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Kenichiís whole principles thing is hypocritical

Kenichi refuses to fight woman and people with glasses which would be a noble character flaw if not for two things. The first is that his saying he wouldnít fight Ryuto with his glasses is mitigated by the fact that he knows that Ryuto canít see a thing without his glasses so it seems less like he doesnít want to fight someone with glasses and more that heís demanding that his opponent gives his an unfair advantage. The second is that anytime some sayís they wonít fight him he freaks out giving his training as an excuse why he shouldnít be looked down upon yet he sees nothing wrong with telling his female opponents the same thing.
  • Ryuto's vision might not be that good without his glasses, but that's balanced by the fact that he then becomes a Handicapped Badass, able to stomp Kenichi by relying on his mastery of Seikuken to counter Kenichi's strikes. As for the whole "hitting women" thing, the manga shows that over time, Kenichi learns to compromise by using grappling and throwing techniques against female opponents instead of striking them.
    • However Kenichi didnít know that he hadnít seen Ryuto for years and had no knowledge of his training to overcome his weakness. So he was essentially demanding that Ryuto give him a clear and significant advantage. I wouldnít mind so much if it was acknowledged. If Ryuto casually mentioned kenchi knew he couldnít see before taking off his glasses.
  • Kenichi isn't slick enough to try and trick someone into giving a handicap. And Ryuto is too smart to fall for such a thing. In fact he'd likely say something about how Kenichi always tries playing the magnanimous hero. Which is actually what Kenichi aspires to be.
  • Sadly, Miu admires his absolute dedication to never defending himself against women, so he'll never get over it. Good thing he's Made of Iron.
    • Kenichi's desire to protect Miu, even though she is fully capable of doing so for herself comes off more as White Knight Syndrome.
  • It appears kenichi is growing up though he knew he had no right to interfere with the two masters death match. Something he never would have done at the beginning of the series
  • Consider Elder Hayato's speech on this matter. Broadly speaking, it is a chivalric and admirable trait. However, if your opponent just happens to be female then it is disrespectful not to fight them because a martial artist should always take his peers seriously, including the hostile ones. The disrespect increases if you are in a practice match/spar, the girl is your friend/rival, it is an official match in a tournament, etc. Basically, when the girl is your opponent and knows what they are doing then it is disrespectful. In all other cases, it is admirable.
Kensei vs Sougetsu

Seriously, why was the fight between the two most powerful Chinese kung fu masters so underwhelming? Fights between other elite masters in their class are never that lame, and I refuse to believe after what we have seen Hermit do, and the way he speaks about Sougetsu that he is that weak. Was Sougetsu just not motivated or something?
  • If you look at the dialogue, he really kind of was. After scoring one clean hit on Kensei, he starts angsting about how Kensei was always the guy with friends and Sougetsu could never fit in.

Miu's Fighting Style

What exactly IS the martial art Miu uses? Similarly, what's the Elder's? Every other character seems to have some basis in a real martial art, even if they take it to unrealistic levels, but it's never really stated what kind of fighting style they practice. Do the Furinjis just have their own unique fighting style?
  • Miu has been learning from Hayato her entire life so it stands to reason her style is the same as his own, with her own personal spin on it. For lack of a better way of putting it, Miu was raised under the "Furinji style." And Kenichi as well, whenever the Elder teaches him something good.
  • The troper above is correct, not only does Miu use the same fighting style as Hayato, Saiga does too as they both learned from him being his descendants. And yes the fighting style is unique as only those three practice it as their main style. Hayato's techniques have been passed on to others, but nowhere near as many as there were passed to his son and grandaughter. Fūrinji style can be classified as a hybrid martial arts style which pretty much means Hayato never learned to use just one specific martial art and he just combines whatever techniques he damn well pleases into one fighting style.
  • In other words, the answer to "what fighting style does Miu use?" is "yes." Miu, Hayato, and Saiga seem to basically take the tenants of Jeet Kune Do to an extreme. Miu seems to adopt a fluid & dexterous strategy (while hitting extremely hard), Hayato seems to focus on extreme strength & toughness (while being very quick & agile), and Saiga is probably a fusion of the two - high dexterity, high strength, and high toughness.

Why do Agaard and Apachai have to fight?

I was always unclear on this. Why does Agaard feel he has to kill Apachai? It doesn't seem as if they ever had a falling out or that their friendship turned sour, like Sakaki and Hongou. As a matter of fact, they still seem friendly and neither appears to have animosity towards the other. So why did they specifically need to fight each other? Agaard even seemed remorseful in the past that they would have to fight, so why would he do it?

  • It is because he sees killing as the true form of martial arts, and they promised each other that they'd reach the top of the Muay Thai world. Martial artists all want to be the strongest, and so these two would have to fight to prove which is the strongest, especially since they use the same fighting style. He knows they have to fight, promised that they would, but also knows that if he wins Apachai will die because killing is what Agaard believes is right. Not giving Apachai his best and killing him would just be an insult to his best friend in his own eyes.
    • Agaard actually views Katsujinken and Satsujinken to be equal. But he wanted to fight Apachai because they were both at the top of muay thai. As for Apachai, it was a sort of a graduation. Agaard has always been the older one, the senpai, the person who helped Apachai grow. And their fight, after like twenty years of waiting, was to show that he can finally face Agaard as an equal.