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Manga Spotlight – Martial Arts/ Action

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I notice that I don’t post much about manga, so here goes, featuring some Martial Arts manga that I thought are worth sharing.

Without much further ado:
History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi,
Teppu
and All-Rounder Meguru

History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi (HSDK)
When it comes to martial arts, the more popular choices are pretty much limited to things like Karate, Muay Thai and WuShu, whereas HSDK went to the extend of including a diverse range of martial arts from other countries, including relatively obscure ones like Indonesian Silat (face it, outside of the country of origin, that is rather obscure). As the story progress, it’s also increasingly becoming like a contemporary take on those Chinese wuxia series, except lacking in plot intricacies. With things like crazily hellish training, physically impossible techniques and energy blasts (or ‘ki’), HSDK is an action shounen through and through. Yeah, the plot is rather shallow, but heck the fight scenes are cool. A fun series to read.

Teppu
I like how the protagonist is somewhat different from most sports/ action series, especially for a martial arts one. Here, we have a girl who is touted as being a genius and her confidence gained from never losing thus made her arrogant (who wouldn’t? Absolute power corrupts absolutely, but it rocks absolutely too). Only 11 chapters are out and I’ve already taken a liking to the protagonist; her complex personality that is beyond the typical arrogant archetype just makes her so very interesting.
Since this is infrequently released, only about 2 volumes worth of chapters are out. Still, it is very entertaining so far.

All-Rounder Meguru
The name is rather underwhelming and indeed, of the three titles, this is the least flashy. Well, the pacing is rather slow as well. However, like Teppu, it bends more towards realism. AR Meguru is certainly much more optimistic compared to the author’s previous (and more famous) work, Eden: It’s an Endless World.

4 thoughts on “Manga Spotlight – Martial Arts/ Action

  1. I’m reading Kenichi and I like it but it feels like something’s missing in Kenichi. I feel like he should be a bit more confident in himself.

    I haven’t read or seen the other two titles yet but I thinking I’m going to give them a try.

    Have you read The Breaker? o.o

  2. @paper
    The Breaker, I’m only at the initial few chapters; too many manga to read, too little time haha.

  3. Ooh, do the other mangas have a higher priority?
    The Breaker seems to be very predictable– or at least for me– but if you find that to be the same for you, I hope you don’t stop reading. It gets better in The Breaker: New Waves. Just wanted to let you know because I thought of dropping it but then I kept reading on and I’m liking it a lot right now.

  4. Well, let’s just say that my main weekly priority goes to Negima, Hayate no Gotoku and Kami nomi zo, but yeah, I guess I’ll pick Breaker up again or something.

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