Fist of the North Star Manga Gets Stage Play in September

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Ryūko Isogai, Ryūnosuke Kawai, Juri, Takeshi Hayashino, Naomichi Hanazono, Aoi Mizuki, Shigeru Chiba star

A stage play adaptation of Buronson and Tetsuo Hara's Fist of the North Star (Hokuto no Ken) manga has been green-lit. The play, titled Hokuto no Ken - Seikimatsu Zako Densetsu (Fist of the North Star - End of the Century Legend of a Random Thug) will run for five days at Tokyo's Theater G-Rosso from September 6 to 10. The stage play celebrates the manga's 35th anniversary.

The play will star Ryūko Isogai, Ryūnosuke Kawai, Juri, Takeshi Hayashino, and Naomichi Hanazono. AŌP idol group member Aoi Mizuki is also part of the cast. Shigeru Chiba, the voice of Joker, Jakō, the narrator, and numerous other characters in the anime adaptations, will also have a voice role in the stage play.

The above video hints that the leading roles in the play will be random thugs from the series.

Yū Murai is directing the play, and Keita Kawajiri is penning the script. The band Crystal King will return to perform the franchise's iconic theme song "Ai o Torimodose!" with AŌP singing the theme song.

Buronson and Hara's original manga's story is set in a post-apocalyptic world. The story centers on a man named Kenshiro, a master and successor to a deadly martial art, as he wanders the nuclear wasteland protecting the weak and innocent from violent thugs. In his travels, he must contend with other master martial artists and figures from his past, including his "brother" Raoh, who has crowned himself the king of the new world.

The manga ran in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1983 to 1988. The latest incarnation of the manga – the DD Fist of the North Star II and Fist of the North Star: Strawberry Flavor comedy anime spinoffs – aired alongside each other in 2015. Crunchyroll streamed both anime as they aired in Japan.

Source: Anime! Anime! (Yuma)

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