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The Fist of the North Star Celebrates 25th Anniversary. Kenshiro and Yurie become “married souls”

The Fist of the North Star Celebrates 25th Anniversary. Kenshiro and Yurie become “married souls”

The “Fist of the North Star” has gained cult status in Japan. Its influence ranges from manga to anime, movies, games and the cinema, with the movie “Zero: the Legend of Kenshiro” due for release in October. It will be the final chapter in the movie series.
Yuria and Kenshiro, a couple that could not be in these war torn times, however, will their souls come together in events that will commemorate the movie’s screening!?
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the popular comic, an event was held on September 13 at the Nihon Seinen Kan. The successor of the ancient martial art Hokuto Shinken, Kenshiro and the heroine Yurie were joined in – not a marriage of two people – but a “marriage of two souls”. Along with 777 fans in formal clothes, the original manga artist Buron Son attended at the event as well as Hara Tetsuo, who created the characters, making it a sort of a family affair.
Movie music director Yuki Kajiura was in charge of producing the reception. “I made sure that the music was very emotive and brought tears to all who attended. After all, there has never been such a happy, emotional scene in the history of Fist of the North Star. I really had to think hard about what the music would do”, comments Kajiura.

Numerous celebrities made speeches at the reception and even some gold medalists from the Beijing Olympics sent their comments via video. Telegrams wishing the couple well flooded in via the internet from all over the world.

Also, the poet Uotake Hamada Shigeo the Third’s powerful poem was recited, followed by best wishes from characters Raoh, Toki, Ray, Lin, Yuda etc.
Next was a live performance by jealkb, who sing the opening theme for the animation Fist of the North Star –Raoh Side Story ~ King of Heaven, which will start in October. This was followed by mina☆muse who sings the ending song. By the way, Mina is a big fan of Yurie.

Next, a “Muscle Musical” performance. This troupe performs at the Shibuya Muscle Theater. Backstage you can find “Fist” comics the muscle men and women love to read. Maybe the power behind Japan’s world famous muscle troupe is “Fist”.

Then came the long awaited climax, with the appearance of Crystal King, the band that sings the anime’s theme song. Although it has been 25 years since they first sang Yuria, they still belt out a powerful the tune with powerful emotion. “We have been singing this song for 25 years and we just can’t express the joy I feel. We’re just so happy that we can sing at this festive event”, the band comments.

The opening song “Ai wo Torimodose” is one that everyone knows, and the whole audience chimed in to bring a climactic end to the “marriage of souls” party.

《Zero, the Legend of Kenshiro》
Screening in Japan 11 October 2008 (Sat)
Voice actors: Kenshiro - Hiroshi Abe, Yuria - Yuriko Ishida,
Distributed by Go Cinema Inc.

Kenshiro, the succeeding master of Hokuto Shinken is defeated by Shin, the succeeding master of Nantoko Shuken, and sustains seven wounds in his chest. Not only that, but his love, Yurie, is taken away from him. A year passes by and the world falls into violent turmoil – people waiting for a miracle. Then Kenshiro begins to fight for his love – he vows to become the savior and takes a stand.
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