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History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi

Alt titles: Shijou Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi

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  • Vol: 56+; Ch: 575+
  • 2002 - ?
4.473 out of 5 from 2,502 votes
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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.

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Manga Relations

Manga Name Year Relation Type More Info
Shijou Saikyou no Gaiden 2007 TBD

Anime Relations

Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi TV 2006 Anime Adaptation
History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi OVA OVA 2012 TBD
History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi OVA Specials DVD Special 2013 TBD
Name Role
Syun MATSUENA Artist
Syun MATSUENA Author

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History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi Goshin 7.5/10 May 23, 2012
Shijou Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi Goshin 7.5/10 May 23, 2012
History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi RustfordJC 6.5/10 Oct 8, 2011
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When Gangryong was in middle school, a powerful martial artist named Yoochun saved him from a group of bullies. Eager to become stronger, the boy begged Yoochun to train him; and after several years of preparation, the man finally agrees to teach him his special skill, Lightning Fist. But soon, Gangryong is approached by a seedy organization named Reunion with a message: Yoochun is dead by their hands, and as his successor, the boy must become a member of Reunion. Once he becomes as strong as his deceased mentor, Gangryong can know more about Yoochun's death. And so, the would-be martial artist heads to a special school for Reunion candidates, eager to fight foes and allies to prove his strength along the way.

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Both anime are focused on martial arts and the main character is suddenly taken to somewhere to to learn martial arts and eventually after a few months they become so strong that they can take down people who've been training all their lives and eventually fight against another group other than theirs.



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

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Both Zippy Ziggy and History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi feature a physically weak boy who joins (or is made to join) a dojo in order to become strong. Both of those series also feature a very strong female lead who pretends to be weak and who is already part of the dojo. You could say that the main duo in History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi are nice kids. Compare to them their Zippy Ziggy counter parts are massively messed up. Although Zippy Ziggy doesn't contain as many fights as History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi, you're probably still going to enjoy one if you liked the other.