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.
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.
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.
I thought I would really like this title, if only because, despite the cliché shounen recipe, I felt really engaged with what was going on in the daily lives of the main cast. Despite everything coming together as expected, their strong personalities clashing, their struggles and buttheading, all felt really cool to tag along with. This is what really shines in the series: not a complicated plot with interesting twists, but the relationship they develop throughout the beatings and conflicts, as friends.
I do not think you'll feel like you've wasted your time after or while reading this. There's most definitely enough to
have a good time here, following how your characters grow and how they cope with dangerous situations to become stronger. I did not notice much "sudden power-ups" throughout it either; that is also to imply, the road to become the strongest disciple, albeit being a repetitive task by nature, still feels engaging to read for every character involved.
Kenichi definitely is very fun. However, the series degenerates heavily past the later points, where all this "building up" we've been accompanying is supposed to be the force to unravel the conflicting feelings between the Light/Dark side and... Well, it absolutely isn't. Not even close.
Like I said, the whole setting blatantly cliché. This is OK up to some degree because you're watching those teenagers grow to become their own role model through martial arts, which feels like will inevitably culminate into a big clash with the mafia at the end... And so it is. However, for how long this series was run and how well the whole journey was played, I was led to expect way more than what it came to be.
It feels like some elements, like the Ukita love triangle, were put there just for the sake of having an extra flavor (not good flavor, mind you) added to the story. There were all sorts of annoying moments to get through, between the same old love quarrels repeating over and over, to the dragged-out fights with the same feel to it as any other. At some point those fights meant nothing more as "something I need to get through to reach the end". It also felt like the toll of facing death and coping with losses eventually became nothing more than a justification for "how far I need to go to protect everything", with no psychological or emotional moment to accompany it.
That stretched out to the point were, at the final showdown, when the Yomi Martial Arts Alliance was swayed to the "righteous" side (if only to justify turning over the tide), I didn't even bat an eye. I was already wasted and disappointed with how blandly everything was being dragged on up to that point, so I felt more and more anxious to rush to the finish and be done with it.
Right off the gate, there's also this strong motivation behind how Kenichi wants to grow as a man and develop his feelings for Miu. This has some excitement development towards the middle, where they finally get to know each other more, but DO NOT GET YOUR HOPES UP. This whole notion gets more and more lost as time goes on, and in it's place we get filler fights between random characters and side-stories which won't amount to anything.
Miu's clan conflicts are simply a disturb in place to add more content to the chapters; her parent, which is supposed to be this confusing "shadowed" character, doesn't get proper time to have his side explained; her mother turns out to be some sort of clan heir who dies and her tragedy is more important than she is. Miu herself is written out to be very confused and insecure of what to make out of her life and family; however, in the end, her character does not represent all this turmoil and the strong resolve she had been building up along her friends.
The ending was most definitely weak, perhaps the weakest I've ever seen. I don't know if the author intended to try to please everyone or what, but it felt so damn fake and artificial, I don't even want to remember it.
Do I ever want to read Kenichi again? With how tightly the story is tied to the fights, and how bland all the fighting becomes, to go through all that again to have an ending with missing gaps and underdeveloped moments... I don't think so; but the fun parts were really fun, so maybe? I really liked the Ryouzanpaku's sensei and a fair share of happy moments while reading. Despite the shortcomings, I was left lingering with a good feeling towards the happy moments I had.
Here are some miscellaneous opinions I had while reading it
- Ma Renka felt like an annoying pushover character which merely existed for the purpose of having a love competition
- It is implied that Shigure also likes Kenichi somewhat, but it is never touched upon
- Miu's past revelations didn't feel emotional at all, it should have been cooked more
- The ending was filled with pages and pages of a battle which didn't amount to anything and had no convictions behind it
- Only Shigure and Ma Kensei were fun towards the end, all the rest felt lacking in meaningful contribution to the reading
And lastly, but not least
- Siegfried is best girl
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.