Shijō Saikyō no Deshi Kenichi
Shijō Saikyō no Deshi Kenichi (roughly translated “History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi”) is a manga by Syun Matsuena. The story is focused on Kenichi Shirahama, an average 15-year-old weakling, whose life turns to Hell with the appearance of the naive, beautiful, and strong transfer student, Miu Fūrinji. After Kenichi witnesses Miu’s skills in martial arts, he joins the Ryōzanpaku dojo, the gathering place of those who are truly strong, which also happens to be Miu’s home. After beating a karate student in a match, he is soon targeted by all the delinquents in the school. Since then, Kenichi’s routine is divided between his hellish training with the masters of Ryōzanpaku, and his fights against the members of Ragnarok, a gang who views him as either a possible ally or an impending threat to their plans.
Honestly, the anime of this series was recommended by one of my acquaintances. By reading at Wikipedia, it seems nothing special for me (at first) but things start to get interesting when the number of episodes increase. So, I can officially admit that I’m a Kenichi’s fan now. Although the joke is not hurting much like Gintama, but it’s still hurt nonetheless. Besides, I watch this anime because of its fighting scene (during training or battle) and IMHO, that’s where this anime excel at. Wow…can’t wait for the next episode…
Well, not only the anime is good, but also the fansubbers that involve with it. Just recently, two (or three) Kenichi’s fansubber had launched a release war. Starting from episode of 26 (as I see it) and continues until now. The end point is until episode 36 or 37 I guess. The fansubbers involve is [Umai & Doremi] and [Kuro-Hana]. [Kuro-Hana] is slightly a new comer and only start to sub Kenichi since episode 19, but somehow they manage to cut the episodes that already been done by [Umai & Doremi]. [Umai & Doremi] took a while when they’re subbing Kenichi (even lag behind to the current raw). But at last they’re upping their pace since [Kuro-Hana] almost manage to catch up with the raw. Anyway, this war is more into a healthy competition and not to see which group is superior. As a viewer, I like this war…it makes the release become much faster. Owh not much faster…insanely fast. Seven release in 5 days!! This is madness!!! This is Sparta…er…I mean Kenichi. :-p
Screen shots for your judgment.
Kuro-Hana‘s releases of Kenichi
Umai & Doremi‘s Releases of Kenichi