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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


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


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Ranked: #5002
Popularity: #1285
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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)


Episodes  0 / 109
Aired  Oct 4, 1984 to Mar 5, 1987
Status  Finished Airing
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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

Kamiya, Akira
Kamiya, Akira
Horikawa, Ryo
Horikawa, Ryo
Shiozawa, Kaneto
Shiozawa, Kaneto
Ginga, Banjou
Ginga, Banjou
Horikawa, Ryo
Horikawa, Ryo
Wakamoto, Norio
Wakamoto, Norio
Utsumi, Kenji
Utsumi, Kenji


Macek, Carl
Katsumata, Tomoharu
Episode Director
Inoue, Toshiki
Crystal King
Theme Song Performance

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Yesterday, 11:35 PM
Fist of The North Star or Hokuto no Ken really is great anime from the 1980s that should have more exposure it and should be on anime fans top ten lists.

Plot: The story is pretty much about a warrior name Kenshiro who fights and kills his enemies with his legendary martial arts called the divine fist of the North Star. Along the way he encounters many foes as well as friends. The show can be divided into four seasons. Season 1: Kenshiro’s back story about the scars on his body and where meets his friends and face his first main bad guy and read more
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Apr 7, 2014
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
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
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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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. 
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! 
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is the Second MOST GAR action title after Fist of the North Star. So if you like GAR, watch won't regret it. 
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

#1: "Ai wo Torimodose!! (愛をとりもどせ!!)" by Crystal King (eps 1-82)
#2: "Silent Survivor" by Kodomo Band (eps 83-109)

Ending Theme

#1: "Yuria... Eien ni (ユリア...永遠に)" by Crystal King (eps 1-82)
#2: "Dry Your Tears" by Kodomo Band (eps 83-109)

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