History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi Manga
History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi Manga
e story focuses on Kenichi Shirahama, a 16-year-old high school student and a long-time victim of bullying. At the beginning of the story, he befriends transfer student Miu Fūrinji; and desires to become stronger, he follows her to Ryōzanpaku, a dojo housing several masters of diverse martial arts, led by her grandfather Hayato Fūrinji. After learning basics from Miu, Kenichi overcomes a high-ranking member of the school’s karate club, and becomes a target for all the delinquents in the school. While initially training to protect himself, Kenichi eventually becomes a full disciple of Ryōzanpaku, and becomes enamored of Miu. Subsequently, Kenichi’s daily routine is divided between training under the six masters of Ryōzanpaku, and his fights against the members of ‘Ragnarok’, a gang of bullies trying alternately to recruit or to vanquish him. After Ragnarok is disbanded, Kenichi and Miu are targeted by Yomi, a group of disciples personally trained by a master of an organization rivaling Ryōzanpaku, Yami. While the masters of Ryōzanpaku and their allies follow the principle of always sparing their opponents’ lives (Katsujin-ken), the members of Yami believe that any means of defeating an opponent is valid, including murder (Satsujin-ken). In the struggle between the two factions, Kenichi, Miu, and their allies fight the members of Yomi, while his masters confront the members of Yami.
|Alt names:||この音とまれ!； 一弦定音!； Stop this sound!|
|Season 1||13 Episodes|
|Aired||Apr 7, 2019 to Jun 30, 2019|
|Season 2||13 episodes|
|Aired||Oct 6, 2019 to Dec 29, 2019|
|Author||Sakura Amyuu (Story and Art)|
|Publication||August 4, 2012 — ?|
|Genre||Drama, Music, Romance, School, Shounen|
Aloha, fellow AA users. Despite being inactive lately, I have decided to participate in this year’s music catalog event at the very last minute, LOL. As this is my first participation in these events, I will be solely writing about Kono Oto Tomare including my thoughts, opinions, likes and dislikes, the characters, the story, animation, music, etc. Thus, my first entry will be a review and an analysis for the Anime only. Additionally, my other entries will be the major characters’ analyses and reviews from the series. Without any further ado, let’s get into the blog.
Takezo Kurata is in his second year of high school and he is the only member of the Koto club; he desperately tries to save the club by recruiting more members. Since playing a traditional Japanese instrument, the Koto, is no longer common or popular in his school, problems arise as he tries to recruit more students to join the club. Fortunately, he discovers a student named Chika Kudo, who is a notorious delinquent, but also insists to join the Koto club in order to uncover the means to play the Koto instrument and understand his grandfather’s legacy that was left behind for him. Thereafter, a Koto prodigy, Satowa Houzuki, also joins the club and aspires for the team to go for the nationals.
Kono Oto Tomare isn’t the typical shoujo romance series that is commonly seen in Anime shows. The story revolves around a group of high school students including Chika Kudo, Takezou Kurata, Hiro Kurusu, Kouta Mizuhara, Sakai Michitaka, and Saneyasu Adachi, along the Koto prodigy, Satowa Houzuki, who have joined the Koto club in their school to play the traditional Japanese instrument—Koto. Although the majority of the members have little to no prior knowledge regarding Koto music nor to play the instrument, every member eventually is committed and dedicated to play Koto for their own ambitions, purposes, and especially with their dream to compete and win for the nationals.
Upon each member’s journey from saving the Koto club to competing with other schools in music festivals and for the nationals, and from being beginners to adequate players, all the members face their struggles such as personal issues, incompetence, being a failure, difficulty in perfecting the music along the way. During their journey, they learn what truly means to play Koto and use their ability to play Koto as their source of healing for their obstacles and struggles. I find this aspect from the anime quite realistic and relatable, especially for musicians because we utilize music to convey, confront, and connect our thoughts, feelings, and problems.
The Koto club has not survived but it is also thriving even more than before. With the members’ determination to aim for the nationals, playing with everyone on each other’s side, they diligently toil their way up. At the beginning, Chika, Kouta, Sakai, and Sane find themselves in a very complicated situation, who have never played the traditional instrument. To their fortune, Kurusu and Takezou have experience with playing Koto and Houzuki, being the prodigy, she willingly helps her fellow members to teach them basic lessons, gives advice, and gradually helps them hone their skills in playing and producing their own kind of unique sounds from the instrument.
I remember watching this series back when it was still airing. I absolutely enjoyed watching this excellent series. And now that I have rewatched it for the purpose of this event, I’ve adored the show even more. The series has its charms that made me binge watch the whole season one and two in a day.
First, the major aspect of the show that I significantly enjoyed watching is the Koto performances. I do not have much knowledge concerning the traditional Japanese instrument. I actually have never heard of the Koto instrument till I have seen this show. Because of this show, I got to know more about the traditional Japanese instrument. And I must mention that the music and sounds that the instrument produces is beautiful and euphonious. The sounds bring innumerable emotions by just watching them play. For instance, during their first performance to play in front of all their schoolmates as it was promised both by the club members and the vice principal, to demonstrate their serious commitment and dedication to prevent the club from disbanding and for them to continue playing Koto, the performance was profoundly astounding in spite of most of them are beginners. Even though their first performance was not perfect, it was still amazing that they were able to pull off that performance within a limited time period. Thus, it shows another one of the major themes from this series—perseverance.
Here’s an example of a koto performance in real life, I highly recommend you watch the video below btw!
Another part that I enjoyed in the show are the comedic moments, especially with Chika and his friends. They have a bad reputation and are seen as delinquents due to rumors about their pasts. But as the story goes, we got to really know about them and their story contradicts their bad reputation. Moreover, the author not only focuses on the main characters (Satowa, Chika, Takezou) but also focuses on the other supporting characters as well which you’d think are also main characters. Altogether, I think the background stories from most of the members really outstand the show. It strengthened the core foundation of the story and the characters’ growth. With their blunt, straightforward, and charming personalities, they have displayed entertaining moments that deepened their relationship to each other and showed their closeness.
Now that I have discussed the aspects that I enjoyed in the series, I will now talk about the things that I disliked. Even though the anime is categorized as romance, I have not seen progress on that part yet for any of the characters in the anime. I am not a big fan of romance, but I was expecting a bit of romantic scenes aside from blushing. Another thing I didn’t like from the show includes the characters’ personality and background stories which I will be discussing more in depth in my other entries. Other than that, I have no other dislikes from the show.
I won’t be talking about each character on this wiki at great depth, but I will give a brief overview about them. First we have the main characters including Chika Kudou, Satowa Hozouki, and Takezou Kurata. Chika, as the notorious delinquent. Eventually the people he meets that are now surrounded by him get to know his real self and his story about his past, especially with his relationship with his grandfather. Chika and his grandfather’s relationship is somewhat relatable to me, not in the case about playing Koto, but their close relationship as grandpa and grandchild. I was also very close to my late grandfather when I was a child and taught me multiple life lessons. Similarly, Chika’s grandfather taught and introduced Chika to the traditional instrument, Koto. With their short time together, his grandfather was able to give Chika a chance to redeem himself from hopeless life as a delinquent through Koto. Secondly, Satowa being the prodigy, she plays the Koto in order to find the sound that could truly reach her mother out. For this part, artists or musicians compose and create music to convey their thoughts. As a result, we can relate to these songs and as if they have reached us due to familiarity from the song to us. For Satowa’s case she works even harder in playing Koto despite already being an expert for the purpose of reaching out to her mother. As for the other characters, even though they are supporting characters, they are not abandoned by the author, but rather give them more involvement in the show, as I have stated before. With each characters’ stories and their entanglement, everything about the story is portrayed realistically.
Art and Animation
The art and animation in the anime is amazing. The art in the manga is even more neat, breathtakingly beautiful, and extremely detailed. The art and the animation is realistic and it also intensifies the countless emotions of the story and the characters, especially when they are performing. Whenever they perform the Koto, their music always matches the aura drawn in the scenes. Watching the series really gave me that profound heart beating feeling when they perform especially during the crucial times of their performances.
I do believe Kono Oto Tomare is quite a unique and interesting show. So far I have enjoyed every single episode from the series and I do plan on continuing on reading the manga soon. This anime truly made me more interested in listening to more koto songs because they just sound amazing. And the music is magnificent. I sincerely think that this anime deserves more attention because it’s not that well known. So I highly recommend you all to watch Kono Oto Tomare if you have an interest in Japanese culture, music, and something out of the ordinary.
That’s all I have for this blog! Thank you for reading to the end. I hope at least this sparked an interest for you to watch the series. Till next time again~ Ciao! 🏻