Kenji is a manga about a Japanese teenager named Kenji, who practices the martial art Bajiquan, and his encounters with other martial artists, some of which are from real life, e.g. Adam Hsu and Liu Chia-Liang. This series primarily features Baji Quan, but also gets into Praying Mantis Kung Fu, Bagua Zhang, Chen Taiji Quan, Pi Quan, Xingyi Quan, Xin Yi Liu He Quan, Shaolin Quan, Hung Ga, Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu, Shotokan Karate and numerous other styles. Kenji's nemesis is a gangster named Tony Tan who practices Hung Gar and later Xinyiliuhequan.
TL;DR Do you like stories? Especially that go in detail about martial arts? This is for you. Don't expect to remember everything, however. Expect to read this as an observer - just to supervise that Kenji is learning.
General genre/feeling: feel good/action/adventure/exciting/funny/fun.
This manga is filled with stories. Anything major happening to Kenji? Time for a historical saga about someone. Kenji is curious? Let's read about what a guy 70 years ago did. Don't get me wrong -- they are all very enjoyable, exciting, and I believe based in reality (from what I can make out from translator notes). Every page is filled with information
about martial arts or about a person who practiced martial arts. Yes, there are fights. Yes, there are some twists to keep it fresh. But this isn't like The Breaker or Naruto. It is simple and straightforward at every single point in the story; When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. And that's it. Kenji loves martial arts more so than anyone in the world, and this is a story of how he matures while meeting multiple teachers who teach him in Japan/China.
Pretty decent. I feel the art portrayed the pacing of the story and the action scenes nicely.
Main character is a badass from the get go in terms of guts/courage (and even skill most of the time!). He learns and matures over time and becomes even more likable/badass. The masters/teachers are all amazing in their own respect. I believe some of them are/were real people. Other supporting characters (parents, love interests) are really not the focus of this story and therefore aren't developed as much, but are somewhat still important to the story. Women are made to be very shallow however. And annoying.
If you liked stuff like Bokko, The Breaker (part 2 as well), Kingdom, anything with martial art or anything that has a MC that develops as the story goes on and is badass, you will enjoy this. I'd say you'll get the gist of how the entire series is going to be if you read up to chapter 20. Or even chapter 10.
Not for people who don't like to read too much without understanding what's being said. There is a lot of explanation and history (some important, some not) that you will forget by the next page or not read at all. However there is enough visual information to skim through without missing too much. I'd recommend this to people for sure. Highly underrated I feel.
A story of a child that takes interest of Chinese martial arts. That kind of story plot is not easily found, even today. Although, the work is not the most recent one, the story is superb. It takes you through Chinese military and martial art history. This story opens people's view of martial arts, and informs the reader of how great and deep the history or Chinese martial arts is. The main character grows stronger every day, and he goes through strong opponents. Although the story goes through what a average Shounen Manga criteria, I would not even consider it even Shounen or Seinen.
It's a historical manga that opens people eyes about Chinese martial Arts.
The art is not the greatest, but it suits the orient of the manga very well. The artwork is not very detailed, which is perfectly okay, because it seems the author wants to get the point across, saying that Chinese Martial Arts can be performed, and performed well even without being muscular. Which is why, the artist did not go into detail of the human body parts. The details are insignificant.
The main character is a pure-heart child that has not a single ounce of corruption dwelling inside. The character is very modest and aware of the fact that he is ignorant of his ways. Not many characters are made that way nowadays. Most are made cocky or pessimistic.
What better enjoyment is there, when the fact; you are learning about Chinese Martial Arts so easily and explained so well that, basically anyone can understand it. There are many fight scenes and some very thrilling scenes as well.
One of the best martial art works I have ever witness so far. I believe it'll be hard to surpass this work. This work goes into such detail of a Japanese child's life as he learns about Chinese Martial art. You can see his growth from is childhood to adulthood. There is also no big time leap, like most do, at most in this work; there will be a time leap only when nothing insignificant occurs, such as him living his normal life.
Kenji will not doubt be one of my all-time favorite mangas ever created. Why you ask? Because of the depth and richness of both the story and character.The story alone is so well constructed and rooted into historical martial arts that various aspects of the story could be considered non-fictional in nature. If you are looking for a manga with those criteria alone (historical martial arts), then look no further. But wait! There is more to this manga than history!
Sit back and enjoy the well constructed development of a main character. This is one of those manga's where you journey along with the main character,
Goh, as he grows up in both character and strength. This type of "character development" journeying manga is what pulls you deeper into the story. I hope you enjoy the genuine journey of Goh becoming a man of character as much as I did. I look forward to more work from Matsuda, Ryuchi (Story) and Fujiwara, Yoshihide (Story & Art).
Firstly I should warn potential readers that this is like an encyclopedia for martial arts. There is a lot of explanation regarding the techniques and such. Whether the martial arts are all true or not I do not care and am not bothered to find out as it will not change my opinion.
The story progresses at a standard pace throughout the manga which is a good thing because this is not not one of those flashy manga with fast fight scenes but once you have finished reading it feels like you have read an interesting novel full of pictures. It provides a lot of knowledge
on martial arts and some places in China. I wouldn't be surprised if someone tried to learn the art from the manga with all it's detail.
The basic outline for the story is a young boy named Kenji who is being taught martial arts by his grandfather. Kenji is a kind hearted boy but trouble always seems to follow him. The grandfather is the father of Kenji's father. Typically parents want their kids to go to good school and university and get a well paid job but because Kenji keeps getting into fight and and continued to learn martial arts from his grandfather his mother worries what will become of her sons life. She tells her husband to tell his father to go back home as the grandfather live alone and he came over for a visit. The grandfather takes this chance to go to China and meet the brothers that taught him martial arts during the China and Japan war. Eight years has gone by and the family have not heard from the grandfather. Kenji has gone through a lot from fighting, learning martial arts from other teachers and gaining an arch rival by the name of Tony Tan. Because of a fight with Tony in his school Kenji is on indefinite leave. He takes this chance to go to China in search for his grandfather and so his adventure begins into the true world of martial arts.
LOL...I know I said basic but once I started I couldn't stop and I can't seem to cut it down. Anyway the manga may seem slow at times and the technical stuff may get over your head but I suggest you read because this adds to your reading of the manga, the fight scenes and the cultural scenes. I was hoping for a bit more at the end to show how Kenji's life went on but you get a goodie bag just as good.
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