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Hokuto no Ken: Season 4: Episode 27 -- Kenshiro and Yuria first met at The North Star Mind and Body Training Ground.

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4 October 1984 (Japan) See more »
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Cast

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Akira Kamiya ... Kenshirô (108 episodes, 1984-1987)
Shigeru Chiba ... Narrator / ... (108 episodes, 1984-1987)
Teiyû Ichiryûsai ... Bat (95 episodes, 1984-1987)
Tomiko Suzuki ... Lin (68 episodes, 1984-1986)
Kenji Utsumi ... Raoh (56 episodes, 1985-1987)
Takaya Hashi ... Toki / ... (51 episodes, 1985-1987)
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Series Directed by
Toyoo Ashida (109 episodes, 1984-1987)
Atsutoshi Umezawa (29 episodes, 1984-1987)
Hiromichi Matano (28 episodes, 1985-1987)
Masahisa Ishida (21 episodes, 1984-1986)
Renji Kawabata (12 episodes, 1986-1987)
Masayuki Akehi (7 episodes, 1986)
Tomoharu Katsumata (4 episodes, 1985-1986)
Shigenori Kageyama (4 episodes, 1985)
Iku Ishiguro (3 episodes, 1984-1985)
Shin'ichi Masaki (3 episodes, 1985)
Ichirô Itano (2 episodes, 1985)
Kazuhiro Ochi (2 episodes, 1986)
Miwako Watanabe (2 episodes, 1986)
Osamu Kamimura (1 episode, 1984)
Kiyotaka Kantake (1 episode, 1984)
Masamitsu Sasaki (1 episode, 1984)
Akio Mitani (1 episode, 1985)
Umetarô Saitani (1 episode, 1985)
 
Series Writing credits
Buronson (109 episodes, 1984-1987)
Tetsuo Hara (109 episodes, 1984-1987)
Hiroshi Toda (71 episodes, 1984-1987)
Yukiyoshi Ôhashi (25 episodes, 1985-1987)
Tokio Tsuchiya (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Shozo Uehara (4 episodes, 1984)
Yuho Hanazono (4 episodes, 1985)
Toshiki Inoue (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Masaru Yamaguchi (1 episode, 1986)

Series Produced by
Yoshinobu Nakao .... planner: Fuji TV (109 episodes, 1984-1987)
Tadashi Oka .... planner: Fuji TV (109 episodes, 1984-1987)
Yoshio Takami .... producer / executive producer (109 episodes, 1984-1987)
Yoshio Sugawara .... producer (108 episodes, 1984-1987)
 
Series Original Music by
Nozomi Aoki (109 episodes, 1984-1987)
 
Series Art Direction by
Mitsuki Nakamura (109 episodes, 1984-1987)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tatsuya Hattori .... assistant episode director (36 episodes, 1984-1986)
Miwako Watanabe .... assistant episode director (33 episodes, 1985-1987)
Akihiko Nishiyama .... assistant episode director (17 episodes, 1985-1987)
Akio Mitani .... assistant episode director (5 episodes, 1984-1985)
Yoshitomo Yonetani .... assistant episode director (4 episodes, 1985-1986)
Atsutoshi Umezawa .... assistant episode director (3 episodes, 1984)
Akira Takano .... assistant episode director (3 episodes, 1986-1987)
Kiriko Maruo .... assistant episode director (2 episodes, 1985)
Kôji Yamagata .... assistant episode director (2 episodes, 1985)
Satoru Nakamura .... assistant episode director (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
 
Series Art Department
Mitsuki Nakamura .... art designer (109 episodes, 1984-1987)
Hideki Mori .... art advancement (79 episodes, 1985-1987)
Masao Ichitani .... artboards (37 episodes, 1984-1987)
Ryûichi Sugimoto .... art advancement (30 episodes, 1984-1985)
Chisato Sunagawa .... artboards (28 episodes, 1984-1987)
Hisae Ômiya .... artboards (13 episodes, 1984-1987)
Youko Komiya .... artboards (13 episodes, 1985-1987)
Yukiko Iijima .... artboards (8 episodes, 1985-1986)
Morishige Suzuki .... artboards (4 episodes, 1984)
Teiichi Akashi .... artboards (3 episodes, 1984-1986)
Shigenori Kageyama .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Kenji Matsumoto .... artboards (2 episodes, 1984)
Tsutomu Nishikura .... artboards (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
 
Series Sound Department
Kanji Fukunaga .... audio director: Tavac (109 episodes, 1984-1987)
Tanekichi Imazeki .... sound recordist: Tavac (109 episodes, 1984-1987)
Michihiro Itô .... sound effects editor: E&M (109 episodes, 1984-1987)
 
Series Special Effects by
Masayuki Nakajima .... special effects (37 episodes, 1984-1987)
Kiyoshi Ôhashi .... special effects (19 episodes, 1984-1985)
Matsuko Isono .... special effects (15 episodes, 1986-1987)
Kô Yamamoto .... special effects (10 episodes, 1985-1987)
Mitsuo Asada .... special effects (8 episodes, 1985-1986)
Kiyoyoshi Asanuma .... special effects (7 episodes, 1986)
Mutsuko Shibata .... special effects (4 episodes, 1985-1986)
Rika Sugawara .... special effects (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Hidetoshi Watanabe .... camera operator (72 episodes, 1985-1987)
Kiyoyuki Inoue .... camera operator (13 episodes, 1985)
Sadashi Sano .... camera operator (11 episodes, 1984-1985)
Yoshiyuki Tamagawa .... camera operator (9 episodes, 1984-1985)
 
Series Animation Department
Masami Suda .... character designer / animation director / ... (109 episodes, 1984-1987)
Mitsuyoshi Kosugi .... background artist (43 episodes, 1985-1987)
Yoshitake Suzuki .... cel painter / cel advancement (40 episodes, 1984-1987)
Jun'ichi Fujise .... cel painter (37 episodes, 1984-1986)
Hisashi Watanabe .... cel advancement (27 episodes, 1984-1985)
Kazuko Nakajima .... background artist (22 episodes, 1984-1986)
Yukiko Iijima .... background artist (21 episodes, 1984-1986)
Youko Komiya .... background artist (21 episodes, 1984-1985)
Junko Nakamura .... cel painter (20 episodes, 1984-1985)
Hiroko Inoue .... cel painter (19 episodes, 1984-1986)
Oriko Murano .... cel painter (18 episodes, 1984-1985)
Manami Matsumoto .... background artist (18 episodes, 1986-1987)
Katsutoshi Yui .... background artist (18 episodes, 1986-1987)
Nobuhiro Masuda .... animation director (17 episodes, 1984-1987)
Kyôko Torii .... cel painter (16 episodes, 1984-1987)
Keiko Nemoto .... cel painter (16 episodes, 1984-1986)
Michiyo Kôno .... background artist (16 episodes, 1986-1987)
Kyoko Nakayama .... background artist (16 episodes, 1986-1987)
Seiji Kenno .... cel advancement (14 episodes, 1985-1986)
Hironobu Saitô .... animation director / animator (13 episodes, 1984-1987)
Katsumi Aoshima .... animation director / animator (12 episodes, 1984-1985)
Shinichi Toyonaga .... cel advancement (12 episodes, 1986-1987)
Hirotoshi Kaneko .... animation director / animator (11 episodes, 1984-1987)
Shinobu Nakamura .... cel painter (11 episodes, 1985-1987)
Hiroshi Yamamoto .... inbetween artist (11 episodes, 1985-1987)
Yumiko Kawasaki .... inbetween artist (10 episodes, 1984-1987)
Mayumi Ohmura .... inbetween artist (10 episodes, 1984-1986)
Keiko Kanemura .... background artist (10 episodes, 1984-1985)
Shinji Matsumoto .... cel painter: Studio DEEN (10 episodes, 1986-1987)
Chikako Uesugi .... inbetween artist (9 episodes, 1984-1986)
Hiroshi Kosakai .... cel advancement (9 episodes, 1985)
Takako Uemura .... inbetween artist (8 episodes, 1984-1986)
Shizuo Kawai .... animation director / animator (8 episodes, 1984-1985)
Yoshiko Aihara .... cel painter / cel advancement (8 episodes, 1985-1986)
Masao Ichitani .... background artist (8 episodes, 1985-1986)
Masahiro Naoi .... animation director (8 episodes, 1985-1986)
Noriko Sugiyama .... inbetween artist (8 episodes, 1985-1986)
Naoyoshi Arita .... cel painter: Studio DEEN (8 episodes, 1986-1987)
Kiyotoshi Aoi .... animation director / animator (7 episodes, 1985-1987)
Kuniko Iwagami .... inbetween artist (7 episodes, 1985-1986)
Seiichi Akahori .... inbetween artist (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Minoru Sugimori .... inbetween artist (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Yukitoshi Yamaguchi .... inbetween artist (5 episodes, 1984-1987)
Kazue Saitô .... inbetween artist (5 episodes, 1984-1985)
Naomi Satô .... background artist (5 episodes, 1984-1985)
Satoko Suzuki .... cel painter: Suzuki Dôga Kikaku (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Atsuko Hataoka .... background artist (5 episodes, 1985-1986)
Kazuhiko Takahashi .... inbetween artist (5 episodes, 1985-1986)
Maki Aikawa .... cel painter / cel advancement (5 episodes, 1986-1987)
Tetsu Iwama .... cel painter (5 episodes, 1986-1987)
Takahiro Shimizu .... inbetween artist (5 episodes, 1986-1987)
Nobumichi Kawamura .... animator / inbetween artist (4 episodes, 1984-1987)
Kiyoshi Matsumoto .... animation director / animator (4 episodes, 1984-1986)
Makoto Takahoko .... animator / animation director (4 episodes, 1984-1986)
Katsumi Eguchi .... inbetween artist (4 episodes, 1984-1985)
Hiroshi Kugimiya .... inbetween artist (4 episodes, 1984-1985)
Noriko Mochizuki .... inbetween artist (4 episodes, 1985-1987)
Chizuko Yamada .... inbetween artist (4 episodes, 1985-1987)
Jun'ichi Hayama .... inbetween artist (4 episodes, 1985-1986)
Yukiko Inose .... inbetween artist (4 episodes, 1985-1986)
Katsunori Kimizuka .... inbetween artist (4 episodes, 1985-1986)
Toshiyuki Ozawa .... inbetween artist (4 episodes, 1985-1986)
Ryô Tanaka .... inbetween artist (4 episodes, 1985)
Akira Kano .... inbetween artist (4 episodes, 1986-1987)
Mamoru Narita .... inbetween artist (4 episodes, 1986-1987)
Katsuhiko Kimizuka .... inbetween artist (4 episodes, 1986)
Teiichi Akashi .... background artist (3 episodes, 1984-1986)
Hideaki Furusawa .... inbetween artist / animator (3 episodes, 1984-1986)
Nobuyuki Fukuchi .... animator (3 episodes, 1984-1985)
Eriko Mogi .... inbetween artist (3 episodes, 1984-1985)
Junzo Ono .... animator (3 episodes, 1984-1985)
Masayo Imai .... cel painter (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Hiroshi Inuzuka .... inbetween artist (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Eriko Miyashita .... inbetween artist (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Hiroyuki Onodera .... inbetween artist (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Akira Takagi .... inbetween artist (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Hitomi Takemura .... inbetween artist (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Takuya Wada .... animation director (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Takami Ôshima .... inbetween artist (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Tomoemon Ôtani .... cel advancement (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Susumu Nishikawa .... cel advancement (3 episodes, 1985)
Toshiko Okayasu .... inbetween artist (3 episodes, 1985)
Tomoyuki Aoki .... cel advancement (3 episodes, 1986)
Masumi Arai .... cel advancement / cel painter (3 episodes, 1986)
Hiroshi Harada .... cel advancement (3 episodes, 1986)
Tomohiro Koyama .... inbetween artist (3 episodes, 1986)
Akiko Matsumura .... cel painter (3 episodes, 1986)
Akiko Motoyama .... cel painter (3 episodes, 1986)
Kazuhiro Ochi .... animation director (3 episodes, 1986)
Kôichi Satô .... cel painter (3 episodes, 1986)
Toshiko Satô .... cel painter (3 episodes, 1986)
Takako Sô .... cel painter (3 episodes, 1986)
Maki Taira .... cel painter (3 episodes, 1986)
Yukie Kawai .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Mikako Kobayashi .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Miyuki Nakano .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Masanori Nishii .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Hideko Okimoto .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Yoshie Ôkawara .... cel advancement / cel painter (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Iku Ishiguro .... animation director (2 episodes, 1984)
Setsuko Ishizu .... background artist (2 episodes, 1984)
Yasuhide Maruyama .... animator (2 episodes, 1984)
Kenji Matsumoto .... background artist (2 episodes, 1984)
Keiko Matsumura .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1984)
Kumiko Sasaki .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1984)
Akira Shimizu .... animator (2 episodes, 1984)
Yasuyuki Tada .... animator (2 episodes, 1984)
Hisako Yaji .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1984)
Sachiko Gokita .... cel painter (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Naotaka Isegawa .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Iwao Itsui .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Mariko Tsukagoshi .... cel painter (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Chika Ueno .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Keiko Andô .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1985)
Yoshitsugu Hatano .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1985)
Atsuko Ishida .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1985)
Shigenori Kageyama .... animation director (2 episodes, 1985)
Masahiko Kaneda .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1985)
Ritsuko Maejima .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1985)
Hiroshi Nakamura .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1985)
Yoko Ozone .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1985)
Kôichi Takada .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1985)
Satoru Takada .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1985)
Yoshinori Tanabe .... animation director (2 episodes, 1985)
Miki Ukai .... cel painter (2 episodes, 1985)
Fumie Watanabe .... cel painter (2 episodes, 1985)
Rieko Yokochi .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1985)
Yôichi Ônishi .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1985)
Yûichi Akimoto .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Kaoru Kondô .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Hirohide Shikishima .... animation director (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Masahiro Arai .... animation director (2 episodes, 1986)
Ayako Gomi .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1986)
Hisashi Kagawa .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1986)
Shun'ichi Maruyama .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1986)
Ken'ichi Nakajima .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1986)
Katsunari Shiizuka .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1986)
Manabu Tanaka .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1986)
Eiji Uemura .... animation director (2 episodes, 1986)
Katsutoshi Yamamoto .... cel advancement (2 episodes, 1986)
Wataru Yamamoto .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1986)
Kôji Tanaka .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1987)

Hiroaki Gôda .... animator (unknown episodes)
Mutsumi Inomata .... animator (unknown episodes)
Michitaka Kikuchi .... animator (unknown episodes)
Shinsaku Kôzuma .... animator (unknown episodes)
Masayuki .... animator (unknown episodes)
Kôji Morimoto .... key animator (unknown episodes)
Hideki Tamura .... animator (unknown episodes)
Nobuteru Yûki .... character designer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Masaaki Hanai .... editor: Tavac (109 episodes, 1984-1987)
 
Series Music Department
Hideyuki Tanaka .... musical director / music selection: Tavac (109 episodes, 1984-1987)
 
Series Other crew
Yoshio Sugawara .... production supervisor (109 episodes, 1984-1987)
Tatsuya Hattori .... production assistant (44 episodes, 1984-1986)
Akihiko Nishiyama .... production assistant (18 episodes, 1984-1987)
Tôru Suzuki .... production assistant (7 episodes, 1986-1987)
Yoshitomo Yonetani .... production assistant (6 episodes, 1984-1986)
Akihiko Inari .... production assistant (5 episodes, 1984-1985)
Satoru Nakamura .... production assistant (5 episodes, 1986-1987)
Akira Takano .... production assistant (5 episodes, 1986-1987)
 

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Also Known As:
"Ken, Great Bear Fist" - Japan (English title)
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Runtime:
Japan:25 min (109 episodes)
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Certification:
Canada:14A (Manitoba) (some episodes) | Canada:PG (Manitoba) (some episodes) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (VHS/DVD rating) | Canada:AA (Ontario) (video rating) (2002) | UK:18 | UK:15 (some epiosodes)

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Trivia:
The first opening, "Ai wo Torimodose", is used as entrance music in the PRIDE Fighting Championships by Josh Barnett, a confessed fan of the series.See more »
Quotes:
[Kenshirô's trademark phrase]
Kenshirô:You are already dead.
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Referenced in We Are the Strange (2007)See more »

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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Great 70's anime still entertains, 29 December 2004
Author: FilmFlaneur from London

This series itself retains something of a cult following - not least because of its distinctive tone and setting, which packages pounding martial arts action, a deconstruction of the family, as well as interesting homo-erotic undertones - all set in a Mad Max style post-catastrophe landscape. After a devastating global war, we are told, life for mankind has turned into a nightmarish struggle, not only because of the barren environment but through the depredations of mentally deranged, mutated savages.

Ranged against them, and all evildoers, is Kenshiro, master of a particular fighting technique, Hokuto Shinken, a virtually unbeatable martial skill that works on manipulating the secret power points of opponent's bodies, destroying them from within. Ken was trained up with his evil half-brother Shin, the Fist of the South Star, and who represents a polar opposite from him. He practices Nanto Seiken, a martial art that destroys from without. But Shin stole Ken's beloved Julia, this after fighting our hero, marking his chest with the seven distinctive scars which echo the sign of the Big Dipper and leaving him for dead. The narrative of Fist Of The North Star primarily consists of Ken's attempts to regain Julia and overcoming various champions of Shin.

The series makes almost no concessions to reality - not least of which are the sheer number of Shin's followers, duly met and thrashed on each occasion by Ken (or come to that, the amount of thin T-shirts which the hero destroys, then replaces unseen, with each encounter). His opponents are generally the mutants, who as a group are unsympathetic, grotesque and brutish. Many viewers have commented on the surreal arrogance of these killers, their bodies often drawn ridiculously out of proportion, towering over hero Ken and the regular humans. But mutation is just as it suggests, although the animators feel free to add to the macho incongruity of it all by adding Mohican haircuts, outrageous outfits and snarling dialogue. In comparison Ken is a model of sobriety, often warning his opponents to cease their activities before he strikes.

On his travels Ken is accompanied by two youthful helpers, both acquired in the first few episodes. One is the orphan girl Lynn and her puppy. The other is Bart, Ken's self styled 'business manager' as he makes clear in an earlier episode always, ostensibly on the fighters behalf, always looking for the main chance to profit from Ken's unique skills. Together with a repeated emphasis on Ken's lost love Julia, this group makes up a peculiarly fractured family, with normal relationships distorted by the world in which they find themselves. From this point of view, Ken's repeated attempts to get his woman back, as well as his repeated rescuing of social groupings (the mutants never have kin), equates a drive for regular familial balance.

The twist is North Star's visual insistence at the same time on butch body display and the repeated physical contact between the vaguely camp males making up the greatest number of dominant characters each week. (My favourite is the handlebar-moustached and splendidly named Colonel Mad, who fights with his blades dipped in scorpion venom.) In fact Ken faces no villainesses at all, at least until well into the second DVD volume. This is a series where the exaggerated torsos of the combatants is a hallmark, only equalled by their swollen braggadocio, itself suggestive of sexual taunting. Blood in the show is never the common red; rather it assumes a weird milky colour, exploding into the air at the climax of each encounter, while Ken's characteristic chest scarring was symbolically produced by the slow penetration of his skin by Shin's powerful fingers - a moment echoed later in the series. The result of all this imagery is thematic psychosis, arguably as pronounced as that enjoyed by the mutants who populate the landscape of future Earth: heterosexual Ken has a lady love and two children in tow; 'other' Ken with his body builder physique, has an intense relationship with his half brother, wears tight T-shirts and sleeveless jackets, and spills all that uniquely coloured blood in one casual encounter after another...

The distinctive 1980s' animation style is an advantage when depicting such a barren landscape, the desolation of which also reflecting Ken's emotional emptiness, deprived of Julia's presumed humanising contact. Manga's box set offers generally excellent picture quality. Opinion has been divided over the relative merits of the two soundtracks on offer; the original Japanese suffers from its mono origins while the re-release English dub offers a more visceral techno musical score, which more easily conveys the urgent brutality of it all. However this reviewer, at least, prefers the original with its far more sympathetic voicing of Ken's young followers - his modern voice in particular makes of Bart an irritating brat - while the score, although less monolithic, has a contemporary charm. Most especially, each episode is interrupted for an on-screen announcement of the baroque martial technique Ken has selected for the current fight ('Spinning Wheel Explosive Punch', 'The Hundred Crack Fist', 'Mountain Splitting Wave', etc). The modern version does its best, but the original intonation makes such moments highlights in themselves.

Fist Of The North Star is full of such ritualistic moments: the repeated (and failed) attempts of Shin to woe Julia for instance, or the rending of Ken's red shirt; the various exploding heads, or the fighter's famous pronouncement over those opponents whom, it appears, he has just touched, and who continue their arrogance yet: "You are already dead." In addition, each of the episodes is named in vengeful, declamatory fashion: Villains! Ready Your One Way Ticket To Hell!; Stormy Times, Titanic Battles, Is Battle All That Awaits Me?; Sinners! Thy Name Is Fang! etc. It's a characteristic that seems bizarre to western eyes, but the self-awareness reveals something about the original, local deliberation behind the series. Seen today, despite - or because of - its extremes, and curious undertones, it remains strangely addictive.

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