Manga Monday: History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi by Shun Matsuena

Michael Blaker
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This week for Manga Monday I’m covering a series that ended on a poor note, but otherwise was fairly good. It’s History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi by Shun Matsuena!

Plot Synopsis: The story focuses on Kenichi Shirahama, a 16-year-old high school student and a long-time victim of bullying. At the beginning of the story, he befriends transfer student Miu Fūrinji; and desires to become stronger, he follows her to Ryōzanpaku, a dojo housing several masters of diverse martial arts, led by her grandfather Hayato Fūrinji.

Plot: Kenichi is the saddest, most pathetic main character I’ve read since Tsuna from Reborn!. That said he goes through some great character development and becomes a real badass while still maintaining his humble attidue. The series is one long battle series however, if that isn’t your thing you will hate this series.

Characters: I love all the different masters at Ryōzanpaku, each of them is flawed in hilarious ways, the Karate master being a notorious drunken brawler for example. The rest of the cast is also very interesting.

Art: The art for this series is amazing, and while it does focus a bit too much on fan service it’s otherwise really amazing.

Overall: If you want a good martial arts series you need to read this one.

For those who like: Martial Arts, Comedy, Action, Lots of Fight scenes, Weakling Main Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

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