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History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 397

September 9, 2010 Leave a comment
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Tirawit taunting Kenichi is great, because Kenichi breaking out of his shell and going fully on the offensive is exactly what this fight needs.

Agaard’s observations on Kenichi are setting up the fight extremely well. It’s such a pity that the preceding fights and flashback have put such a gap between Kenichi’s “death” and this fight. The impact of Kenichi’s mindset and Agaard’s understanding of it is slightly lessened because those events aren’t fresh in the memory anymore.

Regardless of the placement of the Apachai/Agaard flashback, the benefit is being felt now, particularly in the scene where Agaard thanks Kenichi.

Good mid-fight moment

The two-page spread of all four fighters is nice, but the time for posing and talking is long over. This fight needs the technical precision and insight that made Kenichi what it is.

A little more talking and a few moves from each side, but ultimately the chapter ends without serious martial arts exchanges.

Final Flash: Drastic improvement over the last several chapters, but still not up to the level that a main event fight warrants. Hopefully, next week (Sunday cover page) and the following two weeks (color pages each week) will live up to expectations.

History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 396

September 6, 2010 Leave a comment
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Even more flashback. Granted, we haven’t had the requisite “heel turn” from Agaard yet, but this is taking forever.

Happy-go-lucky Apachai is still amusing, but I still can’t bring myself to enjoy any of this, knowing what I should be reading instead.

The friendliest Muay Thai killing machine

Agaard is back, and suddenly, he’s killing people. So, he’s evil now, but why?

Evidently, it’s because he found Yami. That’s disappointingly straightforward, to the point where this flashback is not only out of place, it’s also completely unnecessary.

Agaard invades the underground Muay Thai headquarters, and Apachai goes off to… be a good guy.

Finally, the flashback is over. Unfortunately, Apachai’s statement about Kenichi being his strength seems like it will need to be explained, which would mean even more time-wasting before the fight resumes.

Final Flash: Another wasted chapter, and one that cements my disdain for the last two.

History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 395

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More flashback. I might as well give up any excitement for the present-time fights that are happening. Evidently Matsuena doesn’t care about them.

If anything, this flashback is weakening Apachai’s character with relation to his fight against Agaard. Apachai has been shown at maximum intensity for so many chapters, and now suddenly we’re seeing him as an excited child. This flashback should have happened months ago.

Credibility-killing

Agaard is throwing the match for the sake of poor little Apachai. Terrible.

The new champ is dead on his feet. That’s not a bad moment, but the placement is all wrong. I almost care more about Agaard than Apachai now.

Final Flash: The potential positives aren’t enough to make up for the blatant negatives anymore. This arc is bad.

History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 394

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Yes, yes. Ni hao, fanservice cover girl.

Wait a minute, I’m confused. This looks like fighting, but it can’t possibly be fighting. This isn’t a fighting series anymore. Where are the stupidly-proportioned ladies with skin-tight suits or no clothes at all?

In all seriousness, we’ve finally arrived at some real action. It’s still too bad that both fights are happening simultaneously, though.

I can think of few things more painful

A flashback? What’s wrong with just showing the fight, already? Any flashbacks should have been shown weeks ago.

Agaard used to look after Apachai. Okay, point taken. Back to the action, please.

Instead, the rest of the chapter is more of the flashback. It’s a tremendous improvement over the last several chapters, and the part about the “cat” was particularly funny, but this still isn’t up to the existing standard of the series. How much longer must we wait before Apachai/Agaard gets the same treatment and spotlight that all the other notable Kenichi fights did?

Final Flash: Calling this chapter “better than the last few weeks” isn’t much of a compliment, but it’s a step in the right direction.

History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 393

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No, I haven’t forgotten that Miu has breasts. Feel free to stop reminding me at every possibly opportunity.

Still more Miu action and Niijima comedy. With appropriate respect to each character (some to the former, little to the latter), this is completely irrelevant and uninteresting when the Kenichi / Koukin fight is underway.

If Miu is fighting all these people right outside the control room, why can’t Akisame come outside and speed things up?

While Niijima comedy has grown tiresome, Akisame comedy is still acceptable.

Let's play Oregon Trail

All the while, Kenichi and Koukin have been fighting, and we haven’t seen it. Worse still, Apachai and Agaard Jum Sai are beginning their fight now. All the inane comedy fights have had individual spotlight, but the two long-awaited fights that have been the driving force behind this arc are going to split time? This is a huge disappointment.

Final Flash: I’m losing what remaining faith I had that this arc will be redeemed by the main event fights.

History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 392

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The cover page is promising. The weeks of fanservice and disappointment will become an unfortunate but distant memory if this and the Apachai fight are good.

Frankly, I don’t care at all about Niijima right now. Enough with the idiocy.

Evidently Matsuena feels we need even more Niijima, instead of a serious fight. This entire arc has been one big tease.

Not only does a blackout interrupt the start of the fight, but Kenichi’s cell phone is ringing? This is painful.

No fighting, inane Niijima moments, and Matsuena reminding us what apparently matters most in Kenichi these days:

Hint: It isn't the dialogue

A brief moment of action from Miu, but it feels more like an excuse to show off her body rather than show the audience some martial arts.

Final Flash: Complete waste of a chapter. These upcoming fights better be excellent to compensate for the low quality of the last several weeks.

History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 391

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Finally, Sakaki. By default, this should be an improvement from last chapter.

Truly impressive display from a brand new character. Sakaki might not be in a tight spot, but he isn’t winning handily, either.

Sakaki is just the type to allow himself to be hit in order to strike the decisive blow… although his method here is a little ridiculous, frankly.

Next time, pull both your legs into your rib cage

Final Flash: Good short fight. Nice to have another quick chapter, paving the way for the main event beginning next week.