Minoru Kohinata has just become a student at Reinan University, a learning institute known for training Olympic-caliber athletes and martial artists – not for its academics. Having been kicked off the gymnastics team, Minoru’s only link to his former sport is his long-time friend Nana. But after trying to protect her from harm and being saved by the ruthless karate expert Ryuuji Mutou, Minoru finds himself quickly involved in the 2nd Karate Club, eager to finally become stronger.
The two are kind of like light and dark versions of Martial Arts manga. While Karate Shoukoushi is light and humourous at times, Holyland deals with the darkside of street fights and gangs. Both involve excellent characters and some very epic ass-kicking scenes. Both a must read for martial arts fans.
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...
Holyland and The Breaker start off with two extremely weak kids who get bullied and want to become stronger. Holylands a bit more down to earth and there's no super Ki moves. The atmosphere in Holyland is a bit more darker, but both mangas deal with the underworld. Both Holyland and The Breaker center around the two boys and how they are determined to never back down. They will do whatever it takes to achieve the power to protect their friends and themselves.
Very good mangas with fantastic fast pace plots. If u haven't read them, you should start now.
Kiichi Niyazawa is a young, but tough "Darkfighter" who participates in underground, no-holds-barred mixed martial arts fights to earn enough money to look after his sick father. As mafia boss Rikimaru’s ace, Kiichi lives, eats and sleeps fighting in order to beat any opponent and save up as much cash as it takes to cure his dad. However, in a world of underhanded mafia using whatever dirty methods possible to win each bout and collect on their winnings, Kiichi’s determination to have a fair fight is a rarity. Now the honourable lad must fight against opponents that are out for blood, but can he really win and rise to the top so he can gain the strength he needs to cure his father and take revenge on the man who put him in hospital in the first place?
Though Holyland and Tough differ between light and dark, the principle remains the same. Our main protagonist, who is a young man, strives to make it into the world through martial arts. They dedicate everything towards strengthening themselves to win. Both protagonists have the same ideas and only want to move up in the world. They live by fighting. Though their backgrounds may differ, each guy has had a tragedy within his youth. As the story progresses, the fights to achieve their Holyland, or sheer strength, become harder. Give Holyland or Tough a try as the main characters struggle to become something in the world.