Before we got to know the absolute badass known as Kenshiro in Fist of the North Star, there was his predecessor. Now, a new TV anime project will be animating Buronson, Nobuhiko Horie, and Tetsuo Hara’s Fist of the North Star’s prequel manga, Fist of the Blue Sky. According to Monthly Comic Zenon, a new TV anime adaptation has been green-lit for the series.
Known as Souten no Ken in Japan, the series is also launching a new manga for Monthly Comic Zenon in its December issue. This new title is called Souten no Ken Re: Genesis. As for Fist of the Blue Sky’s story, it follows Kenshiro’s predecessor, Kasumi Kenshiro, better known as “Yan Wang” or “The King of Hell”. Here is its story:
It is just before WWII, Kasumi Kenshiro hides as a quiet, absent-minded professor teaching literature at a small women’s college in Tokyo. Once the 62nd Grand Master of Hokuto Shinken, “God Fist of the North Star,” and known has Yan Wang, or “the King of Death,” who preserved the peace in the “City of Devils.” A fighter of thugs and drug dealers, Kasumi seeks anonymity and a quiet life until the death of his lover, and former brothers, forces him to return to Shanghai to fulfill his destiny and avenge the deaths of his associates.
The manga lays the foundation for the fighting styles of Kenshiro, as well as the other characters from the Fist of the North Star anime. It received a 26-episode TV anime adaptation back in 2006.
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