Kenichi, Miu, and the masters at the Ryozanpaku Dojo are back for another exciting installment of comedy and martial arts. This set continues the conflict between Kenichi and the Ragnarok gang which has escaleted to include many of the top members. Meanwhile, Kenichi is still striving to become the mightiest disciple of the Ryozanpaku Dojo by learning multiple forms of martial arts at one time. This is especially difficult for Kenichi who has no natural talent. Each of his masters will teach him their secrets. Kenichi is then forced to learn the different types of fighting in order to not only save himself but also his friends from the top fighters of Ragnarok.
The level of fighting in Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple has become more serious with this new set. Not only have the enimies become stronger, but Kenichi has as well. This means the stakes at which Kenichi is being forced to fight have become more intense. It is no longer just a bunch of bullies at Kenichi’s high school that want to fight him. The strongest fighters from Ragnarok, who are serious martial artist, are looking for a piece of him. Kenichi’s personality has not lost its goofiness and lovability with this increase in fighting ability. It is nice to see the martial arts aspect of the show grow along with Kenichi’s abilities. This helps the viewer project themselves onto Kenichi, because there is not only growth in Kenichi but also the show itself.
Although the main aspect of the show at this point is the conflict with Ragnarok’s highest members, there are a few episodes in which this part of the storyline is not addressed. A couple episodes fall directly after a fight in which the stakes were higher than ever before. You leave that fight with Ragnarok feeling a little overwhelmed. Thus being followed up by a few lighthearted episodes helps to refuel your interest. These episodes are also great examples of further character growth. This is particularly prominent in the relationship between Kenichi and Miu.
Along with Kenichi’s strange alien-like classmate, Niijima, and a daughter of one of his masters, Kenichi is finding that his list of friends continues to increase. With Kenichi’s kind albeit naive personality, people find it hard to reject his friendship. Some of these new friends include old enemies, many of whom tried to permanently injure Kenichi. Kenichi seems to be able to see the true heart of a person and finds it easy to care about someone, despite how their relationship may have started. Allowing Kenichi to slowly gain backup, the show once again demonstrates how the storyline progresses along with Kenichi’s character.
Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple Season Two is the remaining twenty-four episodes of the anime. The release by FUNimation also includes textless songs and trailers.