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30 min. / 47 eps.
(C) Ikki KajiwaraJiro Tsunoda / KodanshaTMS
Original Title in Japanese: Karate Baka Ichidai
The Speed and Force of the Mystic Art of Karate Unveils.....
This exciting, animated series is about the ancient martial art of Karate, and is based on the true life experiences of Masutatsu Oyama, the founder of Kyokushin Karate.
Ken, who is the main character and hero of this series, portrays with great accuracy the intensive training and the hotly contested Karate matches in which Masutatsu Oyama participated in.
The story begins as Ken, the only survivor of his commando unit, is discharged from his military duties. Worn out by the perils of war, Ken has lost his drive and motivation to live amongst the state of confusion that exists in the postwar period. Desperate and in despair, Ken finds that he must capitalize on his great physical strength by becoming a bouncer for a band of thugs and hooligans.
Kens life has been one which has been filled with violence and self destruction until he comes across a book which changes his life forever...
The book portrays the life and philosophy of a well known master swordsman. Ken becomes inspired to live in the image of this master swordsman and starts training in the martial art of Karate which he decides to dedicate the rest of his life to.