In the year 199X, catastrophic nuclear fallouts reduce the earth into a wasteland, resulting in a desert-like landscape. The remnants of once prosperous civilizations struggle to survive under excessively harsh conditions. Biker gangs such as Zeed strike fear into the isolated populations that reside in various villages enclaves and destroyed cityscapes.
With such hopelessness pervading the land, a mighty hero appears from the sun-drenched horizon. His name is Kenshiro, and he is determined to save his fiancee from the clutches of his bitter rival, Shin. In the past, Kenshiro and Shiro were so close that they could be considered brothers. But Shin’s overwhelming desire to take Yuria for himself proved to be stronger than their friendship.
Kenshiro is the successor of the ancient Chinese martial art Hokuto no Shinken, alternatively known as the Big Dipper God Fist. Shin is the custodian of the Nanto Roku Seiken, which is an oppositional school of martial art. Will Hokuto no Shinken reign supreme in this post-apocalyptic saga?
Are you tired of high school girls in miniskirts and pre-pubescent high school boys that pander to every single weeaboo on both sides of the pacific? Look no further my nigga, Fist of the North Star teaches you the art of manliness.
I watched this anime, no this MANime and I instantly grew a beard and my max bench increased by 100lbs. The beard I grew, grew a pair of huge, sweaty, hairy testicles, and each of the testicle grew a brand new majestic beard.
I Watched this anime in the presence of my little brother, he now has a beard and he’s only 11. The amount of manliness contained in this show alone is enough to make your biceps pulsate; erection throb and most importantly make your chest hair grow. From exploding heads to Kenshiro single-handily beating up a tank until it explodes, truly a mans tale, a mans dream!
That’s right niggas, this is a show for men and men only. By the end of it you will turn into a badass gorilla with the strength of ten men and the swag of Carlos Santana.
The artwork and music is VIP as fuck, if you disagree you have a disorder my friend, a disorder called shit taste.
The opening ''You wa shock'', is responsible for the emergence of the Y chromosome. It turns boys into men and men into fully fledged ass kicking machines!
There is this legend i heard, when a 3 month baby heard this, he automatically turned 50 years old. A 50 year old man with a foot long beard who bench presses apartment complexes and conquers the heavens with punches.
When I first started Hokuto no Ken, I did not know a thing about Fist of the North Star. I had heard the name before, and I knew it was a popular franchise with bloody exploding heads. When I started watching the series, it looked so incredibly 80s.
In fact, the Shin arc made me stop watching it for a while. The endless mooks in poorly drawn 80s style really turned me off. A few weeks later, I decided to try it again. I am so absolutely glad I did. Hokuto no Ken is a post-apocolyptic epic, and I don't use that term lightly.
The story is fairly simple. Shin (Kenshiro's rival) steals Yuria (Kenshiro's love), and Ken goes to rescue her. However, in the background, darker, more dangerous forces are moving. The story is cunning in its simplicity, and quite well executed.
The art is of course, very old, and often shows its age. It is the biggest downfall the series has. The series is backed up by strong, memorable music, and one of the most comically catchy OPs (YOU WA SHOCK!) I've heard.
One of the things that Hokuto no Ken does interestingly is the characters. 90% of the major characters are large, stoic men, with pecs of iron and manly logic. The two children, Bat and Lin, are there to cheer Ken on, and be terrified/annoying, respectively. The men Ken meets are almost all evil beyond redemption. However, in the legions of mooks and generic evil, are some interesting, legitimately cool characters, such as Rei, Juza, Toki and Raoh.
To today's viewer, it would seem like you've seen all the elements of this before in other things. The reason for this is that Hokuto no Ken has inspired every single action show to come from Japan, especially the long-running shounen of today, in some form or another.
I cannot give this series a 10, between the early filler (which is just about completely gone after the Shin arc), and the recap episodes. I will, however give this a 9. What I thought would be a hilariously corny 80s romp through a field of exploding heads turned out to be a amazing, epic journey though a post-apocalyptic wasteland, starring, the manliest man to ever be placed on paper. With exploding heads.read more
After the nuclear apocalypse of 199X, Kenshiro begins his quest to rid the world of evil & bring hope to humanity. Initially, North Star begins as a revenge tale where Kenshiro is searching for his fiancé Yuria whose been kidnapped by his rival Shin. Afterwards the story then focuses on Kenshiro's destiny to bring back peace to this "age of power" where humanity have become savage & desensitized to love & affection. Essentially, most humans are now primitive causing murders for the sake of resources such as food. Only those with power, ambition & a cold heart can survive this wasteland. As a savior to the masses, Kenshiro battles many tyrannical martial artists with his assassination art of "Hokuto Shinken" causing his enemies to explode. Further in the series is where Kenshiro's battles his eldest brother Raoh giving a satisfying ending to the series.
Kenshiro as a hero is almost one of a kind as he features a stoic yet kind attitude who faces tragedy on a constant basis. Bearing humanity's existence on his back, Kenshiro gives his all to protect the innocent & punish the guilty.
When people think of "MANIME", this series started it all & owns up to its reputation. While the animation is obviously dated, there's no greater adaptation than this version as it portrays the sorrow & various "MANLY TEARS" moments with the greatest execution in voice acting & music. In North Star, it may not follow the typical shonen tropes of today & can be very slow at times (especially its 1st 22 eps) but manages to display character in a very tragic form. Expect to see many great men & heroes to sacrifice themselves for the sake of peace as their battles will take residence in your soul. Also it might make a MANLY MAN out of you.
If you enjoy series like Jojo's Bizarre Adventure & Toriko, this is the show for you. This anime is my all time favorite but may not appeal to everyone. It certainly is a required taste to truly be appreciative of all its concepts on how masculinity & love for a woman play a part to make a society peaceful again. Expect some episodes to be slow & major fights to be done in 3-4 episodes as Fist is manliness in its purest form. Representing themes of 80's shonen, Fist Of The North Star still stands tall as a source of inspiration for all things MANLY.
Currently everyone knows or heard of the three most popular anime that dominates this decade: One Piece, Naruto and Bleach. This is essentially the case for most decades, being the 80's most prevalent anime Dragon Ball, Saint Seiya and Hokuto no Ken - or Fist of the North Star. This may leave potential audiences wondering whether these are worth their time, and in the case of Hokuto no Ken, I can definitely recommend it for viewers interested in action based anime.
The story is simple, having its setting in a post-nuclear apocalyptic world in which humanity regressed, where slavery and struggle for survival is commonplace. Martial arts are the main foundation for defense, and in the midst of it are two powerful schools, Hokuto Shinken and Nanto Seiken. There is one man, Kenshiro, who seeks to retrieve his love Yuria from Shin, a powerful member of the Nanto Seiken school.
This seems very generic, yet its main strength lies in its presentation and narrative. At first the story is of episodic nature, introducing different martial arts styles and characters, however as it progresses, arcs are introduced with more interesting characters and fleshing the main ones out. The battles presented are varied and engaging, where characters death are meaningful, and remain dead, and brutally so. Dialogues are simple and held to a minimum, yet meaningful to the story. Some viewers may wonder how martial arts can be a viable way to protect themselves, being in a post apocalyptic world where fire weapons should be abundant. This issue is solved by making the use of guns to a minimum, and having those considered as non-existent and forgotten, due to technological limitations.
There is a great variety of characters in Hokuto no Ken, being the main ones the different martial artists presented throughout the anime, dominated mainly by very "manly" man. However, character are plain and simple, and lack depth. For example, Kenshiro, successor of the Hokuto Shinken, is one dimensional with the only objective of defeating his opponents, undergoing barely any character development besides of some background information of his past. He may seem as an emotionless character, yet viewers observe how he actually has emotions. Nevertheless, this an issue that may be overlooked, as they're very likable as well formidable fighting machines. After all, it is pretty amusing to hear Kenshiro announce to his opponents "You are already dead" or "You don't deserve to live - Die!", which adds to the overall awe of the characters.
The martial artists of importance have background stories attached to them that explains their behaviour and motives in a convincing way, different to the stereotypical, one dimensional villains prevalent in other anime. The supporting cast of is mainly composed of two parties, the oppressed and helpless people, and the gangs composed of bandits with a Mohican hairstyle - yes, a Mohican hairstyle, which is hilarious. There is however other thing to mention, being the two children that follow Kenshiro: these have no purpose in the story other than to create unnecessary and typical situations. Nevertheless, the focus upon these are lessened as story progresses, which I personally found a good thing, as it could get pretty annoying and inmersion-breaking.
~Animation and sound~
The animation quality is dated, but after all this anime is from the 80's. Combat scenes are well drawn, yet some parts are rehashed and at times are simple static images. There is an evolution in the art style, being clearer and with more attention to the characters detail. There are some small inconsistencies to be found to, such as the infinite supply of Kenshiro's clothing, but this is easily overlooked, as it adds to the characters overall awe. Backgrounds are however limited to bleak and colorless wastelands, which is a bit depressing to look at over the span of 109 episodes. Not to mention how people die in the most bizarre way.
The character's voice actors matched well with the characters personalities, easily transmitting their emotions, being probably Kenshiro's voice actor the most memorable with his constant "ATATATATATATA" when fighting. Soundtracks used are very 80's like, yet matched well the story, with some very memorable tracks.
Hokuto no Ken was overall a very enjoyable experience, which main focus lay in martial arts and its different styles presented through the different characters. The story itself is plain and simple, yet its presentation is the strongest point. Some scenes were very predictable and fillers were to be found, yet were entertaining. Recommendable to anyone who likes action based anime without unnecessary fan service, sharing similarities to JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series in its "manly" battles. Not suitable for anyone looking for a deep story.
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