Anime Programming in the US
Making a Living in Manga in Japan with Felipe Smith
Lost in Translation
The Toei Animation production company has begun offering 18 Japanese episodes of the first Fist of the North Star fighting anime series for free on its Toei Anime BB Premium online video service. The first three episodes from each of the first four story arcs are immediately available with no apparent geographical restrictions, although users must complete the site's free registration process. The first three episodes from each of the last two story arcs will be available on January 7.
The service rents the remaining 90 episodes of the franchise at 105 yen (about US$0.93) for one episode for one week, or at 420 yen (about US$3.70) for a set of five episodes for one week. The episodes have the original Japanese dialogue with no English dubbing or subtitling, and the downloaded files requires Windows Media Player. The second television series and the first theatrical film are also available on the service.
The promotion marks the upcoming 25th anniversary of Buronson and Tetsuo Hara's original manga and next year's HD-remastered DVD box of the television series. The story follow Kenshiro, a man who journeys across a post-nuclear wasteland in "199X" to violently avenge those who have been wronged, and to search for his beloved Yuria.
Image © Buronson, Tetsuo Hara/NSP, Toei Animation 1987
Update: Yuria's spelling updated. Thanks, Serge.