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Fist of the North Star Vol. 1 (1984)

Cast: Tony Oliver, Tony Oliver, Wally Burr, more...
Director: Toyoo Ashida, Toyoo Ashida
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Studio: Manga Video
Genre: Anime, Action Anime, Science Fiction Anime, Drama Anime, Cel
Running Time: 210 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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In a post-nuclear world, the strong oppress the weak and there is no justice save for one man who uses his strength to preserve what is left of human civilization. His name is Kenshiro, and they call him "the man with the seven scars." Kenshiro was betrayed by his best friend and left for dead, and now he is on a path of revenge, reaping vengeance on all those who abuse strength and power along the way. ~ Cammila Albertson, All Movie Guide

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GreenCine Member Reviews

Hokey charm in this 80's classic by hneline1 November 21, 2003 - 10:19 PM PST
1 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Fist of the North Star is one of those series that a certain generation of anime fans mention with worship in their voices, similar to when they talk about Star Blazers or Robotech -- it's a "classic." This is a very popular series from the mid-80s that epitomized the tradition of the hulky martial artist saving people while traveling the world (can you say Street Fighter II V?), In this case, the world that our hero, Ken, travels through is a post-nuclear desert wasteland filled with mohawked biker gangs ala Road Warrior. He's ethical, he's vengeful, he's unstoppable, he tolerates spunky children as sidekicks, he's the last disciple of his martial arts style, he has special powers that cause his opponents to blow up messily, and he fights for Love.

It's so hokey that it's charming... for the first four episodes. I fast forwarded through the other three on this disk. The problem with this series is that it hasn't aged well, so the animation style with repetitive elements, the self-deprecating slapstick comedy, and the stereotypical character types offer nothing fresh to hold my interest. The story is also well-worn: love and vengeance with very straightforward heroes and villains. The gory violence is mainly heads distorting before exploding and other simple forms of death.

But where else can you hear the famous line, "Omae wa mou shinde iru" (You're already dead), repeated by Ken every time after he touches a bad guy's special power point and there is a few seconds delay before the villain explodes in agony? While I can't recommend this lengthy series (109 episodes?) as a great anime standing up to today's quality, it has enough historical significance and charm that I would recommend watching one disk, just to see how far we've come if nothing else.

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