4.041 out of 5 from 191 votes
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.
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.
Koushi Inuzuka wants to be a prosecutor. He has excellent grades, good morals and is very popular. However, his father is a talented martial artist who wants Koushi to follow in his footsteps, and he is hiding an important secret! When Koushi was younger, he was betrothed to the daughter of his father’s rival: Momoko, the strongest bride in the world! She’s cute, devoted, and a talented martial artist; and with Koushi’s father’s blessing, she is now the newest member of the Inuzuka household – much to Koushi’s dismay! Now, all Koushi wants to do is live a normal life and become a great prosecutor… but with two martial artists to deal with, can he keep his path – and sanity – intact?
Both Zippy Ziggy and Sumomomo Momomo feature an intelligent, but cowardly male lead who has a sneaky way of dealing with pople around him. In both cases they get involved with martial arts against their will. Did I mention that both of those series are hilarious comedies? If you liked on of those series, you'll probably going to like the other one too.
After the death of her parents, Tsukasa turns to her classmate Ryuji, a yakuza boss, for shelter and a job. Ryuji is generally grave, but purposefully indebts Tsukasa to him so that she has to keep working for him, and he can keep his friend near him. Tsukasa is a simple-minded girl who desperately searches for money to pay off her debts to Ryuji. To make money, she takes on suspicious jobs in addition to being Ryuji's bodyguard, but always ends up in trouble. Ryuji and Tsukasa take turns saving each other as they fight together against the spread of dangerous drugs and weaponry that would destroy Tokyo even more than it has already degraded.
I highly recommend reading both! They each have there own gender bending and amazing fight scenes. I really enjoyed Zippy Ziggy because I just couldn't stop laughing out loud while I read it. Have fun!