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Fist of the North Star

Alt titles: Hokuto no Ken

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Imagine a world devastated by nuclear war, where the strong oppress the weak and strength is the one thing that will ensure survival. A world where even close friends can betray you for power, a lesson that Ken, the Fist of The North Star, learns when he is nearly killed by his closest friend and left for dead. He's not an easy man to get rid of, and he returns - very angry.

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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Fist of the North Star: The Movie Movie 1986 TBD
Fist of the North Star 2 TV 1987 Sequel
New Fist of the North Star OVA 2003 TBD
Souten no Ken TV 2006 TBD
Fist of the North Star: Legend of Raoh: Death for Love Movie 2006 TBD
Hokuto no Ken: Legend of Heroes Other 2006 TBD
Souten no Ken Specials DVD Special 2007 TBD
Fist of the North Star: Legend of Yuria OVA 2007 TBD
Fist of the North Star: Legend of Raoh: Fierce Fight Movie 2007 TBD
Hokuto no Ken: Raoh Gaiden Ten no Haoh TV 2008 TBD
Fist of the North Star: Legend of Toki OVA 2008 TBD
Fist of the North Star: Legend of Kenshiro Movie 2008 TBD
DD Hokuto no Ken TV 2011 TBD

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Fist of the North Star 1983 TBD
Name Role
Toyoo ASHIDA Director
Nozomi AOKI Music
Buronson Original Manga Creator
Yoshio TAKAMI Producer

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Title Author Score Date
Hokuto no Ken PinkyIvan 6.5/10 Mar 26, 2013
Fist of the North Star PinkyIvan 6.5/10 Mar 26, 2013
Fist of the North Star apoc9 7.5/10 Feb 20, 2013
HorrorHamster watched Fist of the North Star at 109 of 109 episodes
panthros stalled Fist of the North Star anime at 1 of 109 episodes
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dragonfirex stalled Fist of the North Star at 78 of 109 episodes
Daktary is watching Fist of the North Star anime at 60 of 109 episodes

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IlGrigio

Araki, author of Jojo, was grealty influenced by Buronson's syle.

the character design are similar... and the violence too :P

They also have similar stories that take the main character around the world to meet new enemies and new friends, to become more powerful and, finally, to defeat the final boss.

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Though worlds apart in story and character development, both anime exude more manliness than Dolph Lundgren smoking a cigar while riding a motorcycle through a burning building. Both shows have numerous instances where your jaw just drops to the floor, and you find yourself reaching for the remote to watch that scene again. You'll never look at a Canteen or a Pointer Finger the same way again.

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Korwin

I believe I heard "Omae wa mo shindeiru" (You are already dead) in Apocalypse Zero the other day. Joking aside, aside from the fact that there are battle suits involved in AZ, the similarities are pretty much striking. Post apocalyptic world and martial arts with sure kill techniques that are used, both main characters protect what little is left of honor and justice.

ZetaZaku

If you like Kakugo no Susume you might like Hokuto no Ken (and vice versa) because both of them deal with the same type of problem. It's a post apocalyptic world where violence rules. The only difference is that in Hokuto no Ken the enemies are humans, while in Kakugo no Susume they are mutants.

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Five years have passed since Goku and his friends defeated Piccolo Jr. and restored peace to the planet. Gohan - Goku's son - and a variety of good, bad, and morally ambiguous characters are back, and perpetually not ready for action! Aliens, androids, and magicians all hatch evil plots to destroy the world and it's up to Goku to save the Earth once more - that is, once he and his comrades train plentifully in preparation.  Enemies will become friends and power levels will rise to unimaginable levels, but even with the help of the legendary Dragon Balls and Shen Long will it be enough to save Earth from ultimate destruction?

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Rundagor

Both series are about fighting usin supernatural techniques, without weapons (unlike many other similar fighting animes). Story is also similar and it is about a man who is fighting for justice in a cruel world. Each time there is a more powerfull enemy coming to fight against him. In both animes story is focused more on fighting than on humour.

Doomoo

Dragonball Z was largely inspired by Fist of the North Star.

They have two totally seperate feels to them but the action content is very similar.

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In the year 200X, World War III began. Special bombs destroyed parts of cities such as Tokyo, leaving decimation in their wake. Decades later, ground zero in Tokyo – an isolated section known as the Black Spot – remains an enigma. Its residents known as Needless possess strange powers such as the ability to control fire or telekinesis, and are constantly hunted down by Simeon, a large pharmaceutical company with sinister motives and Needless of their own to do their bidding. Young Cruz is part of a resistance to fight against Simeon and its Needless figurehead leader, Adam Arclight; but after the resistance is brutally killed by Simeon’s minions, he finds himself saved by a motley crew: Professor Gido, scantily-clad Eve and badass Blade. Together, the gang fends off Simeon’s attacks and tries to discover the truth behind the corporation’s actions. What is Simeon really after, and why do they desperately want to find Fragments?

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masterofevilshadow

Well, they're both about an apocolypse. although one is more serious then the other, i reccomend none the less...

Doomoo

Similar Post Apocalyptic themes while Needless is less serious they still have a central theme of fighting in common. If thats why you like them then you'll want to check out the other.

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Rundagor

One of the things I like about both animes is cruelty of main characters, they simply don't care about enemies and they don't let them live if they cross paths. Both animes share common backstory, because both main characters were best friends with antagonists in the past, and now they are fighting against them.  Antagonists have raised armies and They have only one goal - to conquer the world while main characters are still on the good side. The setting is also similar, a world like ours set in chaos. In Fist of the North Star story takes place in near future while in Berserk it is set in past. The last but not the least fact is that both protagonists, even though they seem mercilles, are accompanied by kids on their journey. Kids provide comic relief elements to the plot.