Every day life is harsh for high school student Kenichi Shirihama. Known as the “Olympic Punching Bag” Kenichi has to sneak in and out of school every day to avoid being ejected from the planet by angry martial art thugs, and members of the schools most notorious gang Ragnarok. While at school, he meets a new student named Miu Furinji, who offers to help him seek out the martial arts training he needs to take care of his ever growing problem of foes.
The weakest kid is school also happens to be the most naïve in school. Kenichi is a kid with many names, none of which are good for marketing value. The story starts off in a somewhat typical Anime fashion that gives viewers a prequel type of buffer for the first few episodes. The series itself doesn’t really have anything of special significance plot or action wise until around the 10th episode. However, Kenichi is also a comedy with plenty of ecchi that TMS Entertainment figures will keep people watching until the story picks-up some traction.
Kenichi takes a play from the popular 1984 Karate Kid movie where Mr. Miyagi offers to train Daniel Larusso after being beaten up by local high school bullies. This sets the foundation for the first half of the 50 episode series. After being bullied by the local karate club members, Kenichi gets the opportunity to train from six martial arts masters who all specialize in different styles ranging from Judo to Muay Thai boxing. (more…)