The year X: nuclear war has bred a violent world where only the strong survive. Kenshiro, sole successor to a deadly martial art, must face fate. Kenshiro succeeds in retrieving seeds stolen by Spade, but this leads to a massacre of the village. Shaking with rage, Kenshiro goes to battle.
Set on a post-apocalyptic Earth after a nuclear war, the story centers on a warrior named Kenshiro , the successor of a deadly martial art known as Hokuto Shinken , which gives him the ability to kill his opponents by striking their secret vital points , which often results in them dying in an exceptionally violent and gory manner. Kenshiro dedicates his life to fighting against the various gangs, bandits, and warlords who threaten the lives of the defenseless and innocent, as well as rival martial artists, including his own "brothers" from the same school. Fist of the North Star was adapted into two anime television series produced by Toei Animation , which together aired on Fuji TV and its affiliates from through , comprising a combined total of episodes. It has since expanded into a media franchise , including several anime films, a live-action film, OVAs , video games , and a series of spin-offs centering on other characters from the original story. It also has a number of video games and pachinko machines produced by Sega Sammy. English adaptations of the manga was published by Viz Communications as a monthly comic book, and later by Gutsoon! Entertainment as a series of colorized graphic novels, although neither translation was completed.
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Kenshiro uses his skills to protect the weak and innocent against the numerous villains that threaten their survival. The two Hokuto no Ken one-shots were well-received in Fresh Jump' s reader's survey and when Tetsuo Hara was commissioned to turn Hokuto no Ken into a weekly series, the task was reportedly too much for Hara to handle alone and manga writer Yoshiyuki Okamura who worked on the series under the pen name of Buronson was assigned to work with him. The storyline was completely revamped, with the present-day setting being discarded in favor of a Mad Max -inspired post apocalyptic future. The Taizanji Kenpo school were no longer the main antagonists and Kenshiro, originally a teenager, was now an adult with seven scars on his chest whose design was partly inspired by Bruce Lee.