History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi

Alt titles: Shijou Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi

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Eyeshield 21

Eyeshield 21

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!

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Berserk81 Berserk81 says...

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.

Thrawn Thrawn says...

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.

Reborn!

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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Gopherfanman Gopherfanman says...

Kenichi and Reborn! both star incredibly timid and weak high school boys. Both Tsuna and Kenichi also are motivated by their feelings for their friends and especially the girl they like. The battles get more extreme as each series progresses and the comedic nature stays strong throughout the series.

Hikaru no Go

Hikaru no Go

While rummaging through his grandfather's possessions, Hikaru Shindo stumbles upon an old bloodstained Go board. Much to his surprise, he also finds that the board is inhabited by the spirit of Fujowara no Sai, a Go instructor to the Emperor during the Heian period... and he's going to reside in Hikaru's body! Urged on by Sai, Hikaru begins to play - albeit with no intention of playing seriously; though as Sai teaches his host about Go, he awakens both Hikaru's interest in the game as well as an innate hidden talent for it. Before long he finds himself paving his own path in the world of Go. Although Hikaru is naturally skilled, does he have what it takes to defeat his rival, Akira, without Sai's help? And will he ever be able to achieve the ultimate move known as the ‘Hand of God'?

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Gopherfanman Gopherfanman says...

A board game vs. martial arts doesn't seem very similar at all. However, if you think of each game Hikaru plays as a fight, they relate quite well. Two protagonists slowly growing stronger by taking on new challenges. Kenichi and Hikaru also both have incredible masters. I know nothing about Go, even after watching Hikaru no Go, but I still enjoyed it a lot.

xxxHolic

xxxHolic

At first glance, Kimihiro Watanuki appears to be a normal high school student; but little do people know that not only is Watanuki able to see spirits, but he's also a magnet for them! One day, after being chased by one such spirit, Watanuki happens upon a strange building. There he meets a mysterious witch named Yuuko, who claims she can get rid of his ability to see spirits - for a price: Watanuki must work as her housekeeper until he has paid off the cost of granting his wish. Now Watanuki's eyes are being opened to an entirely new side of the world as he assists Yuuko in her work, all while balancing the housework, his schoolwork, and most importantly, ensuring that Yuuko is never out of sake!

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Gopherfanman Gopherfanman says...

xxxHolic features a lot of asian mystical elements, unlike Kenichi. But the protagonists are somewhat similar and some of the comedy elements are similar.

Hajime no Ippo

Hajime no Ippo

Ippo Makunouchi is an average and overly-shy high school teenager. His mother runs a fish boat shop and he constantly has to help her with it, and thus has no friends. Constantly bullied because of this, Ippo wonders what it would be like to be strong. A chance encounter with Takamura Mamoru, an up and coming boxer in the Japanese ranks, leads to Ippo's revelation that he has an incredible punch. Takamura sees potential in Ippo, and brings him into Kamogawa Gym. Thus begins Ippo's journey to discover just what it's like to be a winner. With a fighting spirit, can Ippo eventually become a professional boxer?

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Gopherfanman Gopherfanman says...

Both are really long and well known Shounen series. Ippo and Kenichi both started as good for nothing losers. Though Kenichi  is bothered by this more than Ippo, the similar origins led me to enjoy both characters. They also both have some pretty cool fighting scenes!