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'Fist of the North Star' announces stage musical for Sept-Oct 2022

Protagonist Kenshiro is played by Yusuke Onuki (the voice of Daisuke Kambe from The Millionaire Detective Balance: Unlimited)

By: Nicole S. Castro on June 21, 2022 at 12:29 PHT

Buronson and Tetsuo Hara's martial arts series Fist of the North Star is getting a stage musical adaptation called Musical: Fist of the North Star ~Hokuto no Ken~

Below is the teaser visual introducing the cast (listed in detail below). Protagonist Kenshiro is played by Yusuke Onuki (the voice of Daisuke Kambe from The Millionaire Detective Balance: Unlimited).

©Fist of the North Star Musical PROJECT

Performances will run Sept. 25-30, 2022 at The Bunkamura (Orchard Hall) in Tokyo. Another round of performances will take place Oct. 7-10, 2022 at the Canal City Theater in Fukuoka.

Ticket reservations are on the official website for HoriPro Stage. They will go on sale to the general public starting July 27, 2022, but premium members can purchase tickets earlier starting July 13.

Fist of the North Star (Japanese: 北斗の拳, Romaji: Hokuto no Ken) originated as a Japanese manga series written by Buronson and illustrated by Tetsuo Hara. It was serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1983 to 1988 and initially collected in 27 tankōbon volumes under the Jump Comics imprint.

The series is set on a post-apocalyptic Earth after a nuclear war, with a warrior named Kenshiro as the protagonist. He is the successor of a deadly martial art known as Hokuto Shinken, which gives him the ability to kill his opponents by striking their secret vital points. Kenshiro dedicates his life to fighting against the various gangs, bandits, and warlords who threaten the lives of the defenseless and innocent, as well as rival martial artists, including his own "brothers" from the same school.

The series was adapted into two TV anime produced by Toei Animation. It aired on Fuji TV and its affiliates from 1984 to 1988 with two seasons totaling 152 episodes.


  • Yusuke Onuki as Kenshiro

  • Ayaka Hirahara and May'n as Yuria

  • Ryosei Konishi as Toki

  • Kanata Irei and Kazuya Kamikawa as Juza

  • Takuya Uehara and Kandai Ueda as Shin

  • MERRY LEY (Miisha Shimizu) as Mamiya

  • AKANE LIV as Toh/Toyo

  • Hiroaki Miyakawa as Ryuken + supporting roles

  • Ryosuke Miura as Rei

  • Shōichi Fukui and Masaru Nagai as Raoh

  • Ao Watanabe as Bat

  • Rena Yamazaki and Manaka Kuwabara as Rin

  • Noboru Nakayama as Rihaku + supporting roles

  • Aiichiro Miyagawa as Dagar + supporting roles

  • Yōhei Isshiki as Young Raoh + supporting roles

  • Hiroki Hyakuna as Young Toki + supporting roles

  • Sumito Yamashita as Fudo + supporting roles

  • Kirihito Saito as Misumi + supporting roles


  • Original idea: Buronson and Tetsuo Hara's "Fist of the North Star"

  • Music: Frank Wildhorn

  • Director: Sachiko Ishimaru

  • Screenplay, Lyrics: Ako Takahashi

  • Music director: Jason Howland

  • Choreography: Yan An, Tomohiko Tsujimoto

  • Assistant music director: Kazuho Murai

  • Art: Yuichiro Kanai

  • Lighting: Yasuyuki Kusaka

  • Sound: Koichi Yamamoto

  • Costumes: Ayako Maeda, Dango Takeda

  • Hair and makeup: Keikou Hyou

  • Additional music: Jake Wildhorn

  • Action: Hiroshi Atsumi

  • Video: Taiki Ueda, Naho Oshika

  • Flying: Kazuhiro Matsufuji

  • Singing supervision: Akira Hayashi

  • Piano rehearsal: Yuko Nakano

  • Assistant directors: Keiko Sugada, Tsuneyasu Motoyoshi, Tsubasa Yamoto

  • Stage director: Yasuhisa Hirose

Source: Fist of the North Star official Twitter, official website, Comic Natalie




Nicole is based in the Philippines and works as a freelance Japanese Translator/Interpreter and copywriter (English). She is a JLPT N2 passer who watches anime to "study" for N1. She has a long career history on LinkedIn (with primary focus on media and translation), but her anime watchlist is much, much longer.


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