If there was any time to post this bit with Kenshiro taking down a tank, now is it. After all, the goal is already dead.
Yesterday, Progress Technologies launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a bilingual eBook version of the Fist of the North Star manga. The campaign seeks $27,260 to publish the entire series in English and Japanese eBook format.
As of press time, the project is fully funded, with $112,720 raised across 390 backers, with an average contribution of $289.03 per backer. The campaign will end on November 11.
The series will be available for use on the company’s proprietary “eOneBook” readers. These devices feature an eInk display, nestled between physical paper pages and an interchangeable dust jacket. The end goal is to mimic the look and feel of a real paper book.
Languages can be switched on the fly while reading.
With funding confirmed, Progress Technologies intends to start mass production January, with an estimated February 2018 shipping period.
Fist of the North Star is a post-apocalyptic action series from Buronson and illustrator Tetsuo Hara. The series ran in the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump from 1983 – 1988, and spans twenty-seven collected volumes.
The series spawned numerous anime adaptations since its launch, including a 152-episode TV series, several films, 1996 OVA New Fist of the North Star, and 2011 comedy DD Fist of the North Star. Numerous video game adaptations have been made over the past thirty years, with the most recent being the Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage series by Koei Tecmo. Last month, Sega announced that their Yakuza Studio are making their own game based on the franchise.