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Fist of the North Star (北斗の拳 Hokuto no Ken, literally Fist of the Big Dipper) is a Japanese animated series based on the manga written by Buronson and illustrated by Tetsuo Hara.

Synopsis

In the year 199X, human civilization has been all but destroyed by a nuclear holocaust. In an age where the strong rule over the weak, the survivors of the fallout struggle over the remaining food and water supply. Kenshiro, successor to an ancient, deadly martial artist known as Hokuto Shinken (Fist of the North Star), wanders the wasteland with seven scars in the shape of the Big Dipper on his chest. His infamous style uses the body's hidden 708 pressure points to destroy opponents from within and allows practitioners to unleash 100% of their humanly strength. Accompanied by a young thief and an orphan girl, this messiah brings justice to this lawless world with the strongest fist in the world.

Dubbing HistoryEdit

The show was first dubbed in 1999 by Animaze for Manga Entertainment. Manga released the dub on VHS before stopping after 8 tapes covering 24 episodes. The other 12 dubbed episodes would air on Showtime Beyond in the US, and released on DVD across 6 Volumes.

The dub goes no further than Episode 36. Why it wasn't completed is unclear, though it seems Manga only licensed 36 episodes as a starting point and the home video sales likely didn't justify the cost of licensing further episodes.

CastEdit

Image Character Seiyū Voice Actor
Kenshiro Kenshiro Akira Kamiya Lex Lang
Bat-fotns Bart (Bat) Teiyū Ichiryūsai Gary Dubin
Lin-fotns Lynn Tomiko Suzuki Sandy Fox
Raoh-fotns Raoh Kenji Utsumi John Snyder
Toki-fotns Toki Takaya Hashi Kirk Thornton
Jagi-fotns Jagi Kōji Totani Peter Lurie
Ryuken-fotns Ryuken Junji Chiba Simon Prescott
Shin-fotns Shin Toshio Furukawa Steve Blum
Rei-fotns Rei Kaneto Shiozawa Daran Norris
Julia-fotns Julia Yuriko Yamamoto Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
Mamiya-fotns Mamiya Toshiko Fujita
Airi-fotns Airi Arisa Andō Dorothy Elias-Fahn
Zeed-fotns Zeed Eiji Kanie Joe Romersa
Spade-fotns Spade Tesshō Genda Kirk Thornton
Diamond-fotns Diamond Daisuke Gōri Peter Spellos
Club-fotns Club Kōji Totani R. Martin Klein
Heart-fotns Heart Shōzō Iizuka Joe Romersa
Joker-fotns Joker Shigeru Chiba Richard Cansino
Balcom-fotns General Balcom Seizō Katō Beau Billingslea
Sarge-fotns Mad Sarge Yasuo Tanaka Jamieson Price
Colonel-fotns Colonel Kōji Yada Barry Stigler
Jackal-fotns Jackal Masayuki Katō Tom Wyner
Fox-fotns Fox Kōji Totani Jack Hammer
Boss-fang-fotns Boss Fang Takeshi Watabe Simon Prescott
Amiba-fotns Amiba Takaya Hashi Kirk Thornton
Narration Shigeru Chiba Jonathan Cook
(eps 1-27)
Tom Wyner (eps 28-36)

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TransmissionEdit

Date(s) Channel Country
2002 Showtime Beyond United States Flag United States
2002 Sci-Fi Channel United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom

Video ReleasesEdit

Distributor Year Format Contents Region Country
Manga Entertainment 1999-2000 VHS Episodes 1-24 NTSC United States Flag United States
8 Volumes
2003 DVD Episodes 1-36 1
NTSC
6 Volumes
Discotek Media 2010-2011 The Complete Series*
3 Volumes
2014 The Complete Series*
21 discs

*Includes the undubbed episodes with subtitles.

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