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Hokuto no Ken  
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199X, nuclear war has ravaged the planet. From the ashes, gangs have risen to take all the power from world governments. Justice has ceased to exist in this now lawless world. From the sands of a desert, a man appears. His name is Kenshiro, and he is the sucessor to the most powerful martial art in the world, Hokuto Shinken. This art attacks the foes insides, and makes them explode internally and die in often brutal ways. Kenshiro's goal is to kill the man who kidnapped his fiance, Yuria. A man that he once called a friend, but who betrayed him and left him for dead. Along the way, he makes friends and enemies alike, while protecting those who cannot protect themselves.


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Associated Names
El Puño de la Estrella del Norte (Spanish)
Fist of the North Star

Groups Scanlating
If You're Reading This...You're Already Dead
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Latest Release(s)
v.8 c.3-4 by Project Bite Me! Scanlations over 8 years ago
v.6 c.5-6 by Project Bite Me! Scanlations & S Jump Forum over 8 years ago
v.8 c.2 by Project Bite Me! Scanlations over 8 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
27 Tankoubon Volumes (Complete)
14 Kanzenban Volumes (Complete)
15 Aizouban Volumes (Complete)
18 Kyuukyoku Volumes (Complete)
4 Master Edition Volumes (Dropped)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Ends at Vol 24, Chap 4

User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 8 / 10.0 (277 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.85 / 10.0
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 9% (25 votes)
 5% (13 votes)
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Last Updated
October 20th 2018, 2:45am PST



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Original Publisher
Coamix (2000)
Shinchosha (2000)
Shogakukan (2006)
Shueisha (1983)

Serialized In (magazine)
Manga Hot (North Stars Pictures)
Shuukan Shounen Jump (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Gutsoon! Entertainment (9 Volumes - Defunct)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #519 increased(+104)
Monthly Pos #1254 increased(+21)
3 Month Pos #1776 decreased(-37)
6 Month Pos #2000 increased(+189)
Year Pos #2249 increased(+380)

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On 525 reading lists
On 516 wish lists
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Complete? over 5 years ago
timeskip location over 6 years ago
PS3/Xbox360 Game over 8 years ago
Hokuto no Ken over 10 years ago
Liscensing Clarification over 12 years ago

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Not too bad but...   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Auwx
July 2nd, 2011, 4:49pm
It's looooooooooooooooooooooooooooong. And it doesn't even begin to describe it. The story is overstretched
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
after he kills Raoh, everything else is BS. Especially the end
, tha arcs are long and the end is pathetic. The women are absolutely and utterly useless. Don't expect anything from any of them. The only likeable one is the little girl. The others are here to make sure Ken gets into fights.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
though she is used in the late volumes for the same purpose

He basically says the same thing from beginning to end : "my martial arts is the strongest so I'm gonna pound you. Badly."

But the fights are good, and I like how overpowerful Ken is. Though there seems to be lacking a level between "war god" and "useless punk who only scares poor and defenseless villagers". Well that's common in martial arts mangas, but it bothers me nonetheless. Also the drawings fit well to the action.

So I don't really recommend this manga, but I won't tell you not to read it. Just don't do it in one sitting, or even two or five. It would be a huge mistake.
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Rating: N/A
by hlm11
January 16th, 2011, 7:16am
About this manga, first of all is great art, straight story, lots of fight and blood. Though some don't like its ending, I actually think it's good. However, I don't like the kind of invincible protagonist whose power already strong at start. The way Ken won over his stronger opponents to me is silly. There is no really improvement from him, just because someone died so he pumped up. Within action genre, I automatically compare this manga to Berserk and JoJo, and fights in this manga are unfavoured, mostly brawl and new techniques and little room for brain. Story is kind of straight forward, there is a stronger opponent popped up after the strongest was defeated. There are some touching events but frankly, the rest are quite shallow. The story is filled with fate, star, blood line, god which are quite common for manga of the same author. As one of younger generation, I don't particularly like those stuffs. And they added more characters without thinking ahead made the story sometime awkward. But the ending is better than I expected. Over all this is good manga to read. Because of its story, even 27 volumes can be read carefully within a day.

... Last updated on January 22nd, 2011, 9:22am
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by BladeAP
November 2nd, 2010, 6:33pm
This series was freaking amazing. I cannot believe I've missed out on it, I never read it because the art style deterred me from it. I was very prejudice against old art styles until recently. All in all, I was wow'd by Ken during every chapter. Of course there are things I wish occurred differently, but who cares it was still amazing. The last 2-3 volumes were a little off target, in my opinion...they were very random and it was anti-climatic ending; It seemed like fillers, which annoy and it could've been better. But the series was just too awesome to be judged by the last 3 volumes.

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Embodiment of manliness   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by BadassOtaku
September 15th, 2010, 4:06am

But seriously the whole manga is just bursting at the seams with machismo and manliness. Ken is just like a manly mario or something.The hero who kills without remorse but goes out of his way to save the innocent and/or beautiful women and doesn't stop till he does or dies.

Sure the manga gets repetitive but i think thats the point: Ken will forever roam the ruins of earth and saving people and poking people and walking away and saying that they are already dead and get splattered by their blood as they explode from within.
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One of the best mangas out there! *___*   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Hermit-chan
January 27th, 2009, 2:15am
Hokuto No Ken has been licensed into my native language and the manga volumes are available in some southeast Asian countries.

I first read this manga 8 years ago, it's practically my first 'seinen, Action' Violent-pack manga!! I ABSOLUTELY ADORE THAT MANGA!!

The art was a bit difficult to get used to but as they say, "Dont judge a book by its cover"..!

The plot, the characters..the dsytopic world that the mangaka is potraying are so....thought-provoking. The cruelty and violence are...I cant really grab a handful of really have to read it yourself! It's very good! Martial art themed mangas arent really my cup of tea but really, this manga is EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD.

If you're looking for a post-apocalyptic Dsytopic + Martial art + Shounen manga, then HOKUTO NO KEN definitely fits the criteria. If any of you are fond of "Soylent Green" or "the Man and the Dog", "Terminator" and other Fall-out post apocalypic movies, seriously, I HIGHLY Reckon you to read this cuz Ken's world is even more UNIMAGINABLY twisted than that!

... Last updated on July 10th, 2009, 2:08pm
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hmm Skipped chaps   
Rating: N/A
by dbesing
October 9th, 2008, 6:04pm
Will ANYONE Ever finish the damn thing with outskipping volumes, Volume 04 to 08, i mean Honestly, i read everything in ORDER, how can i read it if it doesn't go in order it leaves 1 battle unfinished and starts one at the finish, and for troy, Guess no one truely Loves this Manga,
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can't believe it   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by tPior9ranZP63nLu
May 11th, 2007, 8:27am
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the worst ending ever!!!!!!! truly very idiotic finale. last 3 volumes are pure ****. i can't believe i took the bother of reading them. if you are a fan of this series stop where the anime ended. the manga ending ruined it all for me. my vote before reading it was 10. now i rate it 1.
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good martial arts manga   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Manmankyle
September 10th, 2006, 4:33pm
if any1 like manga with 1 dude that goes around like a wanderer killin strong as ppl to help others then this is ur kind of manga gory bloody some what romance
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Rating: N/A
by baK4rang3rX8
February 25th, 2006, 11:27am

i like hokuto no ken ALOT and i think its one of my fav manga i have read.
some parts like
females are allways in need of help
they r only in the manga to give Ken(aand some other chars) reason to go out and fight
they only function as the princess who cant even whipe their own ass
xpt one female but she gets written out pretty fast
and i guess i should mention that after the first 15-16 vols the "history" is in some parts rewritten to fit in the "new" story
and also reuseing old chars with more scars or more hair(ull know if u read it...) is not that good eighter
i wonder what i like about it...
it just have that little extra that makes it special
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