Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple Season 2 DVD Review
“Kenichi” is long on action, but short on story.
The story of “Kenichi” revolves around a formerly wimpy high school teen (Kenichi) who learns to fight after training at the Ryozanpaku dojo. Unfortunately for Kenichi, his growing knowledge of martial arts winds up proving to be more problematic as members of gangs like Ragnarok and Shinpaku begin to fight him. Other key subplots involve Miu and Renka falling for Kenichi, Valkyrie Unit attacks, a connection between Kenichi and Odin/Ryuto (the Ragnarok leader), Niihima trying to recruit for Shinpaku, Kenichi training with the Elder, Berserker and Freya attacking Shinpaku, Ragnarok and Shinpaku battles, Hermit fighting Berserker, and the long awaited showdown between Kenichi and Odin/Ryuto.. The season 2 set contains episodes 27-50.
If you are an action anime junkie, “Kenichi” is the perfect show for you. Aside from a large cast of characters that are fairly well developed, this is an entirely action oriented anime series with characters punching and kicking virtually non-stop (especially in the second half of the show). If you demand more out of an anime series, however, you may be disappointed by the simplicity of the series. Personally, I felt “Kenichi” wasn’t original enough for my taste. Action, dopey humor, and a focus on characters are all neccesities, but a more complex story would have been much appreciated here rather than seeing characters rambling on about various fight moves. I can see enough of that in series like “Dragon Ball Z,” thank you very much.
Summary: “Kenichi” is a forgettable anime series. The action is entertaining and the characters can be interesting, but the story is too bland.
The series, which is presented in 4:3, looks solid, but I’m a little baffled as to why this series isn’t presented in widescreen. It certainly could have benefited from that format.
English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Japanese Stereo tracks have been included on this set. The English track is actually preferable here as the voice acting (for Kenichi especially) is better cast than the Japanese voice cast.
The only extras are textless opening and closing songs and trailers for “Dragon Ball Z Kai” (times two), “The Slayers” (times two), “One Piece” (times two), “Soul Eater” (times two), “Kenichi” (times two), “Origin,” “Dragon Ball Z,” “Sgt. Frog” (times two), “Tower Of Druaga,” “Nabari no Ou,” “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood,” “Dragon Ball,” “xxxHolic,” and “Initial D.”
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