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

Statistics

Score: 8.051 (scored by 157049157,049 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #5512
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #782
Members: 301,021
Favorites: 3,589

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Synopsis

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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Staff

Cook, Justin
Producer
Harp, Clarine
Producer
Kamegaki, Hajime
Director
Tanaka, Akiyoshi
Sound Director


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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)
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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)




Reviews

Dec 20, 2023
Kenichi is a nice “Saturday-Morning” TV.

It’s not really a great or good show but it does a fantastic job at passing dead time and opens you up to the benevolent underdog story and growth in character and friendship.

The first 20 episodes or so are pretty… episodic and forgettable the show really doesn’t get any real entertaining juice until Nijimia shows up and starts propelling the show, I wouldn’t go as far to say he hard carries but he’s a huge focal point of driving the show.

The show sometimes focuses too much on gags and it’s obviously directed for 16U audiences, but it still has ...
Mar 25, 2023
Mixed Feelings
This show is a weird one to review. Story is very good but animation is a joke, at least in some shots. In others it's half-decent. At the same time main character is as annoying as shounen anime main character can gets. He is constantly screaming and overreacting to everything making whole thing near-impossible to watch. Characters are in general very well designed and unique, funny in their own individual ways. All except main character.

If you can stomach Kenichi from first few episodes, you'll probably have fun watching the rest of the show because he never changes. Even after so much training and so many ...
Nov 23, 2015
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 ...

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