An Insane Price. A Glittery Crotch. A Good Cause.

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Fist of the North Star started life as a badass manga. A badass manga needs a badass figure. A big badass figure. But does it need Swarovski crystal? You bet it does.

Fist of the North Star follows the adventures of Kenshiro as he punches the shit out of people and utters hard-nosed likes like, "You're already dead."

When Koei Tecmo released Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage in 2010, it wheeled out a life-sized Ken statue, along with pop idol Nana Tanimura.

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Now a year later, Ken is back. This time, Osaka-based figure maker Kaiyodo has redone the Ken statue and covered it in roughly 500,000 Swarovski crystals, apparently worth ¥10,000,000 or $130,000. The figure cuts a striking figure. It also sports a glitter crotch.

This week, the figure is getting its unveiling in Tokyo's ritzy Ginza, where on Oct. 29, it will be possible to have your photo taken with it. Starting Nov. 1, the figure will go on display at Tokyo Narita Airport.

The sparkly Ken figure is excessive, sure, and feels somewhat out of step with the crappy global economy. But this isn't mere figure hedonism (hello glitter crotch!), this is for a good cause.

Between Dec. 11 and Dec. 17, the figure will go up for bidding on Japan's Yahoo! Auction site, with a portion going to victims of the March 11 earthquake.

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This past spring, any images of urban decay in new games led to delays and even cancellations. Fist of the North Star is ripe with such imagery, and even the iconic line "You're already dead" could be misconstrued as poor taste. Time has passed though. The country is rebuilding, and people are getting on with their lives. It's about time something like Ken, glitter crotch and all, did his part to help those who need it most.

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Photos in the gallery are courtesy of website Comic Natalie.

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DISCUSSION

So is FOTNS/HNK still that relevant in Japan? I am actually here right now and right across the street from my hotel (in Shinjuku) is a MASSIVE building large banner with the HNK cast. It is promoting the new pachinko machines that are modeled after the manga/anime.

Has it always been this popular? Was there a comeback or something? A new anime series? I am out of the loop.