Sunday, 28 August 2016

A Fistful of North Star

Ignoring video games (many of which remained Japanese only), anime television show, spin offs and particularly 'wonderful' live action film, 1986 feature length adaptation of manga is what most probably know.

It's pretty obvious some characters were based on those introduced in Mad Max: The Road Warrior.

Jagi vs The Humungus

Barona vs Wez

Kenshiro himself was inspired by martial arts legend Bruce Lee and Mel Gibson's Max Rockatansky.

Speaking of eyebrows, what better place to begin?

(As Billy)

Double Dragon Advance (GBA) and Double Dragon II: The Revenge* (PC Engine CD)

*Remake of NES game.

Guy Kazama (Last Alert, PC Engine) and Hayate (Savage Reign, Neo Geo)

Young whippersnapper Aki was another to wear fantastic catepillars.
Rolento (Street Fighter Alpha 3) vs Colonel

At least Capcom had the good grace not to employ eye-patch.

But SNK and Konami, well, kinda did...

Heidern (The King of Fighters series) and Bobby (Martial Champion)

Ha ha ha!

The Evil Monarch (Sengoku 2) vs Raoh

Kevin Rian's NPC sidekick Marky (Garou: Mark of the Wolves) vs Bat

Yes, those goggles seal it.


I have no idea if Fist was the first to portray licking exercise, but video games soon climbed aboard.

Two. P (Final Fight CD)
Fallen or Revenger Balrog (Cannon Spike)
Gen-an (Samurai Shodown)
Birdie (Street Fighter Alpha)
Jack (World Heroes Perfect)
Apart from standard attacks, Ken uses two signature Hokuto Shinken techniques.


Chun-Li's Lightning Kick (Street Fighter series)
Kyle's special (Violent Storm)
Ricky's special (Mutation Nation)
Robert's Genreikyaku (Art of Fighting series)

Ryo's Zan Retsu Ken (Art of Fighting series)
Dragon's One Hundred Blows (World Heroes series)
Grater's special (Ring of Destruction: Slam Masters 2)
E Honda's Hundred Hand Slap (Street Fighter series)
Salamander's special (Martial Champion)
Leonardo's Ultimate Attack (TMNT: Tournament Fighters, SNES version)
My next major anime project will be Akira.


You better be.

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