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Fist of the North Star: TV Series Boxset 2

4.9 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

The carnage gets serious with this second boxset containing episodes 37-72. Ken continues his quest to save the post-apocalyptic world using his insane martial arts skills. Fists will fly and heads will explode! From the producers and director of the very popular Fist of the North Star Movie! All 36 episodes are completely remastered!

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Product Details

  • Actors: Akira Kamiya, Toshio Furukawa
  • Directors: n, a
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated:
    Unrated
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Eastern Star
  • DVD Release Date: November 22, 2010
  • Run Time: 800 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ZJ9536
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,035 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By S. Bunche on November 2, 2010
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The first boxed set of FIST OF THE NORTH STAR obviously got the ball rolling and is entertaining enough, but us longtime fans have long said that the first story arc is interminable (22 episodes of largely repetitive stuff), which is a problem the TV version inherited from its manga source. The simple fact of the matter is that Kenshiro's quest to rescue his fiancee from the evil martial arts maser Shin is fairly standard and it re-arranges the manga's early story struggle for no good reason, and it is not until that arc ends and flamboyant anti-hero Rei shows up that FIST OF THE NORTH STAR truly takes flight into greatness (the same can also be said of the manga). This may sound like some load of over-analyzed egghead horse hockey, but Rei provides the Enkidu to Kenshiro's kung fu Gilgamesh and the pair of them form an ass-kicking combo that is simply unbeatable. The chemistry between the two is terrific, specifically that of two hardcore masters of death who have a deep respect for each other that grows into a classic friendship. Rei became a wildly popular character with fans, offering a roguish and snarky counterpoint to Kenshiro's classical Japanese warrior stoicism, and his introduction was just the shot in the arm that the proceedings needed.

But while Rei's intro allowed for more fun to be had with the characters, the real point of the entire series is shortly thereafter brought into play, and that happens with the arrival of Kenshiro's presumed dead elder brothers, Jagi, Toki and Raoh, and from there it's an escalating opera of family dysfunction and literally deadly sibling rivalry as the brothers sort out who will become the true successor to the family's fighting style.
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Episodes 37 to 72 of the series press on in a refined approach. Fist of the North Star ("Hokuto no Ken") has heart and soul yet simultaneously also carries the elements of love and loss. In addition to those qualities the series has great character designs and is accompanied by fantastic and memorable music. The narrative is broadened by many characters and is carried out admirably with its philosophical and spiritual components. These episodes 37 to 72 really elevate the series to new heights that justly place it to the status of being called a classic.

Highly Recommended for those who enjoy animation, martial arts, and good music.
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By Scott on October 28, 2011
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This is the part in the FOTNS saga where it gets really good. It shows Kenshiro get into some pretty intense fights and shows some very interesting side characters. Rei and Shu come to mind. Also shows Raoh and Toki for the first time. The subtitles are pretty good. Didn't see any problems with the translations. Proper English. Minor typos if there are any. One thing to take note in these sets, well specifically the 3rd one is that sometimes skipping the chapters take you past some material. From the beginning of an episode, it takes you to the episode title and there is some stuff before those. So take note of that. But other then that, everything is there and it's a good quality release. Get this and show your martial arts and FOTNS dedication!
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By Akil on February 2, 2014
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Ok I was aware it wasn't dubbed when I bought it but still ugh, reading pfft, the story is in my opinion more of the same with some slight improvements here and there, if you liked the first part you'll enjoy this as well.
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I first became addidted to Fist of the North star when Encore presented the series, two episodes at a time, each Saturday night. There's something special about seeing Ken beat up the bad guys, and with a sense of humor too.
This boxset is the second series and it is worth getting. I do wish they would have allowed us to select the different music soundtracks. but, thats not a complaint, just a suggestion.
Go watch the first series and then come back for this.
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By NL on December 15, 2012
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This show is great! It keeps you wanted to know what's gonna happen next. The video quality is excellent. I was kind of disappointed with the audio because it has no English audio, but at least it contained English subtitles. I should've read the product details for carefully next time. Overall, the show was getting good, and I can't wait for boxset 3 to arrive, so I can complete my collection. It's gonna be rare in the future!
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This anime is the most treasured in my book. The second is Dragonball Z and Dragonball Z Kai. Everyone should see this wonderful anime action series if you can stomach the violence. thank you.
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Fist of the North Star is about a post-apocalyptic world full of thirsty survivors, and Kenshiro, the main character, is out to give the bad guys a glass of WATAHHH!
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