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New Fist of the North Star (Vol. 1) (2004)

Toyou Ashida  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Toyou Ashida
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: September 21, 2004
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002I83OA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #482,432 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A twist to the classic favorite that begins in the aftermath of the great apocalypse, across a barren Earth, chaos is the rule, and order the exception with bandits and enterprising overlords terrorizing the survivors of the holocaust. Will a hero rise from the ashes and cut a swath of justice across the Earth's ruined landscape? In the aftermath of Kenshiro’s attack on the citadel of Last Land, the boy known as Lord Doha falls deathly ill. Sara’s prognosis is dire: only a few days before death takes him. The serum to save his life is a two days’ drive each way. When pressed by Kenshiro, Sara admits there is a shorter path… but it runs through Cliffland, a land haunted by demons who practice a mysterious killing technique. Fates collide as Kenshiro takes up the quest and departs for Cliffland. Suddenly, another mysterious martial artist arrives in Last Land, pursued by two of the dreaded Clifflanders. The fighter gives his name as Seiji and vows to take all that Sanga has owned. The balance of power is once again thrown into chaos as fist is pitted against fist in a struggle to see whose justice will prevail. Meanwhile, Sara anxiously waits for Kenshiro to return… if he returns at all.

Twenty years after the initial program debuted, a new team is continuing the long-running series, Fist of the North Star (Hokuto no Ken, literally Ken the Great Bear Fist, 1984). Except for the computer-generated motorcycles and special effects, the new Fist of the North Star is very close to the original. Stallone look-alike Kenshiro, the heir to the Hokuto Shinken school of martial arts, wanders the post-apocalyptic Earth, righting wrongs and making villains' heads explode. His new sidekicks are Tobi, an information dealer; Tobi's mute, amnesiac younger brother, Bista; and Sara, a woman who uses Hokuto Shinken techniques to heal the sick. Ken protects settlers from petty despots and Mad Max-style gangs of motorcycle-riding bodybuilders: The world may have been devastated by a nuclear holocaust, but there are still ample supplies of gasoline, tires, and steroids. (Rated 17 and older: graphic violence, violence against women, grotesque imagery) --Charles Solomon

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great deal in price for all episodes September 9, 2005
By Lansing
I gave this dvd 5 stars because it has all 3 one hour long episodes for the price of 1.

This dvd has no special features except previews (because how else would they fit all 3 hours worth of episodes on 1 dvd, wasting more space for more features would sacrifce dvd quality.

The 5.1 digital surround on this dvd is the best that I have ever seen.
The picture quality is the best i've ever seen too!

The dvd also runs in 16:9 wide screen format with japanese 5.1 digital surround too.
This dvd is given a TV-MA VSL rateing for the heavy violence, the moderate curseing, and the nudity.

Overall running time is 175 minutes
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Your better off buying this complete set January 2, 2006
This box set is perfect for any fan of this series. This show is pretty good but lacking a couple of things you can't really put your finger on but you can just tell is missing. Besides that this is a very exciting and edgy anime box set. If you've seen the series on the anime network and you enjoyed and want to watch it over and over again then this is a smart box to get.

You save about 80 bucks for a series that isn't really worth that much. The style of animation goes together very well with this type of fighting because it shows the ruggedness that is trying to be put across. The violence is a bit crazy but after a while it gets old and you get use to it. The only thing terribly wrong here is that the main character kills everyone the same way, nothing ever changes so you know what's going to happen before it happens. You think since he is skilled with the knowledge of a pressure point fighting technique he would do some different moves to defeat his opponents.

This is a good series but this box makes it worth getting because you save so much you might get tired of some things before the story ends but it's still worth some time. Maybe if this becomes a series they'll think of fixing their mistakes cause New Fist has a lot of potential.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really bad characterization... October 25, 2005
I really enjoyed the anime TV series and despite its various shortcomings, I liked story and concept elements of the reworked story in the anime movie... but New Fist of the North Star OVA parts 1-3 left me with a really bad taste. I'm no FOTNS buff, but whether this OVA is based upon an original novel or not, the characterization and actions are unbelievable.

The characters of Sara, Toby, Sanga and Seigi (sp?) all twist and change by the end and through flashbacks to become (at least for me) very hard to like. Sara is your typical wimpy anime woman, crying and going on about moral guff even in defense of someone who raped her and brutally murdered dozens of innocents by his own hand, and gave orders that led to the death of countless more. Toby goes completely insane, and the transition to insanity is not given enough time to be a believable jump. Sanga's insanity and treatment of his son is somehow acceptable at the end by everyone, when conveniently the Aunt of Seigi (sp?) shows up. Everything is contrived by the end and nothing is satisfactorily concluded.

This story is a waste of Kenshiro (the star character) who normally is one of the few characters out there in any anime/show/manga, that will deliver final justice to those that truly deserve it. I eagerly look forward to his death dealing to those villains that the story builds up, as very few other shows allow their star to step out of the politically correct 'life-sparing' frame of mind. The end of this OVA robs the viewer of seeing a despicable villain being killed at Kenshiro's hands, and leaves us with his own rape victim in tears mourning him.

Overall the whole thing, melodramatic and violent as Fist of the North Star is, could not be upheld by the characterization. I wasted my money on this. If you really want to see Fist of the North Star, I advise finding the original series. For me, my whole interest in Fist of the North Star has been destroyed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sort of a let down June 24, 2009
Some say this could have been an hour shorter but honestly the entire thing could have lost two hours. The newer series attempts to have more atmosphere and long drawn out character scenes but they don't add up to much. Nothing here really gels as a whole, especially when this series at its core is just a guy walking around a desert punching people until their heads explode. There really is not enough of that in here for me, I don't think the second episode hardly has any action at all. All the fight scenes combined are probably only a few minutes, like 3 or 4. I'm not joking, its that much of a letdown.

The original series would have a single boss battle spanning over three episodes and dozens of foes getting blown up hokuto style. The gore here is fantastic, more graphic and detailed than ever its just Kenshiro has very little to do. He's barely in the thing, or I think there are more long drawn out shots of people driving across the desert than anything else.

The CGI is really lousy and cheap looking, its depressing to see a series that stands heads and toes above over other anime (for its meathead/gorehound simplicity) fade into a forgettable tedious waste of time. There was little need to modernize this and change the overall flow, they should have kept it simple. The original was bizarre and psychedelic like probably due to cheapness alone but it worked fantastically (not being "ironic" I honestly think its pure/genius for its shortcomings). This looks more like a cruddy flash cartoon, the hokuto aura glow even looks bad. Its very stale and plain compared to the oldschool. Everytime I hope a battle is going to erupt into some horrible ultra-violence it just turns out to be more plot twist upon plot twist that isn't even slightly engaging.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange aspect ratio problem
For some strange reason the main video seems to play surrounded by borders. It's a small picture surrounded by a crapton of blackness on all sides despite the main menu displaying... Read more
Published 1 month ago by David Ruby
5.0 out of 5 stars "your already dead"
one of the best anime ever,from the plot to the characters.if you are familiar with the FONS series,this is a great addition to the set. Read more
Published 4 months ago by asianman
4.0 out of 5 stars WHERE'S RAOH???
Very good, not great. The animation was better than expected. The storyline was weaker than expected. The price I paid for this dvd was excellent. Read more
Published 4 months ago by J.L. Moore Jr.
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
Published 5 months ago by daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Anime!
The first time I saw this anime was as a rental from Blockbuster Video store. I thought is was fantastic anime, so, I bought the DVD.
Published 6 months ago by Russell Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great price quick service!
Published 6 months ago by Jose O.
4.0 out of 5 stars More Kenshiro punching peoples heads off
While lacking in character development and plot twists the animation is solid and the music is great. Read more
Published 8 months ago by GM, Retired Attorney
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Great movie to add to my anime collection, it's full of action and a great story line that's easy to follow
Published 8 months ago by doc
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Anime.
Although this is the story after the classic, I still enjoyed watching it. Was full of action and the story was pretty good.
Published 8 months ago by Wayne D Branham
5.0 out of 5 stars Kenshiro returns
Fist of the North Star is my granddaddy favorite anime. WARNING! This DVD is not for children because it is so violent, graphic, had bad language, and it had one scene where the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by DC
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