Hokuto no Ken

Fist of the North Star

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Synonyms: Seikimatsu Kyuseishu Densetsu: Hokuto no Ken, HNK
Japanese: 北斗の拳
English: Fist of the North Star
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Type: TV
Episodes: 109
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 11, 1984 to Mar 5, 1987
Premiered: Fall 1984
Broadcast: Thursdays at 19:00 (JST)
Producers: Fuji TV
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: GoreGore, Martial ArtsMartial Arts, Super PowerSuper Power
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 7.961 (scored by 4536745,367 users)
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Ranked: #6932
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1712
Members: 132,743
Favorites: 2,308

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In the year 19XX, after being betrayed and left for dead, bravehearted warrior Kenshirou wanders a post-apocalyptic wasteland on a quest to track down his rival, Shin, who has kidnapped his beloved fiancée Yuria. During his journey, Kenshirou makes use of his deadly fighting form, Hokuto Shinken, to defend the helpless from bloodthirsty ravagers. It isn't long before his exploits begin to attract the attention of greater enemies, like warlords and rival martial artists, and Kenshirou finds himself involved with more than he originally bargained for.

Faced with ever-increasing odds, the successor of Hokuto Shinken is forced to put his skills to the test in an effort to take back what he cares for most. And as these new challenges present themselves and the battle against injustice intensifies, namely his conflict with Shin and the rest of the Nanto Seiken school of martial arts, Kenshirou is gradually transformed into the savior of an irradiated and violent world.

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Hokuto no Ken covers chapters 1 to 136 of the manga of the same name.

Characters & Voice Actors


Kamiya, Akira


Wakamoto, Norio


Shiozawa, Kaneto


Horikawa, Ryo


Totani, Kouji


Ginga, Banjou


Yasuhara, Yoshito


Furukawa, Toshio


Mori, Katsuji


Ichiryuusai, Teiyuu


Maseba, Yutaka
Macek, Carl
Ashida, Toyoo
Director, Episode Director, Screenplay
Itano, Ichirou
Episode Director, Animation Director


Opening Theme

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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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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 ...
Feb 21, 2023
Mixed Feelings
'Fist of the North Star' is about heads and body parts exploding. That's it. There is no plot. You may be tricked into thinking there is one, but there isn't. It's just Kenshiro, the main protagonist, walking straight, as random shit happens around him.

'Fist of the North Star' has no characters. You may be tricked into thinking there are characters, but there aren't. They are just props which Kenshiro ruthlessly destroys. Never, at any time, ever, does any spark of intelligence or emotion ever ignite in these people's (inevitably exploding) heads. They exist to have their heads exploded. Sure, they are capable of speech, motion, ...
Sep 14, 2023
First of all, let's talk about the repetitive nature of the show. It seems like every other episode features the same formula: some evil guys do some evil things, Kenshiro shows up and beats them up, the evil guys inform their boss, the boss becomes enraged and sends his minions after Kenshiro, Kenshiro beats them up, then Kenshiro beats their boss, and the episode ends. Rinse and repeat. This formula is so predictable that it becomes tedious after a while, and you can easily predict what's going to happen next.

The repetition doesn't stop there, though. The show also reuses a lot of animations, which is ...

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