Hokuto no Ken
Fist of the North Star
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Hokuto no Ken

Alternative Titles

Japanese: 北斗の拳
English: Fist of the North Star
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Information

Type: Manga
Volumes: 27
Chapters: 245
Status: Finished
Published: Sep 13, 1983 to Jul 26, 1988
Genres: Action Action, Drama Drama, Sci-Fi Sci-Fi
Theme: Martial Arts Martial Arts
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)
Authors: Hara, Tetsuo (Art), Buronson (Story)

Statistics

Score: 8.091 (scored by 1683216,832 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #5812
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #376
Members: 45,470
Favorites: 2,013

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Volumes: /27
Chapters: /245

Synopsis

The year is 199X. The Earth has been devastated by nuclear war. The seas have dried up and the land is cracked and desolate. Most living things on the planet have become extinct apart from the human race. In this new age violence rules as civilization is lost and the strong rule the weak in a world where food and water are the only thing with value. At this time a mysterious man named Kenshirou appears with his deadly martial art, the 2000 years old Hokuto Shinken. With his deadly style eliminating the evil is he the savior of the new era?

Background

Hokuto no Ken was published in English as Fist of the North Star by VIZ Media for 44 chapters from 1989 to 1997 in monthly comic book format, later collected into 4 graphic novels. After gaining rights to the series, Gutsoon! Entertainment later republished the series under the Raijin Comics imprint in full-color, original right-to-left format as Fist of the North Star: Master Edition from January 28, 2003 to May 19, 2004; only covering the first 9 volumes due to Gutsoon! becoming defunct in North America. The series has been published by VIZ Media under the VIZ Signature imprint since June 15, 2021.

Characters

Kenshirou
Main
Raou
Supporting
Rei
Supporting
Toki
Supporting
Jagi
Supporting
Souther
Supporting
Juuza
Supporting
Shin
Supporting
Shuu
Supporting
Bat
Supporting

Reviews

Feb 26, 2015
To witness such influential work after so much time is a truly wondrous experience. Hokuto no Ken has set many standards -- as formulaic as they may be -- that are still used today. One would believe that it will be a vichyssoise of platitudes, but instead, it presents itself in a more qualitative fashion than works of today which are based on the same formula.

Hokuto no Ken tells a story about ambitious and brave men in a world where compassion and love would seem pointless. It subtly indicates necessary human values, which are easily missed underneath its excessive violence. There isn't one main plot ...
Aug 24, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (122/245 eps)
As you can see I have not finished the manga and have only read up to what volume 9 of the viz releases. I hope to inform you on the shortcomings and strong points of this manga. This review does not contain any major spoilers such as deaths how ever it will reveal how the story unfolds to some extent.

Story: 5
What hooked me was the first fight with Raoh.The story has some great moments however some feel forced ranging from somewhat to very much so. Over and over again we see the most evil of evil characters which only really bothered me when they were ...
Dec 2, 2020
Preliminary (98/245 eps)
My review is up to vol. 11 ch.98


Story: 3

Even though the concept is interesting, the story is poor. After 98 chapters I can sum up for you the whole story. Thugs appear, kill some fodder, Kenshiro appears, omae wa mou shindeirou-nani, man explodes, blonde man who is the thugs' boss appears, Kenshiro does some Hokuto no ken, lots of blood, blonde man is dead. Add some family/brother issues and that's it. The only aspect which led me not to drop the anime immediately, but in the end proved to be insufficient, was the emotional deaths.

Art: 6

The art is detailed, but at some parts confusing. ...

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