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History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi

Alt titles: Kenichi, Shijou Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi

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Shirahama "weak legs" Kenichi is a typical high school student with typical problems: he's frequently bullied and tends to run away in the face of his enemies. Things change when Kenichi meets Furinji Miu, whose grandfather runs a dojo; and not knowing what he's getting himself into, he signs up to become a disciple. As Kenichi's life-threatening training continues and he becomes more and more powerful, he inadvertently becomes the target of the deadly gang called Ragnarok. With mental and physical challenges ahead, can Kenichi survive his encounters with Ragnarok, or will the masters of his dojo get to him first?

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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi OVA OVA 2012 TBD
History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi OVA Specials DVD Special 2013 TBD

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi 2002 Original Manga
Shijou Saikyou no Gaiden 2007 TBD
Name Role
Junko YAMANAKA Character Design
Masatomo SUDOU Character Design
Hajime KAMEGAKI Director
Joe RINOIE Music
Syun MATSUENA Original Manga Creator

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Hajime no Ippo

Hajime no Ippo

Ippo Makunouchi is a loser. He has no friends, he spends his free time helping his mom with work, and he's constantly being beaten up by bullies. But that all changes when one day he's saved from another beating by Takamura, an up-and-coming boxer. Soon, Ippo turns his life around with a passion for the newly discovered sport, but his new lifestyle is far from easy! Before he can even dream of becoming champion, he'll have to overcome a slew of fierce rivals and learn what 'dedication' really means.

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Ippo and Kenichi are a lot alike: they both push themselves to the limit to become stonger. Though the fighting is different the feel is the same. Ippo wants to be stronger and his spirit is unbreakable, just like Kenichi.


Love anime about underdogs making their way to the top? Hajime no Ippo and Kenichi are both about a protagonist that used to be a weakling who was bullied around at school, who then finally decided to do something about it. Ippo takes up boxing and makes his way up as a professional and Kenichi joins a dojo where he is taught multiple martial arts (Muay Thai, Chinese Kenpo/Kung-fu, Karate, Judo, weapons) by masters of those very arts. These two stand at the top in my book for anime about weak guys that decide to learn how to fight.


While the main characters of Kenichi and Hajime no Ippo are very similar, for me, this recommendation comes from the realistic way in which both shows are presented. These shows don't need souped up, hyper-mega-hidden-power techniques. Rather, they are down to earth and semi-instructional series which show you the real basics of techniques in their respective styles, albeit in a more interesting light.


In addition to the presentation of Ippo and Kenichi being bullied and then taking up their respective solutions, the presentation of the humor is alike as well. Apachai and Aoki are the weird characters who are comic relief. Sasaki is like Takamura - he is the big man who is strong and yet can bring in a humor and tease people. Plus, they share a lot of seiyuu cast members like Seki Tomokazu who plays Kenichi and Miyata. And the voice of Miyata's father also plays Sasaki, and the voice of Kimura is also the voice of Loki.


Both HnI and Kenichi center on two former losers walking a new path in life through boxing/martial arts, while always maintaining their righteousness of heart. They are more realistic than your standard shounen shows, have great characters, and among the best, if not THE best, recommendations for the fighting/martial arts genre. The excellent humor and comedy factor in both shows has to be mentioned too since it makes you laugh hard very often. It's almost guaranteed that if you've liked one you'll like the other.


Kenichi and HnI have a lot of action and the main characters are similar; they both are considered weak when they are not fighting, but are actually really strong.


Ippo and Kenichi both start out being bullied. They both get strong. And they both have their own goals that change. Kenichi with the 7 fists, and Ippo with each new boxer in his way. They also meet a person that especially good at the start. Only difference big difference is that Kenichi is more street fighting, while Ippo fights in the ring.


Both anime are about a teenager who wants to become strong. Both are shounen series with good comedy and great action scenes. Some of the episodes are very educational about boxing/martial arts. They are captivating and very well done series that can get you addicted in no time.


Both series are about a child that is being bullied, they then find someone who is extremely strong and want to get trained by them. They then get training and slowly rise to the top. In both series they must fight frequently with other people. And both persons discover their own techniques after a while of fighting. If you'd like the fighting, training and the martial arts of the first serie you'd surely like the other as well.


Both Ippo and Kenichi have underdog characters who start out being bullied and end up becoming much stronger. Ippo wastes a lot more time on really drawn out fights, but Kenichi has a few in there as well, but they aren't as painfully long. They also both have ridiculously long recaps at the beginnings of most episodes, as well.


These animes are really closely related. They're both about guys who were bullied in school and then ran across someone who brought them into the fighting world. They both never give up and are great fighters.


Ippo and Kenichi are two weak guys and both of them get stronger mentally and physically through their training and their fights against stronger and stronger opponents, so they show us great character development. However, Hajime no Ippo is more realistic and in my opinion presents more drama.  


Both Ippo and kenichi start of as weak and not very well known people, but as the story progresses they get a lot stronger after going through intense training. In History's Stongest Dispiple, as kenichi gets stronger, more people tend to want to go after him and fight him. Same with Hajime no Ippo, unlike History's Strongest Disciple where they do martial arts, Ippo learns boxing.


There are many similarities between these two animes. Heck, they even have the same arc structure - introduce obstable to overcome, train train train, battle, repeat. Both involve initially weak, underdog characters training and improving themselves until they become something much greater; characters that you can't help but love and root for. Both protagonists are innocent, pure, likeable, and funny. Both animes are heavy on humor and both do a pretty good job of it. It is worth nothing a small but noticeable difference in quality, however; Kenichi is a fun, lighthearted, and sometimes intense series. Both Ippo and his series, however, rank among my top 3 favorite characters and series of all time.


Well they're both stories of underdogs that steadily through hard-work and determination, rise to the top. Both are enjoyable and have their own qualities that make both unique while still being able to relate to each other with the main protagonists. In hindsight, I find Ippo to be more inspiring due to its more down to earth concepts but both are exaggerated in their portrayals. Kenichi by any respect isn't inferior, like i said earlier, both excel differently but will deliver the same feel.

Tenjho Tenge

Tenjho Tenge

Toudou Gakuen is no ordinary high school. There, during the Meiji Restoration, fighting masters were forced to gather from all over Japan to re-establish the martial arts. Amongst the student body is a group of immensely powerful fighters who maintain order through absolute power. This "Enforcement Group" is locked in a feud with the Jyuuuken Club over matters of love and death. Now, two newcomers have disturbed the order of this school, becoming entangled in this vicious feud. Caught between sexy babes and terrible powers, the battle to be the strongest begins!

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Both Tenjho Tenge and Kenichi have a lot of action in them. They also have ecchi scenes in the form of big breasts. In these series there is a male protagonist that trains with a powerful master. The only real difference is that in Kenichi the protagonist trains with multiple characters and in Ikkitousen the protagonist trains with one master. Also in both, the male protagonist likes the supporting female role, but doesn't really express it. All in all, if you saw one and wanted to see a similar show, you would enjoy watching the other.


If you like crazy martial arts, lots of fighting, hot babes, and hair that's not possible in real life, all put into a high school setting, than look no further than History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi & Tenjho Tenge!


If you enjoyed Kenichi and are looking for a bit more of a brutal brawler anime, Tenjho Tenge is a step up on the martial arts ladder. With more impressive fights along with a gripping story and some fan service thrown in between, it is a recommended watch.


To train like madmen/women to obtain the power to overcome your foes. That is what connects these series and what i think will make you enjoy watching them both if you happen to like one of them. They both brings smiles and certainly the occational lol from any viewer, and in the end you might just feel like taking up a sport of your own.


Both anime are all about fighting and the main character becoming stronger trough time and training.

They both have a slight touch of romance in it, Tenjho Tenge being the ecchi variant.


Both animes are about fighting for yourself and what you believe in. Where kenichi focuses on the main character and his development through fighting, tenjho tenge has many other subplots and you get to learn about many of the characters. If you just like cool fighting scenes and tons of actions then you will defineatly love both, if not at least one.


both series are about marital artists who have to overcome another group of marital artists to obtain their goal in the end


Tenjho Tenge and History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi both star teenage boys that desire strength and work to improve their fighting skills. They both have rather good action, and quite a few ecchi moments(but not a sickening amount). Kenichi has more involved characters, and tenjho has more brutal fights, but you liked one, you should like the other.


If you are lookin' for action packed anime you're in the right place. Kenichi & Tenjho Tenge are great fighting animes, the protagonists in both series start by learning the basics of fighting and in short time become great fighters. They learn that fighting itself is irrelevant, but to fight for someone you love, is what keeps you going.


Both of these animes have a up-and-coming martial artist whom is trained by some serious fighters. He comes head-to-head with an organized ring of fighters with exceptional talents. His love-interest is a busty fighter, and he has some tough friends to back him up. Pair that with gravity-defying hair, and you have some very similar series. 


they basically have the same plot because they both have no idea how to do martail arts and there taught by girls who are very well trained in martial arts and ther both trying to reach there very interesting goals.

Kateikyoushi Hitman Reborn!

Kateikyoushi Hitman Reborn!

Middle school student Tsuna has always gone through life in last place; but when he learns that he is getting a tutor to help him raise his game, he had no idea that his benefactor would turn out to be... an infant and a mafia hitman?! As if things can’t get much stranger, Tsuna then discovers that the powerful Vongola family has chosen him to be its next successor – a position that has control over all mafia families. Joined by friends Tsuna unwillingly starts out on his path to becoming a mafia boss – if he can survive the training!

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Both of these series center around a boy training to reach his full potential under the extreme, and often comic, tutelage of their masters. The battles in both series are serious, though, and serve to show how far the boys have come in their training.


Both series are about good-for-nothing school boys who suddenly face an opportunity to change themselfe with some halp of extraordinary persons. The effect is easy to predict so I won't spoil anything. I'll just say that their advantures are very funny and worthwatching. If you liked one you'll like the one i recommend for sure.


Both of these shonen series focus on weak young men who gradually become stronger. They have a strong focus on maritial arts training and fighting. They also both have regular "everyday" episodes. In addition both have strong engaging plotlines that rarely let up. The best about both series is the focus placed on the lead maturing as the series progresses. If you liked one there's a good chance you'll like the other. 


Both Hitman Reborn and Kenichi have similarities one of them is that Tsuna main character in Hitman Reborn and Kenichi in HSDK were weak ,but then a tutor came to them both and they gradually started to get stronger.Even though Kenichi is not so much about the friendship as it is in Hitman Reborn they are very alike and if you liked either HSDK or Hitman Reborn you'll like the other one too :)


In both series of History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi and Kateikyoushi Hitman Reborn! we have the protagonist who both share common identies, both have same recations to some situations and are kind, good hearted and WEAK.

Over the course of the both series at the hands of both what appears to be shady and dark character(s) (Reborn in Kateikyoushi Hitman Reborn! and Master(s) in Kenichi) experience hardships from training. But both endure their training and find their strengths.The animation is good, with background adapations to explain the characters and statements. Both are of different genre (mafia and martial arts), both have character develpment and see the growth of both.


Both Kenichi and KHR focus on a young male who trains to reach his potential. The main characters both start out as weak while gain strength and confidence as the series progresses.


Watching Get Backers, the show just reminded me of Hunter x Hunter. I think most of this is because of the impressions the characters left me with. Each show features people who possess skills beyond what most people are capable of. The personalities of the main characters show some similarities with one being happy-go-lucky (Ginji/Gon) and the other being more down-to-earth and serious (Ban/Killua), and other counterparts in supporting characters can be found as well. While Get Backers tends to have shorter standalone adventures, some of their longer story arcs have the same feel as those in Hunter x Hunter.


Weak, somewhat useless, reluctant protagonist is thrust into a world of superpowered fighting and is trained by well-meaning and yet violent masters/tutor. There are many differences between the two, as you will be able to tell from the synopsis, but the similarities make this a fairly obvious recommendation.

One note for Kenichi fans hoping to start Reborn! You HAVE to get past the first 20 episodes. They are seriously boring, and you will be tempted to abandon it, but I promise it gets SO much better.


Both of these series are shounen/action animes and revolve around two pretty wimpy male characters. They eventually come across a senseis/tutors, and after rigorous training get much stronger along the way. they are both fun to watch with some comedy thrown into both. Reborn is much longer and the first twenty episodes are comical types to establish the characters, while kenichi is 50 episodes so it doesnt take as long as reborn for the action to take place but you'll still have to get past a few episodes. overall if you like Kenichi i have a feeling you'll love reborn because it only gets better.

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Air Gear

Air Gear

What if roller skates had high power engines that enabled the skaters to do stunning new tricks that defy gravity? What if you saw a beautiful girl effortlessly glide through the air with them? To Ikki, this is reason enough to secretly borrow a pair of Air Treck skates, and step into an underground world filled with gang fights and strange customs. Enamored with high-flying stunts and the flirtatious Simca, Ikki forms an Air Treck gang of his own and starts a life of fighting rival gangs and flying over the rooftops, chasing the girl always one kick ahead of him.


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Both Kenichi and Air Gear are all about gaining power and being free. These are feel good anime that have tragedy elements, and focus on being the best you can be, and racing to reach the top.


Like the mind-blowing ( combat ) moves? Then you will definitely love this series. Both Ikki and Kenichi have to stuggle with opponents and friends to do what they want, and fight for their own "freedom".


Both series start with your average person. No different from you and me, but when they set a goal on their mind, they stop at nothing until they reach it. For Ikki Sky King, for Kenichi, it's all about protecting others. Becoming Stronger in order to protect the one's you Love.


Both of these animes feature a protagonist whom goes from zero to hero over the course of the anime. Both start out with little experience in their chosen field, but quickly climb the ranks through battles and training. Both anime feature broad casts of characters, gang battles, and plenty of backstory. If you like one, you'll probably like the other. 


they both are hilarious at times but have some serious parts to them in which the action is amazing. So if your looking for something to keep you interested the whole time and keep you laughing along the way you should seriously watch one of these.

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Fifteen-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki is a typical teen with fighting skills, two caring sisters and a special trait: he can see ghosts. However, when Ichigo and his family find themselves under attack by a huge beast, Ichigo discovers that there’s more to the supernatural world than the everyday specter. Vengeful spirits known as Hollows roam the world in search of devouring souls, and Shinigami – soul reapers – work tirelessly to defeat them and guide normal ghosts into a place called Soul Society. Ichigo valiantly fights the Hollow that threatens his sisters, but on the verge of defeat a Shinigami named Rukia gives him her powers, turning him into a Shinigami himself. Ichigo must now adjust to his new life of both vanquishing and saving souls for the sake of Soul Society.

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Bleach and Kenichi are both about fighting and have comedy. Only in Kenichi, the anime is about martial arts, while in Bleach the people have special powers. That doesn't really matter that much though, because they both give you the same feeling and are great anime.


Unlike Kenichi, Ichigo in Bleach wants to fight whenever he gets the chance, but he also wishes to be the strongest in order to protect his friends. Ichigo may be a badass, but he's good at heart.


One of the most popular on-going animes out there ! The show is about fighting like Kenichi and similary to Kenichi the protagonist fights for his friends. The anime shows that the will to save your friend or precious persons can push you through your limits and gives you the power to protect them. It's good! BELIEVE IT :P!


Kurosaki Ichigo, the Shinigami and Kenichi Weak Legs, the Weakest person in school. Both fighting for what they believe is right and for the people they love. Sacrificing everything for them, in a fight they cannot lose, or it would mean the destruction of everything they love.


Both of these animes deal with some rather interesting fighting styles. While Kenichi deals mostly with hand-to-hand combat, and Bleach deals with sword-fighting techniques, it is certain that a battle is the only way for the protagonist to grow. There is a fair amount of comedy and action in both animes, as well as side-ecchi. 

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