Get your quarters ready, because the world's top fighters are about to go head to head in this explosive animated adaptation of the classic Street Fighter II arcade game! M. Bison's plan to crush those who would oppose his organization, Shadowloo, is simple: brainwash the strongest martial artists around with his dreaded psycho power, and turn them into living weapons! To stop him, Interpol agent Chun-Li must team up with Major Guile of the United States Air Force, but that's no small feat.
They'll have to put aside their differences and learn to work together, and fast. Bison is closing in on Ryu, a traveling vagabond said to be the best fighter in the world. Fortunately (or not), Ryu is a hard man to find, but the same can't be said of his eternal rival, Ken. And it might just be through Ken that Bison will get what he wants! Can the World Warriors beat Bison to the punch?
I think this is the ultimate anime in adapting video games. It just made something epic out of it. With the exemption of Akuma’s brief cameo, pretty much virtually every character has their own memorable placement even though some may not have any direct connection to the establishment or progressions of the main story. It is very true to the source material and even influenced the Street Fighter Alpha branch of the series. I do have some complaints such as the lack of use of Sagat after the intro. I was hoping Ryu and Sagat would fight one more time, but that didn’t happen
and I think the staff had the right reasons why they couldn’t make it happen. But I have trouble over looking it being a Sagat fan and all.
Well, the character design is just fantastic. Very true to the games and makes them recognizable to newbies and veterans of the series alike. The art isn’t too stereotypical by relying on big eyes too much with the exemption of its female cast, but other than that, everything is just perfect and you couldn’t ask for more. No wait, you could. You can’t have Street Fighter without some kung fu fighting, which is the heart and soul of this movie. The staff wanted a more realistic and technical approach but yet still raw, which translated flawlessly into this movie. The action was coordinated by Ishii Kazuyoshi, the founder of the K-1 kickboxing promotion, and former K-1 champion, Andy Hug. Hug, god bless his soul, passed away nearly 10 years ago of Leukemia after winning a tournament, and Ishii is now in prison for tax evasion. Anyway, in addition to the realistic approach to the pacing, movement and techniques, it still balances out with the inclusion of the signature moves such as hadoukens and sonic booms. It can also get a little bloody at times. It’s extreme and keeps you on the edge of your seat, and doesn’t get old. And to me, nothing can top the extremities and technicalities of the art and animation.
The dub and Japanese voice acting are equally excellent in their own rights. My favorite performances were both that of Vega or Balrog, which name you are free to refer to him as was definitely breath taking. Both actors captured his character of being a sadistic narcissist in a way that exceeded your expectations of what that character could sound like. And for that example alone, I’ll leave it at that.
The music between both versions is of course a different manner of discussion. I think the selected American music with the likes of KMFDM, Silverchair, Alice in Chains, and Korn and the Jpop in the Japanese version were appropriately used in relation to capturing its target audience. And after watching the English version for 12 years, listening to the Japanese version the first time, totally threw me off. The difference in the music selected in each version really captures your attention and makes you view things in different ways. To me, watching the English version of lets say the fight between Chun Li and Vega made me feel an intensity that I was watching a pay per view fight, while watching it in Japanese, I felt like I was watching a fight to the death and I was able to feel the struggle of Chun Li more as if she was going to lose, while with the American music, you had that notion she was going to come out on top and finish it with nothing to lose. I’m not saying one is better than the other, it’s just it all depends on how you react to things in my perspective.
And one last thing, the main theme Itoshisa to Setsunasa to Kokoro Tsuyosa to sung by Shinohara Ryoko, the song that plays when Ken and Ryu fight Bison, I’ll admit is catchy and I love it a whole lot and is still considered a huge hit in Japan, but really felt out of place in contrast to the action presented. Even though I think both Japanese and English are great, due to the uses of differences of music, I can’t say one is better than the other and you’re going to have to watch it in both languages to have a full appreciation of this movie.
I say fans and non-fans alike of either the Street Fighter games or anime in general should and must give this a shot. This was one of the animes that came out in 1995 during a time way before anime was cool and is still way cooler than a lot of animes today. Luckily, this came out when I was getting into anime and being a fan of Street Fighter, I just had to get this. And for me, this was the right anime at the right time. I was 11 when I first watch this and many elements amazed and shocked me, and it may have with a lot of people. One being the Chun Li shower scene and all video game animes that followed had to have this kind of scene including Fatal Fury, Battle Arena Toshiden, and the piece of shit Tekken anime. It was something different to me and I didn’t take the scene offensive and thought of this was something acceptable to Japanese people which is yes and no true. Eventually I got around to showing this movie to my friends and we could watch this movie all night over and over. Especially Chun Li vs Vega which anyone who has seen this movie cannot deny that is certainly one of the best anime fights of all time.
Before I get into my review, I have to preface this by admitting that Street Fighter II in particular has played a very huge part in my preference when it comes to video games so I can admit that there is going to be a bit of bias during this review.
Animes based on video games have been,for the most part, a huge smoldering ash pile of disappointment. They often do not stick to the source material of the game, take too many liberties on a simple story line that is starring them right in their over ambitious faces, and ultimately its a blunder
before it even gets started. Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie is the exception to the latter.
When you are doing a cross over of a popular ip and placing it into another medium, taking from the exact source material is a very very crucial detail that will aid in your success. Anime studio Group TAC understood this and by the end of the film, I could have literally jumped out my seat and kissed them for it if they were standing close by.
The first crucial element of my happiness with this film was the obvious character design pulled directly from the conceptual art of those involved directly with the original game. Every character looks like the genuine article, and it further pushes the films enjoyment when the true magic takes place.
It goes without saying that the stand out moments of the film are where they are supposed to be, in the fighting. Most of the fight scenes are choreographed with the utmost attention to detail while incorporating many of the moves that fans of the series have come to love. What plays a minor part in the scenes that make the experience of these scenes bigger as a whole are the sound effects as fists clash against flesh in a realistic manner excelling the enjoyment of what takes place as you watch.
The first scene of the films sets the stage for all of this perfectly and by the films title introduction it is clear that your going to be in for a good watch. The story, while pretty generic in its approach, did enough to push the plot and not take you out of the film. M. Bison, the films antagonist, is monitoring the worlds strongest fighters in search of a vessel that will aide him in his quest for world domination.
As the plot progresses, you find a few character story lines from the game meshed in between. It may have made for a much better film if the script was fleshed out to involve more of the characters but for the most part you get a sense of the motivations from the main protagonists and I personally thought that was good enough.
Before I jump into the soundtrack, it is very important to note that there have been various versions of the film over the years and the one that I specifically watched was the original. The original score was by no means grandiose yet and still it did enough to please and I prefer it greatly over the redone version that came to the western shores.
It must be said that despite the minor scenes that were omitted from the western version,if you have not seen the uncut version or the original, you may just want to save your criticisms about the film until such time that you have.
Ultimately, Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie was an amazing showcase of the source material and in my opinion, should be judged from that view point alone. To just watch this film with no context of where this film derived from will do you no justice. Make no mistakes -- this was fan service at its mind blowing best!!
Based on the popular video game of the same name by Capcom. This movie contains each of the characters up until Super Street Fighter II. Therefore, fans of particular characters will at least get the opportunity to see their favorite do something. Although in some cases they won't get to see very much.
For those whom may not know; I hate video game to anime films. Mainly because in terms of quality anime almost none of them have cracked the ceiling of mediocrity. Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie somewhat fits into the category. Fortunately, for a video game to anime translation the movie isn't too
bad because it gives something to the fans, and it's many notches above awful titles such as Art of Fighting, Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture, and Devil May Cry. Street Fighter delivers well animated choreographed fights between some of the most popular characters in the SF universe.
SFII contains some of the best hand to hand action scenes in fighting anime. The animation is very fluid during the action scenes. The characters battle with real martial art moves for the most part, and I enjoy the attention to detail. Some of the characters actually perform the regular moves from the game and most of them are very cool to see.
The artwork is great also with the characters perfectly resembling their video game counterparts. The art style fits perfectly for this type of anime. I also enjoyed the soundtrack with standout songs being Them Bones by Alice in Chains and Blind by Korn. However, several times I can remember the BGM was quite boring, and has caused me to come quite close to dosing off. In other cases, it brought out the best during some fight scenes. The voice actors and seiyuu are pretty good to me. I don't have any complaints except the dialogue can be very cheesy at times. Plus, there's a bit of profanity thrown out there which can be a bother for some.
I have to give credit to the production team for bringing SF to the TV screen for fans. Now, speaking from a fans point of view. I really did enjoy seeing some of my favorite characters going at it, but that's where the major problem begins. As in all video game to anime I have seen; non fans of the game will come away feeling as if they wasted their time. Outside of the main characters it is highly unlikely a non fan will learn anything about the remaining cast. Character development is very low to non existent because so many characters were just squeezed in. Characters appear only to deliver a couple of moves and disappear as quick as they came.
The plot is very boring and I was rarely sucked into the story. Thankfully the pacing makes the movie less painful. The fights are well dispersed, and most of them make the wait well worth it. In truth, the action is the only reason to bother with this.
Street Fighter II is something that I can only recommend to fans of the franchise. However, if you're not a fan of the franchise but love action anime in any form; then this may be for you as well. It's definitely better than all of the fighting game to anime I have seen, and better than its so called sequels or side stories, but it's not a great anime by any stretch of the imagination. Non fans of the franchise and action films should skip it without hesitation.
Pros: Very good fight scenes, very good animation and artwork, pacing, good for fans....
Cons: ...bad for non fans, boring plot, too many character appearances
This is defintely the best street fighter movie out there. The two other alpha and generations pretty much suck. This is the real deal along with the episodes. The two other movies just give street fighter a bad name. Like all ols school animes this is also dubbed very well. I peronally prefer dubbed but alot of the times they suck but this is actually really good dubbed sp check it out in english along with the series.
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