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,
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.
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.
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.