The BEST episodes of Fist of the North Star

Every episode of Fist of the North Star ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Fist of the North Star!

Kenshiro is the sole heir of the deadly 2000 year old martial art, Hokuto Shinken. He is on a quest for vengeance after being betrayed by a former friend, Shin, who mutilates Ken's body and steals his girlfriend Julia. Bandits and rival martial artists await him in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Known as 北斗の拳 (Hokuto No Ken) in Japan, Ken le Survivant in France and Quebec and Ken il Guerriero in Italy. First Opening song: Ai o Torimodose Second Opening song: Tough Boy Closing song: Love Song

Last Updated: 11/14/2022Network:Fuji TV
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The South Star Strikes Back! The Wind Brigade Protects the Last General of the South Star!!
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9.84
31 votes

#1 - The South Star Strikes Back! The Wind Brigade Protects the Last General of the South Star!!

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 8/14/1986

While infiltrating one of Ken-oh's enlistment groups, Kenshiro confronts Glen the Killer Machine, a man raised to be a fighting machine. After Ken defeats Glen, Glen renounces his evil ways only to be betrayed by his master David, who has his men to kill Glen. David and his men flee from Ken, only to be slaughtered by Hyui and his Wind Brigade, who then challenges Ken to a sparring match.

Yuda of the South Star Six Sacred Fists! I’m the Most Beautiful!!
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9.51
37 votes

#2 - Yuda of the South Star Six Sacred Fists! I’m the Most Beautiful!!

Season 2 - Episode 30 - Aired 11/21/1985

Ken and Rei learn that Mamiya was once kidnapped by a man named Yuda, who also murdered her parents. Rei reveals that Yuda is in fact, one of the Six Sacred Fists of Nanto along with Rei himself and the already deceased Shin. Ken and Rei head to Yuda's castle to confront him, but they only find his lieutenant Dagarl, who tells that Yuda has gone to the village of Blue Town.

Holy Emperor Souther! Your Deep Affection Consumes You In Love!!
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9.47
30 votes

#3 - Holy Emperor Souther! Your Deep Affection Consumes You In Love!!

Season 3 - Episode 25 - Aired 7/31/1986

Ken remembers Souther, the strongest of the Nanto Seiken masters.

The Death Omen Star Looms! Rei! How Cruel Time Passes By!
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9.37
38 votes

#4 - The Death Omen Star Looms! Rei! How Cruel Time Passes By!

Season 2 - Episode 31 - Aired 11/28/1985

Ken and Rei arrive at Blue Town assist a young group of rebels seeking to rescue their female friends and family from Yuda. However, the "Yuda" at Blue Town is actually a decoy. The real Yuda is revealed to had been hiding in his castle all along.

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The Zankai Ken Deathblow! The Future Is Sighted in the Barren Desert!
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9.20
87 votes

#5 - The Zankai Ken Deathblow! The Future Is Sighted in the Barren Desert!

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/18/1984

Ken rescues an old man named Smith from Spade, a member of the Four Jacks working for the King organization. The old man seeks to deliver a bag of rice seeds to his village, hoping to harvest them for the future. Ken and Bato take Smith to his village, unaware that Spade and his men are following them. Spade, who lost his eye during his initial encounter with Ken, attacks the village and kills Smith in retaliation. Unable to rescue Smith, an angry Ken kills Spade with a technique that makes their victim feel remorse before dying. After the battle, Ken plants Smith's seed over his grave.

God or Devil!? The Mightiest Man Who Appeared in Hell!
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9.15
97 votes

#6 - God or Devil!? The Mightiest Man Who Appeared in Hell!

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/11/1984

After a long time wandering in the desert, Ken is taken prisoner while wandering into a village looking for water. There, he shares a cell with a young thief named Bato (Bart), and befriends his cell guard, an orphaned girl named Rin (Lynn). Shortly afterwards, a biker gang attacks the village and their leader Zeed takes Rin hostage. Ken breaks out of his cell and defeats Zeed, rescuing Rin. Ken leaves the village with Bato following him, while Rin stays behind.

The Legend of the Savior of Asura! His Name is Raoh!!
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9.00
2 votes

#7 - The Legend of the Savior of Asura! His Name is Raoh!!

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired 8/27/1987

While watching Kenshiro and Han's fight from the sidelines, Shachi reflects upon how in this land, one must be strong to survive. After apprenticing himself to an old master of the North Star Lapis Lazuli Fist, Shachi decided to become a devil, in direct opposition to his lover Leia, who preached the value of love. He refined his skill under Jukei, who claimed that one day a savior would bring change to this land. But the name of the savior Jukei spoke of turns out to be Raoh!

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Kenshiro on the Execution Stand! The Heavens Unleash the God of the Sea!!
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9.00
2 votes

#8 - Kenshiro on the Execution Stand! The Heavens Unleash the God of the Sea!!

Season 6 - Episode 15 - Aired 10/29/1987

Having lost to Kaioh, Kenshiro is cruelly crucified. Shachi watches protectively from the shadows, but then challenges Kaioh, who wields a superior North Star Lapis Lazuli Fist, to a direct confrontation. However, Shachi doesn't stand a chance against him. Just as Kaioh is about to deliver the finishing blow to Shachi, Akashachi showers him in concentrated sulfuric acid, stalling him long enough to rescue Kenshiro and Shachi. Lin gets swept out of sight in the current... And Akashachi, while trying to finish Kaioh off, meets his end at Kaioh's hands.

Little Brother Ken in Danger! Hyoh, Open Up Your Kind Soul!
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9.00
2 votes

#9 - Little Brother Ken in Danger! Hyoh, Open Up Your Kind Soul!

Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired 10/22/1987

Kenshiro loses badly to Kaioh. Even Ken's ultimate technique, the Unconcious Transmigration, doesn't seem to slow Kaioh down. Kaioh declares that the sealed memories which only Hyoh knows are the only key to defeating him in existence. Meanwhile, Jukei struggles to bring back the old, compassionate Hyoh, the one who thought strongly of his younger brother as a child, and stubbornly refused to ever divulge the location of the hidden technique. To do this, he stakes his own life upon hitting a destructive point: Jukei's ultimate destructive point. This goes beyond his expectations and drastically transfigures Hyoh's...

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The Seal of the Devil! 2,000 Year Tragedy of the North Star is Revealed
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9.00
2 votes

#10 - The Seal of the Devil! 2,000 Year Tragedy of the North Star is Revealed

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired 10/15/1987

Jukei seeks to restore Hyoh's sealed-off memories, and draw out the "Key" to destroying the North Star Lapis Lazuli Fist, the primary thing Kenshiro would need to win against Kaioh. Kenshiro and Hyoh belong to the main family of the North Star, and Hyoh was the only person to learn the location of the hidden technique. But even after coming to terms with reality, no technique seems to be able to break the seal on his memories. Meanwhile, Kenshiro, in his quest to rescue Lin, sets foot in Kaioh's castle...

Announcing the Creator of the New Century! My Name is Demon Kaioh!!
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9.00
2 votes

#11 - Announcing the Creator of the New Century! My Name is Demon Kaioh!!

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired 10/8/1987

Jukei, master of the North Star Lapis Lazuli Fist, awaits Hyoh, who is still in search of Kenshiro. Jukei, believing Kenshiro cannot win against Hyoh, risks his life to try and restore Hyoh's memories. Meanwhile, Shachi, in pursuit of his own ambition, hands Lin over to the first general, Kaioh. But Kaioh, after taking Lin to his castle, gives off an evil fighting spiritual energy, and declares himself the creator of the new century.

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Rock's Message of Death! Kenshiro, Hang on to Your Friend's Life!!
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9.00
2 votes

#12 - Rock's Message of Death! Kenshiro, Hang on to Your Friend's Life!!

Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired 10/1/1987

With the death of the third general of Asura, Han, the second general of Asura Hyoh departs in person, at the head of his army, to suppress Kenshiro. Learning of the situation, the master of the North Star Lapis Lazuli Fist, Jukei, shockingly claims that Kenshiro cannot win against Hyoh. Kenshiro is Hyoh's younger brother by blood, and furthermore, Hyoh has a hidden secret...!!

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Men Beyond Reasons! The Band of Seven Attacks Kenshiro!!
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9.00
2 votes

#13 - Men Beyond Reasons! The Band of Seven Attacks Kenshiro!!

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired 9/24/1987

Seeking to become the third general of Asura, Gammon, Asura of Sasori, takes Rock's group hostage in order to ambush Kenshiro. Kenshiro sees the suffering in Rock's eyes, and springs the trap deliberately in order to draw the real culprit, Gammon, out.

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Rock, The Hero on Horseback! I Don't Believe in Kenshiro!!
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9.00
2 votes

#14 - Rock, The Hero on Horseback! I Don't Believe in Kenshiro!!

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired 9/17/1987

With Raoh's legend in shambles, tyranny and brutal suppression of revolts has grown worse than ever. Kosem's son Rock, believing Raoh would come, returned to his village with the intent of joining the uprising, but is horror-stricken upon finding out about the death of his father and the collapse of Raoh's legend. Rock decides to carry on Raoh's legend himself, and gathers fellow soldiers to form Raoh's Army. They boldly dare to challenge the Asuras, but...

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A Cruel Prophecy! Kenshiro, You Cannot Be the Savior!
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9.00
2 votes

#15 - A Cruel Prophecy! Kenshiro, You Cannot Be the Savior!

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired 9/10/1987

Kenshiro is perplexed by Han's dying words, that he can never become a savior. But the Land of Asura remains unaware of the fact that the news of Raoh's coming is wrong, and chaos persists. In the midst of this, a villager named Kosem who eagerly awaits Raoh's coming decides to start an all-out revolt. But the Asuras realize that Raoh will not come, and the villagers are massacred at their hands. Arriving during this, Kenshiro hears someone demanding to know why he is here and not Raoh...

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Kenshiro's Secret is Revealed! The Land of Asura is His Motherland!!
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9.00
2 votes

#16 - Kenshiro's Secret is Revealed! The Land of Asura is His Motherland!!

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired 9/3/1987

Due to Shachi's scheming, Kenshiro's presence becomes known all across the land as "Raoh's invasion." The Asuras cower, and the people eagerly await liberation. Relieved to hear this, Jukei tells of his past... He taught the three generals of Asura the North Star Lapis Lazuli Fist, and led to the creation of the Land of Asura. Furthermore, this Land of Asura was Raoh and Kenshiro's birthplace...

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The General of Asura, Han! The Man Who Stains White Snow into Crimson!!
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9.00
2 votes

#17 - The General of Asura, Han! The Man Who Stains White Snow into Crimson!!

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired 8/20/1987

Shachi takes Lin to general of Aura Han's castle, seeking to use Kenshiro to wear down Han for an easy defeat. In the guise of a rag, Shachi offers Lin up to Han as a pretense to get close to him. Han already sees through Shachi's disguise, and the two quickly resort to battle, though Shachi opts to make a hasty retreat after confirming Han's strength for himself. Meanwhile, Kenshiro is already inside Han's castle...

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Kaioh's Evil Decision! Cold Blood Runs Through My Body!!
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8.75
4 votes

#18 - Kaioh's Evil Decision! Cold Blood Runs Through My Body!!

Season 6 - Episode 18 - Aired 11/19/1987

Shachi finally brings Kenshiro to a safe haven. Around that time, Commander of Asura Kain, having received instructions to search for Shachi and Kenshiro, sets about his search in hopes of attaining the coveted position of third general. The cabin where Shachi arrived finally gets searched, but due to poor timing, the only one there is the cabin's elderly caretaker. Asura henchmen intrude inside... Meanwhile, in order to draw Hyoh to the dark world, Kaioh takes his own younger sister by blood, Sayaka.

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Kaioh's Disgraceful Past! The Heaven Recreates Lin's Destiny!!
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8.75
4 votes

#19 - Kaioh's Disgraceful Past! The Heaven Recreates Lin's Destiny!!

Season 6 - Episode 27 - Aired 1/28/1988

Because of the destructive point that Kaioh hit, when Lin wakes up, she may very well fall in love with the first person she sees, regardless of whom it may be. Kenshiro, shaking with rage, fights with Kaioh. Realizing Lin's peril, Hyoh once more overstrains his heavily injured body to save Lin... What is the disgrace Hyoh speaks of, that twisted Kaioh as a child!? And what of the feelings Raoh told Kenshiro that he had towards Kaioh!?

The Final Chapter: The Last Three Episodes! Here is the 2,000 Year-old History of the Main Family of the North Star!!
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8.75
4 votes

#20 - The Final Chapter: The Last Three Episodes! Here is the 2,000 Year-old History of the Main Family of the North Star!!

Season 6 - Episode 28 - Aired 2/4/1988

Kenshiro and Kaioh's deadly struggle continues. But Kenshiro is put in dire peril when his body becomes paralyzed by gas in a cave beneath the Swamp of Demon. Meanwhile, learning of the destructive point hit on Lin, the Asuras go after her. Danger draws closer and closer to Lin as she begins to regain consciousness. Will Hyoh make it in time!? In the midst of battle, Kenshiro learns that Kaioh also bears the blood of the main family of the North Star. There is a story behind that, a tragic tale about the main family of the North Star from before the Divine Fist of the North Star was founded...

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Prologue to the Final Episode! A Third Man Appears to Determine Lin's Fate!!
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8.75
4 votes

#21 - Prologue to the Final Episode! A Third Man Appears to Determine Lin's Fate!!

Season 6 - Episode 29 - Aired 2/11/1988

Kaioh's fist no longer has any effect on Kenshiro. In contrast to the North Star Lapis Lazuli Fist, whose style has already been perfected and has no further progress, the Divine Fist of the North Star is a style which continues to constantly evolve on the battlefield. Thus, by using the hidden technique Kenshiro acquired, the art to deflect the North Star Lapis Lazuli Fist, it is rendered completely ineffective. Seeing his chances of winning slipping away, Kaioh casts off the armor he wears to contain his evil fighting spiritual energy, and goes all-out in a last ditch battle! Meanwhile, Black Yaksha meets his end protecting Lin, and Hyoh is in dire peril once more! But then, some unexpected backup arrives...!!

In a City Without Light, a Lone Fist Burns!
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8.64
109 votes

#22 - In a City Without Light, a Lone Fist Burns!

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/25/1984

Bato spots Rin in a truck full of captured villagers being taken to the village of Dorado, which is occupied by the King gang. On their way there, Ken encounters two of remaining Jacks, Diamond and Club, who are torturing the villagers of Dorado. With Bato's help, Ken is reunited with Rin.

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What Awaits on the Continent of Darkness? There Lies the Legendary Land of Asura!!
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8.60
5 votes

#23 - What Awaits on the Continent of Darkness? There Lies the Legendary Land of Asura!!

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired 7/23/1987

Falco was defeated by a nameless Asura due to losing his artificial leg in the middle of battle. For the sake of his honor, Falco challenges the Asura to a rematch. To deal with the Asura, who burrows underground, Falco uses the Ruinous Freezing Yellow Threat Stance to freeze the surface of the ground, then waits for the Asura to pop up. With Falco throwing himself into the fight fully ready to die, can his Imperial Fist of the Source Star take down the Asura...!?

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Fist of the North Star 2: The Final Episode – Farewell, Kenshiro!! Farewell, Divine Fist of the North Star!!
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8.60
5 votes

#24 - Fist of the North Star 2: The Final Episode – Farewell, Kenshiro!! Farewell, Divine Fist of the North Star!!

Season 6 - Episode 30 - Aired 2/18/1988

After saving Lin and Hyoh, the North Star Army rushes towards the place where the ferocious battle between Kenshiro and Kaioh is unfolding. Kaioh has cast off his armor and fights desperately using his evil fighting spiritual energy, while Kenshiro shows that he has the advantage by far. But Kaioh, who can't even hurt him with his evil fighting spiritual energy now, borrows his mother's strength for one final blow! Kaioh gets sent flying into the sky by a geyser erupting from beneath the grave, and when he swoops down upon Kenshiro, Kenshiro's fist slams into him! Can the history of fate that has laste since the era of the main family of the North Star be put to rest, at long last!?

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Beloved Mamiya! The Death Omen Star Lurks Behind the Sparkle in Your Eyes!!
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8.57
65 votes

#25 - Beloved Mamiya! The Death Omen Star Lurks Behind the Sparkle in Your Eyes!!

Season 2 - Episode 32 - Aired 12/5/1985

Ken and Rei return to Mamiya's village, with Rei at the verge of death. Toki offers to push a pressure point on Rei's body that will grant strength and increase his lifespan for another day, but the expense of great pain.

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