Legends of the Dark King: A Fist of the North Star Story (天の覇王 北斗の拳 ラオウ外伝 Ten no Haō Hokuto no Ken Raō Gaiden?, roughly translated as "The Conqueror of the Heavens: Fist of the North Star Raoh Side-Story") is a manga series by Youkow Osada that was serialized in the Weekly Comic Bunch from 2006 to 2007. It is a spinoff of the manga series Fist of the North Star by Buronson and Tetsuo Hara. The story centers around the Fist of the North Star antagonist Raoh and depicts his rise to power as the conqueror of a post-apocalyptic world prior to and during the events of the original work. The story of Legends of the Dark King also incorporates elements introduced in the Fist of the North Star: The Legends of the True Savior movie series, including Raoh's childhood friends of Reina and Souga, who help him establish his army.
The manga was adapted into a 13-episode anime series produced by Satelight, which aired on Tokyo MX in late 2008. The anime has been licensed for North American by Sentai Filmworks and distributed by Section23 Films, The complete series was released on a DVD set on September 15, 2009. The series will be re-released with the English dub on DVD and Blu-ray on July 20, 2010.
A global-scale nuclear war has transformed most of the Earth into a barren ocean-less wasteland, resulting in the downfall of modern civilization and a return to a lawless age of barbarism. The survivors of mankind begin to fight each other over the limited supply of uncontaminated food and water still left in the world. The strong ones begin to band together in gangs and armies, fighting each other over territory, while oppressing the weak. A man named Raoh appears, seeking to establish order in the post-apocalyptic world through his mastery of the assassination art of Hokuto Shinken. With the help of his childhood friends Reina and Souga, Raoh takes on the mantle of the "King of Fist", as he gradually extends his reign, recruiting new allies in the process, while fighting against rival warlords who seek to challenge his authority.
- Raoh (ラオウ Raō?)
- Voiced by: Takashi Ukaji (Japanese), Andrew Love (English)
- The eldest of four adoptive brothers trained in the assassination art of Hokuto Shinken. After Kenshiro, the youngest of his brothers, was chosen over him to be the successor, he follows the path of the conqueror, taking the name of the King of Fist (拳王 Ken'ō?) in order to conquer the post-apocalyptic world.
- Reina (レイナ?)
- Voiced by: Mai Nakahara (Japanese), Emily Neves (English)
- The female Captain of the King of Fist's Royal Guards, nicknamed Reina of the Twin Blades (双剣のレイナ Sōtō no Reina?). A master swordswoman who uses a style known as the Twin Blades of Sun and Moon (日月双刀 Nichigetsu Sōtō?). A childhood friend of Raoh who fled from the Land of Asura to help Raoh build his army. Originally a character from the 2006 animated film Hokuto no Ken - Raō Den Gekitō no Shō.
- Souga (ソウガ Sōga?)
- Voiced by: Masaya Matsukaze (Japanese), David Matranga (English)
- The Strategist of the King of Fist's Army and Reina's elder brother, nicknamed Souga the Swift (韋駄天のソウガ Itaden no Sõga?). A master of the Mount Song Whirlwind Kick (嵩山旋風脚 Sūzan Senpū Kyaku?). In the past, he sacrificed his right leg to help Raoh and Reina escape from Cassandra, which was then replaced by a mechanical prosthetic, increasing the power to his kick. Like Reina, he was originally a character from the 2006 anime film Hokuto no Ken - Raō Den Gekitō no Shō.
- Sakuya (サクヤ?)
- Voiced by: Akiko Kimura (Japanese), Shelley Calene-Black (English)
- A character created for the anime adaptation (though she appears in a brief tie-in comic published before the anime). A mysterious woman with an unknown agenda who joins the King of Fist's Army as their second strategist. She is also the sister of Gaiya and master of Black Mountain Dark Form Fist (黒山陰形拳 Kokuzan Ongyō Ken?). After joining Raoh, she becomes an acquaintance of Toki, regularly visiting him in Cassandra to report the progress of Raoh and Kenshiro, with only Reina aware of her actions. At the climax of Thouzer and Raoh's battle, she determines that both are unworthy of being ruler because of Thouzer's lack of love and Raoh's lack of sadness, indicating there is an individual who possesses both traits that's deserving of being ruler.
- Black King (黒王号 Kokuō Gō?)
- A large black stallion who was originally leader of a herd of wild horses at the Valley of the Black King (黒王谷 Kokuō Dani?). The King of Fist's Army's initial trek to the valley causes them to lose almost all of their Invasion Force. When Raoh goes to the valley himself to confront the horses, he stumbles into Black King himself, who is protecting an injured foal from two wild tigers. Raoh kills the tigers and proceeds to euthanize the dying foal so he could wrestle Black King without intervention. After winning Black King's respect, him and his herd becomes the steeds of the King of Fist's Army.
The King of Fist's Army
- Uighur (ウイグル Uiguru?)
- Voiced by: Kenta Miyake (Japanese), Rob Mungle (English)
- A convicted ruffian who desires to created a legacy for himself. He is imprisoned at Cassandra by Gion's men, who are unable to tame him after he survives five death sentences. When Raoh arrives to meet him, the two duel in a test of strength, ending in a draw. Afterward, he tells Raoh his ambition of being a legend, which wins him over to his favor and he becomes the new warden of Cassandra. His first order of business as Warden was to procure a "cool" helmet like Raoh's.
- Amiba (アミバ?)
- A member of the King of Fist's Reconnaissance Unit. A former acupuncture specialist who holds a grudge against Toki, who scolded Amiba for mistreating one of his patients. He joins the King of Fist's Army and under orders from Usa, he attempts to defeat and capture Toki with his self-made style of the North Snake Needle Fist (北蛇鍼拳 Hokuda Shin Ken?), but ends up being easily defeated by Toki. After Toki is captured, Amiba takes over Toki's identity and begins to kill his patients, tarnishing Toki's reputation in the process. Amiba does not appear in the anime version.
- Ryuga (リュウガ Ryūga?)
- Voiced by: Daisuke Matsubara (Japanese), John Swasey (English)
- A man whose fated star is Sirius (天狼星 Tenrōsei?), a solitary star which does not belong to any constellation and a master of the Mount Tai Sirus Fist (泰山天狼拳 Taizan Tenrōken?). He is also Juza and Yuria's older brother. He decides to join Raoh's army after witnessing his battle with Ryuroh, believing that the only way to achieve order in the world is through force. His other hidden agenda is rescuing his sister Yuria from the man named "King". Unfortunately, he learns from his younger brother, Juza, about her fate. Afterward, he continues to serve Raoh.
- Gihan (ギハン?)
- Voiced by: Makoto Yasumura
- A member of the King of Fist's Reconnaissance Unit who informs Souga of Kenshiro's progress.
- Usa (ウサ?)
- The vice-strategist of the King of Fist's Army. A toad-like underling with a dubious personality who seems to be disliked by Raoh. He is the one who orders Amiba to capture Toki. Usa does not appear in anime version, his role as Raoh's second strategist is served by Sakuya instead.
- Zaku (ザク?)
- Barga (バルガ Baruga?)
Rival warlords and gangs
- Thouzer the Holy Emperor (聖帝サウザー Seitei Sauzā?)
- Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki (Japanese), Illich Guardiola (English)
- The sole successor of the South Star Phoenix Fist (南斗鳳凰拳 Nanto Hōō Ken?) and the strongest warrior of the Nanto Seiken school, Souther was a childhood rival of Raoh and has since taken the title of Holy Emperor, becoming the only warlord to rival Raoh in terms of power. His body possesses a secret that grants him immunity to Hokuto Shinken's application of vital points.
- Juda (ユダ Yuda?)
- Voiced by: Kishō Taniyama (Japanese), Blake Shepard (English)
- The successor of the South Star Crimson Crane Fist (南斗紅鶴拳 Nanto Kōkaku Ken?) and leader of the UD Gang. He shifts his allegiance between Raoh and Thouzer, changing from one side to the other depending on which side benefits him the most.
- Jirai (ジライ?)
- Voiced by: Tomoyuki Shimura (Japanese), John Swasey (English)
- The leader of a biker gang who is killed by Raoh at the beginning of the story.
- Goram the Demon King (鬼王ゴラム Kiō Goramu?)
- Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (Japanese), Jovan Jackson (English)
- A warlord who rules over the northern Kanto region, his lair is known as the Demon Cliff Castle (鬼巖城 Kiganjō?) . A practitioner of Emei Fist (峨嵋拳 Gabi Ken?). After being defeated by Raoh, his castle and his army are taken over by Raoh.
- Gion the King of Reason (智王ギオン Chiō Gion?)
- Voiced by: Yukihiro Misono (Japanese), Greg Ayres (English)
- A warlord who leads the King of Fist's army to the Valley of the Black King, where they ended up being trampled to death a herd of wild horses. After Raoh tames the Black King and his herd, Gion surrenders and becomes a sycophantic servant to the King of Fist. He is initially assigned as the Warden of Cassandra, but is demoted to assistant warden after Uighur takes his place.
- Hucker (ハッカ Hakka?) and Lirong (リロン Riron?)
- Voiced by: Kenji Nomura (Hucker) and Kazuyuki Okitsu (Lirong)
- Two masters of the South Star Swallow Fist (南斗飛燕拳 Nanto Hien Ken?) who serve Thouzer's army.
- Gaoh (我王 Gaō?)
- Voiced by: Hideyuki Umezu (Japanese), Chris Hutchinson (English)
- Mentioned by name only in the manga. In the anime version, he is the womanizing ruler of the seemingly impregnable Black Steel Castle (黒鉄城 Kokutetsujō?). Sakuya infiltrates the castle by seducing Gaoh and has him assassinated by Reina's sniper arrow.
- Habaki (ハバキ?)
- Voiced by: Jin Horikawa (Japanese), Justin Doran (English)
- The Commander of Gaoh's army, he uses the South Star Talon Fist (南斗隼牙拳 Nanto Shūga Ken?). Appears only in the anime.
- Amon the Dragon Emperor (龍帝アモン Ryūtei Amon?)
- Voiced by: Katsuhisa Hōki (Japanese), Todd Waite (English)
- Master of the Taiji Dragon Fist (太極龍拳 Taikyoku Ryū Ken?) and the founder of Cassandra, a city located in the western Kanto region. In order to defend his city from invading forces, he fortified his entire city with traps. However, the traps were so elaborate that many of Amon's own people, including his own son Xenos (ゼノス Zenosu?), were killed by them. Eventually the Dragon Emperor's Army lost their morale and abandoned Amon, leaving only his younger twin brother and former General, who continued supporting Amon out of pity.
- Igor the Lion King (獅子王イゴール Shishiō Igōru?)
- Voiced by: Nobuaki Kanemitsu
- A giant beast-like warlord who uses the Mount Hua Lion Roar Fist (華山獅子吼拳 Kazan Shishiku Ken?). Igor conspired with the Thunder Emperor's Army in order to invade the King of Fist's fortress with a pincer attack. He is defeated by the combined force of Ryuga and Souga. His skull is later made into a wine glass used by Raoh and his men during the subsequent victory celebration.
- Rize the Thunder Emperor (雷帝ライズ Raitei Raizu?)
- A masked warlord whose his right arm is equipped with a specialized glove that shoots out electric bolts. He conspired with the Lion King's Army to invade the Raog's fortress with a pincer attack, but his entire right arm is destroyed by Raoh during the fight. Like Igor, his skull is made into as a wine glass in Raoh's victory celebration.
- King (キング Kingu?)
- A mysterious martial artist who rules over the city of Southern Cross. His true identity is that of Shin (シン?), the successor of the South Star Lone Eagle Fist (南斗孤鷲拳 Nanto Koshū Ken?) and the man who defeated Kenshiro and engraved the seven scars on his chest. When Raoh learns that Shin's ambition drove Yuria to suicide, Raoh decides not to pursue battle, letting Kenshiro and Shin to settle matters between themselves.
- Club (クラブ Kurabu?)
- Voiced by: Takashi Ōhara
- One of the four lieutenants of King's Army, he practices the Steel Claw Praying Mantis Fist (鉄の爪蟷螂拳 Tetsu no Tsume Tōrōken?). He briefly faces Ryuga, but his life is save due to Juza's intervention.
- Salim the King of Mystery (玄王サリム Gen-ō Sarimu?)
- Voiced by: Tsuyoshi Aoki
- A warlord who is seduced by Isabella and gets killed by her.
- Dagale (ダガール Dagāru?)
- Voiced by: Tōru Furusawa (Japanese), John Gremillion (English)
- Juda's aide and the successor of the South Star Lovebird Fist (南斗比翼拳 Nanto Hiyoku Ken?), he takes command of the UD Gang and his fortress whenever Juda is absent or hiding. He succeeds in capturing Reina and was close to making her one of Juda's slaves until Raoh personally broke into the UD Gang's stronghold and scares him. He is further frightened when Raoh reveals that Juda was still in the hideout aware of his actions, resulting in Juda appearing behind him.
- Isabella (イザベラ Isabera?)
- Voiced by: Ayumi Beppu (Japanese), Maggie Flecknoe (English)
- A female assassin who serves Dagale. She is scarred behind the neck during a struggle by Salim and thus is cast out from the UD Gang by Dagale. In the anime, she is imprisoned and tortured, only to escape with Reina's help, but is struck by an arrow on her way out and dies.
- Komaku (コマク?)
- Voiced by: Tadashi Miyazawa
- A diminutive underling of Dagale, who helps him capture Reina; only to be frightened when Raoh crashes through the entrance of their hideout.
- Jagi (ジャギ?)
- The third of the four brothers trained by Master Ryuken. He harbors an intense hatred for Kenshiro, the youngest brother, for disfiguring his head and having obtained the title of successor over him. He confronts Reina and Souga, but decides to hold a truce with them when he realizes they're working for Raoh, his eldest brother. He does not appear in the anime version.
- Jadum the Steel Emperor (鉄帝ジャダム Tettei Jadamu?)
- Voiced by: Taro Yamaguchi
- Mentioned in the manga, but appears only in the anime. A warlord who uses the Stern Iron Fist (厳鉄拳 Gentetsu Ken?), which covers his body in steel.
- Pluto (冥王 Meiō?)
- A warlord who takes over Southern Cross and God's Land following the death of Shin and the Golan Colonel respectively. He is later killed by Raoh during the events of Raō Den Gekitō no Shō
- Gaiya (ガイヤ?)
- Voiced by: Masayuki Katō (Japanese), Leraldo Anzaldua (English)
- Master of the Black Mountain Dark Form Fist (黒山陰形拳 Kokuzan Ongyō Ken?), a style which renders its practitioner invisible. Gaiya has infiltrated Pluto's Army and taken control of his organization from behind-the-scenes, become the army's true leader. His style proves to be too strong for both, Souga and Ryuga, who both end up fatally wounded while Gaiya. He is also the older brother of Sakuya.
- Haderu the King of Thorns (棘王ハデル Kyokuō Haderu?)
- A villain who appears in a special two-part chapter of the Ten no Haō manga. The one-eyed leader of the Tribe of the Black Rose (黒薔薇一族 Kokubara Ichizoku?), he is named and modeled after Haderu, the vocalist of the band Jealkb (who performed the opening theme of the anime version). Haderu's underlings are modeled after the other members of Jealkb as well.
- Toki (トキ?)
- Voiced by: Hiroki Touchi (Japanese), David Wald (English)
- Raoh's biological brother and the second of Ryuken's four adopted sons. After becoming terminally ill as a result of exposure to nuclear fallout, he begins living in the Village of Miracles (奇跡の村 Kiseki no Mura?), where he spends his remaining days using his knowledge of Hokuto Shinken to heal the sick. When he refuses to fight on Raoh's side, he allows himself to be taken to Cassandra and imprisoned, awaiting for Kenshiro's arrival. Sakuya reports to him concerning Raoh and Kenshiro, while mediating in his prison cell.
- Ryuroh (リュウロウ Ryūrō?)
- Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (Japanese), Kalob Martinez (English)
- A master of the South Star Seagull Fist (南斗流鴎拳 Nanto Ryūō Ken?) who was once reputed as the Wise Leader of the South Star (南斗の智将 Nanto no Jishō?), a military strategist who led the Nanto troops to several victories. After the 108 sects of Nanto Seiken broke up and began fighting amongst themselves, Ryuroh decided not to be involved in the conflict, choosing to lead a quiet and peaceful life, becoming Ryuroh of the Woods (森のリュウロウ Mori no Ryūrō?). He tries to convince Raoh to change his ways and use his power as a force of good like Toki and Kenshiro. Raoh sees this as an act of defiance and mortally wounds him, but realizes that he was dying from an illness after their fight. He makes one last plea to Raoh to change his ways before dying; unfortunately, Raoh tells him that he is unable to grant his request.
- Juza (ジュウザ Jūza?)
- Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (Japanese), Mark X. Laskowski (English)
- Ryuga's younger half-brother from a different mother, a free-spirited wanderer who uses a self-styled fist (我流拳 Garyū Ken?). He goes to Southern Cross to rescue his younger half-sister Yuria, only to learn that she apparently took her own life while in Shin's captivity. He then meets Ryuga and Reina in a bar near Southern Cross, where he reveals the truth about Yuria's fate and Shin's war against Kenshiro to them. He awaits in Southern Cross awaiting the result of the upcoming battle drinking himself silly.
- Mamiya (マミヤ?)
- A female prisoner of Juda who was kidnapped from her home village after her parents were murdered. She helps Reina in escaping from Juda's castle after she is captured by Dagale and Komaku. She does not appear in the anime version, her role in the story being served by Isabella.
- Ryuken (リュウケン Ryūken?)
- Voiced by: Atsushi Ono
- The 63rd Grand Master of Hokuto Shinken, and the adoptive father who raised and trained Raoh, Toki, Jagi, and Kenshiro. After naming Kenshiro as his successor, he attempted to dissuade Raoh from using Hokuto Shinken to fulfill his ambition, but suffered a stroke when he confronted him.
- Kenshiro (ケンシロウ Kenshirō?)
- The 64th Grand Master of Hokuto Shinken and the youngest of Ryuken's adoptive sons. Also known as the Man with Seven Scars (七つの傷の男 Nanatsu no Kizu no Otoko?) He was challenged and defeated by the Nanto Seiken master Shin, who left him for dead and then abducted his fiancee Yuria. Since then, he travels the world to protect the weak from the gangs and warlords threatening their survival, becoming a savior to the common people. Although, he never actually appears in the series, he is mentioned thorough the course of the story by Raoh and other characters. By the end of the anime series, Cassandra has fallen and he succeeds rescuing Toki leaving Raoh pleased; by the end credits, Raoh screams his name as his figure turns towards him.
Ten no Haoh was serialized irregularly in the Weekly Comic Bunch from Issue 231 (March 24, 2006) to 300 (August 24, 2007), lasting a total of 42 chapters (as well a two-part epilogue), which were subsequently collected in five tankōbon editions. A two-part special chapter was published in 2008 in the September 12 and September 19 issues of Weekly Comic Bunch as a tie-in to the anime series.
The anime version of Ten no Haoh, directed by Masashi Abe, aired in Japan on Tokyo MX and other channels from October to December 2008, lasting 13 episodes. The opening theme is Nageki no Endless (嘆きのエンドレ?) performed by jealkb, while the ending theme is Namida no Kawa (ナミダノカワ?) by minamuse. The series was licensed for Region 1 by Sentai Filmworks and released on a DVD set on September 15, 2009. Sentai Filmworks will re-release Legends of the Dark King with an English dub in 2010. The series was released on Region 2 DVD in six volumes, with the first volume having been released on January 2009.
|1|| My Fists are for the Heavens!|
"Waga Kobushi wa Ten no Tame" (わが拳は天のため!)
|2|| Kings Understand Kings!|
"Ō wa Ō o Shiru" (王は王を知る!)
|3|| No Castle Can Stand Against Me!|
"Ware ni Otose nu Shiru Nashi!" (われに落とせぬ城なし!)
|4|| These Fists are for Other People!|
"Kono Kobushi, Dare Ga Tame Ni!" (この拳、誰がために!)
|5|| Rival Siblings!|
"Sōkoku no Kyōdai" (相剋の兄弟!)
|6|| The Demon Awakens!|
"Oni, Mezameru!" (鬼、目覚める!)
|7|| The Blue Wolf Tears Across The Earth!|
"Aoki Ōkami, Daichi o Karu!" (蒼き狼、大地を駆る!)
|8|| Wailing Resounds Through the Darkness!|
"Dōkoku, Yami ni Hibiku!" (慟哭、闇に響く!)
|9|| A Woman's Battle|
"Onna no Tatakai" (女の戦い)
|10|| Fists Smashed in Hot Sand!|
"Nessa ni Kudakeru Kobushi!" (熱砂に砕ける拳!)
|11|| The Holy Emperor Cometh!|
"Seitei, Arawaru!" (聖帝、現る!)
|12|| The King of Fist's Office is Falling!|
"Ima Otsuru Ken'ō Fu" (いま墜つる拳王府!)
|13|| I Walk the Path of the Heavens!|
"Waga Omomuku wa Ten no Michi!" (わが赴くは天の道!)
A web novelization of Ten no Haoh was published in the Hokuto no Ken DX mobile phone site, lasting six chapters.
A video game version of Ten no Haō was released by Interchannel for the PlayStation Portable in Japan on January 22, 2009. It is a cel-shaded fighting game featuring 13 playable characters from the manga and anime. All the characters are voiced by their voice actors from the anime series, with the exception of Raoh, who is voiced by Rikiya Koyama. Jagi and Amiba, who were in the original manga but not in the anime, are voiced by Tsuyoshi Aoki and Kazuyuki Okitsu respectively, while Kenshiro, who is a hidden character in the game, is voiced by Hideo Ishikawa.
- ↑ "SXAniMedia: ADV Films to distribute Sentai Filmworks new license: Ten no Haoh (Fist of the North Star spin-off)".
- ↑ "Clannad, Blue Drop, Ghost Hound, Tears to Tiara Get Dubs". Anime News Network. March 15, 2010. Retrieved March 16, 2010.
- Official page from Weekly Comic Bunch (Japanese)
- Official site for the anime series (Japanese)
- Official site for the PlayStation Portable game (Japanese)
- Legends of the Dark King (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia
- Legends of the Dark King (manga) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia