Viz Media
-From Rage Quitter 87's Fist of the North Star site

Viz Media is the name of an entertainment company who specialize in releasing English adaptions/dubs of Japanese manga and anime. Naruto and Bleach -two of the most popular anime/manga series -were released in America thanks to Viz. They also occasionally dabble with video game related products, including releasing DVDs for all three of the Fatal Fury animes and releasing soundtracks for some of Capcom's games, including Resident Evil 2.

However back in the early years of the company, Viz released chapters 1-16 of the Fist of the North Star manga in an 8 issue series that was released in 1989. 6 years later, these 8 issues were collected into a single volume simply entitled Fist of the North Star. At this point, Viz started releasing monthly issues of the manga again, covering chapters 17-44. These issues were later collected into three separate collected editions which were released between 1997 and 1998.

In 2020, Viz announced that they would be publishing volumes of Fist of the North Star, starting again from the beginning. These new editions are hardback books, feature a fresh English translation, and also have color pages for certain parts. Will Viz be able to get the entire manga out in English? Here's hoping so!

List of Viz's Fist of the North Star collected editions:

Fist of the North Star
Released: 1995
RRP: $19.95

Contains chapters 1-16 of the manga. Basically goes from Kenshiro appearing for the first time to the end of the Kenshiro vs. Colonel fight.

Fist of the North Star: Night of the Jackal
Released: 1997
RRP: $16.95

Contains chapters 17-27. It starts with Kenshiro saving Taki and ends with Rei telling Kenshiro he must live on as he must kill the man with seven scars.
Fist of the North Star: Southern Cross
Released: 1997
RRP: $15.95

Contains chapters 28-35. Starts with the Fang clan revealing they have captured Ko to Rei realizing that Kenshiro has gone into "that stance" when they are being forced to fight each other.
Fist of the North Star: Blood Brothers
Released: 1998
RRP: $15.95

Contains chapters 36-44. It starts with the conclusion to the Kenshiro Vs. Rei fight and ends with Ken defeating Jagi. The last page states "THE END, FOR NOW...", however this was the last volume ever released by Viz... for 23 years.

List of Viz's Fist of the North Star volumes:

Fist of the North Star Volume 1
Released: 07/22/2021
RRP: $19.99 (USA) , £15.99 (UK)

Contains chapters 1-13 of the manga. Goes from Kenshiro appearing for the first time to the start of the Kenshiro versus Mad fight.

It also has some commentary at the back from series editor Nobuhiko Horie, who briefly talks about how the series was created.

This version of the manga keeps the traditional Japanese right to left format.

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