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.
If you liked Full Contact or Karate Shoukoushi Kohinata Minoru, you'd like the other because they both have a basis in martial arts. They both center around somewhat shy individuals that start karate and become good at it. As the stories develop you see how each trains with their friends and gets stronger while develping rivals.
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.
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.