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Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple
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(Shijō Saikyō no Deshi Ken'ichi)
Genre Martial arts, Comedy, Romance, Action
Author Syun Matsuena
Publisher Japan Shogakukan
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Shōnen Sunday
Original run August 9, 2002 – ongoing
Volumes 35 (List of volumes)
TV anime
Director Hajime Kamegaki
Studio TMS Entertainment
Licensor United States Canada Funimation Entertainment
Network Japan TV Tokyo
English network United States Funimation Channel
Original run October 7, 2006September 29, 2007
Episodes 50 (List of episodes)
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Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple (史上最強の弟子ケンイチ Shijō Saikyō no Deshi Ken'ichi ?, lit. History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi) is a Japanese manga by Syun Matsuena serialized in the weekly manga magazine Shōnen Sunday.

The first tankōbon was published in August 9, 2002. An anime adaptation by Tokyo Movie Shinsha aired from October 2006 to September 2007.

This manga is a remake of Tatakae! Ryōzanpaku Shijō Saikyō no Deshi (戦え!梁山泊 史上最強の弟子 ?, lit. Fight! Ryōzanpaku, History's Strongest Disciple), which was serialized in the monthly manga magazine Shōnen Sunday Super, publishing five tankōbon between 2000 and 2002.



The story focuses on Kenichi Shirahama, an average 16-year-old high school student who has been picked on his whole life. However, after a month into his freshman year, he meets and befriends the mysterious transfer student, Miu Fūrinji. Driven by his desire to become stronger and to protect those around him, he follows her to Ryōzanpaku, a dojo for those who are truly strong and have mastered their arts gather. After learning basics from Miu, Kenichi is able to beat a high ranking member of the school's karate club, and becomes a target for all the delinquents in the school. Subsequently, Kenichi's daily routine is divided between hellish training under the six masters of Ryōzanpaku, and his fights against the members of Ragnarok, a gang that views him as either a possible ally or an impending threat to their plans. After defeating Ragnarok, he faces a new enemy called YOMI, a group of disciples who are each personally trained by a master of an even bigger organization rivaling Ryōzanpaku, Yami. Along with former members of Ragnarok who join the Shinpaku Alliance, a group created by Kenichi's schoolmate Haruo Niijima, Kenichi now fights Yami to prove his ideals and protect those in need.


Kenichi Shirahama (白浜 兼一 ( ケンイチ ) Shirahama Kenichi ?) Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (Japanese), Josh Grelle (English)
Kenichi is a first year high school student, who likes botany and reading How to... books. He was initially viewed as a weakling by the rest of his school, and was ranked as the weakest student. In order to become strong enough to protect others, he becomes a disciple of the Ryōzanpaku Dojo, and eventually lives there, so he can fully embrace his masters' teachings. Despite his whiny nature, he grows to be a strong fighter when motivated, usually when using his skill to protect others, adversary and ally alike. Although his masters and many of his opponents refer to him as someone with zero talent for martial arts, it is implied that his stubbornness and talent for hard work serve just as well.
Miu Furinji (風林寺 美羽 Fūrinji Miu ?) Voiced by: Tomoko Kawakami (Japanese), Carrie Savage (English)
Miu is a curvaceous first year high school student, who also happens to be in the same class as Kenichi. Miu has a gentle nature despite being an incredibly strong and talented fighter trained by her grandfather, the elder of the Ryōzanpaku Dojo, since childhood. Miu is quite eager to make friends, and treasures her friendship with Kenichi, but seems oblivious to his true feelings for her, though she does get jealous whenever another girl shows affection for him and has on various occasions hinted towards having deeper feelings for him, such as getting embarrassed when people suggest they are a couple.


Dou (動 Motion)
A Dou type martial artist relies on his anger to exceed his limits. According to the manga, Apachai, Sakaki, and Miu are all Dou types. Dou types are more prone to follow the path of Asura, because they fight unrestrained with anger, and can hardly control themselves when fighting. However, because Apachai, Sakaki, and Miu are kind by nature, they can still uphold the principles of katsujin-ken.
Sei (静 Silence)
A Sei type martial artist doesn't fight to kill his enemy. According to the manga, it actually means that this type of martial artist fights not with power or anger, but with skill and wit. These traits are evident in Kensei, Akisame, Hayato, and Kenichi. This principle requires a state of calmness and a clarity of mind.
The Path of the Asura
The path of the martial artist who pursues power in order to crush all who oppose them. Isshinsai Ogata is one notable example of one who has accepted this principle. Those who walk this path will eventually use this power to kill.
Literally the killing fist. The yin belief that martial arts were created to kill and destroy. Yami embodies this principle and recognizes that it cannot prove that satsujin-ken is the true meaning of martial arts without defeating Ryozanpaku, who embodies the principle of katsujin-ken.
Literally the saving fist. The yang belief that martial arts were created to save and protect lives. Even without the resources and manpower of Yami, the masters of Ryozanpaku are bent on upholding this principle.



The "History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi" manga is currently serialized in Shōnen Sunday. The series has been compiled into 34+ tankōbon. The manga series follows the story past the ending seen in the anime, in which Kenich encounters members of Yami and their respective masters.


An anime adaptation of Kenichi: History's Strongest Disciple animated by Tokyo Movie Shinsha first started airing on October 7, 2006. It aired a total of fifty episodes, covering from the beginning of the story to the confrontation against the top members of Ragnarok. FUNimation is currently in the process of dubbing the series. So far, the first 26 episodes have been released on DVD. Due to the successful DVD sales of the first season, FUNimation was convinced to finish and release the rest of the series. FUNimation confirmed that Season 2 Part 1 will be released on March 9, 2010.

The series made its North American television debut when it aired on FUNimation Channel starting October 26, 2009.


On March 15, 2007, Capcom released the series' first game, Shijō Saikyō no Deshi Kenichi: Gekitō! Ragnarok Hachikengō, exclusively on the PlayStation 2. It is currently only available in Japan. The story is based on the Ragnarok arc which was the main storyline of the anime, so most of the main characters from the anime are in the game. It contains a fast paced versus battle mode with 14 characters. There is also an option to play in story mode or in practice mode for learning new attacks.

Differences between the manga and anime

  • In the manga, Kenichi starts training at Ryōzanpaku after beating Daimonji. Miu's map was so confusing that Kenichi needed Honoka to decipher it for him.
  • A short arc before Kenichi's showdown with Hermit showed that Akisame had brought Kenichi to train in the mountains to learn the art of strategy. However, at the end of the short arc, Kenichi showed that training can surpass even strategy. This arc is not shown in the anime.
  • In the manga, after the second battle between Kenichi and Hermit, there is a short arc where Kenichi and Sakaki challenged another dojo, where one of the members of the Shinpaku Alliance was learning an unsportsmanlike version of martial arts (poking the opponents' eyes, using foldable chairs to attack, etc.). This arc is not shown in the anime.
  • Right after defeating Thor, the next chapter showed Kenichi slacking off in his training as he thought he was strong enough. His masters proved otherwise, with Apachai getting him severely injured. This is not shown in the anime.
  • Right after the arc where Kisara quit Ragnarok, the following 5 chapters followed Hayato's recounts of his meeting with Apachai, and how the latter followed him to Ryōzanpaku. This arc, which is not shown in the anime, was then immediately followed by Nījima's plan 'H' to get Hermit to join the Shinpaku Alliance. This is set after Kenichi went on the mountain retreat with Hayato in the anime, but in the manga, Kenichi participated in the action.
  • There is a short arc where Kenichi's father visited him at the Ryōzanpaku Dojo, and after witnessing the actual training, tried to get Kenichi to return home. He brought along his new gun, rotowski, which he secretly bought without his wife's knowledge.
  • In the manga, the 馬 family (Kensei, Sōgetsu, Renka, etc.) pronounces their family name ば, (Ba); in the anime, and in some translations, this has been changed to the usual Chinese pronunciation, ま (Ma.)
  • Blood in the anime version is either significantly reduced, or removed entirely when compared to the manga.
  • The anime ends before the YOMI arc, thus its existence is omitted. So far there is no news if they are going to make a sequel for the YOMI arc.
  • The anime does end with Kensei stating the "Darkness" has started to move. The Darkness translated into Japanese is YAMI 闇, the Group of Masters in charge of YOMI. This leaves an opening for upcoming seasons.

Differences in Tatakae!! Ryōzanpaku

The plot to the 5 volume monthly predecessor to the series was mostly the same, with a few major differences:

  • Shigure does not exist in the monthly version, and two of the masters are said to be away on a journey (the silhouette of one of them seems to be Shigure, though). Also, Akisame's age is said to be 28 instead of 38, but despite the 10 year age difference his looks are the same.
  • Kenichi and Miu do not attend the same high school.
  • Ma Sougetsu and Ikki Takeda both look completely different. Additionally, Takeda is named Takenouchi (竹ノ内 ?) (possibly a parody of Ippo Makunouchi from Hajime no Ippo) and is the captain of the boxing team. Natsu Tanimoto is also instead named Natsu Sugimoto (杉本 夏 Sugimoto Natsu ?).
  • The group Kenichi battles against is named Snake (スネイク ?) and is headed by three main members: Shōgo Furukawa (吉川 将吾 Furukawa Shōgo ?) (Top One), Natsu Sugimoto/Hermit (Top Two), and Kisara Nanjō (Top Three). The three of them later appeared in Kenichi as members of Ragnarok (Furukawa appeared as Berserker). Ragnarok was used as the name of Snake's rival group.
  • The original Hermit looked exactly (with some slight hair differences) like the new Takeda, still however clothed in the same Hermit outfit.
  • Ryōzanpaku Master Differences: Shio Sakaki had a much slimmer build than in the spinoff, Apachai Hopachai was fashioned in the same clothes, with hair resembling Guile from Street Fighter, Shigure Kosaka is fashioned in more of a stereotypical ninja suit, Elder resembled a more feeble old man, Ma Kensei had the same outfit without his signature hat and a yin yang symbol on his shoulders, and Akisame Koetsuji had shorter hair.
  • Ma Kensei and Ma Sogetsu are adopted brothers instead of real brothers.
  • Kenichi did not mention his never-hit-a-girl policy.
  • Instead of Ogata who saved Natsu when he was little it was Ma Sogetsu.
  • It is a kind old grandpa who adopted Natsu and his sister instead of the other version of a heartless businessman.
  • After Kenichi defeated Shōgo Furukawa (吉川 将吾 Furukawa Shōgo ?) he became the Leader of Snake and become Top 1 reluctantly.
  • Shōgo Furukawa (吉川 将吾 Furukawa Shōgo ?) and Kisara become the newest disciple of Ryōzanpaku.
  • Instead of Mycroft, Christopher Eclair fights Sakaki, but Mycroft makes a cameo appearance in a flashback of Sakaki burying him and Christopher in a desert and he is also mentioned briefly. In the fight between Sakaki and Mycroft (in the monthly manga), Sakaki also makes a reference to the burial. Though Mycroft's hatred for Sakaki is never mentioned in the weekly manga.

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