Tetsuo Hara
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Tetsuo Hara
Tetsuo Hara
Tetsuo Hara - Dimanche - Japan Expo 2013 - P1670525.jpg
Tetsuo Hara at Japan Expo 2013 in France.
BornHara Tetsuo ()
(1961-09-02) 2 September 1961 (age 58)
Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Area(s)Manga artist
Notable works
Fist of the North Star
Fist of the Blue Sky
Hana no Keiji
Official webpage

Tetsuo Hara (Japanese: ? , Hepburn: Hara Tetsuo, born September 2, 1961) is a Japanese manga artist, best known for drawing the series Fist of the North Star (known as Hokuto no Ken in Japan), which he co-authored with Buronson. He is cousin to comedian Ryo Fukawa.


A native of Tokyo, Hara attended Hong? Junior and Senior High School and worked as an assistant to manga artist Yoshihiro Takahashi after graduating. As an amateur, he won the first prize of the 33rd Fresh Jump award for his boxing short story Super Challenger. Hara's professional career began with his first published work: Mad Fighter in 1982. His first serialized work in the Weekly Sh?nen Jump was the Iron Don Quixote, a motocross manga which lasted only ten weeks in serialization. He achieved fame after the publication of Hokuto no Ken (Fist of the North Star) in 1983, which he co-created with Buronson and ran for six years in Weekly Jump. His next long-running serial was Hana no Keiji,a period tale loosely based on a novel by Keiichiro Ryu, which was published in Weekly Jump from 1990 to 1993. He would go on to produce several shorter serials and one-shots for Shueisha until departing from the company in 2000.

In 2001, he became one of the founding members of the manga editing company Coamix and would go on to illustrate S?ten no Ken (Fist of the Blue Sky), a prequel to Hokuto no Ken, which was serialized in Weekly Comic Bunch from 2001 until the magazine's final issue in 2010. Originally published as a weekly serial, S?ten no Ken was changed to a semi-regular feature after Hara was diagnosed with keratoconus.[1] Despite previously announcing his intentions to retire after completing S?ten no Ken, he would go on to illustrate his current series Ikusa no Ko: The Legend of Nobunaga Oda, published in Monthly Comic Zenon since 2010. An English edition of Ikusa no Ko is concurrently published at the official Silent Manga Audition Community website.[2]




Title Magazine Date Volumes
The Iron Don Quijote (, Tetsu no Don Kih?te) Weekly Sh?nen Jump 1982-1983 2
Fist of the North Star (?, Hokuto no Ken) Weekly Sh?nen Jump 1983-1988 27
Cyber Blue (CYBER) Weekly Sh?nen Jump 1988-1989 4
Keiji (? --, Hana no Keiji -Kumo no Kanata ni-, "Flowery Keiji: At the Other Side of the Cloud") Weekly Sh?nen Jump 1990-1993 18
Kagemusha Tokugawa Ieyasu (?, "Tokugawa Ieyasu's Shadow Warrior")[3] Weekly Sh?nen Jump 1994-1995 6
Takeki Ry?sei (?, "The Mighty Ryusei") Weekly Sh?nen Jump 1995 3
Sakon - Sengoku F?unroku- (SAKON --, "Sakon: Chronicles of Feudal Turbulence") Weekly Sh?nen Jump 1997-2000 6
Hydra ( (?), Hyudora) Manga Allman 1997-1998 1
K?kenryoku ?ry? S?sakan Nakab? Rintar? ( , "Government Corruption Investigator Rintaro Nakabo) Bart 3230 1998-2000 2
Aterui the Second (? (?)II?, Aterui Nisei) Monthly Gotta 2000 1
Fist of the Blue Sky (?, S?ten no Ken) Weekly Comic Bunch 2001-2010 22
Ikusa no Ko: The Legend of Oda Nobunaga ( ?, Ikusa no Ko: Oda Sabur? Nobunaga Den) Monthly Comic Zenon 2010-current


Title Magazine Date
Super Challenger () Weekly Jump: Special Edition 1982/4/10
Mad Fighter () Fresh Jump 1982/10
Crash Hero () Weekly Jump 1982 (No. 43)
Hokuto no Ken (?) (prototype version) Fresh Jump 1983/04
Hokuto no Ken II (?II) (prototype version) Fresh Jump 1983/06
Zhí Yè Xi?ng Sh?u (? (), J? Ie Shon Sh?) Weekly Jump 1993 (No. 5-6)
Kaen no Sh? (?, "The Hands of Flames") Weekly Jump Spring Special 1995
Kiseki Moyuru Toki (, "When The Pyroxene Burns") Weekly Jump 1996 (No. 43)
Chase ( (?), Cheisu) Manga Allman 1997 (No. 2)
Hokuto no Ken: Last Piece (?-LAST PIECE-) Comic Zenon May 2013 (Part 1)
June 2013 (Part 2)

Novel Illustrations

  • K?ry? no Mimi - (4 volumes, 1991-1993)
  • Ichimu An F?ry? Ki (1 volume, 1992 Shueisha Bunko edition)
  • Hokuto no Ken: Jubaku no Machi (1 volume, 1995)
  • Miyamoto Musashi (8 volumes, 2013 Takarashimasha Bunko edition)

Other works

  • Saturday Night Slam Masters/Muscle Bomber (1993 arcade game) - promotional illustrations. The character portraits in the arcade version were done by another artist, but they were replaced by Hara's own renditions in the console versions for the Super NES and Sega Genesis.
  • Muscle Bomber Duo (1993 arcade game) - promotional illustrations
  • Ring of Destruction: Slam Masters II/Super Muscle Bomber (1994 arcade game) - promotional and in-game illustrations.
  • Itadaki Muscle! (2006 TV series) - illustrations for the opening intro.
  • Mori no Senshi Bonolon (2006 anime series) - producer, character designer
  • Gif? D?d? Naoe Kanetsugu (2008 manga series) - Co-author with Horie Nobuhiko, cover illustrations.


  1. ^ "Interview with Hara Tetsuo". Raijin Comics. Archived from the original on 2004-06-29. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Comic Zenon International". North Stars Pictures.
  3. ^ " ?( / ? / [])". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 2019.

External links

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