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
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.
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.
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