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New Fist of the North Star (Vol. 1)

4.2 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews

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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.

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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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Product Details

  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: September 21, 2004
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002I83OA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,469 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: DVD
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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A note from Wikipedia says: In 2003, a three-episode OVA mini-series titled New Fist of the North Star was produced by OB Planning. based on a 1996 Hokuto no Ken novel Jubaku no Machi. An English dub version was produced by ADV Films in 2004.

Well, you can't have 'a first' more than once. And so, for those reasons alone, this isn't quite as good as the original series - despite having all the key/signature elements in place.
I bought the first DVD (the first hour-long episode)and thought that was it. I didn't know the story arc had two more parts. It felt like a complete story. I would say personally, it seemed like they made parts II & III after the fact since everything kinda lessens (in impact) after the first movie.

All three are worth owning, but I could imagine this being a single 2 hour movie with some of the side fluff cut out. It does justice to the franchise which can't be said for most modern follow-ups.
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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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By DC on November 19, 2013
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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 main villain rips off the top of a woman and shows her breasts. This DVD had only 3 parts and I wish they make more episodes. Kenshiro or Ken for short, a kind and gentle Hokuto Shinken master also the successor who saves innocent people from a dog eat dog world, will return to help a man named Tobi to save his love interest whose healing art is almost similar to Hokuto Shinken and his brother from a corrupt lord who believes Tobi's brother is a god, his son who wants vengeance on his corrupted father, and from himself. The corrupt lord and his son are masters of an brutal assassin art which rivals Hokuto Shinken. As a loyal fan of Fist Of the North Star, I gave this DVD 5 stars.
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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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