History YMMV / FistOfTheNorthStar

2nd Apr '17 6:38:02 AM PrincessGwen
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* {{Narm}}: Kenshiro's skills doesn't always translate well to live-action. The lack of ThemeMusicPowerUp makes it even more narmier.

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* {{Narm}}: Kenshiro's skills doesn't always translate well to live-action. The lack of ThemeMusicPowerUp makes it even more narmier.
4th Feb '17 11:18:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* HilariousInHindsight: Raoh's ambition to do battle with God becomes somewhat ironic once you realize that his [[KenjiUtsumi Japanese voice actor]] went on to voice [[Franchise/DragonBall Shenron]], the ''servant'' of God. Even more, [[ManOfAThousandVoices his voice actor]] uses '''the exact same voice''' for both characters.

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* HilariousInHindsight: Raoh's ambition to do battle with God becomes somewhat ironic once you realize that his [[KenjiUtsumi [[Creator/KenjiUtsumi Japanese voice actor]] went on to voice [[Franchise/DragonBall Shenron]], the ''servant'' of God. Even more, [[ManOfAThousandVoices his voice actor]] uses '''the exact same voice''' for both characters.
15th Jan '17 11:14:59 PM DustSnitch
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* EscapistCharacter: Kenshiro, seriously; this guy is almost certifiably the epitome of this trope: [[{{Hunk}} Hot, muscular guy]] with lots of {{Shirtless Scene}}s? Check. Awesome fighting skills? Check. A major {{Badass}} good guy that gets to [[OneManArmy mow down villains by the hundreds]] while still being considered a borderline {{messia|nicArchetype}}h? Check. Known to most of his enemies as "the Man with the Seven Scars", and mentioning this nickname is sometimes enough to make the mooks run in terror? Check. Widely praised as "the savior of the post-apocalyptic world" by many people without even ''trying'' to gain their respect? Check. Typically portrayed as utterly invincible? Check. Performs such feats include bending open prison bars, wielding a steel I-beam like a broomstick, stopping the charge of a 500 kg man with six fingers, and plugging a burst dam by carrying a huge chunk of a mountain to it? Check. Always leaves the most powerful of bad guys cowering in terror? Check. [[ImplacableMan Can relentlessly, inexorably pursue all forms of evil and oppression without anything slowing him down]]? DOUBLE CHECK. Yes, you totally want to be him. And if not: YouAreAlreadyDead!

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* EscapistCharacter: Kenshiro, seriously; this guy is almost certifiably the epitome of this trope: [[{{Hunk}} Hot, muscular guy]] with lots of {{Shirtless Scene}}s? Check. Awesome fighting skills? Check. A major {{Badass}} badass good guy that gets to [[OneManArmy mow down villains by the hundreds]] while still being considered a borderline {{messia|nicArchetype}}h? Check. Known to most of his enemies as "the Man with the Seven Scars", and mentioning this nickname is sometimes enough to make the mooks run in terror? Check. Widely praised as "the savior of the post-apocalyptic world" by many people without even ''trying'' to gain their respect? Check. Typically portrayed as utterly invincible? Check. Performs such feats include bending open prison bars, wielding a steel I-beam like a broomstick, stopping the charge of a 500 kg man with six fingers, and plugging a burst dam by carrying a huge chunk of a mountain to it? Check. Always leaves the most powerful of bad guys cowering in terror? Check. [[ImplacableMan Can relentlessly, inexorably pursue all forms of evil and oppression without anything slowing him down]]? DOUBLE CHECK. Yes, you totally want to be him. And if not: YouAreAlreadyDead!



** A lot of people consider Raoh more {{Badass}} than Kenshiro... even though it was a plot point from his introductory flashback that he wasn't. TheFilmOfTheSeries went with "[[AscendedFanon Sure, Why Not?]]" and had Raoh win their climactic duel. This seems to be especially apparent in the final mission of his [[ForWantOfANail Dream Mode]] in ''VideoGame/FistOfTheNorthStarKensRage'', where he takes on every single character in the game except for those who, by that point, would be dead, [[OneManArmy and wins]]. Even his ''horse'' is a memetic badass in and of itself.

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** A lot of people consider Raoh more {{Badass}} badass than Kenshiro... even though it was a plot point from his introductory flashback that he wasn't. TheFilmOfTheSeries went with "[[AscendedFanon Sure, Why Not?]]" and had Raoh win their climactic duel. This seems to be especially apparent in the final mission of his [[ForWantOfANail Dream Mode]] in ''VideoGame/FistOfTheNorthStarKensRage'', where he takes on every single character in the game except for those who, by that point, would be dead, [[OneManArmy and wins]]. Even his ''horse'' is a memetic badass in and of itself.
22nd Dec '16 12:57:39 PM Morgenthaler
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* AwesomeEgo: [[SmugSuper Raoh]], {{S|mugSnake}}outher, [[InsufferableGenius Amiba]] and [[ManipulativeBastard Jagi]] all have this in spades. Despite the fact that each of them is a brutal sadist with a rather large InferioritySuperiorityComplex on the side, they all display enough {{Badass}}ery to make them some of the most popular characters in the series, with Raoh arguably being ''the'' most popular character in the series.

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* AwesomeEgo: [[SmugSuper Raoh]], {{S|mugSnake}}outher, [[InsufferableGenius Amiba]] and [[ManipulativeBastard Jagi]] all have this in spades. Despite the fact that each of them is a brutal sadist with a rather large InferioritySuperiorityComplex on the side, they all display enough {{Badass}}ery badassery to make them some of the most popular characters in the series, with Raoh arguably being ''the'' most popular character in the series.
4th Dec '16 2:21:48 AM DrPsyche
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* [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character Battle]]: "What's this? Mr. Heart is ''immune'' to Kenshiro's blows? This fight could be cool... Oh wait, he killed him by kicking him a whole lot in the stomach."

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* [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character Battle]]: TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter:
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"What's this? Mr. Heart is ''immune'' to Kenshiro's blows? This fight could be cool... Oh wait, he killed him by kicking him a whole lot in the stomach.""
** After his arc Jagi is almost completely dropped from the story and we go from the 4 Hokuto brothers to 3. Many lament the loss of him, being one of the comic's most despicable and yet also popular villains. Future flashbacks to Ken's childhood downplay his presence severely and we never see him interact with any of his other brothers in any meaningful capacity.
22nd Nov '16 4:43:57 PM DrPsyche
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* BrokenBase: The 1986 Movie. Some despise it for all the changes it makes (removing Toki, cutting down Shin's screen time, etc.) and feel that all the story from Parts 1-2 forced into a 110 minute production leaves the story rushed and uneven. Others feel it's a well done PragmaticAdaptation that manages to keep the spirit of the story along with its themes, and is helped immensely by excellent animation (granted the video quality on many copies is dubious). Then there's the dub. Some see it as a cringeworthy CutAndPasteTranslation that removes key information, changes the context of several scenes, and has the dub actors awkwardly mispronounce the characters names. Others are more accepting of the changes, as the story is still coherent and the dub has a number of good actors putting in solid performances in an era when many such productions were usually characterized by a lack of polish or effort.

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The 1986 Movie. Some despise it for all the changes it makes (removing Toki, cutting down Shin's screen time, etc.) and feel that all the story from Parts 1-2 forced into a 110 minute production leaves the story rushed and uneven. Others feel it's a well done PragmaticAdaptation that manages to keep the spirit of the story along with its themes, and is helped immensely by excellent animation (granted the video quality on many copies is dubious). Then there's the dub. Some see it as a cringeworthy CutAndPasteTranslation that removes key information, changes the context of several scenes, and has the dub actors awkwardly mispronounce the characters names. Others are more accepting of the changes, as the story is still coherent and the dub has a number of good actors putting in solid performances in an era when many such productions were usually characterized by a lack of polish or effort.effort.
** Daran Norris as Rei in the Manga Entertainment dub of the cartoon, was he a good fit? Some feel his voice was ill fitting for Rei being too nasally and deep for someone that young looking, while others are much more forgiving and feel his voice was a decent choice with later roles like [[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Knock Out]] showing he's good at older pretty boys.
22nd Nov '16 4:41:36 PM DrPsyche
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** Rei, so, SO much. If a fan's favorite hero is not Kenshiro, it's Rei, with practically no exceptions.

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** Rei, so, SO much. If a fan's favorite hero Rei is not Kenshiro, it's Rei, an exceptionally popular character. He was the first major Nanto Seiken good-guy who had a cool laid back style and a great dynamic with practically no exceptions.Kenshiro being his first companion who was his equal. In the anime especially his debut heralded a major turning point from the repetitive fights by giving Kenshiro someone to play off of. Further, [[spoiler:he's only in Part 2 as his death is what ends the arc, but in spite of this]] he got a few spinoffs and remains one of the series most popular heroes.
18th Nov '16 6:50:25 PM Animeking1108
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* ArcFatigue: The Shin Arc in the anime. In the manga, it was around ten chapters, which, without filler, would be about five or so episodes for an anime. In the anime, it was a season-long arc, with filler episodes and moving Ken and Bat's reunion with Lin, the God Army arc, and the Jackal Arc (all of which occurred after the battle with Shin) as sub-arcs during it all.
16th Nov '16 4:43:49 PM Animeking1108
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** Jagi has a bit of a following of his own for being the only Hokuto brother who was a [[CompleteMonster total irredeemable bastard]]. His EnsembleDarkhorse status even extends beyond the fans as [[WordOfGod Buronson himself]] has said that Jagi is his favorite character.

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** Jagi has a bit of a following of his own for being the only Hokuto brother who was a [[CompleteMonster total irredeemable bastard]].bastard]], his AwesomeEgo, and his fighting style. His EnsembleDarkhorse status even extends beyond the fans as [[WordOfGod Buronson himself]] has said that Jagi is his favorite character. [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter Many felt that despite being one of Ken's brothers, he ultimately became an afterthought after]] [[spoiler: his death]].


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** Joker, Shin's CanonForeigner [[TheDragon Dragon]], because of Creator/ShigeruChiba's creepy performance and being one of the few villains to not fear Ken, even [[spoiler: [[DefiantToTheEnd in his death]]]]. He was enough of a Darkhorse that Jakoh was created as a canon {{Expy}} of him.


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** The ''Heart of Madness'' scene from TheMovie.


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* EnsembleDarkhorse: Bat, thanks to being played by Creator/DanteBasco. Being the only character aside from Kenshiro [[AdaptationalBadass who was allowed to be badass also helped]].
25th Oct '16 7:09:22 AM VPhantom
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** Souther's still thought to be a appealing character, [[TestosteroneBrigade especially by women]], despite all the atrocities he has committed. Most famously YukoGoto , the voice of [[{{Moe}} Mikuru-chan]] from the ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' franchise (and recently, the producer of ''VideoGame/FistOfTheNorthStarKensRage'').

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** Souther's still thought to be a appealing character, [[TestosteroneBrigade especially by women]], despite all the atrocities he has committed. Most famously YukoGoto , Creator/YukoGoto, the voice of [[{{Moe}} Mikuru-chan]] from the ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' franchise (and recently, the producer of ''VideoGame/FistOfTheNorthStarKensRage'').
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