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Souten no Ken

Souten no Ken

Alternative Titles

English: Fist of the Blue Sky
Synonyms: Fist of the Blue Sky
Japanese: 蒼天の拳

Information

Type: Manga
Volumes: 22
Chapters: 260
Status: Finished
Published: May 2001 to Aug 27, 2010
Authors: Hara, Tetsuo (Art), Buronson (Story)
Serialization: Comic Bunch

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Ranked: #16332
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Popularity: #3236
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Volumes: /22
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Synopsis

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?

Background

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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nanakon
Jul 25, 2007
The prequel to Hokuto no Ken is a lot more toned down and a bit less exaggerated in the whole giant evil bad guy proportions. As usual the protagonist has a very muscular build and knows Hokuto Shinken. The thing about Souten no Ken is that they gave it more of a storyline and less of the fighting. Whatever fighting there is isn\'t as extreme as in Hokuto no Ken. Whereas in Hokuto no Ken the fighting was just brute strength and hammering into the opponent\'s Keiraku Hikou in Souten no Ken Tetsuo Hara made it look a lot more like Chinese martial arts. Gone read more
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SmashDaddy
Oct 7, 2016
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 read more
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AristocraticZed
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 read more
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