Kenichi
  

 
STORY:  Shirahama Kenichi is an average 15-year-old high school student who has earned the nickname "Weak Legs" from always getting bullied. One day he meets a cute girl named Furinji Miu who helps him build the courage to begin training at a mysterious dojo where she lives. Here Kenichi faces intense training from masters of many different martial arts styles as he attempts to become stronger.

Kenichi eventually becomes a full disciple of Ryōzanpaku, and becomes enamored of Miu. Subsequently, Kenichi's daily routine is divided between training under the six masters of Ryōzanpaku, and his fights against the members of 'Ragnarok', a gang of bullies trying alternately to recruit or to vanquish him. After Ragnarok is disbanded, Kenichi and Miu are targeted by Yomi, a group of disciples personally trained by a master of an organization rivaling Ryōzanpaku, Yami.

While the masters of Ryōzanpaku and their allies follow the principle of always sparing their opponents' lives (Katsujin-ken), the members of Yami believe that any means of defeating an opponent is valid, including murder (Satsujin-ken). In the struggle between the two factions, Kenichi, Miu, and their allies fight the members of Yomi, while his masters confront the members of Yami.
 
 

A pretty snazzy character selection screen, that is.

 
ABOUTShijou Saikyou no Deshi: Kenichi (literally translated as History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi) is a 3D fighting game developed and published by Capcom, based on the manga and anime series of the same name. Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple began as a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Syun Matsuena. The first tankōbon was published in August 2002. An anime adaptation made by Tokyo Movie Shinsha aired from October 2006 to September 2007 and had 50 episodes. The Kenichi PS2 fighting game was the first ever video game based on the Kenichi series, releasing only in Japan in March 2007. 

 

This chick kicks like that?  0.0 ...Instant main!

 

Kenichi features 12 selectable characters, each representing their unique fighting styles seen in the original manga and anime. Modes include Story, Versus, Practice, Score Attack, Time Attack, Survival, Mission, and Gallery. For each character, you can choose two battle styles "Quiet" and "Motion". Quiet focuses on defense and counter attacks, while "Motion" focuses on attacks and explode anger (super combos). During battles there are 3 types of attacks: shock skills (strikes), truth skills and return skills (counter attacks). Shock skills are stronger than Truth skills; Truth skills are stronger than Return skills; and Return skills are stronger than Shock skills.
 

Where have I seen this stage before?

  
In more ways than one, Kenichi resembles Capcom's well known 3D fighting game series starring high school stereotypes, Rival Schools. From the cel-shaded 3D graphics style of Kenichi to the stylized anime characters, Kenichi is an attractive looking PS2 game for the time. The fighting stays mostly on a 2D plane, but there are some sidestepping techniques as well. The gameplay is comparable to several Capcom fighters, but focuses more on martial arts techniques and less on projectiles. The gameplay isn't nearly as solid or deep as comparable fighting games of 2007, but features plenty of fan service for those familiar with the manga and anime series.

     

Why so sad... spiky hair bro? :(

  

Page Updated: January 29th, 2020
Developer(s): Eighting Co.
Publisher(s): Capcom
Platform(s): PlayStation 2  
Release Date(s): March 2007  
Characters Kenichi, Takeda, Miu, Ukita, Siegfried, Hermit, Nijima, Valkyrie, Thor, Loki, Freiya, Berserker, Odin, 20

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Final Words:

Kenichi is one of the few fighting games with "Capcom" written on the box that I haven't played. (Although, the game was developed by Eighting.) Out of many of the "me too" anime fighting games that spawned in the mid / late 2000's (and after), Kenishi seemed like one of the more interesting ones. The series seems like a perfect fit for a fighting game. From what I've seen, the animation quality is rather decent.

I've only caught a few episodes of the anime, and it's actually not too bad from what I remember.  Some of the character designs are a bit stale, in my opinion... but others are worth checking out. Honestly what I like most about Kenichi is that the characters seem like they could share the same universe as Rival Schools. Anyway, I don't have a modded PS2 in order to play this game... but if ever get around to it, I'll give this game a proper review.  
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