Fist of the North Star Anime classicRating: 1 likes, 0 dislikes
After a nuclear holocaust, the earth lies in ruin. Kenshiro is the heir of Hokuto Shinken, a deadly martial art. Kenshiro after the loss of his love decides to use his power to protect and avenge the weak from the strong who prey on them.
Fist of the North Star aka Hokuto No Ken, is perhaps one of the most remembered anime series of all time. Kenshiro is the classic hero in action, standing up against corruption, abuse and violence against all humanity.From the manga from Tetsuo Hara and Buronson, the series was indeed a fist for the eyes. The anime broke grounds into terms of action, animation and violence. It became the series other fighting anime's tried to emulate and inspired.
Following a post nuclear war, the earth is ravaged to pieces. The strong and vicious prey on the weak and anyone who objects dies. However, one man is there to combat the evil and corruption in the world with his fists, he is Kenshiro. Kenshiro is the heiro of Hokuto shinken , the most powerful force in the universe. Kenshiro's main love Yuria is being pursued by the evil Shin. Shin and Kenshiro are brothers from the Hokutoshin school of martial arts. Ken is chosen as the true heir because he has a pure heart and no evil but Shin, Jagi, Rao and others try to use what they learn from school for evil, greed and power.
Eventually Ken must go through each of them and rid the world them. Essentially what this series comes down to is a fight between good and evil, the oppressor and the oppressd. The master and slave. It's true this anime is violent but it also carries many familar themes in this day and age that still keep fans of the show interested and bewildered as to how cool it was
It's a great series, Ken encounters different fighters along the way with their own power. Each fighter has their own story to tell. Hokuto No Ken had a second series called Hokuto No Ken 2 and quite a variety of video games as well.
Commercially then for Toei Animation Studio this show has been great for them and overall this series if you like Anime is a must see.
Review posted on Friday, November 16th 2007 at 11:09 pm