In the wastelands following the great nuclear war, a legend grew of a man. “Hokuto No Ken.” The Fist of the North Star. Master of a legendary fighting technique. A man of impossible strength and endurance. Yet before Ken claimed the title of the Fist, there was another master, trained in the art of Hokuto Shinken, the King of the Fist, the Divine Fist of Heaven. Raoh: the ultimate assassin, the ultimate warrior. This is the story of the world before Fist of the North Star, and how one man took the future of a savage world into his deadly hands and reshaped its destiny. Not as a hero but as a conqueror. For in the mind of the man called Raoh, the only way to save Mankind is to grind it under his giant heel! The greatest battle is about to begin in Legends of the Dark King ~ Fist of the North Star!
Legends of the Dark King (or more literally translated, Conqueror of the Heavens: Fist of the North Star Raoh Gaiden) is a prequel to Fist of the North Star focused primarily on Raoh building his empire. You could, in theory, watch this short series before you tackle the original hundred episode long series but the story would probably make even less sense; it's just really helpful to know who the characters are. The plot isn't terrible but it is very different from what is normal with Fist of the North Star. While most Fist of the North Star anime is focused on one guy punching
a bunch of other guys until their heads explode, while Legends of the Dark King is much more focused on Raoh building his empire. Sure, Raoh gets into fights with enemy generals who have their own unique fighting style but it has a very different feel from other shows in the franchise. The animation in this show is also subpar. I realize that the original series has pretty cheap animation but it at least had detailed character designs. With this new series, the characters are pretty basic. The animation should be much better since they're so simple. Legends of the Dark King is decent, but not astoundingly great. Considering this is a Fist of the North Star show, this is disappointing. If you're thinking about watching it, then you might as well, just don't get your hopes up.
First things first. My "reviews" system is explained on a blog entry. Which can be found through my profile.
And eh.. should mention again. That my "reviews" will get their so called "true form" in a long run. Whenever I feel satisfied with the format and content. Right now I'll try to simply say what I found enjoyable and what not thus the overall opinion/feel I had of the mentioned anime/manga.
Don't really have much to say regarding this series. I found the story, the prequel of hokuto no ken, the side-story about Raoh just before the main series quite enjoyable. It was simple yet strong. Fun
battles, great or at least enjoyable way to present "villains" story and power freaks world. Although story had also fair enough focus on drama regarding bonds, friendship and for a women side, love. Probably mainly story suffered a bit overly-reached Raoh's mindset regarding that nothing blocks his way. And here I mean specifically first episode scene where well, he made a "path". I found this quite silly. Nevertheless I think the story was good, but just nothing too amazing.
Artstyle I did enjoy. I saw lot of people complaining that the art/animation was absolute garbage, but I beg to differ. I think in the style/art it was made it felt very satisfying. Did absolutely love the soundtrack, felt very strong and grandiose. And as well voice acting was very nice. Do love Raoh voice.
For the most part I did enjoy it. In the end I had hard time choosing giving it 7 or 8. But I think 7 is just good enough. I did enjoy the drama, the story from Raoh side and as well absolutely loved the OST.
For newcomers.. I'm not sure whenever to watch it before the Ken main series. As I personally always watch stuff in release order and try to avoid skipping. But in the end I think it's a good piece of work. Adventure of Raoh just before the series and we were given a glimpse that even Raoh cares.