Hokuto ga Gotoku, the Yakuza team’s video game based on Fist of the North Star (aka Hokuto no Ken), continues to look amazing and bizarre. The latest trailer for the PlayStation 4 game shows off what protagonist Kenshiro is capable of beyond making his enemies explode via advanced martial arts techniques.
One of Kenshiro’s more impressive abilities in Hokuto ga Gotoku is the power to take the dying screams of his enemies — such as “ひでぶつ (hidebu)” — and beat up other opponents with them. As in text will appear on screen that Kenshiro can grab and use as a weapon.
Here’s an example of what that looks like:
According to the latest issue of Japan’s Famitsu magazine, as translated by Gematsu, that technique is known as the “Abeshi Collection” power, named after the pained expressions Kenshiro’s foes emit when he’s about to dispatch them.
“Abeshi” is one of the phrases that appear in the Fist of the North Star manga, often after some unlucky bad guy has his face rearranged by Kenshiro. Series artist Tetsuo Hara explained in 2015 where that phrase, and “hidebu,” comes from, according to this translation from Crunchyroll.
"Hidebu!" is actually supposed to be "痛ぇ ブー", a modification of the Japanese phrase "ittai desu" ("it hurts!"), but since the villains are in the process of exploding, the vocal sounds are shifted. Hara observes that when something really hurts, one is more likely to let out an exclamation like "achi!" or "hoachi!" than a grammatically correct word.
“Abeshi!”, on the other hand, is the combination of a powerful “Aaaaaa!” scream - like the kind you would make if you broke a limb - with “べしっ” (“besshi”), the Japanese onomatopoeia for getting punched in the face.
As seen in the trailer above, Kenshiro’s power to beat up dudes with nonsense onomatopoeia isn’t his only talent. He’s also a master of turning a massive block of ice into a perfect high ball ice cube, giving food to the needy and practicing what appears to be ... rapid-fire chiropractic therapy? Which is to say, you should really watch that video.
Hokuto ga Gotoku is coming to PlayStation 4 on March 8, 2018 in Japan. The game has not yet been confirmed for a North American release.