Pulling stories from literally out of nowhere it seems (that's the problem with adapting fighting games), this Street Fighter cartoon was all over the place. I love the street fighter games. I love the characters. This series tries to incomporate aspects from the game with continuity from the movie (Captain Sawada?). I have 3 big problems with the show. the First is the animation. The characters look good- when they're standing still. Movement (especially action sequences) look very sloppy.
My second issue is the fighting. The characters, especially Guile seem regulated to doing only one thing: Sonic Booms and Flash Kicks. Sure he did them in the game, but on this cartoon it's overkill. You might see him do the same thing 6 times on one episode! The burn me out with the continuous special moves, and it all becomes repetative and boring.
My 3rd issue is the way they handle the characters. There's something really rediculous about seeing all our favorite fighters standing around in karate gis or half naked, as they talk to other people in the episode. I know that's what they wore in the game, but for the show, they could have at least made an attempt to be practical. Check out the SF V series from Japan. Much better story wise, fighting wise and animation wise
Godawful. This is some of the worst animation Ive ever seen on tv( and i've seen some real trash), and is embarssing for any fan, it completely degrades the franchise. The animators of this show should be completly ashamed of themselves. Horrible quality drawing and totaly unrealistic animation, laughably stupid and inexcuseably littered with blatantly obvious mistakes. Worse than a kiddy show, and even less intelligent. Terrible voice acting, scripting, the whole ten yards its an absolute mess and unbelieveable how something this bad could ever make it on TV and for 2 seasons.
What a joke, the designers have no talent other than drawing silly as cartoon crap. This show in no way resembles comic book or video game style artwork, its just a disgrace.
A really good animated martial arts show. If this is a show that you do not normally watch and you are sitting at home with nothing to do, you are going to wish you had it on tape. Having it "on tape" had become the generic term for recorded programs. Today you are more likely to have the show on Tivo or DVR than VHS, or god forbid Beta!! It is kind of like how a lot of people still call CD's "records" or "albums." Anyway, back to the show. This is the type of show that is really pretty good if you would just give it a chance. So on those cold, lonely, rainy days, pop in your tape or DVR or whatever if you were smart enough to tape it. If not, check to see if it is on as a re-run. After all, as they say, if you have never seen it, it is new to you.
They tried to take a popular game, and make it into a GI- Joish kind of show, which in my opinion..FAILD MISERABLY. When did Guile become the primary focus of the Street Fighter Story, last I checked ...it was Ken and Ryu!! And while we are that subject, what was up with Ken and Ryu being some hustlers trying to find a get rich quick scheme!!! HELL,last time I checked, Ken Masters was a Millionaire, and Ryu...Ryu gave a dayum about money. It was all about the fight, and becoming a better fighter that drove him. I will be honest, if they had kept everyone's background the way it was supposed to be, and the story the way it was, then it MAY have succeeded. But sadly, this was just a poor attempt at making more money off of a popular franchise. Street Fighter V, Street Fighter II The Movie, And Street Fighter Alpha The Movie, will always shine as the true representations of the game. This show though, better luck next time.
Okay, people, I know that 'Street Fighter' was a 'love it or hate it' kind of movie. It was the first moderately successful movie about a video game (after the failures Super Mario Bros. and Double Dragon). Personally, I loved it, and it's quickly become one of my personal favorite action movies. As such, I consistantly tuned in to 'Street Fighter: the Animated Series' which would air 10 am, Saturdays (Central Time), on USA, from 1995-1997.
I enjoyed the many references to the movie, as well as the games, and even fixed the one bit about the movie I didn't like: it now had Dee Jay on Guile's side and Balrog serving Bison.
I enjoyed the first season a lot, we saw Guile and Bison on a continuing rivalry and the many characters who helped them. It had good animation courtesy of Graz Entertainment, and occasional bits of humor were included.
The second season I didn't enjoy as much, but it was still good. The animation by InVision Entertainment used the same themes, plots and character voices, but it just seemed...'darker', and more emphasis was put on the shadows, like they were trying to make it more like an anime. It contained one continuing plot about Guile and the team trying to get Cammy back from Bison, as well as a couple Ken and Ryu 'subplots' (defeating Akuma, crossing over with Final Fight).
My personal pick for 'Series' Best Episode': I would say 'Getting to Guile'. We saw most of the game's heroes (Chun-Li, Dee Jay, Ken, Ryu and Blanka with help from Cammy and E. Honda) trying to rescue Guile from Bison, who is brainwashing him to be a pawn. It seemed to balance the characters perfectly, and Guile, despite having temporarily turned evil, still comes out as a hero in the end. Second best is probably 'Demon Island' (an episode that focused on my favorite New Challenger, Dee Jay!).
My personal pick for 'Series' Worst Episode': Probably 'The Warrior King'. For the most part, it is about Chun-Li helping a warrior from another dimension recover a magical orb from Bison. It just felt out of the Street Fighter context and seemed to act as if it was screaming 'out of Street Fighter continuity!'. Also, Guile, Ken and Ryu might have just stayed home that day.
So, yes. I enjoyed the show, and I recommend it if you did enjoy the movie. If you didn't like the movie, you probably wouldn't like the cartoon, either.
The series is now available for purchase on DVD courtesy of ADV Films (thank you, ADV!), in the forms of 'Street Fighter: Code of Honor' (Season One) and 'Street Fighter: Soul Powers' (Season Two).
"Yes, mon. Dee champ is back!"
--Dee Jay, 'Demon Island'
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