Anime Review: Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple

Anime Review: Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple

It's The Karate Kid, if The Karate Kid were a generic action anime.

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Another great review. But, I missing having these reviews come out on a daily basis.

bue519:
Another great review. But, I missing having these reviews come out on a daily basis.

Watching it that fast and writing about it that fast are two different things. ;)

Great review your explanation really reminds me of "Fighting Spirit" which was not a bad anime was just a little repetitive. These are the kinds of anime that are fun to have playing in the background while doing homework or something along those lines.

bue519:
Another great review. But, I missing having these reviews come out on a daily basis.

I agree although my wallet thanks the escapist for not every day.

wow more bland anime great when the good stuff never gets mentioned.

murphy7801:
wow more bland anime great when the good stuff never gets mentioned.

Have you read the other reviews?

bue519:

murphy7801:
wow more bland anime great when the good stuff never gets mentioned.

Have you read the other reviews?

Im not criticizing the quality of the reviews just alot anime seems stuck in the dragon ball z bleach naruto escalating battles where some comes along who is more powerful and you have to up the power.

murphy7801:

bue519:

murphy7801:
wow more bland anime great when the good stuff never gets mentioned.

Have you read the other reviews?

Im not criticizing the quality of the reviews just alot anime seems stuck in the dragon ball z bleach naruto escalating battles where some comes along who is more powerful and you have to up the power.

But that seems true with almost every form of entertainment. There are crappy games, movies, and books. Although I do think that anime has somewhat limited library in comparison to other forms of entertainment, which makes the crappy stuff stink that much more.

bue519:

murphy7801:

bue519:

murphy7801:
wow more bland anime great when the good stuff never gets mentioned.

Have you read the other reviews?

Im not criticizing the quality of the reviews just alot anime seems stuck in the dragon ball z bleach naruto escalating battles where some comes along who is more powerful and you have to up the power.

But that seems true with almost every form of entertainment. There are crappy games, movies, and books. Although I do think that anime has somewhat limited library in comparison to other forms of entertainment, which makes the crappy stuff stink that much more.

Yes but I find there is some really creative anime but people seem to flock to what I would call more adolescent aimed show 10-16 yet there alot older if look outside Jp.

The manga is better, by virtue of it not being finished yet (street gangs are the least of your worries). Great review. Kenichi is typical shonen fair though, so if it surpasses your expectations, it clearly did something out of the ordinary.

KValentine:
Anime Review: Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple

It's The Karate Kid, if The Karate Kid were a generic action anime.

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How would you say it stacks up against shows like Hajime No Ippo, which seems right up the same alley? I haven't seen Kenichi, but I felt Hajime No Ippo did a good job of balancing its quirky humor, fairly well animated fights and a realistic story as to why he would be constantly going up against stronger opponents, it's a boxing tournament.

the show has its issues. but i actually really enjoyed it in the end. its not fantastic or anything. but its pretty enjoyable if you can ignore the fan service.
it gets a lot better in the second season as well. the leaders of the gang are much more interesting foes. siegfried alone makes the show worth watching.

Didn't know there was a black market in beach balls, though girls smuggling them makes sense.

Yeah, that's basically "Histories Strongest Disciple Kenichi." Oh, and I still call it be the more direct translation title, because, well, I've been calling it that since 12th grade (I'm technically going into my third year in college.)

An excellent review, covering the major problem with the series (the whole not actually showing large parts of the fights), but, well... eh, it was something to watch in between subbing of Busou Renkin.

I haven't seen this, but I wonder if Miu's figure stands up to the stereotypical women of One Piece. Those women are easily the farthest from the actual human form than I have ever seen.

In any case, another great review, seems like they keep giving you average anime's to review though, well whatever, just keep up the good reviews.

Slycne:

KValentine:
Anime Review: Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple

It's The Karate Kid, if The Karate Kid were a generic action anime.

Read Full Article

How would you say it stacks up against shows like Hajime No Ippo, which seems right up the same alley? I haven't seen Kenichi, but I felt Hajime No Ippo did a good job of balancing its quirky humor, fairly well animated fights and a realistic story as to why he would be constantly going up against stronger opponents, it's a boxing tournament.

I only saw a couple episodes of Hajime no Ippo during college a few years ago. I remember being more interested in HnI after getting drawn into his story and was curious how they could make boxing interesting. Too bad the guy showing me that series got expelled before I could catch more and I forgot about the series until now.

The manga seems better. that is all I have to say about it...

I have read the review and I must say I am surprised. I have seen all the series that was subbed, and say it is a great series. I am also current with the Manga.

I think what puzzles me is the reviewer has not really done his homework as the martial moves in the anime are genuine move in the particular martial arts.
The actual author in the Manga has discussed with various martial artist about their art and put it into the Manga.

They are subtle, so the non-martial artist won't worry too much about it, but they are there to be seen. I also found it interesting how the author mixed some mythology and history subtly into the anime. Again, it isn't in your face, but it is there if you are interested.

I think most people who don't appreciate this series, don't see that there is more depth than you first give credit to the series. But, I suppose you see what you can see.

This is where the reviewer has let themselves down very badly.

I think the character is astounding. I have seen Ramma 1/2. I can say I found these characters better, and more humorous.

The whole arc of the two series comes together nicely, and the sub-plots are amusing.

How would I describe the series as GREAT!!!

It is under-rated that those that only use one eye to view someting.

GREAT!!!!
BRILLANT!!!
GREAT!!!!!

Umm ok I'll skip it. Honestly the ads for it looked kinda boring.

i agree with you completely. this is a great anime.like the reviewer said it may be a similar anime, but there are a thousand love books written, yet they still sell. this world is getting bigger and bigger with so many ideas- they are most likely to repeat in several things...

but like how you stated that each technique that is explained is a real move! the writer did a great job explaining history, philosophies, and when the best time to use the moves are.

personally when i watched it i was surprised because a lot of action anime don't get into much detail of realistic moves.

but atleast Miu isn't an ignorant and dumb "physique" girl like a lot of anime. and kenichi isn't to stupid.

i think the reviewer would have given it a better rating if it wasn't so close to the timeline of the popular naruto and bleach series. it may look like this one is a copy cat, but if it would have came out later, it would be more popular.

i think its an outstanding series and hopes it gets completely dubbed and doesn't run on[and become dismissed] like inuyasha.

I thought it was awesome. Sure, the pattern was amazingly predictable with its "be defeated, learn new moves, win!" formula but some pretty odd plot twists do keep you entertained from episode to episode. Just as you may start to get bored however, it picks up and finishes the season with a nice bang.
I know a lot of hardcore anime fans will be disappointed with it but I've recommended this series to quite a few people and they've always come back to me with nothing but good things to say.
In short, I wouldn't be too quick to skip over this anime if you have yet to see it. Its worth at least checking out the first few episodes and going from there.

this anime is very good, not as extreme as dbz or bleach and with a pretty standard plot it still delivers a very good story along with its unique humour through out the anime, i do recommend it as a must see anime if you are really into your martial arts/action animes. if you have trouble finding episodes you can always find them at http://www.watchkenichiepisodes.com/. With still an ongoing manga which seems to be pretty popular it wouldnt surprise me if they release a new season, they have enough material to work with to do so.

I have to disagree with this review completely. this is my favorite battle manga that is running at present.

I love the manga and the only problem i have with the anime is how early it finished. true that the anime is not as strong as the manga but that is always the case.

and what i find that put it apart from Bleach or naruto and other battle manga is that there is no super powers, no stupid powerups that make him win. he starts off weak, trains and train and trains. and slowly gains strength. where Now in the manga he is amazing and there is really no set time where i can say o he powered up through magic training lessons or yelling alot. its a build up manga and my favorite battle manga

but yea to bad the anime only covered the starting story. the whole 52 episodes really only cover the prologue of the whole story.

This is a great series. i have only recently been introduced to Kenichi: the strongest disciple ( April 9 2010), and i have watched all the episodes and read all the manga releases.

I disagree with the review. I am a die hard naruto fan, but this series has attracted my attention more.

Though the review say it is standard plot, the main character does not have it easy. unlike all the other anime i have watched, this character is a total loser at the start, he has no talent no special features. He does not have the 'i can do anything, nothing is a problem' attitude like naruto, he is a complete coward. Indeed no one will go through such difficult training without some fear. kenichi has demonstrate that and even showed it openly, however it is because he has a goal that he over comes his fear (along with his masters advice and trickery). everytime he trains and defeats an opponent, a stronger one is introduced an he has to train even more. He has grown to become very strong and yet he is still has a long way to go. the series lack alot of special features that other anime have such as super powers, but that is what makes this more realistic than any other anime.

I hope that they would continue with the anime as it is indeed one of my favorite battle manga ( one of my top ten).

A relatively good series, you have a point about the show spreading itself out too thin though, it's certainly not terrible by any stretch but it fails to be as awesome as some of my favorite series.

OK, I just need to get this off of my chest right now, and I apologize to the people who like this show, so here goes:

God, I really hate this god damn show.

OK. now that I have that out of the way: Kenichi is by far one of my favourite manga to date. Easily ranking up there with the fun weird screw-ball weirdness of Beelzebub and of course the clichéd 'overly hated because it's so popular' Naruto, Bleach and One Piece, collectively known as "The Big Three".

so obviously, when I saw that there was an animated adaptation, I feared for many things that I hold sacred. Now that I've watched the show, I can honestly say that it was really one of those anime that could have been amazing, but didn't deliver where it counted most. The major thing that drew me into this show was, (other than Miu, Shigure-sensie and the, in my opinion total hotties, Kisara and Freya) was the possibility of seeing the masters of all of the most brutally efficient martial arts in the world, and in the case of some of the villains some of the most brutally effective but relatively unknown martial arts in the world, brought to life in a martial arts anime that didn't involve spiky golden hair and apocalyptic battles that never f&%#ing went anywhere for 6 episodes.

So, what did I get? Stop motion! No, not even stop motion. I got the exact same pages that i had just read in the manga, with the manga making it seem more awesome and action packed because that's what I go into a manga expecting. (and really they are the same frames, I checked most of them, before getting tired of reading the manga again)

Now to be fair, there were a couple of episodes that i did kind of like, but depressingly, those episodes had nothing to do with martial arts. probably my favorite is the episode when Kenichi finally gets his chance with Miu, but he keeps blowing it, or it keeps getting blown by other people. sorry if i just spoiled a rather pointless filler episode, that really has nothing to do with the main plot, or was even a chapter in the manga. (thats right, i liked the f&$#ing FILLER episode more than the real show)

But otherwise it was a decent show, for the most part the voice acting is dead on and your wondering how other shows cant match voice to character this well. And I admit that it is awesome to see the characters brought to life in full animation. although I would LOVE to see them remake this and actually bring in 1 Shadow 9 Fists (or known more compactly as: Yami). I think those guys are great Villains and Anti-Heros who make for a more compelling story by actually giving the Masters of Ryōzanpaku a real reason to show off their awesome skill other than just... showing off their awesome skill for the sake of... showing off their awesome skill... you get the picture.

Bottom line for me: Love the manga, really thought that the anime could have been so much more.
P.S. sorry if this reply went to long. I've been meaning to get this off my chest for a while. sorry readers.

D_linquent:
unlike all the other anime i have watched, this character is a total loser at the start, he has no talent no special features. He does not have the 'i can do anything, nothing is a problem' attitude like naruto, he is a complete coward. Indeed no one will go through such difficult training without some fear. kenichi has demonstrate that and even showed it openly, however it is because he has a goal that he over comes his fear (along with his masters advice and trickery). everytime he trains and defeats an opponent, a stronger one is introduced an he has to train even more. He has grown to become very strong and yet he is still has a long way to go.

For more "true zero-to-hero" Epicness of a similar subplot: read Katekyo Hitman Reborn. It rocks.

 

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