Hokuto no Ken
Fist of the North Star
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Hokuto no Ken

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


Score: 8.111 (scored by 1352613,526 users)
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Ranked: #5142
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Popularity: #401
Members: 35,055
Favorites: 1,710

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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?


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.

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Feb 26, 2015
Dokubachi (All reviews)
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 read more
Oct 13, 2021
foxhunt99 (All reviews)
Fists of the North Star is one of the pioneers of action kung fu manga. It was released in the 1980s, amazingly, the art style doesn't look outdated even today. The characters are super detailed, the kung fu moves are beautifully drawn.

The story itself is quite interesting as well. The second half of the manga is less interesting than the first half. There are a lot of deaths, the majority of the characters died, many in glorious ways.

I read this manga as a kid, I remember reading this one in classes. Any manga that are interesting enough to make me skip class I read more
Feb 12, 2018
ChouEritto (All reviews)
Hokuto no Ken (Fist of the North Star) is a series primarily known in the west nowadays for over the top manliness, a few memes such as "Omae wa mou shindeiru" and it's anime movie being glorious, gory 80s action. Compared to it's peer in 80s Shonen Dragon Ball or the series it inspired, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Hokuto no Ken has become vastly underrated today, despite it easily being one of the best series to come out of the Shonen demograph.

Note: I will only be reviewing the first 136 chapters of the manga. This is because whilst the 2nd part introduces quite a few new read more
Jan 4, 2016
SodiumChloride (All reviews)
Do you like manly men ?
Do you like manly quotes ?
Do you like manly tears ?
Do you like manly deaths ?

Well you're in luck because this manga is the manliest one around (yes I've read Berserk) .It's the epitome of manliness .The 'man' in 'manga' has never been so fitting .

Plot - 8
Well I obviously wasn't reading this for fan service so I can say that the story was pretty good .There's a difference between this and Berserk though .This story as a whole isn't as good because the story telling isn't as smooth .There are some cases of the notorious Deus Ex Machina read more

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