Fist of the North Star Spinoff Manga Announced

Buronson and Tetsuo Hara's original Fist of the North Star manga ran from 1983 t0 1988 in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump and is known as one of the most popular manga series of all time, selling over 100 million copies worldwide. Now, an upcoming spinoff story will introduce a new generation of readers to the classic post-apocalyptic, material arts series.

Yasu Hiromoto confirmed the spinoff, which is titled Hokuto no Ken Gaiden: Taisen Amiba no Isekai Haо̄ Densetsu - Isekai ni Itte mo Ore wa Tensai da!! N? Machigatta ka na... (Fist of the North Star Side Story: Genius Amiba's Another World Overlord Legend - Even If I Go to Another World, I Am a Genius!! Huh? Was I Mistaken...), in a recent tweet. Sokra Nishiki is the story's credited writer and Nattо̄ Gohan is the credited artist.

The original Fist of the North Star is set in a world that has been ravaged by nuclear war, with most of civilization destroyed and the land transformed into a desert wasteland. The remnants of humanity fight over the limited amount of resources that remain, particularly food and uncontaminated water. The story follows protagonist Kenshiro, who is the successor of an ancient material art of assassination called Hokuto Shinken. While initially he only wants to live his life in peace, Kenshiro eventually sets off on a journey to become the savior and king of the post-apocalyptic world when his fiancee Yuria is taken from him.

The spinoff manga will follow Amiba, a "genius" who can learn fighting styles and techniques faster than anyone else. When the genius challenges and is defeated by Kenshiro, he finds himself transported to another world and begins his own journey.

Fist of the North Star Side Story: Genius Amiba's Another World Overlord Legend - Even If I Go to Another World, I Am a Genius!! Huh? Was I Mistaken... is not the first spinoff manga for the franchise; in fact, there have been several. The first one was a prequel story, tilted Sōten no Ken (Fist of the Blue Sky). It was written by Nobuhiko Horie with supervision by Hara and Buronson and premiered on May 29, 2001, in Weekly Comic Bunch. Moreover, in 2014, the original creators reunited to create a special manga, titled Hokuto no Ken: Last Piece, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Fist of the North Star.

Currently, there a multiple ongoing manga series in the franchise, including Sōten no Ken: Regenesis by Hideki Tsuji and Hiroyuki Yatsu, Hokuto no Ken: Ichigo Aji by Yūshi Kawata and Yukito the Younger and Hokuto no Ken Seikimatsu Drama Satsuei-hen by Hiroshi Kurao.

The new Fist of the North Star spinoff series is scheduled to premiere on Oct. 25.

Source: Twitter, via Anime News Network

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