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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 Ito .... 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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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:
In one episode, Kenshiro enters the Yamato.See more »
Quotes:
[Kenshirô's trademark phrase]
Kenshirô:You are already dead.
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
FIST OF THE NORTH STAR -- ultraviolent anime TV series, 11 July 2002
Author: Brian Camp from Bronx, NY

"Hokuto no Ken" ("Fist of the North Star," 1984) took its cue from the Australian movies, MAD MAX (1979) and THE ROAD WARRIOR (aka MAD MAX 2, 1981), and pioneered a new style of violent animated action on Japanese television. It presented a more exaggerated version of the movies' post-apocalyptic landscape and its roving bands of savage bikers with Mohawk haircuts, spiked leather and bulging muscles who ravage the budding communities trying to rebuild society in a bleak and devastated terrain. Into the role of defender of the weak steps Ken, master of Hoto Shin Ken, or Fist of the North star, an intricate martial arts system that wreaks havoc on his opponents' nervous systems and causes all kinds of fatal disfigurements, usually an exploding decapitation. The stoic, deadpan Ken brooks no argument with those who offend him and spends most of the series ridding the landscape of these musclebound cretins. To balance out the constant violence with regular doses of sentiment, Ken's empathetic qualities are drawn out by the presence of two children, an adolescent harmonica-playing boy and a young girl saddled with a puppy, who become Ken's companions for much of the series.

While the violence is quite gruesome, the gore is muted by depicting the exploding heads in silhouette or shadow and having the spurting body fluids colored neutral hues. The carnage is, nevertheless, particularly satisfying because we get to watch dozens of murderous thugs get wasted, one by one, in colorful and imaginative ways. (The 1986 animated feature version of this series, also called FIST OF THE NORTH STAR, was much more explicit in its bloodshed.)

The first series lasted for 109 episodes, from 1984 to 1987, while a second series (1987-88) lasted 43 episodes. A number of episodes from the first season have been released in the U.S. and include the first story arc (22 episodes), which involves Ken's quest for vengeance against Shin, his one-time buddy and master of the Fist of the Southern Cross, who took Ken's girl away from him--by force--and left him with a seven-mark scar in the form of Ursa Major, the Big Dipper (or Great Bear) constellation. The second story arc gave Ken a new and equally formidable opponent in Raoh, master of Nanto Suichoken, a technique which literally slices opponents into pieces.

The animation does an expert job of recreating the stark imagery of the original manga (comic book), which was written by "Buronson" and drawn by Tetsuo Hara, capturing the near-desert landscape and spectacular urban ruins in evocative detail. The character design is equally well-etched, with great linework applied to even the most transient characters. Color is used well in both the parched quality of the arid landscape and the flamboyant nature of the rampaging biker gangs with their clown makeup and playing card gang motifs. There's a wash quality, suggesting water colors, in some of the background art. It should be pointed out that the hard-edged look and tone of the series is something traditional pen-and-ink animation could do so well but is much harder to achieve in the overly slick digital animation era in which anime finds itself today. A series like FIST is more to be valued because of the near impossibility of duplicating such an effort today.

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