In the second series after Raoh has been defeated by Kenshiro a new rival appears. The Gentou Kouken warriors. Falco the successor of the Gentou Kouken takes orders from an evil ruler by the name of Jacko. He claims to be the man chosen by the Tentei and issues orders to his subordinates to capture anyone living in order to build up his Imperial Capital. Kenshiro once again rises out of the shadows and puts an end to his tyrannical ways. Amidst the mayhem Lynn gets captured and gets taken to the land of the Shura where only ruthless fighters exist. Now Kenshiro must pursue the captor and defeat the 3 Rasho of the land in order to escape with his life and with Lynn.
First of all, this is a continuation of Hokuto No Ken with a time gap in between, so you would probably want to look at that before this. But, as this is not a plot-based show, it does make sense without having seen the original.
The first half of the story was actually pretty enjoyable, even if very standard. Heroic Rebels overthrow the Evil Emprire, but it's done well and had some suspenseful moments and likeable characters. Falco is one of the more impressive adversaries for Ken and their final duel was good fun. If the story ended at that point, I would have given the story an 8.
However, after this climactic battle at around episode 10, the plot suddenly totally changes track. There is no sense of continuation at all; the main character literally just goes off to a new island where the author has found thin reasons for Ken to massacre everybody. Hence, my low score for the story.
But, naturally, the most important part is the fighting. Is it any good? Just like the original Hokuto No Ken, there is plenty of footage of Ken making grunts explode (literally), which can get monotonous fairly quickly. However, the named boss enemy fights were usually well animated; Ken vs Han in particular, I thought was the best fight in both series combined-extremely gritty and violent. It was disappointing that in some of the fights, they resorted to a less realistic fighting style with faux force attacks instead of martial arts, which I felt ruined those fight scenes.
As for the sound, most of the tracks are nothing special, but there are a few music moments. "I Kill the Fight" during Ken Vs Han was awesome and contributed to that being one of the most epic fights.
So in conclusion, the story starts off pretty decently and will keep you interested until the first big showdown, although after that you may need a lot of willpower to get through the filler. Most of the fights are nothing special, but, Ken vs Han and a few others will hopefully make you feel that you haven't been wasting your time watching this old series.
Don't waste your time watching this series. I would recommend it just to diehard hokuto-fans, who have of course already watched it though, so I don't recommend it to anyone. Bad story, very bad characters (exept for Falco), boring episodes, and a lot of stupid and incredible mistakes in the reconstruction of the past of the characters. Just the soundtracks are quite good. But the story is very poor and after the 109 epsodes of the first serie this sequel has nothing new, nothing worth watching. Very, very poor.
An worthy continuation of one of japan´s most populair anime franchise since 1983, so soon its HAPPY HAPPY BRITHDAY hokuto no ken, to survive all these decades!!! After the intense 1st serie´s wich i also reviewed, once again the not too good animation wich i somewhat appreciate. Storyline is stilll damn good and unpredictable dark plots inbetween wich transfers chara. to chara as the serie´s coming to an end, and some DAMN good villians-heroe´s introductions,and most of all: Bart & Lynn the two small kids , they grown up and survived!! en this time they fight too!Only there is a bit more lack of the awesome fight scene's with those skills shown in screen, rather short., and less 80's intro music like season 1. Kenshiro as always badass as hell!! badass as hell dammitread more
Fist of the North Star 2 is a pretty awesome show and is not as bad as fist of the north star 1 fans make it to be.
Story : The plot of fist of the north starts continues where the first show left off. However ten years have passed by since Kenshiro's epic battle with his ultimate rival , enemy and brother Raoh. The world is again in chaos and the only one who can stop this the legendary savior of the century's end Kenshiro with his ultimate martial arts style the divine fist of the north star.He along with his friends Bat and Lin face to new enemies like the celestial emperor and the three rulers of the land of shura. Kenshiro even finds out more about his past and the history of the divine fist of the north star along with a rival school that is just as deadly as his fighting style.
Art : The art for the show is not bad for being made in the late 80s. The animation is better the first of the north star .
Sound: The voice actors put their hearts into the roles and bring the characters to life. There were only a few voices I did not like but none the less they serve their purpose.Also the music for this show is really well done both the opening and ending songs and the background soundtrack are great.
Characters: the characters for this show is pretty good even though some of the characters play similar roles to the characters that were in the first fist of the north star. For example , there is a character who just like rei and another character who looks like and plays the same role as the final opponent in fist of the north star 1. The characters that I liked were Kenshiro , Falco , Ein , Rock , Akashachi , and Shachi. The rest of the characters played their roles well they maybe not as memorable but did their part in the story.
Enjoyment: I really liked this show and the action and fighting scenes are really great . Also , liked how if the character dies that are not brought back to life therefore they have to fight with their whole heart and soul in order to survive .The themes in show are pretty good just like the first fist of the north star . the theme of love conquering hatred is and the hero's tragedy is that in order to be a hero you have to sacrifice your happiness for the sake of others. In addition, fate can be cruel and determine ones destiny before the person is born. However, you can also fight against destiny if you have enough willpower and strength to do it.Moreover , the show demonstrates the consequence of not killing your enemy when you had the chance which can lead to a great disaster. In addition, the TV series shows that even though you are in mourning for the death of someone loved you have to move on and help other people that are in need because that's what being a hero is all about.
Overall: Fist of the North Star 2 is a really good show to watch even though it might not be as awesome as the first series but its still pretty good on its own. So give this show a try it might become one of your favorite shows. read more
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