about, this anime would be nothing without its comedy, and that is what makes Kenichi so much fun and enjoyable to watch. You will be literally laughing out loud at some of the hellish training that Kenichi is forcibly put through and will wonder why he hasn't died yet. (Yes, the training is that hellish). Even with 50 episodes, the comedy of Kenichi never gets old and you'll find that to be the case right up to the very last episode. Hell, sometimes you'll wish that they had more comedy than serious fights, because its that good.
All in all, Kenichi is one of those rare anime shows out there that is able to blend in comedy with the overall serious plot extremely well. One of the few qualms that I did have with this show was that the ending occurred a little to quick and you'll also wish that they gave more information about the history of each of the masters, as they provide you with relatively very little on each one of them. In the end, once you watch the final episode of this anime, it will take you five seconds or so to wish that there would be a second season to it. read more
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 watch an underdog story with excellent action and lots and lots of GOOD humor, then watch Hajime no Ippo and skip this one. I don't know what the target audience for this was, because teens will see through the weak action sequences, adults will find the perverted jokes unappealing, and children would be bored to tears with the lame story line.
Thumbs down. read more
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.
Shijou Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi is the same as Hajime no Ippo but the difference that Shijou Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi is about Martial Arts and not about Boxing as in Hajime no Ippo.
They both are about bullied boys with no friends who discover fighting by meeting someone who beats up the bullies and the boy (Ippo/Kenichi) decides to take on fighting. Then they shift between training and facing enemies of increasing difficulty until the get to the one on top. Although there are some unavoidable differences (ippo boxes and his enimes are in the pro boxing scene and kenichi uses many different martal arts and fights the dominant gang, Rangarock and the humor is different too), the two anime are pretty much the exactly the same and although I´m not into martial arts or boxing, they are both entertaining, motivating, interesting and worth watching all the many episodes
I found Ippo and Kenichi really similiar when speaking about personality, also both start as weakling underdogs but after tremendous training both kickass. If you liked main character development, you should check this one.
Though Kenichi is about martial arts and Ippo is about boxing, these anime's have very similar main characters. They both start out weak and slowly get stronger and stronger. What I loved about these shows was watching them train and then seeing the results of their training come out in the middle of their fights! They are both also very funny series', though Kenichi is a bit more lighthearted and has a little more romance thrown in.
Hajime no Ippo and History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi are very similiar. You can tell by looking at the pictures. Both Ippo and Kenichi are weaklings. They have been into fights and beaten but Ippo joins the Boxing Gym and Kenichi joins the Ryouzanpaku dojo so they can become stronger. They learn from their master and they both train hard to become strong so they can achieve their goals.
Both anime have a weak main character who strives to become stronger.
Similar leading characters that both train hard to become strong. Both get trained by masters at a gym, or in the case of kenichi at his Dojo.
Both have some good comedy moments, but more so kenichi.
Both shows are fun and the main characters are very similar both go from being weak to getting stronger.
Both animes are action packed combined with good humor. The story revolves around a character who used to be picked on, but gains confidence when training to become a better fighter. The difference is mainly between the style (boxing vs. martial arts) and the arena (boxing ring vs. street fights). If you like one of them, you WILL like the other one.
It's a lot like Ippo, but to me, it just seems a bit trite and full of fan service. Don't get me wrong, I have had a few lol's out of it (the voice acting makes Kenichi seem super frantic and twitchy, which I find humorous), but I wouldn't suggest it for older adults. It's a very teen oriented (is Shonen the right word???) series. Lots of training, fighting, and boobs.
There both about weaklings in high school who pick up a martial sport for multiple reasons and risew to the top of what ever there where trying to do.
Both are about developing fighting skills while staying humble
they were both weak from the start then with a little determination and sweat they've became strong .
Similar story about a boy who wants to get stronger. Lots of action and IMO a rare case where every significant character is actually interesting and likeable.
Similar characters. Both(ippo and kenichi) are weakling and they want to become stronger fir protect sonebody. The feeling is same.
The concept of an underdog fighting and striving to aim for success is a prominent theme in both Hajime no Ippo and Shijou Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi. The main character starts out as a rookie but works his way toward the top through ambition, skill, and effort. As both series progress, the MC gets stronger through experience.
The main male protagonist is also compassionate toward others and fights for what he believes in. As such, he is easily able to make friends.
Throughout their journey, both series' main protagonists fight rivals and learn from what they know. There is more character depth explored in Hajime no Ippo, but both series have a colorful cast of characters that are decently presented.
i really like them also kenichi is a bit inspirated of hajime no ippo since the both where guys who where bullied
Both series have an amazing cast of characters.
The story of Hajme no Ippo is somewhat deeper and more serious however.
Shijou Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi is more focused on jokes on the other side.
The main characters in both of theses anime are unpopular and they are not strong, always getting picked on. Ippo and Kenichi are in highschool and always get picked on. They train to get stronger by very unique people!
Both main characters starts off as weakling that gets bullied but then gets offered to start doing some type of training to start boxing/training in dojo. There are tons of fights and you will love them both.
They both are about underdogs
They both are bullied
They both fight to reach the top
One is about fighting in the ring and the other is Street fighting.
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.
The main characters, Tsuna and Kenichi, started out as losers before meeting up with their eventual masters, Reborn and the Ryozanpaku dojo respectively. Both consist of fairly comical aspects of the daily lives and training methods of both characters, as well as a action side other storyline. Very often, both cahracters will also try to impress their love targets, Kyoko and Miu, often with the help of their masters. Eventually, both mains also start getting their own followers in the form of the Vongola and Shinpaku, though it should be noted that neither are very fond of their roles as the leaders of their units.
IMO, KHR is much better though, in terms of likable characters and storyline.
Both have extreamly weak characters at the beggining of the show, but turn out to be badasses later on. Both have concept of being trained by "masters" who don't involve themselves much and are confident in the ability of their pupil. Both animes gather powerful allies to fight a gang/organization. Sub characters are also very enjoyable.
Hitman is very similar to Kenichi in the sense that there are "Masters" that dont get involved, and the character growth is similar as well. Also the surroundings are rather similar (Schools + area around the schools). On top of that, the character growth method is similar ~ Student gets trained by master, gets incredibly stronger each time.
Not much more to say that that but, You should definitely check out Hitman if you liked Kenichi, and vice versa.
Both Kenichi & hitman have similar feeling, School setting, master disciple relationships etc. Kenichi is eechier & focused more on martial arts <.<
-Both have the main character starting out as totally wimpy but throughout the series they get strong
-Enemies become friends
-Both have the main character trained by more than one person, so a lot of masters
-Good humor for both of them too
It is both about the same because it's started off with weaklings, like no-good tsuna and kenichi. Then someone trained them and become very strong, undergo different type of trainings and experience some real-life fights and both of them are very kind at heart. They both liked a girl, and even though the characteristics of the girl is different but treated them about the same, in short, they are about the same and rocks~!!
Both feature two hero's that are hesitant to take their role and start off as cowardly but eventually build to become stronger characters.
Both feature a strong supporting cast of hero's and villains.
Both have very wise, humorous, and powerful teachers.
The protagonist must fight there way through each challenger.
Hitman features gang vs gang
Kenichi features martial arts group vs martial arts group
Main characters in both series are depicted as a weak, good-natured, young boy. Throughout the series, both main characters become much stronger, gains more allies, leading those around them.
Both stories have an incredibly weak main character that becomes stronger throughout the story. Both characters have no friends and make them as they go. Both characters get stronger for the sake of their friends, and they have similar messages about doing what's right for the sake of others. Both have a lot of really good comedy and are a bit over the top at times.
Both are also adapted from manga series and only cover part, so I recommend reading both manga because the manga are actually a little better than the anime.
I longed for an Anime which is similar to Reborn in terms of Everything. And with "History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi" I may found the Anime which is most similar to Reborn than everything else. And as Takahashi-sensei (Crows, Worst) once said: "If you have the main character, you most likely also got the plot". First let me say that Kenichi and Tsuna almost are the same person. Both are losers with no friends, bullied in school and almost bad in everything. But after a lot of training, with invincible Masters (Reborn and Ryouzanpaku), and fights (even though they both despise violence) they gain a high amount of Friends and even some self confidence. The plot is also similar as both always getting dragged and involved in some kind of "organisation" they don't want to, cause the organisation is mostly responsible for crime and violence (Vongola Mafia and Shinpaku Alliance). Lastly said, in both Anime there also is a big part comedy. You just have to recognize the other series in one of them. I highly recommend you to watch the other Anime if you enjoyed one of them. You won't regret it.
In both series, there are quite a lot of similarities:
The main male protagonist seems like a normal boy but is part of a family/organization that specializes in a dangerous profession/arts. They also seems to have a friendly relationship with a main female character from both series.
In both series, there is a lot of funny dialogues, action, drama, and other events that transforms the main male protagonist from a normal boy to a more reliable character through his development.
takes whinny boys, and turn them into heroes
have crazy teacher(s)
makes you want to root for the main charracter
Tsuna and Kenchi were weak at first but gradually they get stonger through their training and tutors.
I think they're both great! If you like twisted, pervy, weird and laughable characters, you have to watch these!
Hitman reborn is quite lame at the beginning, but it's still important to watch to get a sense of the different characters (a bond/connection if you prefer) and knowledge about how the group meet and hook up.
I've watched it twice and I'm sure I'll be watching it again next year maybe :D
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.
Quite similar. Cool fighting.Good looking babes.
Both shows are about training and getting stronger.
Kenichi is a weakling and bullied by everyone, so he wants to become stronger.
In Tenjou Tenge is quite different: Souichiro and Bob are delinquents who controlled 100 school. However, they are accepted by a school where most of the students are martial artists who could easily beat Souichiro and Bob, so they start training...
They both are about fighting and the hardwork goes into becoming a master. they both have amazing fighting sceans and sort of the same type of humor.
Similar storyline: Guy meets a beautiful girl with deadly martial arts skills, and trains with them to become stronger. One difference between the two animes is that Tenjou Tenge is more serious and violent. Not as funny as History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi too...
Tenjou Tenge - Soichiro nagi is a dedelinquent who wants to rule his school.
Shijou Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi - While Kenichi Shirahama is a boy who has been picked on his whole life (so they're image are kinda opposite)
1. They are both about martial arts
2. Both main characters start off as kind of as weak, comparing them to the other martial artists
3. Both main characters meet a mysterious girl
Its based on martial arts alot of action and amazing fights . Both character get a huge development and both become great fighters. Both are good recomendations for the Martial Art Genre and defenetly one of the bests.
There are a lot of fights in this anime. If you like animes where the main character has a personal development and become stronger, you should watch Shijou Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi.
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.
They have the same character of a demon looking guy?! and the main guy who always been bullied becomes an important member of sports in both anime respectively?! check them both out?! both are really good :P
Althought the driving theme changes from martial Arts to American Football, the main characters traits and entire journey are almost identical! No really, watch one episode its astounding how similar the two shows are
both the main characters start out weak and gets stronger throughout the main story , and both have friends who are like demons lead the group thier in
Both protagonists show a weak personality and become stronger. The weak traits of the characters stay the same throughout both series. Both Sena and Kenichi work hard and aim to become the best. The development of the story is almost the same. 'After defeating the enemy, a stronger enemy appears.' There is an absolute resemblence in the characters Hiruma and Nizuma Eiji. Both series have comedy and action.
Similar comedy action. Both focus on nakama and friendship. Kenichi has more fan service though.
both of the main characters fight for what they believe in getting stronger along the way. both endings are quite good unlike some endings like over drive etc.
Both shows have great character development. They both have a lot of action and a protagonist with a will to get stronger. Both protagonists have to overcome many obsacles to reach their goals.
the main character in Law of euki and hds kenichi is very similar. They fight for their friends and justice. Both series are great, funny and exciting.
Both series are considered battle shounen that offers plenty of fighting among characters. The main character in both series has similar personalities and often strive to reach new heights through experience in combat against other characters from the show.
Both series involves some inhuman techniques that are displayed during the various encounters between the main character against his adversaries.
Both series has plenty of action, drama, and comedy. In general, they have a similar vibe and feelings.
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.
Both have a main-character who wants to become the strongest of all by defeating their enemies. Thanks to their friends they will come very far...
And if you want to laugh, this a good one too!
Both anime about to becoming strong and fighting.
Both fight for the justice and friendship, has the same anger type. They always be the strongest when someone close to them is in danger :)
Imo Naruto and Kenichi are very alike. They both strife to get stronger while using martial arts. They both have top level, weird, funny masters. Also the humor in both shows are very alike.
If you liked the comedy in Kenichi than Naruto should be the next thing to watch and vice versa.
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