Souten no Ken
Fist of the Blue Sky
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Souten no Ken

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Synonyms: Fist of the Blue Sky
Japanese: 蒼天の拳
English: Fist of the Blue Sky
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 22
Chapters: 260
Status: Finished
Published: May 2001 to Aug 27, 2010
Genre: Action Action
Theme: Martial Arts Martial Arts
Serialization: Comic Bunch
Authors: Hara, Tetsuo (Art), Buronson (Story)


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A mysterious man known as "the King of Death" roams the streets of pre-war Shanghai in this action-packed prequel to Fist of the North Star.

Shanghai in the 1930s is a dangerous place. Foreign governments and Chinese factions have carved the city into different quarters, each with its own laws and government, and all rife with corruption. As the major powers vie for political control, the streets are left to local gangs. Life is cheap, and death is always near.

In days past, one man walked these mean streets battling the forces of evil. He was known only as Yan Wang, "the King of Death." Few knew who he really was, but many knew that he was a master of Hokuto Shinken - Fist of the North Star - a lethal martial art. He disappeared years ago after dispatching the city's worst gangsters, and is now rumored to be in Japan. Various people have come to Japan in search of him, but who will find him first?


Souten no Ken was first published in English as Fist of the Blue Sky in the manga anthology Raijin Comics, published by Gutsoon! Entertainment, from December 2002 (issue #0) to July 2004 (final issue #46).
Four collected volumes, also published by Gutsoon! Entertainment under the Raijin Graphic Novels imprint, from June 18, 2003 to March 1, 2004, were released before the publisher became defunct.


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Sep 11, 2023
Souten no Ken hasn't got the depth and grand scale that Fist of the North Star/Hokuto no Ken achieved, largely as a result of its comparatively shorter length. Don't be fooled by the huge amount of chapters, there's plenty of filler especially in the last third of the manga, there is far less to SnK than HnK. That isn't to say what is there that's good is not worth checking out, I feel that SnK at its best can easily stand up to the best of HnK, but HnK does have it beat in regards to character and story.

Where SnK soars is its fantastic ...
Aug 27, 2015
If you just finished Hokuto no Ken and crave more then Souten no Ken is a great supplier. The action, martial arts, and manliness is still there but in a modern gangster Chinese setting.

Story wise, its similar to HnK with Kenshiro having to fight the other branches of Hokuto Shinken (who are mafia leaders) to help his friends (who just so happened to be in the mafia) or because of destiny. There's also a connecting sort of arc that introduces the Nazis and Nanto Seiken, but its just there to introduce characters for the next half. The second half focuses more on the origins ...
Jan 5, 2022
Souten No Ken, or Fist of the Blue Sky, is one of the most adventures and creative takes on the original manga of Hokuto No Ken. Many authors were inspired by Brunson, and made their own work trying to surpass Brunson's work. However, I do believe Brunson surpassed Hokuto No Ken with Souten No Ken. When I think of Souten, I also include Regenesis, which is the sequel to Souten No Ken. Instead of the "Mad Max" type setting, this takes place back in the 1930s, several decades before the nuclear warfare of 199X, a.k.a. when Fist of the North Star takes place. If you ...

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