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Kenichi- The Mightiest Disciple Season 2 Part 1 DVD Review

“Kenichi” lacks an inventive plot, but contains interesting characters and fun action sequences.

For those that don’t know, Kenichi revolves around a high school teen named Kenichi. He used to be a wimpy teen that couldn’t defend himself, but he learned to fight after training at the Ryozanpaku dojo with skilled martial artists. You’d think now that he’s a proper fighter his problems would disappear, but now gangs like the Ragnarok and Shinpaku want to fight him. As if that weren’t enough, Kenichi also has several women such as Miu and Renka trying to catch his eye. Season 2 part 1 contains episodes 27-38.

As you can tell by the plot, it’s a pretty basic story. It’s very much a fight and character driven anime series. Thankfully, the characters are fairly interesting and oftentimes quirky. Kenichi himself is a likeable hero and even some of the baddies like the mysterious Odin and the angry Hermit are well developed. It’s true that the series does have an over abundance of characters (as well as some obnoxious, dopey, comedic, over the top ones like the whiney, devilish looking Niijima), but it’s the large cast of characters that makes the show watchable. Whether you’re learning about Kenichi’s sister Honoka or Hermit’s past, there’s a lot of solid characterization here.

Another plus here is the action. Yes, action junkies, this is the type of series you will definitely want to see as there’s plenty of intense punching and kicking to be seen.  

Summary: “Kenichi” is worth a look.

The 4:3 fullscreen picture quality is sharp looking. The animation (especially the character models and environments) looks brand new here.

This DVD set contains an English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track and a Japanese Stereo track. Both tracks are solid, but I slightly prefer the English track because I found the voice acting on Kenichi’s character on the Japanese track irritating.

The only extras are textless opening and closing songs and trailers for “Dragon Ball Z Kai,” “The Slayers,” “One Piece,” “Soul Eater,” “Kenichi,” “Origin,” “Dragon Ball Z,” “Sgt. Frog,” “Tower Of Druaga,” and “Nabari no Ou.”

March 23, 2010 - Posted by | 1 |

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