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Japanese: 拳児


Type: Manga
Volumes: 21
Chapters: 202
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 9, 1987 to Jan 8, 1992
Genre: Action Action
Theme: Martial Arts Martial Arts
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Shounen Sunday
Authors: Matsuda, Ryuchi (Story), Fujiwara, Yoshihide (Art)


Score: 7.771 (scored by 14061,406 users)
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Ranked: #14152
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Popularity: #5577
Members: 3,624
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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.

(Source: MU)


Goh, Kenji
Goh, Kyotaro
Tan, Tony


Mar 29, 2021
Chinese martial arts in manga are normally very misrepresented. Most of the times,the "kung fu fighter" is just some bruce lee imitator,some big boobed chun-li wannabe or some cheap dragonball z rip off.

This manga is not only the complete opposite of this but it might THE absolute best chinese martial arts themed martial arts made

The author,which was a bajiquan practioner in real life,clearly made this manga with love and care because the detail this manga goes into is fantastic.

It details techniques and concepts in rich details,presents us with less know chinese comunities like the HUI (aka chinese muslims),less known kung fu styles like Xinyiliuhequan. and ...
Jan 31, 2015
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 ...
Sep 14, 2013
Preliminary (172/202 eps)
Kenji is clearly made for martial arts enthusiasts. It seems as if the plot is only there to make a setting for the martial arts. Often very technique and history-heavy, I found myself skipping some pages or conversations the characters had, because it didn't really contribute to the story. I did like some of the teachers Kenji had, their personality stood out. But unfortunately, all the young female characters seemed shallow and the same.

The good points of this manga were the history (for those who're interested in that stuff), some quirky personalities, the way that the main character matures (art-wise) and the art which ...

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