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Kenji is a manga about a Japanese teenager named Kenji, who practices the martial art Bajiquan, and his encounters with other martial artists, some of which are taken from real life (Adam Hsu and Liu Chia-Liang) This series primarily features Bajiquan, but also gets into Tanglangquan, Baguazhang, Chen Taijiquan, Piguaquan, Xingyiquan, Xinyiliuhequan, Shaolinquan, Hung Gar, Daito ryu Aikijujutsu, Shotokan Karate and numerous other styles.


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Associated Names
Ken Ji
Quyền Nhi - Phương Thế Ngọc

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Latest Release(s)
v.21 c.5-9 (end) by tripledraw & Toomin (1656d ago)
v.21 c.1-4 by tripledraw & Toomin (1681d ago)
v.20 c.193 by tripledraw & Toomin (1711d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
21 Volumes 1988 (Complete)
12 Volumes 2001 (Complete)
8 Volumes 2010 (Complete)

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Kenji by KrisKelvin

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User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (228 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.1 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 7th 2014, 10:46am PST



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On 525 reading lists
On 333 wish lists
On 595 completed lists
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any romance in kenji??? 584 days, 15 hours, 58 minutes ago
Discrepancy in the chapter count 1796 days, 18 hours, 46 minutes ago

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Good Manga - very engaging   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by kri91
November 22nd, 2013, 1:28pm
Everyone has already commented how good this manga is, so I wont repeat it

The Negatives 4 me:
waaaaay too much information!!
seriously I felt like I was being bombarded with info everywhere!
Its good that d author wants us to knw abt different martial arts, the techniques involved etc but really it should be condensed by say 50% at least!

Mediocre artwork...not too bad

MY VERDICT: Read it if u like martial arts manga's...but its ok to skip a lot of dialogues wink

... Last updated on November 22nd, 2013, 1:29pm
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Great manga!   
Rating: N/A
by trunck
February 15th, 2011, 12:14pm
If you like martial arts. and a simple yet interesting story, with fights that seem real yet and a lot of information about kung fu, i'd recommend this one. A must for all martial arts manga lovers, and a good read for all action lovers.
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great manga   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Midnight Carnival
June 20th, 2010, 6:59pm
from the begining i thought it was a good manga, but when i was reading chapter 6 the scene when kenji's grandad kick those punks asses saing: "your habit of picking on the weak cannot be cured without a harsh lesson" i realized that this was going to be epic. i'm tired of the main characters that after a few punchs to the "bad guys" just leave like those guys are not going to do the same again to someone else.
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Best old school m.a. manga   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Oddwaffle
April 27th, 2010, 11:40am
This is one of the few manga that goes a bit into the old school m.a. and stick with its tradition. The art and story is pretty old. Even the clothing people wear in the manga is different. While the techniques aren't over-the-top like HSDK and more realistic, I'd say some of them are closer to m.a. myths rather than real techniques. It's an old manga alright but it's extremely rare to see a manga that catches the spirit of old chinese m.a.

Most of the stuff in the 1st few vols aren't very special. Once you reach over vol6+, you start to get some of the old etiquette that old m.a. schools deal with each other. You don't really see any of such etiquette (like a host is responsible for the guest's safety until the guest reaches home) in modern m.a. manga. Even rankings among members of the same m.a. school is a pretty rare sight.
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Another 10   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Lefance
March 15th, 2010, 10:57am
I have read lots of martial arts manga and Kenji became my favorite of them in an instant. Most m.a. series has lots of fanservice or the techiniques are ridiculous, but Kenji is an exception. I like super power manga too, but sometimes it's very nice to read something that is realistic. It's not as violent as for eg Baki but it's not too tame either. Thanks for this gem, really.
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A nice treasure   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by CowTail
February 25th, 2010, 4:24am
If you're looking for some high-flying, super over-the-top unrealistic martial arts manga, go research Tenjou Tenge or something. Contrary to that, there's this little gem.

Kenji is a nice old fashioned manga with a high focus on kungfu techniques (mainly Bajiquan). The protagonist fits the role of a pure martial artist perfectly. While some complain that this is too "nice" of a manga, it's a great change of pace from today's typical shounen variety.

The art style is solid and consistent. Yes it's old, but it's got a good quality to it, and I love the older style clothing that everyone's wearing. It's certainly refreshing.

As for the story, it's pretty simple and linear. The protagonist spends a lot of time training, and gets into some skirmishes, finds new masters of different arts to get a variety of different kinds of training, and trains some more. It's down-to-earth and the beginning focuses on the protagonist's development in martial arts. As the story starts introducing more grander elements at around volume 6-7, it'll no doubt start picking up more action.

I find myself looking forward to releases of this manga more than most others I'm reading. I give it a solid 10/10.
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very nice   
Rating: N/A
by mono-sama
February 24th, 2010, 2:39am
if you like martial arts manga, this is a good read. it has plenty of stories on famous martial artists and seemingly well researched explanations of techniques in various styles, and the philosophical aspects of some of the martial arts teachings come through. . also it's not macho like a lot of other fighting series.

im hoping as it goes on, kenji gets even older. (after volume 2 it skips forward a fair few years), at the end of volume 7, kenji is 15
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Some trivia   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by 狂気
February 7th, 2010, 9:42am
The story is supposedly based on the life of Song Tien Long Dz, but unfortunately I have no idea who he is/was.

Li Shu Wen is a very central character in the story though he's been dead for decades before the actual story starts. Kenji's grandfather and various other people tell Kenji stories about Li Shu Wen (Li Sho Bun in Japanese). He was known for having countless challenge matches, never losing and almost never striking more than once. The last volume is a kind of a side story, telling a story of Li Shu Wen's life. Another real life person who appears in the manga is Li Shu Wen's student Liu Yun Jiao (Ryuu Getsu Kyou), who also teaches Kenji.

The story is very believable and the fights are realistic and well explained, but sometimes a bit clumsy due to limited fighting applications, though Kenji does get a lot better later on.

One of the best things about this manga is it's great variety of the martial arts styles. Not only are the styles realistic and numerous, but their principles are also explained well. And the Chinese martial arts in it are real traditional Chinese martial arts, not some acrobatics or Bruce Lee stuff (not to say it's not good, it's just not Chinese martial arts, though there's a bit of that too).

Over all this is a martial arts manga, and if you're not interested in martial arts, there's not much here that can interest you. But if you are interested in Chinese and Japanese martial arts, or martial arts in general, this is the most informative and realistic manga there is of the subject.

... Last updated on March 6th, 2010, 10:18am
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A golden find   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Regnak
January 15th, 2010, 1:52am
This has definitely been a surprise. Even though the manga is quite old (88) it still is a excellent read to this day. The art is very nice, if somewhat simple, and has aged quite well. There is a good sense of depth to what is shown, as most of it is in relation with real people. The moves and fights are well explained without feeling cumbersome. The main character has a great personality and look, and the series follows his life from childhood (which is not done often anymore) Somewhat reminiscent of how DragonBall first started (feel of the character and art)

... Last updated on October 13th, 2013, 1:35pm
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Good Martial Art's manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by golem281
December 10th, 2009, 10:23pm
Overall I think this manga is pretty solid. It's not as fake as many other martial art's manga's (HSDK), it has an awesome storyline, and i'm very interested in seeing where it goes.
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