Fist of the North Star 2

May 24, 2012

Buronson / Tetsuo Hara – Gutsoon – 2003 – 27 volumes

So manly! I don’t have a lot to say about these volumes, unfortunately, because there’s only so much you can comment on when Kenshiro is simply fighting. You either like it or you don’t. But it is extreme. Very extreme. And that’s one of the things I look for in my action comics. The straighter the face, the better.

Strangely, what appears to be one of the major villains as of volume one, Kenshiro’s brother, is out of the picture after the first chapter here. But it is suitably sad and epic, so you don’t have to worry. There’s also a little more about Yuria, the woman they both loved. There are some manly tears involved, and scenes where a hand gets blown up when a fist punches through it. In case you’d forgotten what you came here for, at the beginning of the next chapter, Kenshiro hits the pressure points of a bully in order to rob him of his extraordinary bullying strength, leaving him with enough strength to do “honest work.”

Then Kenshiro goes to a place called God Land and beats up a bunch of dudes that are torturing children. That’s… literally what happens in the second half of this volume. I can’t summarize it any better than that. But the fights in God Land should be what you came here for. I am well satisfied. There are boomerangs, knives, and guerrillas involved. That’s all you need to know.

Well, that and the fact that the chapters are called things like “The Tears That Quench Ambition.”

I love you, Fist of the North Star.

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