Kengan Ashura is an anime TV series adaptation of a manga series of the same name. The series was written by Yabko Sandrovich and illustrated by Daromeon. The anime adaptation was exclusively released on Netflix and it was a two-part premiere. The first part premiered on July 31, 2019. While the second part came a few months later on October 31, 2019. This new martial arts-themed series focuses on the world of violent and bloody world of gladiators and no holds barred fighting but with a twist. Since the early periods of Japan, gladiator arenas have already existed. These arenas have been taken over by the wealthy and greedy in order to settle their corporate disputes.
Businessmen and merchants hire "gladiators" to fight on their behalf in unarmed combat where the winner takes all. In this world of corporate greed and politics comes a fighter named Tokita "Ashura" Ohma. He becomes part of this world for his love of fighting and winning and nothing else matters. One night, a representative of the Nogi Group witnesses his fighting prowess. He is then hired by the Nogi Group for the Kengan Association. He forms a close bond with his caretaker, Kazuo Yamashita, and the two work together as they face each opponent with every Kengan match. Ohma has faced off against some very strong and notable opponents. We got curious so we sought who were the strongest ones that appeared in the show. So without further ado, we present to you our list of who we think are the strongest Kengan Ashura characters down below. Sound off in comments what you thought of it.
Wakatsuki Takeshi fought for the Furumi Pharmaceuticals during the Kengan Annihilation Tournament. With his abnormal muscle density (52 times higher than average), Takeshi also has the highest win record among his peers. He's also the longest-serving active affiliated Kengan fighter out of all.
Gaolang Wongsawat is a professional boxer who also works as Rama XIII's personal security. Also known as "The Thai God of War," he partakes in the Kengan Annihilation Tournament as the fighter affiliated to Yato Trading Co. His main combat style is boxing which focuses on lightning-fast yet powerful flicker jabs. Gaolang's physical abilities are also outstanding, making him capable of throwing heavy punches from any position even if its an unstable one.
Kure Raian was Under Mount, Inc.'s representative during the Kengan Annihilation Tournament. Also known as "The Devil", Raian came from the well-known clan of Kure and was one of the three assassins in the tournament. After the event, Kure Rain was known to have gone missing.
Kanoh Agito was a fighter who represented the Dainippon Bank during the Kengan Annihilation Tournament. He was considered as the strongest fighter and easily became the fan-favorite in the tourney. While still active, he was ranked the highest among all Kengan affiliated fighters, and was the fifth title holder of "The Fang of Metsudo."
Like Kono Haruo, Sekibayashi Jun is a famous Super Japan Professional Wrestler who was Gandai's representative in the Kengan Annihilation Tournament. He is a veteran pro wrestler who goes with the monicker "Hell's Angel." Because of his experience, he learned to use lots of chokes, holds, and slams, and he also became an expert at pressing foes through talking.
Julius Reinhold, who also goes by the moniker "The Monster," was Toyo Electric Power Co.'s representative fighter during the Kengan Annihilation Tournament. He has highly developed muscles, partly due to the number of steroids that he intakes. His enormous body built grants him tremendous physical prowess. Reinhold is also deceptively fast despite his 200 kg weight and large frame, being able to sprint as fast as a first-rate sprinter.
Kono Haruo is a Super Japan Pro Wrestler who fought in the Kengan Annihilation Tournament for Nentendo. Also known as "The Destroyer," he was originally a Gurkha who boasts with out of this world physical strength. His physical power also grants him more durability and endurance in his fights.
Murobuchi Gozo was a legendary decathlete that ruled all areas of track and field. Due to his former career, he has greatly developed his speed, physical strength, and technique. And since he isn't an expert in any kind of martial arts, he relies purely on his athleticism. In his participation during the Kengan Annihilation Tournament, he became the affiliated fighter for United Clothing.
Did you know that production company Larx Entertainment used 3D computer graphics for the animation of Kengan Ashura? This is despite the controversy surrounding the use of computer graphics (CG) in anime. Some people see the use of CG as lazy and it dishonors the source material. Just so you know, computer-generated imagery (CGI) is used in an anime to cut costs and save time since hand-drawn animation is expensive. Yes, anime use CGI and sometimes it blends nicely. But in some, it sticks out in a good way, sometimes like a sore thumb. Actually, there is plenty of anime which make great use of CGI such as Attack on Titan, Fate/Zero, Gantz:O, and more.
In fact, CGI was first introduced to anime in the Golgo 13 film released in 1983. Throughout the '80s CG was in its infancy and started to become common in the 1990s. Luckily, CG found some roots with the success of the 1995 release of Ghost in the Shell. This showed that CG and 3D animation are viable tools for the anime industry. From there on, CG was mostly used for backgrounds and various effects in anime. That is until the anime studio Gonzo rolled around and use computer-generated content in many of their productions. Moreover, the use of CG became mainstream with Studio Ghibli's 1997 classic film Princess Mononoke. In 2000s CG started to become a lot more prevalent, with 3D models beginning to be common. Sadly, fully computer-animated anime is still pretty rare today. What do you think? Is CGI a good thing or bad thing in anime? Imagine Kanoh Agito in CGI. How do you think that looks like?
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