Hokuto no Ken (known as Fist of the North Star in the west) is a Japanese manga series and media franchises illustrated by Tetsuo Hara and written by Buronson. The manga was first published in 1982.
The original anime adaptation created by Touei in 1984 sparked a massive controversy due to the anime featured massive amount of violence (especially for its time when "Adult content air time" were not existed), most notably gore. leading to massive usage of censorship on the anime, and the creation of "Adult content air time", a slot of airing time on Television specifically for violent anime.
Story (anime adaptation)
Near the end of the 20th century, a nuclear flame engulfed most of the Earth's surface, reducing most of the world into a vast desert wasteland. The survivors of mankind banded together in tribes in order to fight over the few supply of uncontaminated food and water still left in the world, with the strong often preying on the weak. Kenshirou, the successor of the assassination art known as Hokuto Shinken, wanders the wasteland after being separated from his fiancee Yuria by his friend Shin. Accompanied by two young children, Bat and Lynn, Ken becomes a savior to the weak and innocent from the various gangs threatening their survival. Throughout the course of his journey, Kenshirou encounters various formidable rivals and adversaries, ultimately culminating with Kenshirou's eldest adoptive brother Raoh, an oppressive tyrant who challenges Ken for the right of the Hokuto Shinken succession.
Several years afterward, Kenshirou reunites with the now grown Bat and Lynn in order to stand up against a corrupt Imperial Army. The three, with the help of other rebels, manage to expose a conspiracy within the Imperial Army to keep the Heavenly Empress (Lynn's estranged twin sister, Lui) imprisoned. The Empress is saved, only for Lynn to be taken to the "Land of Asura", a country of warriors where only the mightiest survive. Kenshirou crosses to Asura in pursuit of her, only to find himself fighting against the three generals who rule over the land. Kenshiro finds himself fighting not only against his own blood brother Hyou, but also Kaioh, Raoh's own brother. After defeating Kaioh, Kenshiro goes on a few further adventures with Raoh's orphaned son, Ryu.
- Nanto Goshasei
- Hokuto Ryuken
- Other Antagonists