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6 June 2003 (Japan) See more »
The grand master of fighting anime returns! See more »
Kenshiro is back to make more people's heads explode in this 3 episode anime OVA.
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Takehito Koyasu ... Kenshiro (3 episodes, 2003-2004)

Series Directed by
Takashi Watanabe (2 episodes, 2003-2004)
Series Writing credits
Buronson (unknown episodes)
Tetsuo Hara (unknown episodes)
Nobuhiko Horie (unknown episodes)
Hiroshi Toda (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
John Ledford .... executive producer / producer (unknown episodes)
Mark Williams .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Yasuharu Takanashi (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
Junichi Watanabe (unknown episodes)
Series Art Direction by
Jun'ichi Higashi (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Tomohiro Kawahara .... mechanical designer (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Shizuo Kurahashi .... sound effects: Sound Box (unknown episodes)
Masafumi Mima .... sound director (unknown episodes)
Tomoko Nakashima .... sound producer: Techno Sound (unknown episodes)
Yukari Tobase .... assistant sound recordist: Aoi Studio (unknown episodes)
Fujio Yamada .... sound recordist (unknown episodes)
Series Animation Department
Masahiro Andô .... key animator (2 episodes, 2003-2004)

Tomohiro Kawahara .... mechanical designer (unknown episodes)
Haruo Sotozaki .... animation director / character designer (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Toru Iwakami .... international coordinator (unknown episodes)
Tomohiro Kawahara .... mechanical director (unknown episodes)
Shinji Kobukata .... titles: opening credits (unknown episodes)
Kentaro Nakamura .... unit director (unknown episodes)
Shingo Okada .... production assistant (unknown episodes)

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Also Known As:
"Shin Hokuto no Ken" - Japan (original title)
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Australia:MA | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba) (video rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Germany:16 | Germany:18 (volume 3) | New Zealand:R13 (volume 1) | New Zealand:M (volume 2 and 3) | South Korea:18 | UK:18 (volume 1) | UK:15 (volume 2 and 3) | USA:Not Rated (Suggested 17+)

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6 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Author: kumanoken from Brooklyn, where the weak are killed and eaten

The third and final chapter of the new Hokuto No Ken is a crushing bore and a staggering disappointment for fans. The one thing that you could always depend on the '80's original for was a ton of ultra-violent martial arts action in each installment, and those responsible for the current version have completely forgotten forgotten that golden rule. The final hour-long segment is virtually nothing but a festival of talking heads engaged in uninvolving and boring dialogue, and the raison d'etre of the series, the fighting, does not turn up until the last five minutes, by which time the audience has lost both patience and interest. Adding insult to injury is the fact that the battle that is supposed to offer a satisfying climax is a stone-cold dud in which the villain is no challenge for Kenshiro whatsoever.

The bottom line on this one is that even if you, like me, are a hardcore North Star fan you should avoid this DVD at all costs; by the end of this installment my eyes were fighting to stay open (a far more compelling fight than anything found in the story) and when it was over I napped out for a couple of hours despite having had a full night of sleep. If this crap is what may await fans in future entries, I sincerely hope that just let Kenshiro stay dormant until someone has a decent idea for any continuations.

Seriously, folks, SHIN HOKUTO NO KEN is a massive failure all around; from the ugly character designs and dearth of action to the awful soundtrack and sheer boredom of the plot, this just plain sucks. Next to the obscure Chinese live action version from the late 1980's (not the version where Gary Daniels plays Kenshiro and Malcolm McDowell whores himself out yet again), this is the darkest chapter in the history of HOKUTO NO KEN adaptations. AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE!!!

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