It was almost inevitable that ADV would fall into the same trap as the new 'Dr Who,' 'Stargate Atlantis' and countless other cash-in spin offs:
"The CGI is spectacular...BUT!"
The original plot of FOTNS might have been basic, but at least it was relatively clear; the Master of Hokuto Shin Ken fights to rescue the woman he loves, and in so doing, discovers his destiny as the saviour of the world. However, whilst the first volume of this new series is pretty easy to follow, it becomes completely bizarre and impossible to explain in Vols 2 & 3.
Even leaving aside the completely gratuitous rape scene in Vol 2, the entire script for this new series seems to have been thown together at the last minute by a schizophrenic man with no short-term memory. And by the end of the third volume, my girlfriend and I were both asking 'WHAT!!??'
It would be easy for us to blame this confusion on the fact that the Japanese mindset is different to ours. But having followed all 152 episodes of the original FOTNS with no problems whatsoever, this new series left me feeling confused, disgusted and completely ripped off.
When push comes to shove, this series is just a pathetic shadow of the original. It's a feeble cash-in clone with no creative vision and more holes than swiss cheese. So even if you can only find it in the original Japanese with English subtitles, I would strongly recommend saving your money for the TRUE Fist of the North Star.