Kenichi is an average student who has earned the nickname "Weak Legs" from
always getting bullied. One day he meets a cute girl named Furinji Miu
who helps him build the courage to begin training at a mysterious dojo
where she lives. Here Kenichi faces intense training from masters of many
different martial arts styles as he attempts to become stronger.
Saikyou no Deshi: Kenichi (literally translated as
History's Strongest Disciple
Kenichi) is a 3D fighting game developed and published by Capcom, based on the anime
series of the same name. The game was released only in Japan in 2007.
Pretty cool character
selection screen design.
In more ways than one, Kenichi resembles Capcom's Rival Schools
series. For starters, the cel-shaded 3D graphics style and "anime"
look and feel of the game are comparable to Capcom's more well known 3D fighter.
The gameplay of Kenichi stays mostly on a 2D plane, but there are some
sidestepping techniques as well.
For each character,
you can choose two battle styles "Quiet" and "Motion". Quiet focuses on
defense and counter attacks, while "Motion" focuses on attacks and explode
anger (super combos). During battles there are 3 types of attacks: shock
skills (strikes), truth skills and return skills (counter attacks). Shock
skills are stronger than Truth skills; Truth skills are stronger than Return
skills; and Return skills are stronger than Shock skills.
Kenichi is one of the few Capcom fighting games I haven't played. Out of
all the "anime" fighting games out there, I find Kenichi to be the
most interesting... and probably most suitable to be a fighting game. From what
I've seen, the animation quality is rather decent.
I've only caught a few episodes of the anime, and it's actually not bad. Some of the character designs
are a bit weak in my opinion... but others are kinda cool. I think what I like
most about Kenichi, is that some of the characters seem like they're straight
from Project Justice's
neck of the woods. I don't have a modded PS2 available to play this game, but if
ever given the chance, I'd definitely like to play and review Kenichi