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On April 18th, Fist of the North Star fictional character Raoh will be receiving a real-life Buddhist send-off. The ceremony will be held at the Shingon sect's Tokyo branch, at the Shingon Koyasan Tokyo Betusin; in the series, the Hokuto Shinken martial arts technique was first brought to Japan by a pupil of Kobo Daishi, the Shingon founder.
This event is set 10 days before the April 28th premiere of the most recent Fist of the North Star animated movie: True Saviour Legend Fist of the North Star - The Legend of Raoh: Fierce Fighting Arc. The ceremony, which is being hosted by the film's distributor, will be held in a traditional manner, with the family of the deceased represented by creator Buronson, and with participation by manga artist Tetsuo Hara. The funeral oration will be read by Takashi Ukaji, Raoh's voice actor; the funeral will also be presided over by singer Shinji Tanimura, a fan and friend of the manga artist.
The Legend of Raoh: Fierce Fighting Arc movie is the third in a five-part series. It's the conclusion to the Raoh saga and features the epic battle between Kenshiro and Raoh.