Why has no one ever told me about Fist of the North Star before?!

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#1  Edited By Jay444111

Seriously, I ask for some anime recommendations online once, got hundreds of replies over the entirety of the internet! Yet none about this series? WHYYYYYYY??????

This is... almost as awesome as Gurren Lagann. Or hell, equal to it since I have yet to finish it yet!

If you want to know about this anime. It is about a guy called Kenshiro, a guy who looks like a Mad Max version of Bruce Lee as he goes around a nuclear wasteland EXPLODING people with his BARE HANDS!!!!

...............why is this anime not recommended more? The arc I just finished with Shin is amazing and sheer badassery/unstoppability of Ken against every fucking person in the show is awesome! (both of those words need to become real words. I demand it!)

Sure, it is from the 80's. But that does not decrease the amount of awesome in this show!

What other anime has the internet not told me about!!!???

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#2  Edited By cookiemonster

Why do I do this to myself?

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#3  Edited By Sorrowsan

OHHHHHHHHHHH DADADADADADADADADADADADADADA *brain explodes*

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#4  Edited By soldierg654342

Fist of the North Star is outstandingly dumb. I still can't decide if I liked it because or in spite of that.

They have guns that shoot knives!

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#5  Edited By Yummylee

/You're already dead.

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#6  Edited By Video_Game_King

@SoldierG654342 said:

They have guns that shoot knives!

Isn't this the principle behind every gun ever invented?

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#7  Edited By Cloudenvy

You're kidding me.

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#8  Edited By Commisar123

I guess no one mentioned it because its been around since 1983, so like Dragon Ball people just kinda know about it. Also do you go on the internet?

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#10  Edited By FluxWaveZ

...Man. I mean, it's kind of hard to not know about it. That said, I've never watched it before.

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#11  Edited By tim_the_corsair

No one told you because conversing with you is like getting a prostate exam from Liam Neeson while he wears his glass-knuckles from the Grey.

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#12  Edited By MikeGosot

Read the manga. It's better than the anime.

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#13  Edited By donchipotle

@Jay444111 said:

This is... almost as awesome as Gurren Lagann.

Gurren Lagann wishes it could be as good as FotNS. Or good in general.

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#14  Edited By soldierg654342

@Video_Game_King said:

@SoldierG654342 said:

They have guns that shoot knives!

Isn't this the principle behind every gun ever invented?

Principle maybe, but they are literally firing daggers from a gun. In post-apocalyptic 199X they designed a gun specifically to shoot knives.

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#15  Edited By Video_Game_King

@SoldierG654342:

Like "steak knives" knives? This sounds pretty goddamn awesome.

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#16  Edited By soldierg654342

@Video_Game_King said:

@SoldierG654342:

Like "steak knives" knives? This sounds pretty goddamn awesome.

It is pretty awesome. It's in episode 19, around 2 and a half minutes in.

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#17  Edited By ShadowConqueror

The North Star be fistin' everybody.

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#18  Edited By mccawj

Our group coined the phrase "raining bloody ninjas" after watching this back in the day.

Oh and: "That dude just walked through a building... with his face."

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#19  Edited By DarkShaper

Gotta love desert Jesus.

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#20  Edited By stinky

netflix the live action version... if you dare.

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#21  Edited By Jay444111

@SoldierG654342 said:

@Video_Game_King said:

@SoldierG654342 said:

They have guns that shoot knives!

Isn't this the principle behind every gun ever invented?

Principle maybe, but they are literally firing daggers from a gun. In post-apocalyptic 199X they designed a gun specifically to shoot knives.

Well... after everyone uses up the worlds bullets, what else should they use? knife throwing guns, that's what!

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#22  Edited By Video_Game_King

You have finally changed your avatar from Yahtzee to something else. I approve of this.

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#23  Edited By smitty86

I'm in the process of watching it as well and i'm at the start of season 4. You're right, it is pretty fucking amazing. It was so good it drew me away mid-series from Golgo 13 which was/is just as amazing. Oh and the epic feeling of...just about everything, that keeps on going and going.

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#24  Edited By MikeGosot

Also, Raoh is better than Kenshiro. NUFF' SAID!

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Really? The minute I first started looking for anime, Fist of The North Star was up.

Never did watch it, though. Yu Yu Hakusho is shonen enough for me. If you like FoTNS, then you should love YYH. THE DUB. It's one of the few dubs where even the hardcore sub people begrudgingly admit that the dub is pretty good. Actually, it's one of the first good dubs.

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#26  Edited By bed

WATATATATATATATATATATATATATA OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH

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#27  Edited By napalm

Now go play God Hand.

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#28  Edited By Commisar123

@stinky said:

netflix the live action version... if you dare.

yeah that...that...was terrifying

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#29  Edited By Mirado

@Jay444111: Because the animation is terribly dated (you can level that criticism at just about every old show, but FotNS doesn't hold up at ALL) and recycles a lot of it, the vast majority of the episodes are filler (Ken wanders into some town/area, gets harassed by gang, sees local plight, kills leader in a 10 second fight, curses Shin/Jagi/Souther/Yuda/whoever he's currently tracking down, repeat), the plot is nonexistent and only ever changes twice (go after Shin to go after Raoh, everyone else along the way is incidental), and so on.

I love FotNS. I was exposed to the first of the OVAs, got hooked, played the games, and went back to watch the old show. Out of the 100+ episodes, only (about) 25 involve characters you care to see (besides Ken), and outside of the major characters or the odd special villain of the week (Mr. Heart, etc) every fight ends with a recycled Hundred Crack Fist animation loop. It's a series that's best watched with a Youtube compilation of the best fights (Ken/Shin, Rei/Raoh, Ken/Jagi, Toki/Raoh, Juza/Raoh, and finally Ken/Raoh), because the plot is nonexistent (you aren't watching it for the story anyway) and the shows really veers towards the boring side of things. I didn't even finish the 2nd series once Ken and Falco started getting their mainly tears going.

People build it up to be more then it is. Watch the new OVAs: they're hilariously over the top and a good time with friends. The original series is only for those who are really interested in the roots of the show (and may be better served by just reading the manga) or to brush up on some anime history. You'll see what I mean once you get 60 or so episodes deep and you're just praying for him to get out of the fucking desert and punch a name that you know instead of "dude with a bunch of whips" or "guy that throws a boomerang" or "guy that thinks he's Toki" and so on.

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#30  Edited By Jay444111

@believer258 said:

Really? The minute I first started looking for anime, Fist of The North Star was up.

Never did watch it, though. Yu Yu Hakusho is shonen enough for me. If you like FoTNS, then you should love YYH. THE DUB. It's one of the few dubs where even the hardcore sub people begrudgingly admit that the dub is pretty good. Actually, it's one of the first good dubs.

What about funimation dub of DBZ? I thought that was pretty awesome back in the day...

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#31  Edited By Justin258

@Jay444111 said:

@believer258 said:

Really? The minute I first started looking for anime, Fist of The North Star was up.

Never did watch it, though. Yu Yu Hakusho is shonen enough for me. If you like FoTNS, then you should love YYH. THE DUB. It's one of the few dubs where even the hardcore sub people begrudgingly admit that the dub is pretty good. Actually, it's one of the first good dubs.

What about funimation dub of DBZ? I thought that was pretty awesome back in the day...

The people who did YYH just had a lot of fun doing it and cared about the source material and it shows. This isn't to say that DBZ's is bad (it's actually surprisingly good, balancing hammy and straight-faced well enough to stay relevant in an unironic manner), it's that YYH is just that damned good.

If you like shonen anime at all and haven't seen it, you should. It doesn't even have a shitload of filler, so the whole show is relevant!

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#32  Edited By jewunit

Fist of the North Star is a fairly ground-breaking manga. It debuted before Dragonball and Jojo's Bizarre Adventure and it is clear that a number of other manga have cribbed from it. The focus on combat with long, arduous fight sequences became a staple in shonen manga because of Fist of the North Star.

That being said, I was always turned off by the blood and gore. I read and watched bits and pieces of it, but I always found Dragonball and Jojo's Bizarre Adventure more appealing.

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#33  Edited By MariachiMacabre
@Tim_the_Corsair
No one told you because conversing with you is like getting a prostate exam from Liam Neeson while he wears his glass-knuckles from the Grey.
I just saw that movie last night and this cracked me up.
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#34  Edited By ShaggE

I get the feeling somebody DID tell you, but you couldn't hear them over your rants about how David Jaffe is the worst person ever.

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#35  Edited By Jay444111

@Video_Game_King said:

You have finally changed your avatar from Yahtzee to something else. I approve of this.

Yeah... I felt like changing it anyways. Yahtzee is just getting annoying anymore.

Although, I think this avatar of mine is pretty kickass myself.

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#36  Edited By Video_Game_King

@Jay444111:

I thought he got annoying around Final Fantasy XIII, when he decided to judge a 50+ hour game based on the first five hours.

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#37  Edited By Gabriel

@DarkShaper said:

Gotta love desert Jesus.

Well that's redundant.