Shijou Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi

KenIchi: The Mightiest Disciple

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Synonyms: History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi
Japanese: 史上最強の弟子 ケンイチ
English: KenIchi: The Mightiest Disciple
German: Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple
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Type: TV
Episodes: 50
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 8, 2006 to Sep 30, 2007
Premiered: Fall 2006
Broadcast: Sundays at 00:55 (JST)
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, ComedyComedy
Themes: Martial ArtsMartial Arts, SchoolSchool
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.051 (scored by 157130157,130 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #5502
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #782
Members: 301,205
Favorites: 3,588

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Whenever he is not getting pummeled in the karate club after school, high schooler Kenichi Shirahama can be found with his head buried in one of the many self-help books he carries with him every day. One day, on the way to school, Kenichi accidentally frightens the new student in his class, leading her to throw him down onto the ground. After apologizing for her violent reflexes, she introduces herself as Miu Furinji and asks Kenichi to be her friend.

Later that day, after karate club practice, Kenichi is given an ultimatum by one of the other club members: they will fight next week and the loser has to quit the club permanently. While lamenting his imminent defeat in the upcoming fight, Kenichi witnesses Miu fend off three thugs easily. Fed up with being perpetually bullied by those more powerful than him, he asks Miu for tips on how to become a better fighter. She directs Kenichi to her grandfather's dojo, Ryouzanpaku, where several skilled—albeit strange—masters of extreme martial arts have gathered to hone their abilities. Miu promises that Kenichi will become significantly stronger, but only if he manages to stay alive.

With those ominous words looming in his mind and the appearance of a criminal martial arts gang known as "Ragnarok" threatening the safety of those around him, Kenichi takes the first step on his journey to become a world-class fighter and a defender of the defenseless.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Cook, Justin
Harp, Clarine
Kamegaki, Hajime
Tanaka, Akiyoshi
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Opening Theme

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

Ending Theme

1: "Kimi ga iru kara" by Issei Eguchi (eps 1-15)
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 (eps 50)


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 ...
Sep 17, 2017
Mixed Feelings
*May contain minor spoilers*

Story 6/10

Weak boy, who want to protect hes friends. Searches the help of ''masters in fighting'' and undergoes hellish training.
Unfortunate, the fights aren't as epic as i hope they would have been, a lot of the anime feels like fillers instead of anything actually happening.

Art 7/10

Dec 6, 2008
Animation - 5
The animation is lack luster. Rather than fluid animation displaying extension of limbs and alertness of characters. Kenichi relies more heavily on the quick flash of motion with speed lines indicating action, and sequences of pictures less worthy of being called animation. Character design is uninspired-ly shounen, with an overall presentation of something one would see in the early 90's.
Sound- 4
Bad voice acting. There really is no other way to say it. It was surprising to discover that the voice of the main character, Shirahama Kenichi, is acted by Seki Tomokazu one of my personal favorites. The music is equally bad and also ...

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