The story is focused on Kenichi Shirahama, an average 15-year-old weakling, whose life turns to Hell with the appearance of the naive, beautiful, and strong transfer student, Miu Fuurinji. After Kenichi witnesses Miu's skills in martial arts, he joins the Ryouzanpaku dojo, the gathering place of those who are truly strong, which also happens to be Miu's home. After beating a karate student in a match, he is soon targeted by all the delinquents in the school. Since then, Kenichi's routine is divided between his hellish training with the masters of Ryouzanpaku, and his fights against the members of Ragnarok, a gang who views him as either a possible ally or an impending threat to their plans.
this is a story about a boy who is constantly bullied, he learned martial arts from 5 masters after meeting miu, who is also his love interest. This is manga basically tells his story from being a zero to a hero in a 1 year period. this manga starts of well, but after a while, it becomes very dull and in my personal opinion, very childish, it had a lot of potential but my expectations crumbled halfway reading the manga, though i was hoping it to get better because
a lot of reviews were giving it a really good score but after 584 chapters, nothing changed. the author keep on recycling the same concept for the mc to win the important matches, in which he is very durable and can stand a punch, he just keeps on getting up again no matter how many times the enemies kick his ass, and in the end, he comes up with something to defeat them. this process repeats itself so many time, even till the ending of this series. the fan service is also way overboard, i understand the concpet of this manga whereby comedy is almost constantly there even in tense battles but it gets to ridiculous points, and ironically, it contradicts the plot and characters of this manga, where almost ALL the bad protagonists eventually turns into good guys in some random plot twist, even the baddest of the bad guys is actually good in a way, which is somewhat ridiculous, some even turned into good guys in the heat of the battle. another thing which i cringe is that the fact NONE actually dies in this manga, combine these 2 and we get a manga actually meant for children, but then the ecchi factor is too strong for them so i guess this is either for really childish adults or kids who haven't discovered hentai, lol.
The characters, almost all of the characters didn't get developed enough. same goes for all their relationships. kenichi like miu in the beginning, miu hints that she also has mutual feelings for him, it goes on like that until the end, i really hoped for something more. all the other characters also mostly have the same fate. one thing i really need to commend, is nijima, he makes this manga so much more likeable with the comedy that he brings but his screen time gets drastically reduced after 2/3rds of the manga.
Overall, i think this is a pretty enjoyable manga if you just want to chill reading but just don't expect such a deep plot. the plot is so simple and predictable even a child could figure it out. The only thing it was lacking for me, was probably a hint of DRAMA to make it appeal more to the adult audience.
This manga is example of that writing a review before reading complete manga is a bad idea. To me, this manga is great, but i have one problem with it , at the beginning it's very good and interesting but near the end it's just mediocre and boring.
This is a martial arts manga with a little bit of romance and comedy. The story is about Kenichi Shirahama - a teenage kid who learns martial arts and being inspired by Miu Furinji to become stronger and be able to protect her. The story plot is great but later from good martial arts manga it
becomes very dull battle manga, with very flashy fights and very pathos speeches which makes no sense at all. Same problem with characters. There are a lot of really memorable and interesting characters, but at the end author throws so many new characters which appears only in couple of frames, which makes them looks unnecessary in story.
Don't get me wrong, I think this is a really good manga. It is just a little bit disappointing to me how manga changed in long period of publishing. I still will recommend this to read, just don't expect to much from it.
Kenichi is your average protagonist.
Gets beat up
Gets a master
Gets OP as fk
Beats up everyone
But it's a 500+ chapter manga and I get that alot of people might not have the time to experience it fully but I'd say it's worth the read. It's like Naruto,you have to grow with it. Everyone remembers Naruto,right? It's not THAT good of a series but because we grew with him,he's like our childhood hero like Goku. Kenichi is somewhat the same as us. Plain old ordinary human. None of that chakra BS. Kenichi has to go through trials after trials that'll test his love for Miu and
that's what I love about him. He never gives up even if he was nearly killed. He kept on going and tries his hardest. He isn't gifted like his peers so he has to go through hellish training to become someone great and can't we apply that to us in real life as well? We need to never give up and keep working even though we REALLY want to give up because at the end,it'll be all worth it. That's why I love Kenichi so much that I'll read it 3 times.
Okay. If you like the typical loser gets beat up but learns martial arts to protect his love ones kind of manga this is the perfect manga for you. The art is really good and the characters they introduced - Kenichi Sensei's was really good each which has their own backstory being fleshed out a few chapters during the manga, one thing that really never get going ironically was the main character Kenichi story, I mean he grows stronger and more confidence and his abilities in martial arts did improve but he was never really developed as a character.
Overall , I really enjoyed the
art and it was really enjoyable but the ending was a bit rushed and it was sad to hear the author's interest in Kenichi kinda grew dim thats why the ending was rushed and frankly quite disappointing .
Martial arts are an expression of power, showcasing the potential of the human body when pushed to its physical limit. It also makes for exciting anime, and allows animators and directors to showcase their prowess as things get heated.