Omae Wa Mou Shindeiru Meaning
Fist of the North Star
Fist of the North Star
chapter 1: “A Cry from the Heart” (September 26, 1983)
|Created by||Tetsuo Hara
|Voiced by||See Voice actors|
|Portrayed by||Gary Daniels|
|Alias||The Man with the Seven Scars, The Savior of the Century’s End|
|Title||64th Successor of Hokuto Shinken|
|Relatives||Hyoh (biological older brother)
Raoh (adoptive older brother)
Toki (adoptive older brother)
Jagi (adoptive older brother)
Ryuken (adoptive father)
is a fictional character and the protagonist of the
Fist of the North Star
manga series created by Tetsuo Hara and Buronson. According to Hara and Buronson, Kenshiro’s character design was primarily based on the martial artist and actor Bruce Lee, combined with influences from actor Yūsaku Matsuda and the
In the story, Kenshiro is the rightful successor of an ancient art of assassination called
Hokuto Shinken, which allows Kenshiro to defeat his adversaries through use of hidden meridian points. Through the course of the original manga, Kenshiro fights against various ruffians who threaten the lives of the post-apocalyptic survivors, as well as numerous antagonis martial artists, including his three honorary brothers trained in the art of Hokuto Shinken.
Kenshiro is also known as “the Man with Seven Scars”
Nanatsu no Kizu no Otoko
), due to the seven scars engraved on his chest patterned after the shape of the Big Dipper (the symbol of the
school), as well as “the Savior of the Century’s End”
). Kenshiro’s famous catchphrase just prior to an enemy’s death is “You are already dead.”
Omae wa mō shindeiru
Concept and creation
Artist Tetsuo Hara was a fan of Chinese martial artist Bruce Lee as well as action manga and the Japanese action film star Yūsaku Matsuda. He combined the appearance and character traits of Bruce Lee and Yūsaku Matsuda when he came up with the character design of Kenshiro.
Hara originally depicted Kenshiro as a teenager who fought against the rival martial arts school of the Taizanji Kenpō in the 1980s Japan in his two-part prototype version of
Hokuto no Ken. This version of the character was given the full name of Kenshiro Kasumi
). In this setting, Kenshiro was the 23rd successor of Hokuto Shinken, preceded by his unnamed father, who in turn learned the art from the 21st successor, Guru Liú Zhèng
). This Kenshiro was much more cheerful than the Kenshiro of the serialized manga, having yet to experience the same hardships at the berangkat of the story and lacking his iconic seven scars. After Kenshiro’s girlfriend, Yuki is murdered and Ken is framed for her death, Kenshiro becomes a wanted fugitive who sets out to overthrow the Taizanji organization.
The character was revised by Buronson when
Hokuto no Ken
was picked up for weekly serialization. Now turned into a full-grown adult, Buronson has stated that he based the revised Kenshiro primarily on the actor and martial arts legend Bruce Lee. He also cites the
film series as an influence.
The character is only referred by his given name in the series, which is always written in katakana in Japanese. The full name Kenshiro Kasumi was reused for the main character of
Fist of the Blue Sky, a predecessor of the Kenshiro from
Fist of the North Star, although his given name is spelled differently (
Kenshiro is the youngest of four adopted sons trained by the previous
successor, Ryuken. As a child, he was sent to Japan, along with his future nemesis Raoh and Raoh’s brother Toki, to escape from their homeland, the war-torn Land of Asura. Along with Raoh, Toki and a fourth student named Jagi, Kenshiro, the youngest of the four, was trained in the art of
and eventually named successor by Ryuken. After surviving the nuclear war, he tried to live in peace with his fiancée Yulia, until Jagi instigates Shin, a jealous rival from the Nanto Koshuken school, to challenge, then defeat Kenshiro. Shin then engraved the iconic seven scars on Kenshiro’s chest by stabbing Kenshiro with his fingertips and left him for dead. Prior to this event, he was more forgiving of his enemies, as shown in a flashback of Jagi’s failed assassination attempt against him, in which Kenshiro chooses to spare Jagi’s life after defeating him. When Kenshiro later fights his old rivals in the present, particularly Shin, Jagi, and Raoh, they all remark on Kenshiro’s acquired mercilessness.
The initial story arc centers around Kenshiro’s quest to reclaim Yulia from Shin. He meets a pair of orphans who follow him in his journey: Bat, a thief; and Pita, a young girl rescued by Ken. Throughout the course of the series, Kenshiro protects the weak and innocent from the numerous gangs roaming the post-apocalyptic wasteland, eventually gaining his reputation as the “Savior of the Century’s End.” Kenshiro’s skills improve through his encounters with members of the
Nanto Roku Seiken
and his Hokuto brothers. In the intervening years between Kenshiro last encountering his brothers, Toki decided to use his powers in a way that brought no pain, through healing and painless attacks, while Raoh became considerably more misguided, intent on becoming the ‘Conqueror of the Century’s End’ through ruling the wasteland with an iron fist. Kenshiro eventually confronts and defeats Raoh and is reunited with Yulia, and lives with her berayun-ayun she eventually dies from a halte illness brought on by radiation sickness.
Years later, Kenshiro joins forces with the now-grown Bat and Tali tap, who have formed the Hokuto Army to fight off the now-corrupt
warriors. The story eventually takes Ken to the Land of Asura, where he learns of his
heritage and fights against the warlords who control the Land of Asura: his estranged blood brother Hyoh; and Kaioh, Raoh’s other blood brother. In the end, Kenshiro takes Raoh’s orphaned son, Ryu, under his wing, before continuing on his own, the future of humanity finally sealed with the defeat of Kaioh.
Kenshiro has been voiced by numerous voice actors in different sarana. Akira Kamiya voiced him first in the original anime television series and movie, as well as in a few video games. He is voiced by Takehito Koyasu in the original video animation series
New Fist of the North Star, Kunihiro Kawamoto in the
Fist of the North Star
arcade game and CGI short
Hokuto no Ken: Legend of Heroes, Hiroshi Abe in
The Legends of the True Savior
film series, Hideo Ishikawa in the video game version of
Ten no Haō, Katsuyuki Konishi in the video games
Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage,
J-Stars Victory VS,
Fitness Boxing: Fist of the North Star, and Takaya Kuroda and Robbie Daymond in the video game
Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise. The child version of Kenshiro is voiced by Ryō Horikawa in the original anime series and by Yūko Gibu in the
Legends of the True Savior
In a survey conducted by the Oricon in 2007 among 1,000 people, Kenshiro ranked third place as the “strongest manga character of all time,” behind only
protagonist Son Goku and Doraemon who ranked first and second, respectively.
A “wedding ceremony” for Kenshiro and Yuria was held at the Nippon Seinenkan on September 13, 2008, the date of the 25th anniversary of
Fist of the North Star. Tetsuo Hara, Buronson, and other staff who worked on the series attended the ceremony planned by an actual wedding planner, 3,000 fans were applying for the 777 invitations that were available to fans via various outlets.
In the 2022s, Kenshiro’s catchphrase “Omae Wa Mou Shindeiru” (“You Are Already Dead”) became a popular Internet meme. In September 2022, music producer deadman 死人 (Noah Ryan Murphy) released the song “Omae Wa Mou” which references the meme and samples the Japanese song “Tiny Little Adiantum” (2013) from the
video game music album
Toho Bossa Nova 2. Rapper Lil Boom produced his own version of the song called “Already Dead” three months later. In 2022, “Omae Wa Mou” went viral on TikTok and topped Spotify’s Viral 50 chart, before being taken off the chart after being struck with a copyright claim.
In 2022, game publisher Wizards of the Coast featured a playing card titled “You Are Already Dead” in its new Japanese-themed Magic: The Gathering set, Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty.
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