Kengan Ashura is a story about Ouma Tokita, a fighter in an arena where business deals are sealed by winning fights. Besides winning, his aim is to prove himself the strongest amongst all the gladiators in the arena.
This is a story that portrays violence with the essence of martial arts.
So, let’s begin with the top 10 list of anime that closely resembles Kengan Ashura.
10Tiger Mask W
Tiger Mask W splendidly illustrates the fight between a light and a shadow.
Tiger Mask WAir Date: October 2, 2016 Status: Finished Studio: Toei Animation No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 38
Fujii and Azuma are two wrestlers who grew up in a wrestling dojo together. That dojo was destroyed once the clandestine wrestling organization named the Tiger’s Lair was revived. After that, both of them went their separate ways.
While Azuma trained at the foot of Mount Fuji with Naoto Date, Fujii entered the Tiger’s lair and received a jet-black tiger mask after winning a brutal competition.
With the determination to destroy the Tiger’s Lair, both of them face each other in the ring, unaware of their identities behind masks.
9Street Fighter II V
Street Fighter II V is a story about two friends’ struggling their way out of a trap using their fighting skills.
Street Fighter II VAir Date: April 10, 1995 Status: Finished Studio: Studio Hibari, Production Reed No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 29
To become better martial artists, best friends, Ryu and Ken, are traveling around the world in search of new techniques.
While on their journey, they found themselves trapped in a conspiracy by Shadowlaw, a mysterious organization. They have to fight their way out, which seems to be the only choice to save their lives.
8Baki the Grappler
Baki deals with one’s journey to be the best fighter in a violent world.
Baki the GrapplerAir Date: January 9, 2001 Status: Finished Studio: TMS Entertainment, Group TAC No. of Seasons: 4 No. of Episodes: 87
Baki Hanma, the son of the mightiest fighter in the world, is trying to become mightier than his father through intense training.
To get back the lost excitement of a real fight, five of the world’s most violent criminals have gathered to face Baki in hopes of getting crushed by him. While Baki, along with other underground martial artists, prepares for the fight.
Note: Baki the Grappler is divided into two parts, the first one being Baki the Grappler that aired way back, and the second one being Baki (Netflix) – the one that aired recently. All 4 are canon, you can check out the proper watch order of Baki below.
Air Master displays ones’ true love for nothing but violence.
Air MasterAir Date: April 2, 2003 Status: Finished Studio: Toei Animation No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 27
Aikawa Maki has turned into a rowdy street fighter from a gymnast for her love to fight freely without any rules.
The only thing he loves is violence, which makes her feel alive. Using her skills from gymnastics, she knocks down every single opponent that comes her way. This has earned her the title of “Airmaster.”
Hinomaru Sumo magnificently displays the importance of being patient in the most challenging times.
Hinomaru SumoAir Date: October 5, 2018 Status: Finished Studio: Gonzo No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 24
The only thing that is stopping the hardworking and talented Hinomaru Ushio from stepping into the ring of professional sumo is his size.
To fulfill his dream of acquiring the title of Hinoshita Kaisan, the highest class of sumo, Ushio has to become the High School Yokozuna, the strongest wrestler in high school tournaments.
Not joining Ishigami High, the best school for sumo, Ushio joins Odachi High, where he has to build a sumo club before even practicing for the tournament.
Ushio marches on to become a pro sumo wrestler with a passionate member named Shinya Ozeki by his side.
Katanagatari is a fascinating tale of a man on his mission to collect the twelve deviant blades.
KatanagatariAir Date: January 26, 2010 Status: Finished Studio: White Fox No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 12
In Edo-era Japan, Shichika Yasuri practiced Kyotouryuu, the most unique sword-fighting style where the user’s own body is wielded as a blade. Shichika lived in exile with his sister Nanami until Strategist Togame barges into their lives.
Togame asks her to collect the twelve unique swords known as “Deviant Blades,” which he accepts as being more interested in her rather than the swords. The duo has to defeat each of the fierce wielders of these legendary swords to complete their mission.
Samurai Champloo is the coolest samurai show you’ll ever watch.
Samurai ChamplooAir Date: May 20, 2004 Status: Finished Studio: Manglobe No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 26
While saving Fuu Kasumi from a group of Samurai, Mugen and Jin destroys an entire shop and ends up killing the local magistrate’s son accidentally.
Just when they were going to be executed for their crimes, Fuu saves them by hiring them as her bodyguard. Fuu wishing to find a certain samurai with the smell of sunflowers enlists both of them.
They agreed to help, but it will be Fuu’s liability to stop Mugen and Jin from killing each other on this mission.
Megalo Box beautifully depicts the world of an underdog with sheer excellence.
Megalo BoxAir Date: April 6, 2018 Status: Upcoming Season 2 Studio: TMS Entertainment No. of Seasons: 2
Megalo Box is an evolved form of boxing where mechanical limbs known as Gears are used to increase the force and speed behind a punch. Junk Dog is a Megalo Boxer where he fights in illegal matches to make his living under his boss Gansaku Nanbu.
But soon after getting knocked out by Megalo Box Champion Yuuri in the first round in an illegal match, Junk Dog decides to beat him at his next encounter.
Entering the Megalonia, a world tournament for Megalo Boxing under the alias of Joe, he aims to defeat Yuuri to regain his self-respect as a boxer.
2Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple
Kenichi: The Mightiest disciple proves that anyone can surpass their limits to protect their loved ones through a magnificent story.
Kenichi: The Mightiest DiscipleAir Date: October 7, 2006 Status: Finished Studio: TMS Entertainment No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 50
Kenichi Shirahama has finally decided to join a Karate club to become strong. Soon after joining the club, he faces a bullying senior who tries to kick Kenichi out of the club. Just on the verge of giving up, Kenichi falls for Miu Furinji, a new classmate.
And he begins his intense training at a dojo in Ryouzanpaku where she lives. Soon after beating the senior, the gang named Ragnarok has set their eyes upon him.
To protect his loved ones, Kenichi learns various martial arts like Karate, Muay Thai, Ju-Jitsu, and Chinese Martial Arts to find his own signature style of fighting.
1Hajime no Ippo
Fighting Spirit splendidly illustrates the fight with one’s inner demon to bring out the true self concealed deep within.
Hajime no IppoAir Date: October 4, 2000 Status: Finished Studio: Madhouse No. of Seasons: 3 No. of Episodes: 126
Makunouchi Ippo is always bullied for his lack of spirit to fight back. While getting bullied the other day, he was saved by Takamura Mamoru, a boxer whose skills amazed Ippo while he was fainting away.
After getting back to senses, Takamura asks Ippo to punch a punching bag with a photo of Ippo’s classmate. Following the punch, Ippo’s feelings led him to train under Takamura.
Not seeming prepared to be a boxer, Takamura hands an impossible task to Ippo. After getting inspired by his hardworking mother, Ippo trains relentlessly to reach the top in the boxing world.
There are some other series which contains a few elements of Kengan Ashura, they are:
Time of Shura, Shootfighter Tekken.