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Hokuto no Ken

Hokuto no Ken

Alternative Titles

English: Fist of the North Star
Synonyms: Ken il Guerriero, Seikimatsu Kyuseishu Densetsu: Hokuto no Ken
Japanese: 北斗の拳

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 109
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 4, 1984 to Mar 5, 1987
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 8.011 (scored by 8687 users)
Ranked: #4942
Popularity: #1266
Members: 24,304
Favorites: 698
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Synopsis

In the post-nuclear apocalyptic future in 199X, the human race has regressed. Weak villagers are reduced to slavery, while genetically enhanced giants rule the world. Gunpowder seems only a distant memory, and the martial arts is the only weapon a man can count on.

Two schools face one another in the battle for dominion: Hokuto Shinken and Nanto Seiken. The series begins when the Hokuto successor, Kenshiro, travels the desert to confront Shin, a member of the Nanto Roku Seiken, their six ruling stars, who has taken his fiancee Yulia.

(Source: ANN)

Related Anime

Adaptation: Hokuto no Ken
Sequel: Hokuto no Ken 2
Spin-off: Shin Hokuto no Ken
Alternative version: Hokuto no Ken Movie, Hokuto no Ken: Raoh Gaiden Junai-hen, Hokuto no Ken: Raoh Gaiden Gekitou-hen, Hokuto no Ken: Yuria-den, Hokuto no Ken: Toki-den, Hokuto no Ken Zero: Kenshirou Den, DD Hokuto no Ken
Prequel: Souten no Ken
Side story: Hokuto no Ken: Raoh Gaiden Ten no Haoh
Other: Hokuto no Ken: Legend of Heroes

Characters & Voice Actors

Kenshiro
Kenshiro
Main
Lang, Lex
English
Lang, Lex
Kamiya, Akira
Japanese
Kamiya, Akira
...
Rei
Rei
Supporting
Shiozawa, Kaneto
Japanese
Shiozawa, Kaneto
Norris, Daran
English
Norris, Daran
Souther
Souther
Supporting
Ginga, Banjou
Japanese
Ginga, Banjou
Horikawa, Ryo
Japanese
Horikawa, Ryo
Raoh
Raoh
Supporting
Wakamoto, Norio
Japanese
Wakamoto, Norio
Utsumi, Kenji
Japanese
Utsumi, Kenji
...

Staff

Macek, Carl
Producer
Katsumata, Tomoharu
Episode Director
Inoue, Toshiki
Script
Kodomo Band
Theme Song Performance



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Apr 7, 2014
THEAnimeHERO
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 read more
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Nov 12, 2009
nicepants
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 read more
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Apr 19, 2010
linearrush
I remember first watching Fist of the North Star in the action channel. I was but a little kid at the time and I really did not know what was going on. Unfortunately, the exploding heads and cussing was a deterrent at the time and I stopped watching it.

Fast forward almost ten years later and I decide to watch it and honestly, I am glad that I did.

The story is fairly simple. It takes place in a post apocalyptic world where the strong live and the weak die. Crime is at an all time high. Bandits and cut throats kill, pillage and rape to no read more
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Jun 10, 2011
Nubescout
In my opinion, Hokuto no Ken is the greatest anime/manga series of all. Being a fan of the Dragon Ball series, i've always loved fighting/martial arts series and this one is a good one. Unlike DBZ, the characters aren't heavily overpowered and although they have high amounts of power and durability they can still be ocassionally hurt with weapons.

The characters are also interesting and likeable. Kenshiro dosen't seem to have the common idea of a happy hero who is merciful and pure like many other Shonen manga. He is a merciless warrior but still kind and compassionate with a nice twist on Bruce Lee's battle read more
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Recommendations

Guts is essentially a Kenshiro clone. If you like the pragmatic nature and insane destructive power of one, it goes without saying that you'll like the other. Both series also feature ridiculously powerful enemies who must be overcome by the protagonist.

Berserk lacks HnK's brilliant sense of humor, however.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is the Second MOST GAR action title after Fist of the North Star. So if you like GAR, watch both...you won't regret it.
Figthing!, Epicness!, moving characters!, excelent plot! These series have those elementes in common while being very different at the same time. If you like a good fight like those you only get in DBZ, then may also watch Kenshiro dealing justice wit Hokuto Hyakuretsu Ken!
Coming out four years after the start of Hokuto no Ken, Sakigake! Otokojuku is another classic old school shonen! Featuring similarly over muscular fighters it deviates from Hokuto by adding in a comedy aspect. With an awesome mix of masculinity, pride, strength and humor, Fans of old school Shonen will fall in love with this series. Though the series lacks the constant flow of kills that Hokuto no Ken had, you will be sure to find that it is just as badass.

Similarly if you Started off with Otokojuku, Hokuto no Ken is another action packed series that you should acquaint yourself with.
Both have as scenario a grim post-apocalyptic future, with the devastated Earth, dry, devoid of vegetation and where survival is difficult.
Furthermore of the chaotic world of the future, both sides are subjugated by people more powerful. Because that, heroes arise between the darkness ...
In Hokuto no Ken the difficulties come also because it rules the law of the strongest and the world is in a wild state, while in Green Legend Ran are governed by an alien race (Rodo).
Over the top violence. Buff men punching bad guys at lightning speeds. Super dramatic poses!

Opening Theme

#01: "Ai wo Torimodose" by Crystal King (eps 1-82)
#02: "Silent Survivor" by Kodomo Band (eps 83-109)

Ending Theme

#01: "Yuria... Eien ni" by Crystal King (eps 1-82)
#02: "Dry Your Tears" by Kodomo Band (eps 83-109)

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