Written by: Michael Den Boer on December 5th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: Japan, 1985, 1986
Directors: Toyoo Ashida, Ichirô Itano
Writers: Buronson, Tetsuo Hara, Yukiyoshi Ôhashi, Hiroshi Toda, Shozo Uehara
Cast: Akira Kamiya, Teiyû Ichiryûsai, Yuriko Yamamoto, Tomiko Suzuki, Kenji Utsumi, Toshio Furukawa
DVD Released: November 23rd, 2010
Approximate Running Time: 800 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Japanese
DVD Release: Eastern Star / Discotek
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $59.95
Synopsis: In the future the world has been ravaged by nuclear fallout. The hero of this story Kenshirô is betrayed by someone close to him and left for dead. Down but not out, Kenshirô searches for the woman he loves and in the process he is forced to take on those who threaten to destroy what is left of mankind.
Fist of the North Star is based on a Manga that was created by Tetsuo Hara and Buronson. In 1984 Toei animation would adapt Tetsuo Hara and Buronson’s Manga into a TV series which lasted for 109 episodes. Followed by a sequel TV series that lasted for 43 episodes and a feature film that was released in 1986.
This box set release from Eastern Star contains episodes 37 -72. Episodes 37 -57 continue the story line that began with episode 23 (Chapters 26 to 83 of the manga). Episodes 58 -72 were adapted from chapters 84 through 109 of the Manga. There are two main villains that appear in these episodes Yuda and Souther.
At the heart of this series is a tale that is rooted in good verse evil. With its protagonists Kenshiro, who wanders through a post-apocalyptic wasteland helping those in need. When he is not battling colorful villains. He spends his time trying to end a blood feud with his siblings. Most notably his power hungry older brother Raoh, who is determined to be the family successor. Even though the central focus of this series is the Kenshiro character. One of this series most enduring assets is its ability to add characters into the mix.
Structure wise the stories arcs are spread over several episodes. This being said it should be noted that each episode holds up well as a standalone adventures. The area where this film excels the most are its kinetic action sequences in which characters character announces each move that he is performing. These gory action sequences usually end with exploding bodies. Ultimately Fist of the North Star is a fast paced apocalyptic martial arts adventure that deserves its reputation as one of the best Anime series.
All thirty six episode include with this collection are presented in their original 1.33:1 full frame aspect ratio. Flesh tones look accurate and colors fare well with only a few minor instances were they look a tad off. Black levels look very good and details look crisp.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in Japanese. The audio is clear and consistent throughout. There are no problems with distortion and background noise in minimal. Removable English subtitles that are easy to follow and error free have been included.
This release comes with no extra content. Overall Fist of the North Star Volume 2 gets an audio / video presentation that is on par with Eastern Stars release of Fist of the North Star Volume 1.