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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


Type: TV
Episodes: 50
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 2006 to Sep 30, 2007
Premiered: Fall 2006
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Manga
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.261 (scored by 67,410 users)
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Ranked: #2442
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Popularity: #385
Members: 114,019
Favorites: 2,252
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Episodes: /50


"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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Characters & Voice Actors

Shirahama, Kenichi
Shirahama, Kenichi
Seki, Tomokazu
Seki, Tomokazu
Furinji, Miu
Furinji, Miu
Kawakami, Tomoko
Kawakami, Tomoko
Hopachai, Apachai
Hopachai, Apachai
Ishimaru, Hiroya
Ishimaru, Hiroya
Kousaka, Shigure
Kousaka, Shigure
Noto, Mamiko
Noto, Mamiko


Cook, Justin
Cook, Justin
Harp, Clarine
Harp, Clarine
Kamegaki, Hajime
Kamegaki, Hajime
Tanaka, Akiyoshi
Tanaka, Akiyoshi
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More episodes Episodes(4/50)

Episode Title Aired
1 Ryozanpaku: Where the Powerful Gather!
Ryouzanpaku! Gouketsu no Tsudoishi Basho (梁山泊! 豪傑の集いし場所)
Oct 8, 2006
2 The Beginning of the Fight!
Ippo Saki e! Tatakai no Hajimari (一歩先へ! 闘いの始まり)
Oct 15, 2006
3 Strength and Courage! For the Sake of Justice!
Chikara to Yuuki! Seigi wo Tsumareku Tame ni (力と勇気! 正義を貫くために)
Oct 22, 2006
4 Fight to Survive! It's Whether You Do It or You Don't!
Kenka Jigoku! Yaru ka Yaranai ka Da (ケンカ地獄! やるかやらないかだ)
Oct 29, 2006

Edit Opening Theme

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

Edit 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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Oct 3, 2007
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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Oct 3, 2013
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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Aug 30, 2008
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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Jan 2, 2009
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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OVA of Manga 'Shijou Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi' Announced for Special Edition of Vol. 54

Publisher Shogakukan announced on their website that the 54th volume of manga "Shijou Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi", set to be released November 15th, will come bundled ...read more

OVA of Manga 'Shijou Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi' Announced for Special Edition of Vol. 53

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