VIZ Media Announces the Release of the Fist of the North Star Manga

VIZ Media has announced that the company will begin releasing Buronson’s Fist of the North Star manga on June 15, 2021. The first volume will retail for US$19.99.

In a postapocalyptic world, humanity has risen from the ashes of nuclear war to a nightmare of endless suffering. It is a time of chaos. Warlords and gangs of savage marauders and warlords rule the broken ruins of civilization, terrorizing and enslaving the survivors. Life has become a brutal struggle for existence and death the only release.

One day, a wanderer appears out of the wasteland to bring justice to the guilty and hope to the people—a warrior named Ken, a man who bears seven scars upon his chest and holds the secret of a mysterious martial art known as Hokuto Shinken, the Divine Fist of the North Star.

Fist of the North Star launched in the 1980’s, and it includes influences from Mad Max and Bruce Lee. Its legacy introduced madcap ultraviolence as seen in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Beserk, Mortal Kombat, and other pop culture icons. The series’ famous line, “You Are Already Dead” (or “Omae Wa Mou”) is one of anime’s biggest internet memes through its breakout TikTok trend in 2019 with rapper Lil Boom’s Spotify Viral 50 chart song “Already Dead.”

HOKUTO NO KEN Ultimate Edition Ⓒ1983 by BURONSON AND TETSUO HARA/COAMIX

Buronson began his career as a manga writer for Weekly Shonen Jump in 1972. He gained popularity with the hard-boiled action series Doberman Cop (with art by Shinji Hiramatsu). In 1983, he co-authored the massively successful Fist of the North Star. He has also written numerous hits under the pen name Sho Fumimura, including Phantom Burai and Sanctuary.

Tetsuo Hara began his career with The Iron Don Quixote for Weekly Shonen Jump in 1982. Fist of the North Star, which began serialization in 1983, drew wide acclaim. In the 1990s, he released the historical period pieces Hanano Keiji andTokugawa Ieyasu’s Shadow Warrior. Fist of the Blue Sky, published in 2001, ran for nine years in Weekly Comic Bunch. His most recent series, Ikusano Ko: Oda Saburou Nobunaga-den, began in Monthly Comic Zenon in 2010.

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