I like Shigure b/c she's "sharp" and she "bounces" - a lot.
Sakaki I like those times when he stays up drinking, worried when Kenichi does something. There's that time he's waxing all these opponents & he starts describing his moves like he's training kenichi, that killed me(but I asked the shinigami for some time). 2nd gotta be Kensei because yes the world needs more ero
Akisame gets me vote . I like his Jujutsu and personally a fan of fighters where one uses body twisting moves and all .
Part from that , he is a good mentor and has those gr8 machines .
Sakaki! Karate rules and he is a real badass! Akisame is a close second...
Akisame is the greatest! He can latch onto the tiniest nooks and crannies with his freaking toes! He can sense when someone far away is insulting him, who it is, and how he's being insulted! *cough* meddling mustache *cough* His methods of training and medicine are akin sadism.
He is EPIC!
I don't think I can have a favorite master here. They are all cool in a way but I also get the impression each of them is painfully generic in too many forms. None of them has that something which would make them stand out from the others or would make me have a favorite.
i like sakaki 'cause he's cool and i like his tsundere side as well ...he's the most protective of kenichi and also the funnies he's my favorite character as well
I initially voted for Apachai... But now I think I wanna change to Akisame (not going to fiddle with the vote counts though)
The methods he comes up with to train Kenichi are just epic! Seriously, he doesn't waste any opportunity. Apachai is still awesome, and honestly all the other masters are too, but Akisame takes the cake. I don't think I'd want Akisame to train me though, I'd much rather the nicer (though not necessarily gentler) Apachai.
Thinking about it, the yami masters are far cooler than the ryozampaku characters. They are far more original and to a decent degree lack all the cliche elements that plague the ryozampaku masters.
My favorite would probably be Akisame also, although I don't think there's any point in arguing who the strongest is. It's obviously the elder. Not only does he only use like .0001% of his actual power and still pwn people, but even with his eyes closed and body and mind split, he still wtfpwns people.
Poor Ma nobody likes the way of the Ero lolz. Anyways Sakaki is my favorite master although Apachai and Ma Kensei is fighting 2nd place.
After giving it some thought I finally came to the conclusion that my favorite master is sakaki.
Akisame is plainly boring IMO. He is flawless, he does not make mistakes, he knows EVERYTHING about EVERYTHING about EVERY.... and so on. His only one redeeming feature IMO is that he in spite of him appearing to be a sensible man with enough common sense to bring about worldpeace x thesecondcoming he is actually the most brutal an inhuman of kenichi's masters and the most willing one to bring the poor kid to the verge of death and use some weird medicine to bring him back.
Apachai sucks. Almost enough said. The guy is a monumental moron and his stupidity only serves as a source of humor. I am not sure of how I feel about the author passing the overwhelming ignorance and mental retardation which plagues the guy as him being "pure" or something. I am not saying I don't laugh at apachai humor (I am not a very politically correct person myself nor I have interest in it so....) but I still find everything about him plain wrong.
Shigure is ok but her personality is kinda boring. At least she is not outright stupid as apachai is, she is just plain ignorant about EVERYTHING about EVERYTHING about.... and so on. I never particularly got the thing about her particular manner of speech where she pauses in mid sentence. Its like some of the related humor of that got lost in translation.
Ma is actually a cool character. He reminds me of master roshi lol. He has wisdom, he has ero, he kicks but while at the same time he is not flawless as a character.
Sakaki is perhaps the cooler of kenichi's masters for me. He kicks ass and in spite of appearing to be the most brutal of kenichi's teachers he is one of the more lenient ones which contrasts beautifully with him being the one to take him to the underworld trips where his beloved disciple will fight to the death.
The elder is similar to akisame in that he does not seem to be flawed but he does have a few redeeming features. He appears to have a clue to what he is doing but ends up hoping that his insane plants actually worked rather than it resulting in kenichi either turning into a bloodthirsty yami-ish fighter or outright dies brutally in a reckless fight (assuming kenichi survived).
In the end I would pick Ma Kensei...He shows proficiency in raising a disicple and his training isn't torturous he just goes along with Akisame ides because they build foundation for his technique's.
I would like to train with Apachi too. He would raise you to be a killer and to hit with all your might. I would survive his training and kill him after he teaches me Muy Bouran.