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Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple: Season 1, Part One

4.9 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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Yeah, Kenichi’s a total wimp. He’s always getting picked on and doesn’t have a lot of friends to stick up for him. The guy needs motivation if he hopes to graduate in one piece.

Well, Miu’s the perfect motivation. She’s hot, she accepts him, and she just so happens to live at a dojo with six martial arts masters. You could say fate has led Kenichi to their door, or you could say he was just following the hottie. Either way, he’s about to get whipped into serious shape. If he can survive some hard-core training, he might survive another day at school. He might even score with Miu. Yeah, you could call Kenichi a wimp. But let’s go with underdog instead.



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Product Details

  • Actors: Josh Grelle, Carrie Savage
  • Directors: Monica Rial
  • Format: Animated, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: March 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 312 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001OMZYDQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,947 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple: Season 1, Part One" on IMDb

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Kenichi the Mightiest Disciple is a simple action comedy that is very entertaining. The character himself is the nice guy underdog who is completely isolated at the beginning. Since his strength is lacking and he has no friends he is often mocked at the very least and beat on the very worst. I don't want to talk about key points in the plot but its engaging to see Kenichi evolve to become both physically and emotionally stronger. His training and the various interactions between characters are quite humorous and the fights are well done.

When he fights a tough opponent it is plausible he is able to be a contender because his training is not only sadistically harsh and long but also he learns counter moves. They go into great detail about the fighting styles in this anime. What they are used for, their strengths and weaknesses, and how they are learned (performed). I hope my review was helpful and I hope enough people enjoy (purchase) Kenichi that funimation will license the rest of the show (they licensed 26 out of 50 episodes to test the product.)

This DVD Contains 13 Episodes and B will have 13 Since Funi only licensed the first 26. Trailers and clean opening/ending are the only special features included here... standard/generic special features only. Total Run time for the 13 episodes is 312 Minutes.

Edit: Part Two is Available Now.
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I wouldn't normally be saying that about a fighting anime. Usually the story and characters of that genre just don't appeal to me. That couldn't be further from the truth in this case. This show is so well done I just couldn't help but to fall for it. In fact every now and then I invite my anime loving friends over and we marathon the series from beginning to end over a few days. It just never get's old.

Kenichi The Mightiest Disciple is about a boy known by many as "Weak Knee's Kenichi" Who has spent most of his life being pushed around. What others didn't notice about him was while he was taking those beatings he never gave in. What he lacked wasn't heart, it was strength, endurance, and most of all training. From the beginning his masters explained to him in no uncertain terms he has absolutely no natural talent, mental or physical. He would have to struggle against nature itself to be remade. That in a nutshell is what this show is all about. Be warned the show is extremely silly at times but that's the world of Kenichi. I recommend this anime to anyone who likes fighting anime's but also to those who (like me) are kind of turned off by them. This show is different enough from your standard beat'em up that its worth a look. I think you'll be glad you did. I can tell you without one bit of buyers remorse that I own the whole series.
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Ever wish you bought Microsoft back in 1992, sometimes I remember thinking about it then. When I do, I realize if I had I'd have become seriously rich, and could do lots fo things like finance a movie or a TV series. After saving Firefly, the Joss Whedon series, the next thing I think I'd want to finance would be History's Strongest Disciple. Yeah, I know that's not the US title of this, but it's still the one I know it by. Kenichi was not received as well as it could have been by fan groups cause many of them were expecting a straight martial arts show. Kenichi is more of a comedic series with an interesting martial arts twist. The martial arts part is blown up to be a bit larger than life, but it works on both a comedic and an action level. The character development in Kenichi is stellar and that's why I think it would make a good live action series as well as anime. Not that far into the series, we all seem to have a handle on his family, his school friends, his enemies, and the mystical dojo that houses six masters of various martial arts.

The plot is simple, I'm not really sending spoilers by saying Kenichi is a wimp who wants to be more than that, and gets his wish with the chance meeting of a new girl at school Miu. They have met before a long time ago, but only Miu puts it together at their first meeting. It is through her that Kenichi gets his opportunity to change himself. There is a subtle point which was meant to preserve the comedy and perhaps prolong the series early on. To explain that I'll go to the manga series, of which there are two. In the first the plot is different and Kenichi becomes a fighter for different reasons and gets stronger much sooner. After about 40 chapters or so they scrapped that story, and started a new one from scratch.
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One of the most addicting anime I have seen in awhile. Surprisingly enough in the anime they use actual martial arts moves. The storyline is incredible that goes to show friendship never can be what we think as well a person can grow if given the chance. I give this anime Two Thumbs Up!
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An anime series about a boy learning martial-arts from a gang of masters sounds... kinda boring. Fortunately it's anything but -- "Kenichi: Season One, Part One" is a solid start to this deliciously oddballish series, with plenty of gutsplitting comedy, explosive action, a hint of romance, and extremely eccentric martial artists. And the "weak knees" main character makes it easy for you to root for him.

Throughout his school life, Kenichi Shirahama has been weak, bullied, friendless and nicknamed "weak knees." He enters the high school karate club to become stronger, but quickly finds himself at the bottom of the food chain -- and challenged to a match by a big muscled thug.

But his life is unexpectedly saved by the new transfer student Miu, who can beat down an entire street gang. She guides him to the Ry'zanpaku dojo where she lives... and where five great martial arts masters currently reside, each at the peak of their skill and strength. Unsurprisingly Kenichi joins up with the hope of becoming stronger, but he soon discovers that their methods are kind of brutal (think racing around the city pulling jiujitsu master Akisame in a tire!). With the strength training -- and a little help from Miu -- Kenichi pulls off a miraculous victory.

Unfortunately, his martial-arts win only leads to more trouble. First he attracts the attention of the cruel Tsukuba, foremost karate fighter at the school; and then he unwittingly gains the attention of Ragnarok, the strongest street gang in the city. While Kenichi tries to keep his life as normal as possible, his new fame as a fighter only causes more chaos for him, as Ragnarok's boxer Takeda and cruel Shinnosuke challenge him to fight.
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