Fist of the North Star is a long running shounen manga created by Tetsuo Hara. It is about a legendary martial artist named Kenshiro who uses the power of his fists to protect those he cares for and defeat those who stand in his way.

The manga has been adapted into 4 anime TV series, one live action movie and multiple video games. As well as numerous spin offs and crossovers, which I will cover further down!

Fist of the North Star Plot

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The story is set in post-apocalyptic Earth in the year 199X (Japans version of 1984). The world is ruled by an organisation called the Autonomic Republic of Sarlia following a nuclear war. Survivors of the war live in towns protected by walls, with many of them having been trained to fight to protect their lives.

The main character Kenshiro is searching for his kidnapped lover and meets a young boy named Bat who has been injured protecting his village from raiders. He visits a nearby town where he helps the villagers defend themselves from the raiders who he discovers are led by his old rival Shin and his elder brother Raoh. Kenshiro finds out that Shin has kidnapped Bat in order to use his blood to open up a gate that will lead him to become ruler of the world.

How Much Filler is in Fist of the North Star?

The Fist of the north star series has a remarkably high filler episode rate. There are a total of 152 episodes in the series, and there are a total of 20 episodes which are filler episodes, which gives it a score of 13% filler episodes.

Quick Filler & Canon Lists

Canon Episodes

1-8, 11-13, 22-37, 39-40, 42-78, 83-97, 99-104, 106-108, 110, 112-152

Filler Episodes

9-10, 14-21, 38, 41, 79-82, 98, 105, 109, 111

Complete Filler List

#Episode TitleTypeAired
1God or Devil?! The Mightiest Man Appears from HellCanon10/11/1984
2The Deadly Fist of Lingering Regret!! The Future is Sighted in the Barren Wasteland!!Mostly Canon10/18/1984
3In the City Without Light, a Lone Fist Burns! The Furious Death by the Five Exploding FingersCanon10/25/1984
4Attack the Bloody Cross! The Secret Technique, Ju Hazan.Canon11/01/1984
5Can the Flames of Love Burn in Hell? You Are Already Dead!Canon11/08/1984
6Search Order from Satan. Find the Man with the Seven Scars!Canon11/15/1984
7Villains! Shall We Have a Countdown to DeathCanon11/22/1984
8Strike the Hidden Power Point! There’s No Requiem for the Wicked.Canon11/29/1984
9Villains! Say Your Prayers Before You Die!Filler12/06/1984
10Rekka Gyakuryuken! There Are Too Many Who Must Die!!Filler12/13/1984
11Villains! Listen to the Blues of Hell!Canon12/20/1984
12I Am Death Itself! I'll Chase You to the Depths of Hell!Mostly Canon01/10/1985
13Rakan Nioh Ken! Once Released There's No Stopping It!!Canon01/17/1985
14A Miserable Era! The Good Die So Young!Filler01/24/1985
15Count to Three! You're the One to Die!Filler01/31/1985
16Try to Sing Villains! The Counting Rhyme of Hell!!Filler02/07/1985
17A Man Lives to Fight! The Door to the Showdown Finally Opens!Filler02/14/1985
18Life or Death?! Beyond the Wasteland Lies the First Circle of Hell!Filler02/21/1985
19Villains! Ready Your One-Way Tickets to Death!!Filler02/28/1985
20A Nightmarish All-Out Battle! My Fist Pack 100 Volts!Filler03/07/1985
21The Evil Palace in Flames! Shin! Only One More Step to You Now!!Filler03/14/1985
22Yuria, Forever... As Well As Shin!Mostly Canon03/21/1985
23The Tumultuous Dragon and Tiger! Are Battles All That Await Me!!Mostly Canon03/28/1985
24Nanto Suicho Ken! The Tragedy of the Mighty Begins!!Mostly Canon04/04/1985
25Sinners! Thy Name Is The Fang Clan!!Mostly Canon04/11/1985
26Tremble & Die! Villains Of Night Fog Valley!!Mostly Canon04/18/1985
27Only Villains Can Smile! How I Hate This Age!!Mostly Canon04/25/1985
28Rei! I’ll Stop Your Tears with My Fist!!Canon05/02/1985
29It’s Too Late to Beg for Mercy! Go to Hell, King Fang!!Mostly Canon05/16/1985
30Destiny Draws Near! Jagi, Who are You!!Canon05/30/1985
31The Hellish Iron Mask! - He Who Terrorizes in the Name of the North Star!!Canon06/06/1985
32The Four Linked Fists of Rage! - Jagi! I'll Wait for You in Hell!!!Canon06/13/1985
33This is the Village of Miracles! - A Fallen Angel Has Descended!!Canon06/27/1985
34Toki! - Are You an Angel or a Devil?! / Toki! Are You Angel or Devil?!Canon07/04/1985
35Fiend! - Toki, Your Heart is Rotten to the Core!!Canon07/11/1985
36I Have no Past to Look Back on! - Just My Hatred for Evil That Will Destroy Toki!Canon07/18/1985
37Instead, I Shall Reject Love! For I Bear the Cursed Star of Death!!Canon07/25/1985
38Crimson Fist of Lotus Mountain! A Tragic Woman Born of the Times!!Filler08/01/1985
39A Wicked Legacy! The Gates to Cassandra Open Now!Canon08/08/1985
40Villains Need No Graves! This Is the Hellish Cassandra!!Canon08/15/1985
41The North Star’s 2,000-year Tragedy! I Can Hear the Fist King’s Footsteps!!Filler08/22/1985
42A Century’s End with No Tomorrow! I’ve Been Waiting For You, Ken!!Canon09/05/1985
43Cassandra Collapses! The North Star’s Mythology Is Painted Anew!!Canon09/12/1985
44The Death Omen Star Shines! Fist King, Do You Control Even Death?!Canon09/19/1985
45Those Who Fear the Reaper! Listen to the Voice of Lin’s Fiery Heart!Canon09/26/1985
46Voices from Hell! Rei, Did You See the Death Omen Star?Canon10/10/1985
47The Nanto Dance of Death! I'll Give my Life for the Sake of Love!!Canon10/17/1985
48An Explosion of Secret Techniques! BEYOND HATRED IS THE FATE FOR THE BROTHERS OF THE NORTH STAR.Canon10/24/1985
49The Greatest Battle in History, Raoh vs. Ken! YOU’RE THE ONE TO DIE!!Canon10/31/1985
5072 Hours to Live! The Death Omen Star Drags Rei In!!Canon11/07/1985
51Fate Without Tomorrow! And Yet, A Woman Believes in Love!!Canon11/14/1985
52Yuda Of The South Star Six Sacred Fists! I'm The Most Beautiful!!Canon11/21/1985
53The Death Omen Star Looms! Rei! How Cruel Time Passes By!!Canon11/27/1985
54Beloved Mamiya! The Death Omen Star Lurks Behind The Sparkle In Your Eyes!Canon12/05/1985
55Rei, Are You On Your Way To Death? A Man Is Beautiful Than Ever!!Canon12/12/1985
56Beautiful Warriors, Rei vs. Yuda! A Man's Passage Needs No Tears!Canon12/19/1985
57End of Part Two: Farewell, Rei! Heroic Legend Will be Told Throughout The Ages!Canon12/26/1985
58Beginning of Part Three: Supreme Rule in Turbulence! As The South Star Fades, The North Star Appears!!Canon01/09/1986
59The Star of Darkness Engulfs The Heavens! Time Evolves Beyond The Deathmatch!Canon01/16/1986
60Shu of The South Star White Heron Fist! What Will You Witness In The End Of This Century!?Canon01/19/1986
61Love on the Battlefield! Must the Time Tear Love Apart!?Canon01/30/1986
62I Am Souther, the Holy Emperor! I Disallow Love and Compassion!!Canon02/06/1986
63A Young Hero Challenges His Fate! Scream From Your Soul Shall Move The Heavens!Canon02/13/1986
64A Bloody Battle, Shu vs. Souther! Love, Drowned in the Tears of the Star of Benevolence!!Canon02/20/1986
65The Bloody Cross Mausoleum! Shu! I’ll Catch Your Tears With My Heart!!Canon02/27/1986
66Run Kenshiro! Another Comrade is About to Die!!Canon03/06/1986
67Clash of the Polar Stars, Ken vs. Souther! My Star is the Only Protector of Heaven!!Canon03/13/1986
68Souther, The Despondent Holy Emperor! You Are Weary From Love!!Canon03/20/1986
69Critical Times of The North Star! The Three Brothers of Fate Are On The Move!!Canon03/27/1986
70The Other Divine Fist of the North Star! Drive Raoh to Oblivion!!Canon04/03/1986
71The Secret of Origin Revealed! The Heaven Prefers Tragedy!!Canon04/10/1986
72Farewell, Toki! A Man Only Cries Once!!Canon04/17/1986
73Ryuga of Sirius! I'll Seize the Rainbow in Tempest!!Canon05/08/1986
74A Wolf Running In The Horizon! There Lies The End of Love And Hatred!Canon05/15/1986
75Forgive Me, My Sister! I Am Destined to Clash With The North Star!!Canon05/29/1986
76An Iron Fist for the Roaring Wolf! Toki is in Danger!!Canon06/05/1986
77Conclusion of Part Three: Let the New Age Awaken! The Wolf's Howl Moves the Heaven!Canon06/12/1986
78Shin of the South Star Sacred Fist! Risked Your Life For Love That Never Will!!Canon06/26/1986
79Rei of the South Star Waterfowl Fist! A Man Who Died For His Friends!!Filler07/10/1986
80Yuda of the South Star Crimson Crane Fist! His Beautiful Smile Calls For Tragedy!!Filler07/17/1986
81Shu of the South Star White Heron Fist! The Heaven Only Bestows Cruel DestiniesFiller10/24/1986
82Holy Emperor Souther!! Your Deep Affection Consumes You In Love!Filler10/31/1986
83Part Four, the Final Chapter: Raoh Must Die! The Legend Turns to Terror!!Canon08/07/1986
84The South Star Strikes Back! The Wind Brigade Protects the Last General of the South Star!!Canon08/12/1986
85Prelude to a Death Match! The Screams of Hyui of the Wind Echoes in the Heaven!!Canon08/14/1986
86The Burning Crimson Brigade! Shuren is Drenched in Tears of Flame!!Canon08/28/1986
87Five Chariot Stars in Danger! Raoh Has Finally Pierced Through the Flames!!Canon09/04/1986
88The Five Chariot Stars Approach Kenshiro! Who Are You, Fudo?!Canon09/11/1986
89The Crisis is Near! Ken, Destiny Awaits at the Capital of the South Star!Canon09/25/1986
90I Am Juza of the Clouds! I Shall Move with the Flow of Time!!Canon10/19/1986
91The Clouds Remain! The Masked General is Finally Revealed!!Canon10/23/1986
92Juza of the Clouds Resurrects! I Have No Fear for Raoh!!Canon10/30/1986
93Juza vs Raoh! An End of the Legend of the Invincible!!Canon11/06/1986
94Fudo in Peril!! Hurry, Ken. A Man Must Not Abandon His Friends!!Canon11/13/1986
95Treacherous Quicksand! Will the Hand of Salvation Reach Fudo?Canon11/20/1986
96Juza Falls! I'll Give My Life to Protect the Woman I LoveCanon11/27/1986
97Farewell Yuria! A Strong Man Will Not Speak of Love, Even in Death!!Canon12/04/1986
98The Capital of the South Star Trembles! The Two Brothers of the North Star Finally Arrive!!Filler12/11/1986
99Sadness of the Five Chariot Stars! Love and Destiny Looms Over the Woman!!Canon12/18/1986
100The Ultimate Secret Technique, Unconscious Transmigration! Raoh, I've Got You Now!!Canon12/25/1986
101Is It the End of Raoh and His Ambitions? The Heaven Hesitates Once Again!!Canon01/08/1987
102Raoh, the Confused Giant! I Don't Believe in Love!!Canon01/15/1987
103A Challenge From the Devil! Fudo, Be the Demon for Those You Love!!Canon01/22/1987
104Fudo, the Gentle Warrior! His Tears Awaken a Fiery Soul!!Canon01/29/1987
105Protect the Merciful Mother of the South Star! Even If It's the End of the Five Chariots!!Filler02/05/1987
106Raoh, Shaken by a Nightmare! Yuria, You Are the Only One!!Canon02/12/1987
107Showdown at the North Star Mind and Body Training Ground! No One Can Stop Them Now!!Canon02/19/1987
108Farewell, the Brothers of the North Star! They're Beyond Love and Sorrow!!Canon03/02/1987
109Conclusion of the Final Chapter - Now Revealed!! The 2000 Year History of the North Star!!Filler03/05/1987
110The Past is Gone. The Dawn of the New Age!!Canon03/12/1987
111When Will He Awaken?!Filler03/19/1987
112The Savior Comes From the North!!Canon03/26/1987
113The Mysterious Bounty Hunter, Ein! Kenshiro's Head is Mine!!Canon04/02/1987
114Another Art of Assassination! The Imperial Fist of the Source Star is the Name!!Canon04/09/1987
115Rage of the Celestial Emperor! Falco, Obliterate the North Star from Earth!!Canon04/23/1987
116The Wrath of the South Star! The Illustrious Harn Brothers!Canon05/07/1987
117Ein in Danger! Hands of Evil Reach for His Love!!Canon05/14/1987
118Falco, the Brave General of the Source Star! There Lies the Shadow of Raoh...Canon05/28/1987
119The Emperor's Cries Echoes Through the Imperial Capital. Falco, Where Have You Gone?Canon06/04/1987
120The Celestial Emperor is Finally RevealedCanon06/11/1987
121An Elegy for Ein! Die Bravely Than Live Without Honor!Canon06/25/1987
122The Fall of the Imperial Capital! Jakoh, You Can Dream in Hell!!Canon07/09/1987
123The Ordeal Never Ends! Kenshiro Crosses the Ocean!!Canon07/16/1987
124What Awaits on the Continent of Darkness? There Lies the Legendary Land of Asura!!Canon07/23/1987
125Good or Evil? The Mysterious North Star Lapis Lazuli Fist Appears!!Canon07/30/1987
126Love is Preached in the Century's End! Her Name is Leia!!Canon08/03/1987
127The General of Asura, Han! The Man Who Stains White Snow into Crimson!!Canon08/20/1987
128The Legend of the Savior of Asura! His Name is Raoh!!Canon08/27/1987
129Kenshiro's Secret is Revealed! The Land of Asura is His Motherland!!Canon09/03/1987
130A Cruel Prophecy! Kenshiro, You Cannot Be the Savior!Canon09/10/1987
131Rock, The Hero on Horseback! I Don't Believe in Kenshiro!!Canon09/17/1987
132Men Beyond Reasons! The Band of Seven Attacks Kenshiro!!Canon09/24/1987
133Rock's Message of Death! Kenshiro, Hang on to Your Friend's Life!!Canon10/01/1987
134Announcing the Creator of the New Century! My Name is Demon Kaioh!!Canon10/08/1987
135The Seal of the Devil! 2000 Year Tragedy of the North Star Clan is Revealed!!Canon10/15/1987
136Little Brother Ken in Danger! Hyoh, Open Up Your Kind Soul!Canon10/22/1987
137Kenshiro on the Execution Stand! The Heavens Unleash the God of the Sea!Canon10/29/1987
138Kaioh's Declaration of Victory! The Phantom of the North Star Attacks!!Canon11/05/1987
139A Destined Encounter of Hyoh and Ken! Both Are Yet to Know Their Secrets!!Canon11/12/1987
140Kaioh's Evil Decision! Cold Blood Runs Through My Body!!Canon11/19/1987
141Kenshiro's Challenge! Never Be Defeated Twice!!Canon11/26/1987
142The Tyrant Hyoh and His Sorrowful Aide! Who Will Stop Him Now?!Canon12/03/1987
143The Battle Of The Blood Brothers! Tears Will Never Return To HyohCanon12/10/1987
144The North Star on the Brink of Death! Kaioh Reaches Out for the Celestial Emperor!!Canon12/17/1987
145Tearful Reunion of the Brothers! Kenshiro, I've Been Waiting for You!!Canon12/24/1987
146Shachi's Battle for Love! Kaioh Will Ridicule With LaughterCanon01/07/1988
147The Fall of Shachi, Warrior of Love! Love is Everything, My Friends!!Canon01/14/1988
148Tragic Victim of Love! Kaioh's Foundation of Evil!!Canon01/21/1988
149Kaioh's Disgraceful Past! The Heavens Recreate Lin's Destiny!!Canon01/28/1988
150The Final Chapter: Three Episodes Remaining! Here is the 2,000 Year-old History of the North Star Clan!!Canon02/04/1988
151Prologue to the Final Episode! A Third Man Appears to Determine Lin's Fate!!Canon02/11/1988
152The Final Episode: Farewell, Kenshiro! Farewell, the Divine Fist of the North Star!!Canon02/18/1988

List of filler episodes for Fist of the North Star in chronological order – Learn if it is worth watching

Episode 9 Villains! Say your prayers before you die

Episode 9 is a filler episode. The episode ends with a teaser to the next episode, which is the beginning of the “Madame Patra” arc, which occurs much later in the manga and anime.

Kenshiro and Bat run into a gang of bikers who are chasing after Mika, who had been kidnapped by her father. Kenshiro beats up the bikers and then saves Mika from certain death at the hands of her father and other villagers. Mika’s father takes her back forcibly but Kenshiro saves Jiro, Mika’s brother from Madame Patra’s henchmen who were going to kill him. Madame Patra is then seen talking about how she will go to see Ken again very soon when she gets thirsty. The lake near her castle suddenly has all its water drained out. The drained lake is now the only way to get into her castle, and she quickly closes it off.

Episode 9 is the introduction of Mika, who is the love interest of Kenshiro as well as being his first female companion. This is also the episode where Bat joins Ken in a fight for the first time.

This episode is a filler because it was not based on any part of the manga. This is the start of a substantial story arc in the anime, which did occur in the manga but much later.

This episode is a filler and shows Bat’s first fight with Kenshiro. The episode also introduces Jiro and his sister Mika, who will become larger roles later on in the series.

The episode ends with a teaser to the next episode, which occurs much later in the manga and anime.

Episode 10 Rekka Gyakuryuken! There are too many who must die!

Episode 10 is a filler episode. The anime uses this opportunity to explore the Dragon’s castle even though the manga never did.

The anime also gives more details about what happened between Kenshiro and Yuria in the past. It shows how Yuria and Shin met their end at the hands of Shin’s brother, Jagi.

The filler episodes were not present in the original manga, but were added to give more character development to certain characters and flesh out major plot points that could not be covered within a single episode.

Episode 10 starts with Kenshiro investigating the dry lake, as he was told by the villagers that there is a monster living in the lake. After Kenshiro discovers that the water has been drained away, he is attacked by the Mount Ryujin Guardian. Kenshiro defeats him and forces him to guide him to the top of the mountain.

When they reach the top, another man clad in blue flames attacks and kills the Mount Ryujin Guardian for guiding Kenshiro up to the mountain. The man from earlier calls himself Dragon, and invites Kenshiro to his castle for a feast. While Dragon prepares dinner, he reveals that Yuria and Shin stopped at his castle after their journey from Southern Cross City. He then shows Kenshiro a portrait of Yuria that Shin painted while they were staying in his castle. The next day, Dragon offers his sympathy towards Kenshiro for losing Yuria and invites him to stay longer at his castle.

Kenshiro leaves Dragon’s castle with renewed hope and realizes that there is a city on top of Southern Cross City on top of a cliff. He continues walking forward until he reaches Southern Cross City which explains why this episode is filler even though it follows directly from Episode 9 without any time lapses or flashbacks as with most filler episodes.

Episode 14 A miserable era! The good die so young

Episode 14 of the anime features a filler storyline that was not present in the original manga. The filler plot introduces Dante, one of Shin’s strongest warriors, and Duran, a former member of Dante’s gang. The episode ends with Dante falling into the volcano after being defeated by Kenshiro.

Episode 14 starts out with Ken, Bat, and Lin traveling through a forest on their way to Shin’s territory, where they will supposedly meet Shachi. As they walk, Ken and Bat are arguing about who is stronger. They run into a man named Duran, who invites them to his village. After some initial misunderstanding from the villagers, Duran clears everything up and invites them into his village. He tells Kenshiro that he is the doctor of the village and introduces him to some of the other villagers. Duran’s sister warns Duran not to trust the strangers. That night, two of the gang enter his cabin and tell him to kill Kenshiro with some gunpowder. If he doesn’t do it, they will kill everyone in his village.

The next day, Ken asks Duran for help to get some herbs because he has a cold. He takes Ken up a volcano and tells him that he wants him to help him get some herbs for a medicine that will cure his sister’s illness. Ken starts peeling the leaves of a tree on the volcano, and Duran tells him that the herb he is looking for grows only at the top of the volcano.

Meanwhile, Dante and his gang are riding on horses and heading up the volcano. They notice a large explosion in the distance, which is where Duran and Kenshiro were headed. As they head up the volcano, they are surprised to see that Kenshiro is still standing! One of the gang members takes a young girl hostage. Duran tries to save her but gets cut by one of them. The man holding the girl then tries to run away from Kenshiro, but Kenshiro throws his sword at him instead. He hits pressure points on Dante which make him walk forward and he ends up falling into a river below along with his men.

The next day, Ken tells Bat that there must be something wrong with Duran because he was willing to kill them all in order to protect his sister’s village. Bat tells Ken that he must have had a good reason for doing it. At night, they go back to where they met Duran earlier that day and put flowers on his grave as an apology for how things turned out.

This episode is a filler because it is not based on any portions of the manga. The storyline was added to the anime to provide a new twist on the series. It also allowed for Dante, one of Shin’s strongest warriors, to be introduced early in the series, which was something that did not happen until much later in the manga. The filler plot introduces Duran, a former member of Dante’s gang who joins Kenshiro after his sister becomes ill. After helping Ken and Bat find herbs on a volcano, Duran sacrifices his life to save Bat from one of Dante’s gang members and falls into the river below with Dante and his men.

Episode 15 Count to three! You’re the one to die

Episode 15 is a filler episode of Hokuto No Ken. The plot is basically that a young girl named Karen is captured by Zaria and he makes everyone in the village zombies except for Ken, Bat, and Lin. Ken then fights Zaria and defeats him with the Hokuto Hyakuretsu Ken, but not without help from Lin’s tears.

The filler part is that the anime does not follow the manga at all. While this episode was being made, the manga had not even reached this point in its story line yet. So it is just an anime original story. Also, after this episode, the series goes back to following the manga’s storyline for a while, until about Episode 19 when it does another filler episode (Episode 20 follows up on Manga Chapter 58). The next time that it follows the manga’s storyline (Episode 21) is when Kenshiro faces Raoh for a second time in Manga Chapter 59 (Episode 24).

Episode 15 starts out with a young girl named Karen being chased by some punks. She is rescued by Ken and Bat. In the next scene we see Ken, Bat, and Lin walking through some wilderness. They then come across a village that is surrounded by what seems to be a fog. The three of them go in anyway, and find out that it is a trap set by Zaria, one of the Seven Stars of Nanto (South). It turns out that the villagers are zombies controlled by his spell.

After he has defeated all the punks who tried to capture Karen, Ken saves her and they go to her house. There they find Lin in another room. However she becomes a zombie herself because of Zaria’s spell and attacks them both. Ken then has to find a way to save her and get out of the village. He finds out about Zaria through one of the zombies. He goes to confront him in his cathedral, and when he gets there Zaria uses his spell on him too.

While this is going on Bat is trying to climb up a chimney but gets stuck in it. He almost falls but manages to hang on. Back with Ken he is still unconscious because of Zaria’s spell so Lin has no choice but to cry into his ear in order for him to wake up. Once he wakes up he tries to fight Zaria but before he can land a hit, Zaria’s spell over him wears off and he beats him with the Hokuto Hyakuretsu Ken, followed by a kick that sends him flying through the roof of the cathedral. The episode ends with Karen thanking Ken and Lin for saving her life and returning back home with them after they defeat Zaria.