And I'll take down anyone who gets in my way with a single finger!
— Ai wo Torimodose, aka YOU wa SHOCK (OP)
You know how Japanese games are all filled with girly men and everything? I have this theory that the bishounen craze is really the fault of Fist of the North Star (Hokuto no Ken). The manga (and anime) features the manliest man in existence, a dude named Kenshiro who can use his martials arts to make practically anyone more or less explode. There are muscles and dudes screaming at each other and tons of blood and very, very little dialogue. Every page oozes massive amounts of testosterone. I once knew this girl who refused to read it because she was afraid she'd get pregnant. This enourmous amount of masculinity undoubtedly provoked a nationwide backlash, which is why the country still thinks that glam rock is cool and most of today's video game character artists are just biding their time until they land their dream jobs as fashion designers. So far, America has fended off the metrosexual plague, mostly due to the commendable apathy of the average male. But after so many years of bald space marines, it's only a matter of time until the tables turn.
"Souther! I won't leave one hair of you left on this world!"
— Kenshiro, Chapter 94
"Mamiya... A woman of infinite sadness... In that case... It's for the best that I die in your place."
— Rei, Chapter 79
"For nothing but a drop of water... We take an innocent life! What horrible times!"
— Kenshiro, Chapter 18
—"My friends made me who I am today. Their hearts, and their love. Their fists are my fists. However, I will keep on fighting... As long as my friends are with me!"
— Farewell, Kenshiro! Farewell, Hokuto Shinken!