On this episode of Manga Mavericks, Colton & Lum enlist the help of some local biker goons, like All-Comic contributor, Nick Rowe, cosplay extraordinaire, Diana & host of the Blade Licking Thieves podcast himself, Grant, in order to discuss Buronson & Tetsuo Hara’s classic Fist of the North Star! In which after a nuclear apocalypse in 199x, the strong now pick on the weak as society as we know it has collapsed, but only one Bruce Lee-like figure with a sleeveless denim jacket can protect them and that’s Kenshiro, master of the (literally) mind-blowing martial art known as Hokuto Shinken! As soon as Viz Media announced last year that they would be bringing this series over, we just knew we had to talk about it! If you’re new to Fist of the North Star, then this podcast is for you, as we stick to mainly discussing Volume 1 in particular and why we think its such a great start to the series! We also discuss why the series is so beloved and influential even almost 30 years after its debut in Weekly Shonen Jump, as well as how it succeeds in not only being a hilariously violent and over the top action series, but also a very down to earth gripping human drama filled with a ton of tragedy. Enjoy!
00:00 – Intro
4:22 – Fist of the North Star Vol 1 Discussion
1:30:56 – Our Thoughts on the FOTNS movie
1:38:50 – SAY MY NAME
1:41:06 – Does Redemption always mean Forgiveness?
1:52:23 – What will it take to get the rest of manga entries in the FOTNS franchise released!?
1:59:14 – SPOILERS
2:04:26 – Would FOTNS be as remembered without Tetsuo Hara’s art?
2:16:44 – Guest Plugs
2:22:03 – Community Shout-outs!:
- House of 1000 Manga on FOTNS
- Viz Interview with Tetsuo Hara
- 2017 Rumiko Takahashi interview about her fandom of FOTNS
- David Brothers on FOTNS and Gooddevils
- Tim Eldred’s FOTNS profile
- Story of Ken le Suivant
- Renegade Cut on the FOTNS movie
- Blade Licking Thieves podcast episode on the FOTNS movie
- Anime Nostalgia Podcast on Fist of the North Star
- Saturday Night Shoggy podcast episode on Super Sentai Gorenger
- Grant’s Review of FOTNS
- VLord’s Review of FOTNS
2:32:14 – Wrap up
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