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Toshiki Inoue (episode)
Tokio Tsuchiya (episode)
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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Release Date:
4 October 1984 (Japan) See more »
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An epic assault on the senses !
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In the year 199X, human civilization has been all but destroyed by a nuclear holocaust. In an age where the strong rule over the weak... See more »
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 75)
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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Additional Details

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)

Did You Know?

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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991) (VG)See more »

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1 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
I love it but I can't possibly give it a higher score, and here's why:, 9 July 2013
Author: fregle from Belgium

This animated series must be one of the most comically flawed ever.

Everybody gets inspiration from what went before, but this setting is just a plain Mad Max 2 rip-off, and a ridiculous one at that, because it enlarges the absurdities and over-the-top parts while it throws away the elements that made the Mad Max 2 setting (slightly) believable.

So we are in a post-apocalyptic environment where food and water are scarce, industry of the cottage style is all that's left and natural resources are rarely mined if there are any left at all. Forget about knowledge, there is no communication network, no press and hardly any books. The few people who try to build something are at the mercy of violent gangs that outnumber them. Yet every man, woman and child is taller and more muscular than we are and there are veritable hordes of cars and bikes roaming the wasteland.

The big hero of the show is a steroid-enhanced version of Bruce Lee, with the high-pitched yelps and everything. It's almost a shame that he behaves like the man with no name (you know, the character Clint Eastwood plays in the dollars trilogy), I would've loved to hear him dish out Chinese wisdom while he isn't exploding his enemies. He also has a regenerating t-shirt and jacket (that's why he lets it rip to shreds every time he gets pumped, instead of just taking it off).

The bad guys are all big fans of the gay gangsters from Mad Max 2, as evidenced by their attempts to outdo them in the clothing and hairstyle department. Their stupidity is amazing even for 80s cartoon characters, their greatest talent being the maniacal laugh (I guess that's the biggest requirement for joining up). Oh, and they love licking their medieval weaponry (bikes and cars but no guns, go figure).

That brings me to the biggest flaw: this much violence on a show for 12-14 year old kids?! Even in Japan it wouldn't be acceptable these days. The bad guys behaving like roaming mercenary armies from East Congo is already bloody stuff, but the major characters in this story - both the protagonists and the antagonists - can make people explode or cut them to pieces, and they show no restraint in doing exactly that. I'm serious, you can't even hope to tally up Ken's body count. His deadpan remarks while he dispatches gang leaders only add to the brutality. This judge/jury vigilante behavior is never really questioned either. Luckily the bad guys are as awful as evil can be (did I tell you they lick their weapons?), so they all obviously deserve it, and if you can't be convinced by that then the swooning damsels in distress will provide the ultimate proof of Ken's righteousness.

But I do love this show very much, and not only because of the funny absurdities and clichés mentioned above. It has a surprisingly intriguing plot, with major antagonists that aren't of the one-dimensional kind (though most of them are profoundly stupid and grotesque). The whole thing is actually one Greek tragedy after another (you'll see many hulking men cry, while they are covered in blood and savagely brutalizing each other), don't expect any happy endings here.

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