Fist of the North Star
|Fist of the North Star|
Volume 1 of the Japanese Jump Comics edition of Hokuto no Ken, as published on March 9, 1984.
(Hokuto no Ken)
|Original run||September 13, 1983 – August 8, 1988|
|Anime television series|
|Music by||Nozomi Aoki|
|Original run||October 11, 1984 – March 5, 1987|
|Anime television series|
|Hokuto no Ken 2|
|Directed by||Toyoo Ashida|
|Music by||Nozomi Aoki|
|Original network||Fuji TV|
|Original run||March 13, 1987 – February 18, 1988|
Fist of the North Star (
Fist of the North Star was adapted into two
The original manga was published in English by
In the 1990s, civilization was ruined as a result of a worldwide nuclear war and many creatures died out. However, mankind survived and entered an age where the strong ruled over the weak, as the few survivors fought over whatever supply of food, women and uncontaminated water remained in the wasteland of the world.
After Shin's downfall, Kenshiro settles in an oasis where he is reunited with Lin, who wandered off searching for Kenshiro after leaving her village. Having acquired a reputation as a saviour after defeating other organizations such as the Golan army and Jackal's gang, Kenshiro is hired by a certain village to serve as their guardian against the Fang Clan, a group of bandits who are terrorizing the locals. With the help of village leader
However, Kenshiro learns that his three former brothers-in-training in the ways of Hokuto Shinken are still alive and sets off on a journey to find them. He finds out that
With Raoh still recovering from his wounds, another warlord, the Nanto Hōōken successor
The Last General of Nanto appears and decides to side with Kenshiro in order to defeat Raoh, sending out her five guardians, the
The peace that follows Raoh's downfall does not last long and the world returns to turmoil several years later. Kenshiro rejoins his former traveling companions, Bat and Lin (now grown into adulthood), in their battle against an oppressive Empire, fighting under the banner of the Hokuto Army. The Hokuto Army learns that the Empire has been taken over by an usurper named
However, Rin is taken captive by the remnant of Jakoh's forces and is sent off to the mysterious Kingdom of Shura, a brutal land of warriors ruled by three overlords who have all mastered the ways of Hokuto Ryūken, a martial art which branched off from the same clan alongside Hokuto Shinken into the ways of darkness. Kenshiro defeats
Kenshiro then goes off on various adventures with Raoh's orphaned son Ryu. They run into a city terrorized by the soldiers of a former horse handler under Raoh, Kouketsu. Citizens and even a powerful former general under Raoh named Balga are also brought to heel through the kidnapping of their children. Kenshiro and Ryu free the children and defeat Kouketsu and his minions.
The next major adventure takes Kenshiro and Ryu to the kingdom of Sava, ruled by King Assam. Assam is deathly ill, but is hiding it because his three sons are constantly fighting over the succession, neither willing to relinquish the right to the throne. Assam asks Kenshiro to kill his sons because he realizes if his three sons live, his kingdom will be divided into three kingdoms and peace will be cut short. Kenshiro instead informs the three sons that he himself will be taking the throne and challenges them to fight him for it. After being defeated badly by Kenshiro they understand their own selfishness and how much it hurt their father. At the same time Assam decides to attack the barbarians by himself even knowing it is likely a death sentence. The three sons reconcile and seek their father out. They rescue him, but the eldest Kai, is mortally wounded, by a spear thrown into his back. All three brothers hide this from their father, not wanting him to grieve. Assam eventually dies and the second and third son try to relinquish the throne to each other, but the throne eventually goes to the second eldest.
Kenshiro tracks Kai's killer and discovers that it is the nearby Kingdom of Blanka that was behind it. At the same time, the youngest of the three brothers, Satora, is traveling to the city of Blanka to reunite with his lover, the princess of Blanka. Satora is shocked to hear the pacifistic nation of Blanka is behind the murder of his brother but they discover Blanka is now ruled by a man named Baran. He has duped the country into thinking he has godly powers by using Hokuto Shinken taught to him by Raoh. He reveals that he chose this path after his beloved sister died after refusing to take medicine, instead choosing to put her fate in "god's hands." After a battle, Baran is defeated and peace returns to Blanka. Kenshiro leaves Ryu with General Balga and ventures off alone once again.
Kenshiro goes to visit Yuria's grave and there he meets Mamiya again. Mamiya tells Kenshiro that Bat and Lin got married but Bat was unable to accept Rin's love knowing that Lin loves Kenshiro. So Bat wipes Lin's memories in order to allow her to start anew, taking her to places significant to Lin and Kenshiro. Kenshiro also has his memory wiped by the spirit of Yuria. Bat finds this fortunate because this meant both Kenshiro and Lin would start with blank slates. Meanwhile, a villain named