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Shirihama Kenichi is a weak scaredy-cat, and his status as the karate club's punching bag has earned him the name of ‘Weak Legs'. One day Kenichi meets Miu and, impressed by her skill after she effortlessly throws him to the ground, he follows her to the Ryouzanpaku dojo. There he finds five great masters of martial arts, and driven by his desire to become stronger, he begs them to accept him as their student - though it won't be easy. Kenichi endures harsh training (and injury) from Akisame - the philosophizing Jujitsu master; Apachai - the Muay Thai ‘God of Death'; Kensei - the ecchi Chinese Kempo Master; and Shigure - the weapons prodigy. Finally after proving his determination, he is accepted by Shio - the 100-dan Karate Master, who had initially wanted nothing to do with him. Now Kenichi walks the long and arduous path to becoming a master himself, all whilst trying to protect those he cares about from anyone who would dare to harm them.
Shi-Woon is desperate. He's constantly bullied and getting beat up at school by a gang of thugs, and is on the verge of suicide. Sick of being weak and helpless, the boy turns to the only person he knows who can help: Chun-Woo, a powerful martial artist and also his new teacher. But Chun-Woo won't take Shi-Woon under his wing so easily, and little does the teenager know about how his would-be mentor acquired his fighting talents...
Yes, they are both martial arts mangas, but that aside, the two do have other similarities. Weak protaganist, strong arch enemies encouraging their growth, and even stronger masters leading them, and let's not forget the special morals of our leading men setting them apart. The protaganists even sound alike at times. If you like any of these ideas and want to see them reproduced in completely different settings, then definitely try both of these mangas/manwahs.
Kenichi is more based on traditional martial arts (while still being ridiculously over the top) while the breaker deals with superhuman ki abilities. They both have protagonists that train under insanely strong masters which progress them to become much more powerful. The action is good and entertaining in both, and they also like to include comedy and ecchi aspects.
Both The Breaker and History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi follow the main protagonist and his path to becoming stronger, so that he can better protect those dear to him. The illustration in both series is excellent with the story flowing in a very similar way in both series
Chances are if you liked one, you will like the other.
Crave more over-the-top martial arts action? Like ecchi fanservice? Change 123 is also for you. HiFuMi will remind you of HiFuMi, crazy martial arts skills, insane fathers and all.
History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi and Change 123 have similar plot elements. Both begin with a weak boy befrending (and falling in love with) a bespectacled girl who kicks ass at martial arts. At this point those series do resemble each other quite a bit, but they take two different turns afterwards. In Change 123 the boy stays weak, but there is a significant ammount of romance. On the other hand in History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi the boy gradually becomes stronger and starts to kick ass himself, but the romance isn't really progressing. If you liked one of those series (at least partially), you might want to check the other one as well. Just keep in mind that Change 123 contains quite a bit of ecchi (despite that the story is still there).
Ever since Sena was little, everyone has treated him as an errand boy. His childhood friend, Mamori, even has to protect him from bullies all the time, although she's a girl. Fortunately, in order to evade his tormentors, Sena has developed incredibly fast legs; in fact, Sena is so fast that he is noticed by Himura, the quarterback of a failing football team, who promptly tricks him into joining. However, in order to keep other teams from scouting him, and to keep Mamori from finding out that he's in such a dangerous sport, Sena wears an eyeshield and goes by the name of "Eyeshield 21". For someone like Sena, making it in the tough world of football is a challenge like no other, but also the once-in-a-lifetime chance to become someone others respect!
If you liked History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi or Eyeshield 21, you'd probably like the other because they both are they both involve taking a shy boy and turning them in to a super athlete while adding some comedy at times. Also, in both they have demon like trainers that put them through extreme training to get better.
A wuss by any other name joins up with a sport/dojo. Manly sports/martial arts about breaking people and rough n' tumble. Physical contact sports, and these two nancy boys train up to become kickass players, Kenichi as a badass marial artist and Sena of Eyeshield 21 as a badass running back. The road to kicking ass is a tough one, rife with hard training, physical comedy and thrills about and both journeys are well worth making.
These two manga are very similar, and not just because they are about martial arts. They have a very similar feel to them. Both Otawa and Kenichi in the pursuit of getting stronger, end up in dojo's that are more than they expected, and they both have super strong grandfathers running them. They both have a love interest in the granddaughter, whose also a strong fighter, and both of them have to go through intense, and strange training, in order to get stronger. Although Strongest Disciple is a bit more comedic, and seems to cover a wider variety of martial arts, if you liked one, you should try the other.
If you liked Full Contact or History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi, you'd like the other because they both are about martial arts. They both also chronicle the quest of the main character to become stronger with a "monster" martial artist as the head of the dojo. They each also find a love interest in the daughter/grandaughter of the Dojo head, which causes the Dojo head to make them become strong.
Drawn to the mystique of the unknown, Hunters travel the world in search of terrifying creatures, incredible riches, and unexplored lands. Gon Freecss is a naive-yet-determined young boy who aspires to join the ranks of these individuals, in order to find his missing father Ging - a master of the profession himself. To reach his goal, he partakes in the formidable Hunter Exam, a series of tests that push the participants to their physical and mental limits, with a Hunter License as the prize. During the exam Gon befriends vengeful Kurapika, doctor-to-be Leorio, and skilled assassin Killua, who have entered for their own reasons. But with the sinister Hisoka standing in their way, will Gon and his friends be able to succeed in obtaining their reward, or even escaping with their lives?
Both of these are great series! Great fight scenes, great character development and great plot lines.
Both involve a boy who wants to get stronger, and does get stronger as time goes on. Both are really great manga. Although Hunter X Hunter is Fantasy, while History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi is more of a Martial Arts manga. You will love them both!