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New Fist of the North Star (Vol. 1)

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
A great deal in price for all episodes Sept. 9 2005
By Samson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I gave this dvd 5 stars because it has all 3 one hour long episodes for the price of 1.

This dvd has no special features except previews (because how else would they fit all 3 hours worth of episodes on 1 dvd, wasting more space for more features would sacrifce dvd quality.

The 5.1 digital surround on this dvd is the best that I have ever seen.
The picture quality is the best i've ever seen too!

The dvd also runs in 16:9 wide screen format with japanese 5.1 digital surround too.
This dvd is given a TV-MA VSL rateing for the heavy violence, the moderate curseing, and the nudity.

Overall running time is 175 minutes
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Your better off buying this complete set Jan. 2 2006
By Keith A. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This box set is perfect for any fan of this series. This show is pretty good but lacking a couple of things you can't really put your finger on but you can just tell is missing. Besides that this is a very exciting and edgy anime box set. If you've seen the series on the anime network and you enjoyed and want to watch it over and over again then this is a smart box to get.

You save about 80 bucks for a series that isn't really worth that much. The style of animation goes together very well with this type of fighting because it shows the ruggedness that is trying to be put across. The violence is a bit crazy but after a while it gets old and you get use to it. The only thing terribly wrong here is that the main character kills everyone the same way, nothing ever changes so you know what's going to happen before it happens. You think since he is skilled with the knowledge of a pressure point fighting technique he would do some different moves to defeat his opponents.

This is a good series but this box makes it worth getting because you save so much you might get tired of some things before the story ends but it's still worth some time. Maybe if this becomes a series they'll think of fixing their mistakes cause New Fist has a lot of potential.
20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Really bad characterization... Oct. 25 2005
By Leanne M. Shaw - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I really enjoyed the anime TV series and despite its various shortcomings, I liked story and concept elements of the reworked story in the anime movie... but New Fist of the North Star OVA parts 1-3 left me with a really bad taste. I'm no FOTNS buff, but whether this OVA is based upon an original novel or not, the characterization and actions are unbelievable.

The characters of Sara, Toby, Sanga and Seigi (sp?) all twist and change by the end and through flashbacks to become (at least for me) very hard to like. Sara is your typical wimpy anime woman, crying and going on about moral guff even in defense of someone who raped her and brutally murdered dozens of innocents by his own hand, and gave orders that led to the death of countless more. Toby goes completely insane, and the transition to insanity is not given enough time to be a believable jump. Sanga's insanity and treatment of his son is somehow acceptable at the end by everyone, when conveniently the Aunt of Seigi (sp?) shows up. Everything is contrived by the end and nothing is satisfactorily concluded.

This story is a waste of Kenshiro (the star character) who normally is one of the few characters out there in any anime/show/manga, that will deliver final justice to those that truly deserve it. I eagerly look forward to his death dealing to those villains that the story builds up, as very few other shows allow their star to step out of the politically correct 'life-sparing' frame of mind. The end of this OVA robs the viewer of seeing a despicable villain being killed at Kenshiro's hands, and leaves us with his own rape victim in tears mourning him.

Overall the whole thing, melodramatic and violent as Fist of the North Star is, could not be upheld by the characterization. I wasted my money on this. If you really want to see Fist of the North Star, I advise finding the original series. For me, my whole interest in Fist of the North Star has been destroyed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Sort of a let down June 24 2009
By Jackflapsplikkitysplat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Some say this could have been an hour shorter but honestly the entire thing could have lost two hours. The newer series attempts to have more atmosphere and long drawn out character scenes but they don't add up to much. Nothing here really gels as a whole, especially when this series at its core is just a guy walking around a desert punching people until their heads explode. There really is not enough of that in here for me, I don't think the second episode hardly has any action at all. All the fight scenes combined are probably only a few minutes, like 3 or 4. I'm not joking, its that much of a letdown.

The original series would have a single boss battle spanning over three episodes and dozens of foes getting blown up hokuto style. The gore here is fantastic, more graphic and detailed than ever its just Kenshiro has very little to do. He's barely in the thing, or I think there are more long drawn out shots of people driving across the desert than anything else.

The CGI is really lousy and cheap looking, its depressing to see a series that stands heads and toes above over other anime (for its meathead/gorehound simplicity) fade into a forgettable tedious waste of time. There was little need to modernize this and change the overall flow, they should have kept it simple. The original was bizarre and psychedelic like probably due to cheapness alone but it worked fantastically (not being "ironic" I honestly think its pure/genius for its shortcomings). This looks more like a cruddy flash cartoon, the hokuto aura glow even looks bad. Its very stale and plain compared to the oldschool. Everytime I hope a battle is going to erupt into some horrible ultra-violence it just turns out to be more plot twist upon plot twist that isn't even slightly engaging. The people who worked on this seemed very bored, completely phoning it in.

That said I still can't say I totally dislike it, if you want a real FOTNS dvd set look up the region 1 Hong Kong boxset on ebay with all 152 episodes of the original plus the movie plus these three OVAs, its out there you just have to find it. Only 88 bucks.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not familiar but good Dec 29 2004
By Miyagi Senpai - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I bought this in Japan and am now enjoying the view. Yes I agree that it was much better in terms of it's animation than the original, but it was made in the Slam Dunk era so you really can't say that the original had terrible animation. For it's time it was cutting edge. It's a problem I've been having when I try to show the original to friends.

The story however seems to have lost a little of it's appeal. I mean the making of justice while using force to stop force was kinda the point.

I kinda knew from the beginning that Fist would never be popular enough in the US because the message makes no sense to many Western minds. I was raised on the original series so it's kinda steeped deep into my thinking.

Two things need to be known about the voice acting. First and foremost it was a creative decision to change Ken's voice actor. The director thought that his voice needed a bit more maturity than previous.

Second Gackt doing the voice of Seiji is important. He was brought into the series to increase the popularity right off the bat. If you don't know who Gackt is you can always do a google search or watch Moon Child.

This was only meant to be something to chew on for now.

When I say that I mean that the most popular series only continue MANY years after they have originally "died"

Saint Seiya just finished recently. I think it's been 10 years. Hellsing is continuing soon but not until the comic is finished. #7 just came out here. There are supposed to be 10.

So in reality it's just something small for us to use for now. In that sense I'm happy with it.

It's well done for it's era and acceptable as an off path to the story. Perhaps someday Ken will become like his father Ryuken and fall victim to another chaotic time... but that's one of the things about the philosophy. The circle only continues with each step forward. Ryu will someday be the successor and maybe he will be like his father or maybe more like his uncles. In either case Hokuto Shinken will live on and so will the idea that the series can be made again and again. Just look at the blue sky series or any series on martial arts. They all borrow something from Fist.

So in short this is for those who are fans of Anime only. Especially those who love the computer generation Anime Style of Ghost in the Shell and such. It's not a very good introduction to the world of Anime but pick your viewers wisely and you never know what might happen.

BTW...

This is not the continuation of the end of the US released original. For the rest of that you'll need to get a knockoff off of the usual sites. Watch that first and your appreciation for this one will appear. If you're willing to fork out the $150 that is.


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