New Fist of the North Star (Vol. 1)
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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
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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A great 21st century remake,A great storyline & very action packed.Please keepup the good work.Published 5 months ago by Jamal D.Kendricks
I bought this for a friend of mines who has always been a fan of this series. When he got this gift, he was pretty excited. The video & audio quality was pretty good as well.Published 7 months ago by Wilnelia Vega