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Shin
Shin (manga)
Shin, as he appears in the manga.
Name in Kanji シン
Name in Romaji Shin
Alternate spelling(s) Sin
Fighting Style Nanto Koshū Ken
Position(s) Leader of the KING organization
Appearances Manga (ch. 4-10, 121), Anime (ep. 1-22, 97), Yuria Gaiden, others
Voice actor(s) Toshio Furukawa
Takuya Kirimoto (Legends of the True Savior)
Tomokazu Sugita (Hokuto Musou)
Steven Blum (anime dub)
Michael McConnohie (movie dub)
Doug Erholtz (Hokuto Musou dub)

Shin (シン) is the successor of Nanto Koshū Ken (南斗孤鷲拳?, "South Dipper Lone Eagle Fist"), one of the martial art styles within the Nanto Rokusei Ken. He bears the destiny of the Star of Martyrdom (殉星 Junsei?), who is destined to live and die for love.

History

As youths, Shin and Kenshiro were close friends who frequently trained together. Shin secretly desired Kenshiro's fiancée, Yuria, ever since they first met. After the nuclear war and the death of Master Ryuken, Shin was goaded by Jagi into confronting Kenshiro and taking Yuria for himself. Shin challenged Kenshiro and paralyzed him with the Nanto Gokuto Ken technique before engraving seven scars in the shape of the Big Dipper on his chest to coerce Yuria into swearing her love for him. 


During the following year, Shin and his army conquered the former Kantō region. He assumed the title of KING and built Yuria the city of Southern Cross to win her affection. However, his continued atrocities only drove her to commit suicide by leaping from the palace balcony. Yuria survived due to the intervention of the Nanto Goshasei, who arrived at Southern Cross to save Yuria from Raoh's imminent invasion, who desired Yuria for himself. Knowing that neither he nor Kenshiro would be a match for Raoh, Shin entrusted Yuria to the Goshasei's custody and allowed his reputation to be tarnished by pretending he was her murderer. It was after this that Kenshiro infiltrated Shin's headquarters and the two fought once more. Driven by Shin's words after their first battle, Kenshiro defeated him by striking his vital points in the shape of Shin's emblem - the 'Bloody Cross'. Maintaining that Yuria had died, Shin refused to perish by Ken's hand and took his own life by jumping from the palace balcony, as Yuria did before him. After the battle, Kenshiro buried his fallen rival out of respect for their mutual love for the same woman.


Fighting style

Shin was the succesor to the Nanto Koshu Ken (南斗孤鷲拳, South Dipper Lone Eagle Fist) , a brutal fighting style that revolved around piercing the flesh of the opponent utilising the hands or feet. This is shown in prime detail during his first encounter with Kenshiro, when he tortures his former friend by repeatedly piercing his chest with a single finger, giving Kenshiro his infamous seven scars. The power of the attacks are such that Shin was able to even overwhelm the steel skin of general Balcom. An exceptional fighter, Shin is one of the few people in the series who could boast having defeated Kenshiro once.

TV series

In the TV series, Shin's empire is notably larger compared to the manga. In addition to his four lieutenants (Heart, Spade, Diamond, and Club), it also includes the God's Army organization, Jackal's gang and a host of subordinate groups. As Kenshiro continues to thwart his efforts at every turn, Shin assembles his remaining troops and sends them on an all-out assault against Kenshiro as he approaches Southern Cross. After Kenshiro is presumed dead, Balcom seizes the opportunity to plot a mutiny against Shin, and although Shin defeats him, the city is destroyed in the chaos. With Shin vowing to build another Southern Cross, Yuria decides to commit suicide from the palace balcony and prevent the violence repeating itself.

1986 movie

In the 1986 movie, Yuria mentions that Kenshiro and Shin grew up together and had a brotherly friendship. Shin's army is defeated by Raoh's troops who invade Southern Cross before Kenshiro's arrival - whilst Shin is defeated off-screen by Raoh himself. When Kenshiro finally arrives, Shin is already dying from his previous fight with Raoh, but in his final moments he reveals that Raoh has taken Yuria to Cassandra.

Kenshirō Den

The 2008 movie Kenshirō Den introduces Shin's Nanto Koshū Ken predecessor, Fugen, as well as Shin's former training partner, Jugai, who was said to be of equal ability.

Character Rating

  • From Hokuto no Ken: Kyūkyoku Kaisetsusho: Seikimatsu Haō Retsuden.
  • Level: A
  • Power: 3
  • Speed: 4
  • Skills: 4
  • Looks: 4
  • Charisma: 4

Trivia

  • Banikis Gigo from Konjiki no Gash Bell!, has a striking resemblance with Shin.

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