List of Fist of the North Star episodes
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The Fist of the North Star manga by Buronson and Tetsuo Hara was adapted into two animated television series produced by Toei Animation. The original series, simply titled Hokuto no Ken (北斗の拳?), lasted 109 episodes, which aired on Fuji TV from 11 October 1984 to 5 March 1987, adapting the first 136 chapters of the original manga. A sequel series, Hokuto no Ken 2, took over the previous series' time slot and lasted 43 episodes, airing from 12 March 1987 to 18 February 1988, which adapts chapters 137 to 210 (the remainder of the manga was not adapted).
The original opening and ending themes for the series up to episode 82 are Ai o Torimodose!! (愛をとりもどせ!!, "Taking Back Love") and Yuria... Eien ni (ユリア...永遠に?, "Yuria... Forever"), both performed by the band Crystal King. From episodes 83 to 109, the opening and ending themes are changed to Silent Survivor and Dry Your Tears by Kodomo Band. For the Hokuto no Ken 2 portion of the series (episodes 110-152), the opening and ending themes are Tough Boy and Love Song by TOM★CAT.
Fist of the North Star
This portion of the series adapts Chapters 1-25 of the original manga, adapting the story from the beginning to the battle between Kenshiro and Devil's Rebirth. The order of the events and how they transpire were changed in the anime, so that the final battle between Kenshiro and Shin does not occur until the very end
|1||"God or Devil?! - The Mightiest Man Who Appeared in Hell!/God or Devil!? The Mightiest Man Appears in Hell."
"Kami ka Akuma ka!? Jigoku ni arawareta saikyō no otoko" (神か悪魔か!? 地獄にあらわれた最強の男)
|After a long time wandering in the desert, Ken is taken prisoner while wandering into a village looking for water. There, he shares a cell with a young thief named Bat, and befriends his cell guard, an orphaned girl named Lin. Shortly afterwards, a biker gang attacks the village and their leader Zeed takes Lin hostage. Ken breaks out of his cell and defeats Zeed, rescuing Lin. Ken leaves the village with Bat following him, while Lin stays behind.|
|2||"The Deadly Fist of Lingering Regret! - The Future is Sighted in the Barren Desert!/The Fist of Lingering Regret and Certain Death!! The Future is sighted in the Barren Wasteland!!"
"Hissatsu Zankaiken!! Fumō no Kōya ni ashita o mita!!" (必殺残悔拳!! 不毛の荒野に明日をみた!!)
|Ken rescues an old man named Smith from Spade, a member of the Four Jacks working for the King organization. The old man seeks to deliver a bag of rice seeds to his village, hoping to harvest them for the future. Ken and Bat take Smith to his village, unaware that Spade and his men are following them. Spade, who lost his eye during his initial encounter with Ken, attacks the village and kills Smith in retaliation. Unable to rescue Smith, an angry Ken kills Spade with a technique that makes their victim feel remorse before dying. After the battle, Ken plants Smith's seed over his grave.|
|3||"In a City Without Light, a Lone Fist Burns! - Furious Death of the Five Exploding Fingers! / In the City Without Light, a Lone Fist Burns! The Furious Death by the Five Exploding Fingers."
"Hikari-naki machi ni koken ga moeta! Bakusatsu Goshi Retsudan" (光なき街に孤拳が燃えた! 爆殺五指烈弾)
|Bat spots Lin in a truck full of captured villagers being taken to the village of Dorado, which is occupied by the King gang. On their way there, Ken encounters two of remaining Jacks, Diamond and Club, who are torturing the villagers of Dorado. With Bat's help, Ken is reunited with Lin.|
|4||"The Bloody Cross Attacks! - Secret Technique, Death by Soft Strikes! / Attack the Bloody Cross! The Secret Technique, Death by Soft Strikes."
"Braddi Kurosu o ute!! Hiken Jūhazan" (ブラッディクロスを撃て!! 秘拳·柔破斬)
|Ken learns that the prisoners that were transported with Lin were taken to a prison camp in a nearby valley. Ken manages to break the imprisoned villagers free, but during their escape they're all badly injured in an ambush led by Mr. Heart, the last of the Four Jacks. While Heart's excess flesh proves resistant to his attacks, Ken eventually uses a techniques which penetrates through his body. From his battle with Heart, Ken learns an important clue which reveals to him the identity of King.|
|5||"Can the Flames of Love Burn in Hell? - You Are Already Dead!! / Can the Flames of Love Burn in Hell? You Don't Even Know You’re Already Dead!!"
"Jigoku ni saku ka ai no honō. Omae wa mō shinde iru!!" (地獄に咲くか愛の炎·おまえはもう死んでいる!!)
|Having learned that King is none other than his old friend turned nemesis Shin, Ken remembers how a year ago Shin defeated him in combat, engraved the seven scars on his chest, and kidnapped his fiancee Yuria (Julia). Ken arrives at a local castle where Shin was staying, but only finds Shin's right-hand man Joker, who reveals that Shin and his gang has already left the castle, taking Yuria with him. Joker escapes and sets the castle ablaze with Ken inside, but Ken manages to escape, swearing to find Shin.|
|6||"Search Order from Satan. - Find the Man with the Seven Scars. / The Devil's Hit list. Find the Man With the 7 Scars!"
"Akuma no tehaisho. Nanatsu no kizu no otoko o nerae!" (悪魔の手配書 七つの傷の男を狙え!)
|Ken and his friends arrive at an oasis under the surveillance of God's Army, a fanatical military group composed of former special forces members. Ken becomes a target for this group after Ken kills one of the security officers in battle.|
|7||"Villains! - Shall We Have a Countdown to Death? / Villains! How About Counting Down to Your Own Death?!"
"Akutō domo! Shi e no Byōyomi yatte miru kai" (悪党ども! 死への秒よみやってみるかい)
|The members of God's Army conduct a full-scale search of the oasis for Kenshiro. When the search team begins to execute random villagers to lure him, Ken allows himself to be captured in order to infiltrate their training facility. There, he faces against the army's drill instructor, the Mad Sarge.|
|8||"Strike the Hidden Power Point! - No Requiem for the Wicked! / Strike the Hidden Power Point! There’s No Requiem for the Wicked."
"Keiraku Hikō o tsuke! Akutō domo ni chinkonka wa nai" (経絡秘孔を突け! 悪党どもに鎮魂歌はない)
|Ken penetrates the headquarters of God's Army and confronts their leader, the Colonel, a deluded follower of Shin who has mastered the art of Nanto Muonken.|
|9||"Villains! - Say Your Prayers Before You Die! / Villains! Finish Your Prayers Before You Die!"
"Akutō domo! Shinumae ni inori o sumasero!!" (悪党ども! 死ぬ前に祈りをすませろ!!)
|Ken and his friends visit a village where young men and women are offered as slaves to Madam Patra, a local sorceress who controls the village's water supply.|
|10||"The Raging Flame Reverse Flow Punch! - There Are Too Many Who Must Die! / Inverse Raging Fire Punch! There are Too Many Who Deserve to Die!!"
"Rekka Gyakuryūken! Shisubeki Yatsura ga Ōsugiru!!" (烈火逆流拳! 死すべき奴が多すぎる!!)
|Ken ventures into Patra's lair at Dragon God Mountain to save the young villagers. There he faces Patra's partner Dragon, a firebreather who attempts to coerce Ken to his side.|
|11||"Villains! - Listen to the Blues of Hell! / Villains!! Listen to the Blues of Hell!!"
"Akutō domo!! Jigoku no Burūsu o kike!!" (悪党ども!! 地獄のブルースを聞け!!)
|Ken and his companions meet Taki, an old friend of Bat. Taki takes them to his home village where Auntie Toyo, an elderly woman who takes care of orphaned and abandoned children, is trying to dig a well. Unaware to him, the Warriors biker gang led by Jackal have followed Ken, seeking to claim Toyo's village as their new hideout.|
|12||"I Am Death! I'll Chase You to the Ends of Hell! / I am Death Itself!! I'll Chase You to the Ends of Hell!!"
"Ore wa Shinigami!! Jigoku no Hate made Oitsumete yaru!!" (俺は死神!! 地獄の果まで追いつめてやる!!)
|After Toyo is killed by Jackal, Ken leaves Bat and Lin to watch over Toyo's orphans while he chases after Jackal's gang. While searching for clues to Jackal's destination, Ken encounters Fox, Jackal's right-hand man.|
|13||"Rakan Nioh Ken! - Once Unleashed, There's No Holding Back! / Arhat Deva Fist! Once Released There's No Stopping It!!"
"Rakan Niōken! Ugokidashitara mō tomaranai!!" (羅漢仁王拳! 動きだしたらもう止まらない!!)
|Ken chases Jackal to the ruins of Villainy Prison, a place that used to imprison the most vicious of criminals. Hoping to defeat Ken, Jackal releases Devil's Rebirth, a giant demon-like killer who has mastered the forbidden art of the Arhat Deva Fist.|
|14||"A Miserable Age! - Good People Die So Young! / A Miserable Era! The Good Die So Young!!"
"Fukō na jidai da! Zennin hodo hayajini suru!!" (不幸な時代だ! 善人ほど早死にする!!)
|Ken and his friends visit a village where their local doctor, a man named Duran, offers his hospitality. However, Duran's former partner-in-crime, Dante, is hired by Shin to hunt down Ken. Dante takes the opportunity of the situation to blackmail Duran to do his bidding.|
|15||"Count to Three! - You're the One Who'll Die! / Try Counting to Three! You're The One to Die!!"
"Mittsu kazoete miro! Shinu no wa omae da!!" (3つ数えてみろ! 死ぬのはお前だ!!)
|Ken and his friend must save a haunted village from Zaria, a witchdoctor who uses a strange hypnosis technique that turns villagers into mind-controlled slaves.|
|16||"Try to Sing Villains! - The Counting Rhyme of Hell! / Sing For Me, Villains! The Counting Rhymes of Hell!"
"Akutō domo utatte miru ka! Jigoku no kazoe uta!!" (悪党ども歌ってみるか! 地獄の数え唄!!)
|Ken is caught at the middle of a gang war between the Scorpions and the Snakes, each seeking to recruit Ken to their side.|
|17||"Battle Makes a Man! - The Gates of Confrontation Have Opened / A Man Lives to Fight! The Door to the Showdown Finally Opens!"
"Tatakaeba koso otoko! Taiketsu no mon wa tsui ni hirakareta!" (戦えばこそ男! 対決の門は遂に開かれた!)
|Shin gathers his entire army for a meeting as he officially declares war against Kenshiro. Barcom, the General of King's army, tells his men how Ken defeated some of Shin's best fighters. Meanwhile, Yuria recounts to Saki how she came to be Shin's captive and his rise to power. This episode is a clip show, recapping the story thus far.|
|18||"Life or Death! - At the End of the Wilderness Lies the First Street of Hell! / Life or Death?! Beyond the Wasteland Lies the First Circle of Hell!"
"Sei ka shi ka!? Kōya no hate wa jigoku no itchōme!!" (生か死か!? 荒野の果ては地獄の一丁目!!)
|One of King's subordinate gangs attacks a village Ken is visiting, while Yuria attempts to escape from Southern Cross with the help of her young maid Saki.|
|19||"Villains! - Ready Your One-Way Tickets to Death / Villains! Have Your One Way Tickets to Death Ready!"
"Akutō domo! Shi e no katamichi kippu o yōi shiro!!" (悪党ども! 死への片道切符を用意しろ!!)
|Ken is forced to return to Jeena village when Garekki of the Gold Wolf gang attempts to invade it, while Saki's elder brother, Temjina, escapes from Southern Cross, seeking to tell Ken of Yuria's whereabouts.|
|20||"Nightmarish Full-Scale War! - My Fists Pack One Million Volts! / A Nightmarish All-Out Battle! My Fist Is 1 Million Volts!"
"Akumu no sōryokusen! Ore no kobushi wa hyaku-man boruto!!" (悪夢の総力戦! 俺の拳は100万ボルト!!)
|With Ken having learned the location of the city of Southern Cross from Temjina's dying words, Shin deploys a giant gunship as his last resource.|
|21||"The Palace of Evil in Flames! - Shin! Only One More Step to You Now! / The Evil Palace in Flames! Just One More Step to Reach You, Shin!"
"Makyū enjō! Shin! Omae made ato ippo da!!" (魔宮炎上! シン! お前まであと一歩だ!!)
|With Ken presumed dead, General Barcom leads a mutiny against Shin, seeking to take over the King gang for himself. Elsewhere, Joker searches the wreckage of the gunship for Ken's body, unconvinced that he is actually dead.|
|22||"Conclusion of Chapter One - Julia Forever... As Well as Shin! / Conclusion of Part One: Yuria, Forever... and Shin!"
"Dai-ichi-bu kanketsu - Yuria towa ni.... Soshite Shin yo!" (第一部完結 - ユリア永遠に...· そしてシンよ!)
|With Southern Cross left in ruins following Barcom's revolt, Shin is left by himself in his own palace, protected by the few followers he still has left. Ken confronts Shin for the first time in a year and defeats him, only to learn that Yuria has already killed herself.|
Part 2 adapts Chapters 26 to 83 of the manga, covering the story from the introduction of Rei to the final battle between Rei and Yuda.
|23||"Chapter Two: Stormy Times, Titanic Battles - Is Battle All That Awaits Me?! / Part Two: The Tumultuous Dragon and Tiger! Are Battles All That Await Me?!"
"Dai-ni-bu Fū-un Ryūko Hen Ore o matsu no wa tatakai dake na no ka!!" (第二部風雲龍虎編 俺を待つのは戦いだけなのか!!)
|Ken is recruited to serve as guardian of a village threatened by the Fang clan and becomes acquainted with their female leader Mamiya, who is a deadringer for Yuria. Elsewhere, a man named Rei, master of the Nanto Suichōken style, is killing numerous bandits while seeking the Man with Seven Scars.|
|24||"Nanto Suichoken! - The Tragedy of the Mighty Begins! / South Star Waterfowl Fist! The Tragedy of the Men Who Grew Too Strong Has Begun!!"
"Nanto Suichōken! Tsuyosugita otoko-tachi no higeki ga hajimatta!!" (南斗水鳥拳! 強すぎた男たちの悲劇が始まった!!)
|Rei is hired by the Fang Clan to infiltrate Mamiya's village as a spy, where he meets Ken and his friends. However, he becomes attracted to Mamiya and switches sides.|
|25||"Sinners! - Thy Name Is Fang! / Sinners! Thy Name Is Fang Clan!"
"Tsumibukaki monodomo! Sono na wa Kiba Ichizoku!!" (罪深き者ども! その名は牙一族!)
|When Mamiya's younger brother Ko is captured by the Fangs and publicly executed, Ken and Rei sets out to punish the ones responsible. Rei reveals his motive for searching for the Man with Seven Scars.|
|26||"Tremble & Die! - Villains Of Night Fog Valley! / Tremble As You Sleep, Villains in the Valley of Night Fog!!"
"Furuete nemure! Yogiri no tani no akutōdomo!!" (震えて眠れ! 夜霧の谷の悪党ども!!)
|Ken, along with Rei and Mamiya, venture into Night Fog Valley in order to confront Boss Fang, the leader of the Fang Clan. Boss Fang orders his right-hand man to do a background check on Ken and Rei.|
|27||"Only Villains Can Smile! - How I Hate This Age! / Only the Evil Smile! I Can’t Stand This Age!!"
"Akutō dake ga waratte iru! Konna jidai ga ki ni iranē!!" (悪党だけが笑っている! こんな時代が気にいらねえ!!)
|Ken, Rei, and Mamiya arrive at Boss Fang's lair, only to find out that the gang has tracked down and captured Airi, Rei's long-lost sister.|
|28||"Rei, I'll Wipe Your Tears Away With My Fists! / Rei! I’ll Stop Your Tears with My Fist!!"
"Rei! Omae no namida wa ore no kobushi de ukete yaru!!" (レイ! お前の涙は俺の拳で受けてやる!!)
|While pretending to be Ken's fiancee, Mamiya allows herself to be captured by Boss Fang under the condition that he releases Airi. However, Boss Fang does not keep his side of the bargain and forces Ken and Rei to fight each other for the safety of the women.|
|29||"It's Too Late to Beg for Mercy! - To Hell With You, Boss Fang! / It’s Too Late to Beg for Mercy! Go to Hell, Boss Fang!"
"Inochigoi wa ososugiru! Jigoku e ochiro Kiba Daiō!!" (命ごいは遅すぎる! 地獄へ落ちろ牙大王!!)
|Ken and Rei defeat the Fang Clan and rescue the women. After travelling to Mamiya's village, Airi regains her eyesight and reveals that the man who kidnapped her wore a metal helmet. Elsewhere, a vicious gang leader with seven scars on his chest is terrorizing a village, claiming to be Kenshiro himself.|
|30||"Destiny Draws Near! - Jagi, Who are You? / Destiny Looms Near! Who Are You, Jagi?!"
"Shukumei wa shinobiyoru! Jagi omae wa nanimono!!" (宿命はしのびよる! ジャギお前は何者!!)
|Kenshiro learns that Jagi, an adoptive brother who was also trained in the art of Hokuto Shinken, is trying to tarnish his reputation by committing numerous heinous acts while claiming to be him.|
|31||"The Hellish Iron Mask! - He Who Terrorizes in the Name of the North Star!! / The Iron Mask of Hell! The Fiend Who Calls Himself North Star!!"
"Jigoku no tekkamen! Hokuto o nanoru kyōaku naru mono yo!!" (地獄の鉄仮面! 北斗を名のる凶悪なる者よ!!)
|Jagi separates a pair of young brothers from each other, with the younger brother Aki left for dead at the middle of the desert, chained to a giant rock, while the elder one, Mako, is brainwashed to kill Kenshiro or die himself.|
|32||"The Four Linked Fists of Rage! - Jagi! I'll Wait for You in Hell!!! / Four Linked Punches of Fury! Wait for Me in Hell, Jagi!!"
"Doken yonrendan! Jagi jigoku de matte iro!!" (怒拳四連弾! ジャギ地獄で待っていろ!!)
|Ken confronts his brother Jagi, who seeks vengeance against Ken, who was responsible for mutilating Jagi's head after failed attempt at killing Ken. During battle, Jagi reveals that he was the one responsible for convincing Shin to betray Ken|
|33||"This is the Village of Miracles! - A Fallen Angel Has Descended!! / This is the Village of Miracles! A Fallen Angel Has Arrived!!"
"Koko ga kiseki no mura! Datenshi wa maiorita!!" (ここが奇跡の村! 堕天使は舞い降りた!!)
|Ken hears rumors that one of his other Hokuto Shinken brothers Toki, a once benevolent healer, is now using his skills to experiment on people.|
|34||"Toki! - Are You an Angel or a Devil?! / Toki! Are You Angel or Devil?!"
"Toki yo! Omae wa tenshi na no ka akuma na no ka!!" (トキよ! お前は天使なのか悪魔なのか!!)
|Ken confronts a group of hunters who were physically modified through pressure point experiments conducted on them by Toki.|
|35||"Fiend! - Toki, Your Heart is Rotten to the Core!! / Evil One! Toki, Your Heart Has Been Corrupted!!"
"Jaaku naru mono yo! Toki omae no kokoro wa kusatte iru!!" (邪悪なる者よ! トキ·お前の心は腐っている!!)
|Kenshiro confronts Toki in his lair at the Village of Miracles. However, Ken is unconvinced that his adversary is the real Toki, until he reveals the scar on his back, from which Toki gained while rescuing a young Kenshiro in the past.|
|36||"I Have no Past to Look Back on! - Just My Hatred for Evil That Will Destroy Toki! / There Is No Looking Back! Only Hating Evil, And Striking Toki Down!!"
"Furikaeru kako wa nai! Tada aku o nikumi Toki o utsu!!" (ふりかえる過去はない! ただ悪を憎みトキを撃つ!!)
|Rei and Mamiya arrive to help Ken, revealing that Ken's adversary is not the real Toki, but a former follower of his named Amiba, who had the real Toki imprisoned. Before dying, Amiba reveals that he is following orders from a man known as "Ken-oh".|
|37||"Instead, I Shall Reject Love! For I Bear the Cursed Star of Death!!"
"Aete ai o kobamu! Shi o yobu kyōsei o seou ga yue ni....!!" (あえて愛を拒む! 死を呼ぶ凶星を背負うがゆえに...·!!)
|Mamiya seeks clues to Toki's whereabouts and learns that he is imprisoned at the Dungeon of Cassandra, the City of Wailing Demons.|
|38||"Crimson Fist of Lotus Mountain! A Tragic Woman Born of the Times!!"
"Ranzan Kurenaiken! Jidai wa kanashii onna o unda!!" (蘭山紅拳! 時代は悲しい女を生んだ!!)
|Uighur, the Warden of Cassandra, blackmails a female prisoner named Bella, the successor of the Ranzan Kurenaiken (the Crimson Fist of Lotus Mountain) style, to kill Ken and his friends.|
|39||"A Wicked Legacy! The Gates to Cassandra Open Now!"
"Kyōaku no Densetsu! Kasandora no mon ga ima hirakareru!!" (凶悪の伝説! カサンドラの門がいま開かれる!!)
|The trio reaches the Gates of Cassandra, where they confront the gatekeepers Raiga and Fuga, the twin successors of the Nishin Fūraiken ("Two Gods of Wind and Thunder Fist") style.|
|40||"Villains Need No Graves! This Is the Hellish Cassandra!!"
"Akudōdomo ni bohyō wa iranu! Koko wa jigoku no Kasandora!!" (悪党どもに墓標はいらぬ! ここは地獄のカサンドラ!!)
|Ken challenges Uighur, the Warden of Cassandra, at the prison's courtyard.|
|41||"The North Star’s 2,000-year Tragedy! I Can Hear the Fist King’s Footsteps!!"
"Hokuto nisennen no higeki! Ken-Ō no ashioto ga kikoeru!!" (北斗二千年の悲劇! 拳王の足音が聞こえる!!)
|While awaiting for Ken's return, Bat and Lin reminisce of their adventures with Ken and the people they met up until this point. Ken-Oh's Royal Guards arrive at Cassandra to regain their hold of the prisoners' morale.|
|42||"A Century’s End with No Tomorrow! I’ve Been Waiting For You, Ken!!"
"Asu naki seikimatsu! Ken omae o matte ita!!" (明日なき世紀末! ケンおまえを待っていた!!)
|Ken and his allies fight their way against Ken-oh's Royal Guards into Cassandra, where Toki awaits him.|
|43||"Cassandra Collapses! The North Star’s Mythology Is Painted Anew!!"
"Kasandora hōkai! Hokuto no shinwa wa nurikaerareta!!" (カサンドラ崩壊! 北斗の神話はぬりかえられた!!)
|Ken finally finds Toki, who reveals that Ken-oh is none other than the eldest of the four Hokuto Brothers, Raoh.|
|44||"The Death Omen Star Shines! Fist King, Do You Control Even Death?!"
"Shichōsei kagayaku! Ken-Ō omae wa shi o mo tsukasadoru no ka!!" (死兆星輝く! 拳王お前は死をもつかさどるのか!!)
|While on their way to Mamiya's village, Ken and Toki reveal more about their past with Raoh to her and Rei, unaware that Ken-oh's Invasion Division is already attacking the village.|
|45||"Those Who Fear the Reaper! Listen to the Voice of Lin’s Fiery Heart!"
"Shinigami ni obieru mono yo! Lin no atsuki kokoro no sakebi o kike!!" (死神におびえる者よ! リンの熱き心の叫びを聞け!!)
|Ken, Toki, and Mamiya follow a trail of huge hoof prints left by Ken-oh's horse. Meanwhile, Ken-oh's Invasion Squad forces the villagers to pay tribute to him or be sacrifice, but Lin decides to stand up to them.|
|46||"Voices from Hell! Rei, Did You See the Death Omen Star?"
"Jigoku kara no yobigoe! Rei omae wa Shichōsei o mitaka!!" (地獄からの呼び声! レイお前は死兆星を見たか!!)
|Rei arrives at Mamiya's village and rescues Lin. He confronts the leader of Ken-oh's Invasion Division, who tries to use Airi as a distraction. But Airi, spurred on by Lin's courage, gains the strength to fight for herself again. Rei goes on to defeat the Division leader, only to come face to face with none other than Ken-oh himself.|
|47||"The Nanto Dance of Death! I'll Give my Life for the Sake of Love!!"
"Nanto Suichōken shi no mai! Ai no tame ore no inochi kurete yarō!!" (南斗水鳥拳死の舞い! 愛のためオレの命くれてやろう!!)
|Rei challenges Ken-oh, but proves to be no match against him and is mortally wounded. Kenshiro, unable to save Rei, challenges Raoh himself, but even he too has difficulty defeating him.|
|48||"An Explosion of Secret Techniques! BEYOND HATRED IS THE FATE FOR THE BROTHERS OF THE NORTH STAR."
"Ōgi bakuretsu! Hokuto nikyōdai no shukumei wa nikushimi o mo koeta!!" (奥義爆裂! 北斗二兄弟の宿命は憎しみをも越えた!!)
|Toki arrives at the village and interferes with Ken and Raoh's fight, revealing that Raoh was responsible for the death of their adoptive father Ryuken. Believing that Ken is not ready to fight Raoh, he paralyzes Ken and challenges Raoh himself.|
|49||"The Greatest Battle in History, Raoh vs. Ken! YOU’RE THE ONE TO DIE!!"
"Shijō saikyō no tatakai Raō vs. Ken! Shinu no wa kisama da!!" (史上最強の戦い ラオウVSケン! 死ぬのはきさまだ!!)
|Raoh gains the upper hand on Toki, but Ken breaks free of Toki's pressure point and challenges Raoh again. The two fight each to the point where they're both too wounded to continue, ending the battle in a stalemate.|
|50||"72 Hours to Live! The Death Omen Star Drags Rei In!!"
"Shi no senkoku 72 jikan! Shichōsei ga Rei o hikizuru!!" (死の宣告72時間! 死兆星がレイを引きずる!!)
|As a result of his injury, Rei is left with only three days to live and symptoms of disfigurement are starting to show. Mamiya ventures into Medicine City by herself to search for a medicine to ease Rei's pain.|
|51||"Fate Without Tomorrow! And Yet, A Woman Believes in Love!!"
"Asu naki sadame! Sore de mo onna wa ai o shinjiru!!" (明日なき運命! それでも女は愛を信じる!!)
|Mamiya is captured by Galf, the ruler of Medicine City. Ken and Rei rescue her, only to discover the "UD" mark tattooed behind her shoulder.|
|52||"Yuda Of The South Star Six Sacred Fists! I'm The Most Beautiful!!"
"Nanto Rokuseiken Yuda! Ore wa dare yori mo utsukushii!!" (南斗六聖拳ユダ! 俺は誰よりも美しい!!)
|Ken and Rei learn that Mamiya was once kidnapped by a man named Yuda, who also murdered her parents. Rei reveals that Yuda is in fact, one of the Six Sacred Fists of Nanto along with Rei himself and the already deceased Shin. Ken and Rei head to Yuda's castle to confront him, but they only find his lieutenant Dagarl, who tells that Yuda has gone to the village of Blue Town.|
|53||"The Death Omen Star Looms! Rei! How Cruel Time Passes By!!"
"Shichōsei semaru!! Rei! Ten wa zankoku ni toki o kizamu!" (死兆星迫る!! レイ! 天は残酷に時を刻む!)
|Ken and Rei arrive at Blue Town assist a young group of rebels seeking to rescue their female friends and family from Yuda. However, the "Yuda" at Blue Town is actually a decoy. The real Yuda is revealed to had been hiding in his castle all along.|
|54||"Beloved Mamiya! The Death Omen Star Lurks Behind The Sparkle In Your Eyes!"
"Aisuru Mamiya! Sono hitomi no kagayaki ni Shichōsei ga hisomu!!" (愛するマミヤ! その瞳の輝きに死兆星がひそむ!!)
|Ken and Rei return to Mamiya's village, with Rei at the verge of death. Toki offers to push a pressure point on Rei's body that will grant strength and increase his lifespan for another day, but the expense of great pain.|
|55||"Rei, Are You On Your Way To Death? A Man Is Beautiful Than Ever!!"
"Shiniyuku no ka Rei! Ima otoko wa koko made utsukushii!!" (死に行くのかレイ! 今·男はここまで美しい!!)
|Yuda and his gang arrive at the village and takes Mamiya captive in order to challenge Rei to a match. Yuda reveals that he has harbored resentment towards Rei ever since they've trained together, due to the fact that Rei's graceful Nanto Suichōken is more admired than Yuda's own Nanto Kōkakuken style.|
|56||"Beautiful Warriors, Rei vs. Yuda! A Man's Passage Needs No Tears!"
"Utsukushiki kenshi Rei tai Yuda! Otoko no hanamichi ni namida wa iranu!!" (美しき拳士レイVSユダ! 男の花道に涙はいらぬ!!)
|Yuda's henchmen causes a flood in the village that makes Rei stuck to the ground, giving Yuda a slight upper hand. However, Rei overcomes this and defeats Yuda with his ultimate technique. Yuda accepts his defeat and recognizes Rei as a stronger and more beautiful man. Yuda dies, but Rei himself does not have much time to live either.|
|57||"End of Part Two: Farewell, Rei! Heroic Legend Will be Told Throughout The Ages!"
"Saraba Rei! Jidai wa yūsha no densetsu o kataritsugu!!" (さらばレイ! 時代は勇者の伝説を語り継ぐ!!)
|In his last moment of life, Rei secludes himself from his family and friends and reminisces his adventures with Ken and co. while awaiting death. After dying, Ken cremates his body by burning the cabin with his body still in it.|
Part 3 adapts the manga from Chapters 84 to 109, adapting the story from the Souther arc to the Ryuga arc.
|58||"Beginning of Part Three: Supreme Rule in Turbulence! As The South Star Fades, The North Star Appears!!"
"Dai-san-bu kaishi Ransei Hadō Hen Nanto midaruru toki Hokuto arawareri!!" (第3部開始乱世覇道編·南斗乱るる時北斗現われり!!)
|With Rei now dead, only three of the Six Sacred Fists of Nanto remain and Kenshiro sets off to find the remaining ones. One of them, a man named Souther, has proclaimed himself to the "Holy Emperor" and seeks to conquer the world as well.|
|59||"The Star of Darkness Engulfs The Heavens! Time Evolves Beyond The Deathmatch!"
"Ten o ōu ankoku no hoshi! Shitō no hate ni jidai wa ugoku!!" (天をおおう暗黒の星! 死闘の果てに時代は動く!!)
|Kenshiro meets a blind martial artist rebelling against Souther named Shu, who is also one of the Six Sacred Fists.|
|60||"Shu of The South Star White Heron Fist! What Will You Witness In The End Of This Century!?"
"Nanto Hakuroken Shū! Omae wa kono seikimatsu ni nani o miru no ka!!" (南斗白鷺拳シュウ! お前はこの世紀末に何を見るのか!!)
|While saving a group of children slaves from Souther's troops, Ken remembers that he once fought Shu in the past, back when he was still a child.|
|61||"Love on the Battlefield! Must the Time Tear Love Apart!?"
"Senjō no koi! Jidai wa ai o mo hikisaku no ka!!" (戦場の恋! 時代は愛をも引き裂くのか!!)
|When a young member of Shu's resistance is killed, Ken must protect the fallen rebel's fiancee from Garzus, one of Souther's men.|
|62||"I Am Souther, the Holy Emperor! I Disallow Love and Compassion!!"
"Ore wa seitei Sauzā! Ai mo nasake mo yurusanai!!" (俺は聖帝サウザー! 愛も情も許さない!!)
|Ken finally comes face to face with Souther. However, the Holy Emperor stands immune to Ken's Hokuto Shinken techniques.|
|63||"A Young Hero Challenges His Fate! Scream From Your Soul Shall Move The Heavens!"
"Shukumei ni idomu chiisana yūsha! Sono tamashii no sakebi ga ten o ugokasu!!" (宿命に挑む小さな勇者! その魂の叫びが天を動かす!!)
|Defeated by Souther, Ken is captured so he could be used as a sacrifice for the completion of Souther's Holy Cross Mausoleum. However, Shu's young son Shiva sets off to infiltrate Souther's lair and save Ken, even at the cost of his own life.|
|64||"A Bloody Battle, Shu vs. Souther! Love, Drowned in the Tears of the Star of Benevolence!!"
"Kessen Shū tai Sauzā! Jinsei no namida ni ai ga oboreru!!" (血戦シュウVSサウザー! 仁星の涙に愛がおぼれる!!)
|Ken is rescued, but at the tragic cost of Shiva's life. However, with Ken still injured from his fight with Souther, Shu decides to hide him and challenges Souther for the sake of his people.|
|65||"The Bloody Cross Mausoleum! Shu! I’ll Catch Your Tears With My Heart!!"
"Chi no jūjiryō! Shū! Sono namida wa ore no kokoro de uketomeyō!!" (血の十字稜! シュウ! その涙は俺の心で受けとめよう!!)
|Shu is defeated by Souther and is forced to carry the stone that will serve as the summit of Souther's pyramid. Sensing Shu's struggle, Ken awakens and quickly regains his full strength.|
|66||"Run Kenshiro! Another Comrade is About to Die!!"
"Hashire Kenshirō! Mata hitori tomo ga shinde yuku!!" (走れケンシロウ! また一人友が死んで行く!!)
|Ken arrives at the Holy Cross Mausoleum and witnesses Shu's public execution at the hands of Souther. But before dying, Shu miraculously recovers his eyesight and sees the now grown Kenshiro before dying. Toki and Raoh also arrive at the scene to witness Ken's fight with Souther.|
|67||"Clash of the Polar Stars, Ken vs. Souther! My Star is the Only Protector of Heaven!!"
"Kyokusei gekitotsu Ken tai Sauzā! Ten o mamoru wa waga hoshi hitotsu!!" (極星激突ケンVSサウザー! 天を守るは我が星一つ!!)
|Before accepting Kenshiro's challenge, Souther recites his tragic childhood and his motive for building the Holy Cross Mausoleum. Ken fights Souther again and struggles, until he finally fathoms the secret behind Souther's invulnerability.|
|68||"Souther, The Despondent Holy Emperor! You Are Weary From Love!!"
"Kanashiki Seitei Sauzā! Omae wa ai ni tsukarete iru!!" (悲しき聖帝サウザー! お前は愛につかれている!!)
|With Ken aware of his weakness, Souther uses the ultimate technique of his Nanto Hō-ōken style as a last resort. The stage is set for the final round.|
|69||"Critical Times of The North Star! The Three Brothers of Fate Are On The Move!!"
"Hokuto saikyō no jidai! Tsuini ugokidashita shukumei no sankyōdai!!" (北斗最強の時代! 遂に動きだした宿命の3兄弟!!)
|Raoh regains his full strength and seeks Koryu, Ryuken's former rival, to test his power, while Toki, who was once willing to settle using his skills to heal the weak, has regained his determination as a martial artist.|
|70||"The Other Divine Fist of the North Star! Drive Raoh to Oblivion!!"
"Mō hitotsu no Hokuto Shinken! Raō o yami ni hōmurisare!!" (もう一つの北斗神拳! ラオウを闇に葬り去れ!!)
|Raoh challenges Koryu to battle to gauge his strength. Toki learns of Raoh's recovery and is determined to stop him at any cost.|
|71||"The Secret of Origin Revealed! The Heaven Prefers Tragedy!!"
"Abakareta shussei no himitsu! Ten wa itazurani higeki o konomu!!" (暴かれた出生の秘密! 天はいたずらに悲劇を好む!!)
|Toki and Raoh's past is revealed as the two are reunited at the place where they were adopted by Ryuken.|
|72||"Farewell, Toki! A Man Only Cries Once!!"
"Saraba Toki! Otoko no namida wa ichido dake!!" (さらばトキ! 男の涙は一度だけ!!)
|Determined to fulfill the childhood promise he made to his brother, Toki fights Raoh to a death match.|
|73||"Ryuga of Sirius! I'll Seize the Rainbow in Tempest!!"
"Tenrōsei no Otoko Ryūga! Ore wa ransei ni niji o tsukamu!!" (天狼星の男リュウガ! 俺は乱世に虹をつかむ!!)
|Ken meets Ryuga, a martial artist and servant of Raoh whose astrological sign is a solitary star that is neither, part of Hokuto and Nanto.|
|74||"A Wolf Running In The Horizon! There Lies The End of Love And Hatred!"
"Chiheisen o kakeru Ōkami! Soko wa ai to nikushimi no hate!!" (地平線を駆ける狼! そこは愛と憎しみの果て!!)
|Ryuga, who swore royalty to Raoh and his tyranny, witnesses Kenshiro's compassion to others and is determined to find out which of the two brothers is more to fit to lead the world.|
|75||"Forgive Me, My Sister! I Am Destined to Clash With The North Star!!"
"Yuruse imōto yo! Hokuto o osou wa waga hoshi no sadame!!" (許せ妹よ! 北斗を襲うはわが星の宿命!!)
|Ryuga challenges Kenshiro to test his strength, but Ken is unwilling to fight back.|
|76||"An Iron Fist for the Roaring Wolf! Toki is in Danger!!"
"Hoeru Ōkami ni tekken o. Ima, Toki ga abunai!!" (吠える狼に鉄拳を 今、トキが危ない!!)
|Determined to challenge Ken, Ryuga decides to lure Ken to his lair by kidnapping and wounding Toki.|
|77||"Conclusion of Part Three: Let the New Age Awaken! The Wolf's Howl Moves the Heaven!"
"Dai-san-bu Kanketsu Mezameyo Shin Jidai! Ōkami no sakebi ga ten o tsuku!!" (第3部完結 目ざめよ新時代! 狼の叫びが天を衝く!!)
|Ken sets foot into Ryuga's lair, determined to save Toki and finish his battle with Ryuga once and for all.|
|78||"Shin of the South Star Sacred Fist! Risked Your Life For Love That Never Will!!"
"Nanto Seiken Shin! Omae wa mukuwarenu ai ni inochi o kaketa!!" (南斗聖拳シン! お前は報われぬ愛に命をかけた!!)
|While cremating Toki's and Ryuga's remains, Ken remembers where it all began - with his old nemesis Shin, the man who engraved the seven scars on his chest and once kidnapped his beloved Yuria.|
|79||"Rei of the South Star Waterfowl Fist! Was a Man Who Died For His Friends!!"
"Nanto Suichōken Rei! Tomo no tame ni shinda Otoko ga ita!!" (南斗水鳥拳レイ! 友の為に死んだ男がいた!!)
|Ken reflects on the life of his ally Rei, the man who sacrificed his life to save Ken.|
|80||"Yuda of the South Star Crimson Crane Fist! His Beautiful Smile Calls For Tragedy!!"
"Nanto Kōkakuken Yuda! Sono Utsukushiki Hohoemi ga Higeki o Yobu!!" (南斗紅鶴拳ユダ! その美しき微笑が悲劇を呼ぶ!!)
|Ken remembers Rei's battle against his rival Yuda, the man who once tormented Rei's beloved Mamiya.|
|81||"Shu of the South Star White Heron Fist! The Heaven Only Bestows Cruel Destinies"
"Nanto Hakuroken Shū! Ten wa akumade Hijō na Shukumei o kasu!!" (南斗白鷺拳シュウ! 天はあくまで非情な宿命を課す!!)
|Ken remembers Shu, a selfless man whose encounter with a young Kenshiro led him to his destiny.|
|82||"Holy Emperor Souther!! Your Deep Affection Consumes You In Love!"
"Seitei Sauzā! Omae wa ai fukaki yueni ai ni oboreru!!" (聖帝サウザー! お前は愛深きゆえに愛におぼれる!!)
|Ken remembers Souther, the strongest of the Nanto Seiken masters.|
Part 4, the final portion of the original series, adapts Chapters 110 to 136, covering the story from the introduction of the Five Chariots to the final battle between Kenshiro and Raoh.
|83||"Part Four, the Final Chapter: Raoh Must Die! The Legend Turns to Terror!!"
"Dai-yon-bu Saishūshō Raō shi subeshi! Densetsu ga Kyōfu ni Kawaru!!" (第4部最終章 ラオウ死すべし! 伝説が恐怖に変わる!!)
|Ken, Bat, and Lin continue their journey and find themselves at a village ruled by a follower of Ken-oh named Bugal, a neat freak who has monopolized the town's water supply for himself.|
|84||"The South Star Strikes Back! The Wind Brigade Protects the Last General of the South Star!!"
"Nanto no gyakushū! Kaze no Ryodan yo Saigo no Shō o mamore!!" (南斗の逆襲! 風の旅団よ最後の将を守れ!!)
|While infiltrating one of Ken-oh's enlistment groups, Kenshiro confronts Glen the Killer Machine, a man raised to be a fighting machine. After Ken defeats Glen, Glen renounces his evil ways only to be betrayed by his master David, who has his men to kill Glen. David and his men flee from Ken, only to be slaughtered by Hyui and his Wind Brigade, who then challenges Ken to a sparring match.|
|85||"Prelude to a Death Match! The Screams of Hyui of the Wind Echoes in the Heaven!!"
"Shitō e no jomaku! Kaze no otoko Hyūi no sakebi ga ten ni kodamasu!!" (死闘への序幕! 風の男ヒューイの叫びが天にこだます!!)
|Hyui of the Wind launches a war campaign against Ken-oh and his troops on behalf of the Last General of the South Star and attempts to lure Ken-oh to him by wiping several of troops. Hyui is eventually found by Ken-oh and is defeated with a single strike.|
|86||"The Burning Crimson Brigade! Shuren is Drenched in Tears of Flame!!"
"Moeru Shinku no Gundan! Honō no namida ga Shuren o nurasu!!" (燃える真紅の軍団! 炎の涙がシュレンをぬらす!!)
|Vowing to avenge his brother star's death, Shuren lights a funeral pyre for Hyui and burns down his home castle, leaving him and his Crimson Army with no home to return to, while Kenshiro goes after Morgan, the chief of Ken-oh's vanguard force, for destroying Bat's buggy.|
|87||"Five Chariot Stars in Danger! Raoh Has Finally Pierced Through the Flames!!"
"Ayaushi Goshasei! Tsuini Raō ga honō o mo tsukiyabutta!!" (危うし五車星! 遂にラオウが炎をも突き破った!!)
|Shuren of the Flames confront Ken-oh and uses the Five Chariots Passionate Flame Fist as he attempts to sacrifice his life to defeat Ken-oh by engulfing himself in flames. Kenshiro, Bat, and Lin befriend a gentle giant named Fudo after saving him from a group of Ken-oh's soldiers|
|88||"The Five Chariot Stars Approach Kenshiro! Who Are You, Fudo?!"
"Goshasei Kenshiro ni Sekkin! Fudō omae wa nanimono!!" (五車星ケンシロウに接近! フドウお前は何者!!)
|Kenshiro fights a gang of four led by a man named Gokure, which causes Fudo to reveal his true nature as one of the Five Chariots sent on behalf of the Last General of the South Star.|
|89||"The Crisis is Near! Ken, Destiny Awaits at the Capital of the South Star!"
"Fū'unkyū o tsugu! Ken, shukumei ga Nanto no Miyako de matte iru!!" (風雲急を告ぐ! ケン、宿命が南斗の都で待っている!!)
|Rihaku's agents attempt to persuade Juza, the only member of the Five Chariots that has not joined the Last General's cause, while Kenshiro and friends face a group of bandits pretending to be Ken-oh's men.|
|90||"I Am Juza of the Clouds! I Shall Move with the Flow of Time!!"
"Ore wa Kumo no Jūza! Toki no nagare ni mi o makasu!!" (俺は雲のジュウザ! 時の流れに身を任す!!)
|Juza demonstrates his self-taught style against Gelza, a bandit that has come to his castle reclaim his "women" from Juza, while Kenshiro faces Ken-oh's pike brigade led by Yakob.|
|91||"The Clouds Remain! The Masked General is Finally Revealed!!"
"Kumo izenu ugokazu! Tsuini Kamen no Shō ga sugao o miseta!!" (雲いぜん動かず! 遂に仮面の将が素顔を見せた!!)
|Kenshiro and friends find themselves at a village ruled by Dolfi, who oppresses his residents by giving them a false sense of democracy, while Juza is drugged and taken to the Last General's castle, who reveals her identity to Juza.|
|92||"Juza of the Clouds Resurrects! I Have No Fear for Raoh!!"
"Yomigaetta Kumo no Jūza! Ore wa Raō o osorenai!!" (よみがえった雲のジュウザ! 俺はラオウを恐れない!!)
|Kenshiro and his friends attempt to find a way to cross a bridge that is under the surveillance of one of Ken-oh's men, while Juza and his gang intercepts Ken-oh and his men|
|93||"Juza vs Raoh! An End of the Legend of the Invincible!!"
"Taiketsu Jūza tai Raō! Ima muteki densetsu ni shūshifu o!!" (対決ジュウザVSラオウ! 今無敵伝説に終止符を!!)
|Kenshiro faces Jenomy, an assassin who seeks to make Kenshiro his 10,000th victim, while Juza flees from battle by hijacking Raoh's steed Kokuoh-Go.|
|94||"Fudo in Peril!! Hurry, Ken. A Man Must Not Abandon His Friends!!"
"Fudō zettaizetsumei! Isoge Ken, otoko wa tomo o misutenai!!" (フドウ絶対絶命! 急げケン、男は友を見すてない!!)
|Hilka kidnaps two of Fudo's adopted children, Danji and Jiro, in an attempt to sidetrack Kenshiro and his friends from reaching the Capital of the South Star before Raoh.|
|95||"Treacherous Quicksand! Will the Hand of Salvation Reach Fudo?"
"Hijō no suna jigoku! Shisuru Fudō ni sukui no te wa todoku no ka!!" (非情の砂地獄! 死するフドウに救いの手は届くのか!!)
|Kenshiro is forced to make a choice between going to the Capital of the South Star while he is still ahead of Raoh or retreat to help Fudo rescue Danji and Jiro from the quicksand they were thrown into by Hilka.|
|96||"Juza Falls! I'll Give My Life to Protect the Woman I Love"
"Jūza taoru! Ore wa inochi o sutete mo aisuru onna o mamorō!!" (ジュウザ倒る! 俺は命を捨てても愛する女を守ろう!!)
|Juza returns to Raoh to continue their battle where they left off, while Kenshiro is told by Fudo the true identity of the Last General of the South Star.|
|97||"Farewell Yuria! A Strong Man Will Not Speak of Love, Even in Death!!"
"Saraba Yuria! Tsuyoki otoko wa shishite mo ai o katarazu!!" (さらばユリア! 強き男は死しても愛を語らず!!)
|Having learned that Yuria survived the destruction of Southern Cross thanks to the interference of the Five Chariots, Kenshiro rushes to the Capital of the South Star with greater urgency, while Raoh attempts to interrogate Juza to learn the identity of the Last General.|
|98||"The Capital of the South Star Trembles! The Two Brothers of the North Star Finally Arrive!!"
"Yureru Nanto no Miyako! Tsuini Hokuto Nikyōdai ga yatte kita!!" (ゆれる南斗の都! 遂に北斗2兄弟がやってきた!!)
|While Kenshiro and Raoh are mutually approaching the Capital of the South Star, Rihaku tells his daughter Toh about Hokuto Shinken and the history between Kenshiro and Raoh.|
|99||"Sadness of the Five Chariot Stars! Love and Destiny Looms Over the Woman!!"
"Kanashiki Goshasei! Omae wa ai to shukumei o hikizuru onna!!" (悲しき五車星! お前は愛と宿命をひきずる女!!)
|Kenshiro faces Ken-oh's shadow brigade, while Raoh enters Yuria's castle first, but instead of finding the Last General, he encounters Toh, who is masquerading as Yuria.|
|100||"The Ultimate Secret Technique, Unconscious Transmigration! Raoh, I've Got You Now!!"
"Kyūkyoku no ōgi Musō Tensei! Raō, Tsuini omae o oitsumeta!!" (究極の奥義無想転生! ラオウ、遂にお前を追いつめた!!)
|Yuria attempts to escape from her castle in order to be reunited with Kenshiro, while Rihaku challenges Raoh. However, Kenshiro refuses to see Yuria yet, feeling that her life might be in danger as long as Raoh lives.|
|101||"Is It the End of Raoh and His Ambitions? The Heaven Hesitates Once Again!!"
"Raō taore yabō hateru ka? Shikashi ten wa mata yoromeita!!" (ラオウ倒れ野望果てるか? しかし天はまたよろめいた!!)
|Raoh is overwhelmed by Kenshiro's newly discovered technique of Musō Tensei and is willing to accept death, until one of Rihaku's booby-traps is accidentally triggered and the floor collapses. Raoh recovers from the wreckage and manages to stumble into Yuria and then rides off with her.|
|102||"Raoh, the Confused Giant! I Don't Believe in Love!!"
"Mayoeru kyojin Raō! Ore wa ai nado shinjinai!!" (迷える巨人ラオウ! 俺は愛など信じない!!)
|Kenshiro continues to chase after Raoh and rescue Yuria, even with his eyes wounded, while Raoh, having been haunted by nightmares of his near-defeat against Kenshiro, seeks to conquer his fear.|
|103||"A Challenge From the Devil! Fudo, Be the Demon for Those You Love!!"
"Akuma no Chōsenjō! Fudō, aisuru mono no tame ni oni tonare!!" (悪魔の挑戦状! フドウ、愛する者のために鬼となれ!!)
|Fudo, who was once a terrifying bandit until he learned the value of life from a young Yuria, is challenged by Raoh, who seeks to conquer his fears by defeating the only other man whom he ever feared.|
|104||"Fudo, the Gentle Warrior! His Tears Awaken a Fiery Soul!!"
"Yasashiki yūsha Fudō! Sono namida wa atsuki kokoro o yobisamasu!!" (やさしき勇者フドウ! その涙は熱き心を呼びさます!!)
|Raoh appears to have gained the upper hand against Fudo, but Fudo's courage and paternal love allows him to persist further in battle, causing Raoh to instinctively retreat and Raoh's army to interfere.|
|105||"Protect the Merciful Mother of the South Star! Even If It's the End of the Five Chariots!!"
"Nanto Jibosei o mamore! Tatoe Gosha no inochi hateru tomo!!" (南斗慈母星を守れ! たとえ五車の生命果てるとも!!)
|At Fudo's funeral pyre, the sole surviving member of the Five Chariots, Rihaku, remembers the sacrifices of his comrades as they fought to protect Yuria from Raoh.|
|106||"Raoh, Shaken by a Nightmare! Yuria, You Are the Only One!!"
"Akumu ni obieru Raō! Yuria, mō omae shika inai!!" (悪夢におびえるラオウ! ユリア、もうお前しかいない!!)
|The men of Ken-oh's army are demoralized as news spread of Raoh's apparent defeat after his fight with Fudo. Raoh, realizing that only those who understand sorrow can achieve to master Unconscious Transmigration, decides to sacrifice Yuria for his final battle against Kenshiro.|
|107||"Showdown at the North Star Mind and Body Training Ground! No One Can Stop Them Now!!"
"Kessen jō wa Hokuto Renkitōza! Mō dare mo yatsura o tomerarenai!!" (決戦場は北斗練気闘座! もう誰も奴らをとめられない!!)
|Kenshiro is taken by Kokuoh-Go to the North Star Mind and Body Training Ground for his final battle against Raoh, as Raoh reveals that he too has mastered the Unconscious Transmigration.|
|108||"Farewell, the Brothers of the North Star! They're Beyond Love and Sorrow!!"
"Saraba Hokuto Nikyōdai! Ima futari wa ai to kanashimi no hate ni!!" (さらば北斗2兄弟! いま2人は愛と哀しみの果てに!!)
|The final battle between Kenshiro and Raoh reaches its conclusion, as the two brothers exchange their final blows.|
|109||"Conclusion of the Final Chapter - Now Revealed!! The 2000 Year History of the North Star!!"
"Saishūshō Kan Ima katarō! Hokuto nisen nen no rekishi!!" (最終章完 いま語ろう! 北斗2000年の歴史!!)
|A recap of Kenshiro's history from the day he first met Yuria as a child at the North Star Mind and Body Training Ground to his final battle against his eldest brother Raoh.|
Fist of the North Star 2
The Celestial Emperor arc
This arc adapts Chapters 137 to 160 of the original manga.
|110||"The Past is Gone. The Dawn of the New Age!!"
"Toki wa nagare. Mata jidai ga ugoita....!!" (時は流れ また時代が動いた...·!!)
|Years have passed since Kenshiro disappeared following his final battle with Raoh and in the years since he's been gone, the Army of the Celestial Emperor has began to expand their territory through threat and oppression. Bat and Lin, Kenshiro's former companions, are now grownup and are leading a resistance movement known as the North Star Army.|
|111||"When Will He Awaken?!"
"Aitsu wa itsu mezameru no ka....!?" (あいつはいつ目覚めるのか････!?)
|A mysterious drifter wanders into a town where the remnants of the Red Dragon Party, a resistance movement that once opposed the Celestial Emperor's army in the past.|
|112||"The Savior Comes From the North!!"
"Kyūseishu, kita yori kitaru!!" (救世主、北より来たる!!)
|An innocent woman is mistaken for Lin and is sentenced for public execution by General Bask in an attempt to demoralize the North Star Army. The real Bat and Lin attempt to risk their lives until a familiar face arrives to intervene.|
|113||"The Mysterious Bounty Hunter, Ein! Kenshiro's Head is Mine!!"
"Nazo no Shōkinkasegi Ain! Ore ga Kenshirō no kubi o toru!!" (謎の賞金稼ぎアイン! 俺がケンシロウの首をとる!!)
|After being reunited with Bat and Lin, Kenshiro decides to join their cause, giving the North Star Army a needed boost in morale. A bounty is placed on Kenshiro's head and a man named Ein decides to take the offer.|
|114||"Another Art of Assassination! The Imperial Fist of the Source Star is the Name!!"
"Mata hitotsu ansatsuken! Sono na wa Gento Kōken!!" (また一つ暗殺拳! その名は元斗皇拳!!)
|As the North Star Army begins to liberate another one of the Celestial Emperor's areas, Kenshiro is forced to return to Mamiya's village to confront Solia of the Purple Light, a master of Gento Kōken who has been ordered to annihilate anyone associated with the Hokuto and Nanto schools.|
|115||"Rage of the Celestial Emperor! Falco, Obliterate the North Star from Earth!!"
"Tentei ikaru! Faruko, Hokuto o chijō yori nedayashi ni seyo!!" (天帝怒る!ファルコ、北斗を地上より根絶やしにせよ!!)
|While attempting to catch up with Bat and Lin, Kenshiro is confronted by Shoki of the Red Light, a man who once helped Kenshiro in the past, while Bat and Lin lead a desperate battle against the Golden General Falco, the strongest of the Gento warriors.|
|116||"The Wrath of the South Star! The Illustrious Harn Brothers!"
"Nanto no Tamashii moyu! Sōzetsu Hān Kyōdai!!" (南斗の魂燃ゆ! 壮絶ハーン兄弟!!)
|Just when Falco is about to execute Lin in front of her supporters, Falco is challenged to combat by the Harn Brothers, Haz and Gil, who are seeking revenge against Falco for killing most of the Nanto Seiken masters, while Ein tries to lure Kenshiro to his traps.|
|117||"Ein in Danger! Hands of Evil Reach for His Love!!"
"Ain Ayaushi! Aisuru onna ni ma no te ga nobita!!" (アイン危うし! 愛する女に魔の手が伸びた!!)
|After Ein decides to switch sides and join the North Star Army, his former recruiter Beron decides to take revenge by kidnapping his "little lady", Asuka.|
|118||"Falco, the Brave General of the Source Star! There Lies the Shadow of Raoh..."
"Gento no mōshō Faruko! Soko ni wa Raō no kage ga...." (元斗の猛将ファルコ! そこにはラオウの影が････)
|As Kenshiro and the North Star Army approaches the Imperial Capital, Shoki of the Red Light decides to revolt against the Viceroy Jakoh, who is holding the Celestial Emperor hostage and forcing Falco to do his evil bidding.|
|119||"The Emperor's Cries Echoes Through the Imperial Capital. Falco, Where Have You Gone?"
"Teito ni kodama su Tentei no nakigoe! Faruko wa izuko ni...." (帝都にこだます天帝の泣き声! ファルコはいずこに････)
|Kenshiro confronts the renegade Gento warrior Boltz of the Blue Light, while Falco hands out a detonator to his lover Myu, which is triggered to destroy the foundation of the Imperial Capital, in case he loses to Kenshiro.|
|120||"The Celestial Emperor is Finally Revealed"
"Tsuini Tentei no shōtai ga mieta!!" (ついに天帝の正体が見えた!!)
|Lin enters the Imperial Capital along with Bat and Ein, sensing that the Celestial Emperor is calling out for her, while Kenshiro and Falco begins their battle.|
|121||"An Elegy for Ein! Die Bravely Than Live Without Honor!"
"Ain no Banka! Hokori o sutete ikiru yori atsuki shi o!!" (アインの挽歌! 誇りをすてて生きるより熱き死を!!)
|Lin's group, along with Myu and Saiya, fall into an underground dungeon where they meet the true Celestial Emperor, Lin's twin sister Lui, while Jakoh orders his men to shoot down Kenshiro and Falco.|
|122||"The Fall of the Imperial Capital! Jakoh, You Can Dream in Hell!!"
"Teito hōkai! Jakō, semete jigoku de yume o miyo!!" (帝都崩壊! ジャコウ、せめて地獄で夢を見よ!!)
|Lin and her group manage to escape from Jakoh's underground dungeon, but at the expense of Ein's life. With the Celestial Empress Lui now free, Jakoh loses his hold on Falco and begins to flee for his life.|
The Land of Asura arc
This arc adapts Chapters 161 to 210 of the original manga.
|123||"The Ordeal Never Ends! Kenshiro Crosses the Ocean!!"
"Hateshinaki shiren! Kenshirō umi o wataru!!" (果てしなき試練! ケンシロウ海を渡る!!)
|Despite the fact that Jakoh has been defeated, Kenshiro must continue his journey as he learns that Lin has been kidnapped and taken to the Land of Asura, a country populated by ruthless said to be the place where the Hokuto, Nanto, and Gento arts have their foundation. In order to reach the Land of Asura, Ken must cross the Sea of Death, the last remaining ocean on Earth.|
|124||"What Awaits on the Continent of Darkness? There Lies the Legendary Land of Asura!!"
"Nani ga matsu ankoku tairiku! Soko wa densetsu no Shura no Kuni!!" (何が待つ暗黒大陸! そこは伝説の修羅の国!!)
|Having been taken to the Land of Asura by the Pirate Akasachi, Ken finds a dying Falco, who has traveled ahead of Kenshiro to Asura to rescue Lin, while Lin is captured by the Asuras and bribed off as a bride in a tournament between Asuras.|
|125||"Good or Evil? The Mysterious North Star Lapis Lazuli Fist Appears!!"
"Zen ka aku ka? Nazo no Hokuto Ryūken arawaru!!" (善か悪か? 謎の北斗琉拳現わる!!)
|Ken faces Alph of the Hourglass, an Asura who claims to have defeated over 105 warriors in less than two minutes each, while Lin is rescued by Shachi the Rakshasha, a master of the Hokuto Ryuken style.|
|126||"Love is Preached in the Century's End! Her Name is Leia!!"
"Aete seikimatsu ni ai o toku! Sono na wa Reia!!" (あえて世紀末に愛を説く! その名はレイア!!)
|Shachi challenges General Kaizel, whose style allows him to remove an opponent's internal organs without leaving an open wound, while Kenshiro is taken to meet Shachi's former lover Leia, who preaches the value of love and friendship to the children of Asura.|
|127||"The General of Asura, Han! The Man Who Stains White Snow into Crimson!!"
"Rashō Han! Omae wa shiroki yuki mo kurenai ni someru otoko!!" (羅将ハン! お前は白き雪も紅に染める男!!)
|Shachi, in his plot to manipulate Kenshiro into destroying the rulers of Asura, begins taking Lin to the castle the third ruler, Han, who also uses the Hokuto Ryuken styles.|
|128||"The Legend of the Savior of Asura! His Name is Raoh!!"
"Shura no Kuni ni kyūseishu densetsu hashiru! Sono na wa Raō!!" (修羅の国に救世主伝説走る! その名はラオウ!!)
|As Kenshiro and Han begins their battle, Shachi tells Lin of how he began his Hokuto Ryuken style and the importance of Raoh's legacy to the common people of Asura.|
|129||"Kenshiro's Secret is Revealed! The Land of Asura is His Motherland!!"
"Abakareta Kenshirō no himitsu! Shura no Kuni wa haha no kuni!!" (暴かれたケンシロウの秘密! 修羅の国は母の国!!)
|With rumors of Raoh's arrival to Asura spread as a result of Shachi's manipulation, Leia and her brother Tao goes to meet Jukei, the Hokuto Ryuken master who trained the three rulers and Shachi, while Han reveals to Kenshiro that the Land of Asura is his native land.|
|130||"A Cruel Prophecy! Kenshiro, You Cannot Be the Savior!"
"Hijō no yogen! Kenshirō, omae wa kyūseishu ni narenai!!" (非情の予言! ケンシロウ, お前は救世主になれない!!)
|Kenshiro reflects on what happened since his arrival to the Land of Asura, as false rumors of Raoh's arrival are spread thorough the Land. A group "rags" led by a follower of Raoh named Kosem begins to raid a training cap in order to save his young son Chen and other children from Asuran indoctrination, unaware that the man who arrived overseas is actually Kenshiro.|
|131||"Rock, The Hero on Horseback! I Don't Believe in Kenshiro!!"
"Bajō no yūshi Rokku! Ore wa Kenshirō o shinjinai!!" (馬上の勇士ロック! 俺はケンシロウを信じない!!)
|Rock, Kosem's elder son, decides to carry on Raoh's legend along with his band of seven to form the new Army of Raoh.|
|132||"Men Beyond Reasons! The Band of Seven Attacks Kenshiro!!"
"Mondōmuyō no otoko-tachi! Tsuini kōya no shichinin ga Ken o osou!!" (問答無用の男達! 遂に荒野の七人がケンを襲う!!)
|Rock is blackmailed by Gammon, the Scorpion Asura, into defeating Kenshiro in order to save a group of captured villagers.|
|133||"Rock's Message of Death! Kenshiro, Hang on to Your Friend's Life!!"
"Rokku shi no dentatsu! Kenshirō tomo no inochi o uketomeyo!!" (ロック死の伝達! ケンシロウ友の命を受けとめよ!!)
|Hyoh, the second ruler of Asura, decides to mobilize his force, vowing to avenge Han's death, while Rock and his men decide to challenge Hyoh's army, having learned that Hyoh is Kenshiro's true older brother by blood.|
|134||"Announcing the Creator of the New Century! My Name is Demon Kaioh!!"
"Shinseiki sōzōshu sengen! Ore no na wa Majin Kaiō!!" (新世紀創造主宣言! 俺の名は魔神カイオウ!!)
|Jukei, master of Hokuto Ryuken, seeks to restore Hyoh's memories of Kenshiro as his younger brother. Meanwhile, Kaioh, the supreme ruler of the Land of Asura, kidnaps Lin from Shachi.|
|135||"The Seal of the Devil! 2000 Year Tragedy of the North Star Clan is Revealed!!"
"Akuma no fūin! Sore ga Hokuto Sōke nisennen no higeki o kataru!!" (悪魔の封印! それが北斗宗家二千年の悲劇を語る!!)
|Jukei and Hyoh do battle. Kenshiro battles a squad of Asuras on his way to Kaioh's castle, where Lin is being held captive.|
|136||"Little Brother Ken in Danger! Hyoh, Open Up Your Kind Soul!"
"Otōto Ken no kiki! Yasashiki Hyō yo imakoso kokoro o hirake!!" (弟ケンの危機! やさしきヒョウよ今こそ心を開け!!)
|Hyoh's battle with Jukei draws to a climactic conclusion as Jukei fails to restore Hyoh's memories, realizing that the seal put on Hyoh's memories was not his own, but Kaioh's. At the same time, Kenshiro fails to defeat Kaioh and rescue Lin.|
|137||"Kenshiro on the Execution Stand! The Heavens Unleash the God of the Sea!"
"Shokeidai no Kenshirō! Tsui ni ten wa kaijin o hashiraseta!!" (処刑台のケンシロウ! 遂に天は海神を走らせた!!)
|After defeating Kenshiro, Kaioh plans on crucifying him, and destroying Hokuto Shinken once and for all. However,the plan falls through when Akashachi and his band of pirates come to Kenshiro's rescue.|
|138||"Kaioh's Declaration of Victory! The Phantom of the North Star Attacks!!"
"Kaiō tsuka no ma no shōri sengen! Hokuto no maboroshi ga kare o osou!!" (カイオウつかの間の勝利宣言! 北斗の幻が彼を襲う!!)
|Following the death of Akashahchi, Shachi attempts to escape with an unconscious Kenshiro while his father's men create a diversion.|
|139||"A Destined Encounter of Hyoh and Ken! Both Are Yet to Know Their Secrets!!"
"Unmei no deai Hyō to Ken! Ima da ani wa otōto o shirazu!!" (運命の出会いヒョウとケン! いまだ兄は弟を知らず!!)
|Lin meets Sayaka, Kaioh's sister and Hyoh's fiance, who hopes that someday Hyoh will bring peace to the Land of Asura and they will cross the sea together. Elsewhere, Shahci attempts to bring Kenshiro to safety when he has a chance encounter with Hyoh which results in the loss of Shachi's left eye.|
|140||"Kaioh's Evil Decision! Cold Blood Runs Through My Body!!"
"Kaiō akuma no sentaku! Ore no zenshin ni wa reiketsu ga myakuutsu!!" (カイオウ悪魔の選択! 俺の全身には冷血が脈打つ!!)
|Kenshiro awakens at last when Cain, an Aura who hopes to become third general, attacks at the waterfall. Meanwhile, Kaioh kills Sayaka and frames Kenshiro for her death.|
|141||"Kenshiro's Challenge! Never Be Defeated Twice!!"
"Kenshirō no Chōsenjō! Ore ni wa nido no haiboku wa nai!!" (ケンシロウの挑戦状! オレには2度の敗北はない!!)
|Kenshiro and Shachi go to meet up with Leia when they are confronted by a Gyoko, a fat Asura who kills anyone he thinks to believe he is fat. During this battle, Kenshiro declares war on Kaioh and all who side with him. At Sayaka's funereal pyre, Hyoh pledges eternal allegiance to Kaioh.|
|142||"The Tyrant Hyoh and His Sorrowful Aide! Who Will Stop Him Now?!"
"Bōkun Hyō to kanashiki sokkin! Dare ga kare o tomeru no ka!!" (暴君ヒョウと悲しき側近! 誰が彼を止めるのか!!)
|Kenshiro and Shachi are taken in by Nagato, Hyoh's right hand man, who turned on his master when he saw how evil Hyoh had become after Sayaka's death.|
|143||"The Battle Of The Blood Brothers! Tears Will Never Return To Hyoh."
"Kotsuniku no kyōdai taiketsu! Mō Hyō no hitomi ni namida wa kaeranai!!" (骨肉の兄弟対決! もうヒョウの瞳に涙は帰らない!!)
|Now knowing that Hyoh is his true older brother, Kenshiro challenges Hyoh. Elsewhere, Hyoh is forcing slaves to work to unveil the holy temple of Hokuto Ryuken when he is confronted by Black Yaksha, defender of the Hokuto bloodline.|
|144||"The North Star on the Brink of Death! Kaioh Reaches Out for the Celestial Emperor!!"
"Hokuto sonbō no kiki! Kaiō no ma no te ga tentei ni nobita!!" (北斗存亡の危機! カイオウの魔の手が天帝にのびた!!)
|The bloody battle between Kenshiro and Hyoh continues while Shachi and Black Yaksha look on in horror. Kaioh reveals his true identity to Lin as Raoh's true brother.|
|145||"Tearful Reunion of the Brothers! Kenshiro, I've Been Waiting for You!!"
"Namida no kyōdai saikai! Kenshirō, ore wa omae o matte ita!!" (涙の兄弟再会! ケンシロウ、俺はお前を待っていた!!)
|Kenshiro's battle with Hyoh reaches its climax. However, before Kaioh's plan succeeds, Shachi stops the fight, and Hyoh suddenly regains his memories. With this, the two brothers unite to destroy Kaioh.|
|146||"Shachi's Battle for Love! Kaioh Will Ridicule With Laughter"
"Shachi ai no tatakai! Kaiō, sore o oroka to warau no ka!!" (シャチ愛の戦い! カイオウ、それを愚かと笑うのか!!)
|In the aftermath of Kenshiro and Hyoh's battle, Shachi heads to the holy temple of the Hokuto bloodline to unlock the secret sthat could allow Kenshiro to defeat Kaioh. Meanwhile, Kaioh heads out to the holy temple himself to kill Shachi in revenge for preventing Kenshiro and Hyoh's deaths.|
|147||"The Fall of Shachi, Warrior of Love! Love is Everything, My Friends!!"
"Ai no senshi Shachi shisu! Tomo yo, ai koso subete to shire!!" (愛の戦士シャチ死す! 友よ、愛こそすべてと知れ!!)
|In the holy temple of the Hokuto bloodline, a strange new discovery is made as Shachi makes a valiant last stand to defend Leia from Kaioh.|
|148||"Tragic Victim of Love! Kaioh's Foundation of Evil!!"
"Kanashiki ai no giseisha! Kore ga Kaiō aku no genten da!!" (悲しき愛の犠牲者! これがカイオウ悪の原点だ!!)
|When he and Kenshiro meet for their last fight, Kaioh remembers the death of his mother, which drove him to abandon all love and affection.|
|149||"Kaioh's Disgraceful Past! The Heavens Recreate Lin's Destiny!!"
"Kaiō kutsujoku no rekishi! Ten wa Lin no Unmei mo nurikaeru!!" (カイオウ屈辱の歴史! 天はリンの運命もぬりかえる!!)
|Kaioh strikes a pressure point on Lin that causes her to fall asleep and fall in love with the first person she sees when she wakes up before he and Kenshiro begin their final battle.|
|150||"The Final Chapter: Three Episodes Remaining! Here is the 2,000 Year-old History of the North Star Clan!!"
"Saishūshō nokori sankai! Kore ga Hokuto Sōke Nisennen no chi no rekishi!!" (最終章 残り3回! これが北斗宗家2000年の血の歴史!!)
|Kenshiro and Kaioh's fight goes underground where Kaioh has the upper hand in a pit full of toxic gases. Hyoh rescues Lin from Samoto,an Asura who plans to make Lin his wife.|
|151||"Prologue to the Final Episode! A Third Man Appears to Determine Lin's Fate!!"
"Saishūwa joshō! Lin no unmei o nigiru dai-san no otoko ga arawareta!!" (最終話 序章! リンの運命を握る第3の男が現れた!!)
|Accompanied by Black Yaksha, Hyoh is forced to fight Kaioh's elite army when Bat and the Hokuto army arrive to assist them. Kaioh now knows that he himself is of the Hokuto bloodline.|
|152||"The Final Episode: Farewell, Kenshiro! Farewell, the Divine Fist of the North Star!!"
"Saraba Kenshirō!! Saraba Hokuto Shinken!!" (さらば ケンシロウ!! さらば 北斗神拳!!)
|Hyoh, Bat, and Rihaku bear witness to the final battle between Kenshiro and Kaioh. When Kenshiro deals the winning blow, Hyoh is given the opportunity to finish Kaioh off, but cannot bring himself to kill the man he once called brother.|
Although the series has never been fully released on VHS in Japan, Toei released three hour-long "digest" episodes on VHS during the late 1980s, composed of clips of episodes from Chapters 1, 2, and 4 of the first series. The complete series has been collected on DVD in Japan, in a boxed collection known as the Super Premium Box and in 26 individually released discs containing 5-6 episodes per volume. A three volume DVD series, the Kyūkyoku Retsuden series, which features key episodes of the series. Toei later produced an HD Remaster Edition (with uncensored scenes) of the Hokuto no Ken DVD set, which was released on March 28, 2008.
The first 36 episodes were licensed to Manga Entertainment and released in English dubbed and subtitled formats on VHS and DVD. Manga Entertainment initially released the series in eight VHS volumes spanning only 24 episodes in 1999 and later released all 36 episodes in five DVD volumes in 2003. The English dub of the show features a new soundtrack provided by Reinforced Records and voice acting by Animaze. The original opening and ending sequences were replaced by in-house versions produced by Manga Entertainment with music by Mike Egan. The dubbed version aired on Showtime Beyond in the US and on Channel 4 and the Sci-Fi Channel in the UK.
A reviewer of DVD Vision Japan stated that the English voice acting was "terrible, even for an early dub" and compared David Lucas' performance as Shin unfavorably to his role as Spike Spiegel in Cowboy Bebop. The same reviewer also states that the music by Mike Egan is mediocre. Mike Toole of Anime Jump proclaimed that the drum n' bass soundtrack is "occasionally nice, but usually just obtrusive". Chadwick Ngan of EX Anime wrote that the "American voice actors' efforts are commendable" and that the new opening and ending themes "aren't bad, but nothing to get excited about either."
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