'Fist of the North Star' manga writer reveals secrets

December 08, 2012

By SATOSHI YAMAZAKI/ Staff Writer

TOTTORI--Manga storywriter Buronson, creator of post-apocalyptic action manga series "Fist of the North Star," has shared some of its secrets with fans.

About 90 fans attended the talk, which Buronson delivered Nov. 18 at the prefectural library here. The audience's excitement was palpable.

"Fist of the North Star" was serialized between 1983 and 1988 in the weekly Shonen Jump comic magazine. Set in a lawless world after a nuclear war, the story involves Kenshiro, the master of an assassination martial art called "Hokuto Shinken," and his fights with other warriors. His famous line "You're dead already" became a social phenomenon.

Buronson made his entrance to the sound of "Ai wo Torimodose!" (Get love back!), which is the theme song for the animated TV adaptation. The audience greeted him with cheers and applause.

The author revealed that initially he lacked any particular ideas for why Kenshiro had seven scars on his chest arranged in the pattern of the Big Dipper, saying that the character had it "as a fashion accessory."

"Because it was running in a weekly magazine, I was working in a hit-or-miss manner without thinking what would happen later," Buronson said. "If the creator doesn't know what comes next, there is no way for the readers too. That's why everybody went crazy."

The writer went on to explain how he thought up the exclamations used by villains in their death throes. The words, notably "hidebu," became widely popular.

In Buronson's original story, "hidebu" was spelled as "hide-e" (nasty). But artist in chief Tetsuo Hara changed it after he received the text from Buronson.

Buronson referred to other well-known words used: "I invented 'abeshi' and 'tawaba' on purpose," he said. "Because the story was radical, it would only be cruel if there was no comic relief. There is a fine line between cruelty and exhilaration. I had been very careful about that."

After the talk, Buronson spent time interacting with fans in a quiz and answered their questions.

"I've never talked this much before, and I feel completely naked. I'd lose my mysterious status if I make too many public appearances. But I guess I feel relieved a little," Buronson said with a shy grin.

By SATOSHI YAMAZAKI/ Staff Writer
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Buronson speaks to his fans at a talk held in the Shotokucho district of Tottori. (Satoshi Yamazaki)

Buronson speaks to his fans at a talk held in the Shotokucho district of Tottori. (Satoshi Yamazaki)

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