Retronauts Episode 563: Fist of the North Star

The podcast with no regrets in life!

Imagine a kid watching American cartoons in the early 90s, one who remembers the toyetic 80s and the era of Saturday mornings filled with show after show about cute marketable characters going on adventures. Warner Bros and Disney have made some better productions lately, but still, the medium is dominated by family-friendly material suitable for all ages.

Now imagine that kid grabs a newly translated animated movie from Japan off the shelf at the local video store and discovers what's happening across the Pacific. Instead of transforming robots or mutant turtles, there are men fighting and killing each other over control of a devastated planet Earth. It's brutal, it's bloody, and it's unlike anything American cartoons can offer.

This week, Diamond Feit hosts an episode all about Fist of the North Star, an incredibly violent yet hugely influential tale of martial arts masters surviving a nuclear war only to settle their differences the old-fashioned way; punching and kicking each other until their heads explode. Joining xem for this journey to the year 199X are Hardcore Gaming 101's Kurt Kalata and One Million Power's Brian Clark. Can three podcasters save humanity at the end of the century? You are already intrigued.

Description: YOU WA SHOCK! Diamond Feit, Kurt Kalata, & Brian Clark combine their strength for an overview of the manga/anime/game franchise Fist of the North Star

Retronauts is a completely fan-funded operation. To support the show, and get exclusive episodes every month, please visit the official Retronauts Patreon.

MP3, 62 MB | 2:09:20 Direct download Retronauts on iTunes Retronauts at Audioboom

Artwork for this episode by Leeann Hamilton and editing thanks go to Greg Leahy.