Last Monday a user named MangaFood uploaded an animated short on the Flash portal Newgrounds. Titled Star of the North Fist, it deftly summarizes the 1986 Fist of the North Star movie in under three minutes. The short has garnered over 30,000 views in little over a week.
MangaFood agreed to answer a few questions about himself and the creation of his viral cartoon.
Milo: Tell us a little about yourself and when you began animating Flash.
MangaFood: I began animating in the beginning of 2012. I have quite a few embarrassing animations from when I was getting to know flash.
M: Is it safe to say you’re a fan of Fist of the North Star?
MF: Yes, I’m a big fan of Fist of the North Star, regardless of what people think. I should add that I liked the manga series way more than I did the TV series, and the TV series a bit more than the (1986) movie.
M: Why make a parody of the 1986 Fist of the North Star movie in 2012? Any particular reason?
MF: I don’t know, these jokes are like 10 years old from when I saw the movie for the first time. Me and my friend were laughing about it, so I thought others might find it funny. I was actually trying to mimic the style of the movie more than anything else. I only just found out that they are releasing a second Ken’s Rage video game from reading your blog post, god help them.
M: How long did it take you to create Star of the North Fist?
MF: Well, it took like 1 month of actual work spread out over like 3 or 4 months because flash gave out on me for about 2 months.
M: Do you have any plans for your next Flash animation?
MF: Maybe, I’m not taking it too seriously. I love watching old anime