Type: Kung-Fu Fighting
Synopsis: Shirahama Kenichi is a looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooser. But he wants to be better. He wants to be the champion of the oppressed, the lone vigil in the night. Oh, who am I kidding! All he wants to do is get into some girl’s weird purple spandex pants. And with the help of 5 martial arts masters, he might just do that.
Pros: The greatest thing about Kenichi the Mightiest Disciple is it’s simple foundation. Kenichi is a young man with no fighting talent whatsoever, but through sheer hard work, he manages to become a great warrior. The best thing is, Kenichi doesn’t go out trying to be the best. His only real motivation is trying to become strong enough to protect the Dojo’s daughter, his only real friend. But the whole situation get out of hand, and he’s sorta forced into continually improving himself. The whole idea of having to slowly work his way up the ranks of the town’s local gang leaders, who all somehow know Martial Arts, is great. It also has a fun cast of characters, and each of Kenichi’s Masters are very entertaining personalities.
Cons: My main gripe with Kenichi the Mightiest Disciple is it’s animation style. Don’t get me wrong, their are no glaring animation problems, nor is the animation itself of poor quality. But it just doesn’t match the tone of the source material. The animation style doesn’t do a proper job of making the fighting exciting. The fight scenes look way too generic, which is the one thing in an action show that should not look average. The rest of the show is honestly pretty hit or miss. It has pretty great character moments between the cast, but the conflict in the show isn’t exactly Sheakespere, its a great idea, but a mild execution.
Watch it?: Yeah. It’s a pretty fun Martial Arts anime. (4/5)
MVP: Shirahama Kenchi
From Zero to Hero
Best Episode: Ep.49 “The Mightiest Transformation! The Ryōzanpaku Rhythm!” (Imitation is the heart of Martial Arts)