Fist of the Blue Sky Manga Gets New TV Anime Project
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The cover of the December issue of Tokuma Shoten's Monthly Comic Zenon magazine is revealing on Wednesday that a new television anime series is in the works for Buronson, Nobuhiko Horie, and Tetsuo Hara's Souten no Ken (Fist of the Blue Sky) manga.
The December issue is also launching a new manga in the franchise titled Sōten no Ken: Re:Genesis (pictured above). Buronson is credited with editorial supervision, Hara is credited with the original work, Hiroyuki Yatsu is writing the scripts, and Hideki Tsuji is drawing the manga.
Buronson and Horie wrote Fist of the Blue Sky, with art by Hara. The manga is a prequel to the Fist of the North Star manga. Fist of the Blue Sky launched in the debut issue of Shinchosha's Weekly Comic Bunch magazine in May 2001 and continued until the magazine ceased publication in August 2010. Shinchosha published the series in 22 compiled book volumes.
Gutsoon! Entertainment published part of the manga in English graphic novels and in its Raijin Comics anthology. Gutsoon! described the story:
It is just before WWII, Kasumi Kenshiro hides as a quiet, absent-minded professor teaching literature at a small women's college in Tokyo. Once the 62nd Grand Master of Hokuto Shinken, "God Fist of the North Star," and known has Yan Wang, or "the King of Death," who preserved the peace in the "City of Devils." A fighter of thugs and drug dealers, Kasumi seeks anonymity and a quiet life until the death of his lover, and former brothers, forces him to return to Shanghai to fulfill his destiny and avenge the deaths of his associates.
Fist of the Blue Sky inspired a 26-episode television anime adaptation in 2006.