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Fist of the North Star watch order: How - and where - to watch the legendary post-apocalyptic anime

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Fist of the North Star manga cover
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Even if you haven’t seen Fist of the North Star before, you’ve probably watched an anime directly influenced by the show. The manga the anime was based on is one of the foundational works in the Shonen genre, with shows like JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Dragon Ball, and Berserk all borrowing heavily from the tropes established in Buronson and Tetsuo Hara’s iconic work.

Being so influential, Fist of the North Star spawned multiple anime series and films over the years. Because many of the films take place in the middle of the series or recap specific arcs or episodes, it can be confusing to know what to watch or in what order. That’s where our Fist of the North Star watch order can help, giving you the best ways to watch Kenshiro’s adventures in the post-apocalyptic wasteland he calls home.

How to watch Fist of the North Star in chronological order

Fist of the North Star Kenshiro cover image
Image credit: Toei Animation

The core Fist of the North Star experience comes from the original anime, which follows Kenshiro’s journey through the wasteland, protecting the innocent from bandits and warlords that have run wild since the breakdown of society. Those 152 episodes are joined by multiple spin-off series and films, including a prequel that expands on the world established in the original manga.

Here is the best way to watch First of the North Star in chronological order:

  • Fist of the Blue Sky
  • Fist of the Blue Sky Re:Genesis
  • Fist of the North Star: Legend of Kenshiro
  • Fist of the North Star Episodes 1-49
  • Fist of the North Star: The Movie – Note that this recap film covers the events of the first 49 episodes of the anime series.
  • Fist of the North Star Episodes 50-68
  • Fist of the North Star: Legend of Raoh – Death for Love – Note that this recap film covers the events of episodes 58-68, with some additional material.
  • Fist of the North Star: Legend of Yuria -Note that this recap film covers the events up to episode 68 with a focus on Yuria’s backstory.
  • Fist of the North Star Episodes 69-72
  • Fist of the North Star: Legend of Toki – Note that this recap film covers the events of 71-72 with a focus on Toki’s backstory.
  • Fist of the North Star Episodes 73-109
  • Fist of the North Star: Legend of Raoh – Fierce Fight – Note that this recap film covers the events of episodes 83-109 of Fist of the North Star.
  • Fist of the North Star: Legend of Heroes – Note that this recap film covers the final fight between Kenshiro and Raoh.
  • Legends of the Dark King: A Fist of the North Star Story – Note that this anime recaps Raoh’s rise to power in the Wasteland. It takes place before and during the main series.
  • Fist of the North Star: Ichigo Aji – Note that this is a comedy manga spin-off that follows the attempts of Thouzer, a villain in the original anime, as he attempts to become friends with Kenshiro.
  • Fist of the North Star 2
  • New Fist of the North Star
  • DD Hokuto no Ken
  • DD Fist of the North Star
  • DD Fist of the North Star 2

How to watch Fist of the North Star in release order

Fist of the North Star Raoh image
Image credit: TMS Entertainment

Watching a show like Fist of the North Star in chronological order can be a taxing affair, as you have to continually jump between shows and films. The release order removes that burden without ruining the dramatic reveals of the original show. That makes the release order the best way to view Fist of the North Star.

Here is the release order for the Fist of the North Star anime:

  • Fist of the North Star Episodes 1-66
  • Fist of the North Star: The Movie
  • Fist of the North Star Episodes 67-109
  • Fist of the North Star 2
  • New Fist of the North Star
  • Fist of the North Star: Legend of Raoh – Death for Love
  • Fist of the Blue Sky
  • Fist of the North Star: Legend of Yuria
  • Fist of the North Star: Legend of Raoh – Fierce Fight
  • Fist of the North Star: Legend of Toki
  • Fist of the North Star: Legend of Kenshiro
  • DD Hokuto no Ken
  • DD Fist of the North Star
  • DD Fist of the North Star 2
  • Fist of the North Star: Ichigo Aji
  • Fist of the Blue Sky Re:Genesis

Where can I watch Fist of the North Star?

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Image credit: Toei Animation

Most of the Fist of the North Star series is available to stream through either Amazon Prime Video or with a Crunchyroll subscription. However, the following specials can only be tracked down in the West by finding a physical copy:

  • Fist of the North Star: Legend of Raoh – Death for Love
  • Fist of the North Star: Legend of Yuria
  • Fist of the North Star: Legend of Toki
  • Fist of the North Star: Legend of Raoh – Fierce Fight
  • Legends of the Dark King: A Fist of the North Star Story
  • Fist of the North Star: Legend of Kenshiro
  • Fist of the Blue Sky
  • Fist of the North Star: Ichigo Aji

What’s next for Fist of the North Star?

Fist of the North Star Kenshiro
Image credit: Toei Animation

As one of the most important anime of all time, it is difficult to see studios leaving Fist of the North Star alone for very long. Last year, Warner Bros. announced that it would be remaking the original Fist of the North Star anime from the beginning. Similar to what Netflix is doing with The One Piece, this anime will be a retelling of Kenshiro’s story using modern animation techniques and the benefit of hindsight to improve the pacing.

A definite release date for this remake hasn’t been announced yet, but it is expected to come out sometime in 2024.


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