Wednesday, August 29, 2001

Street Fighter II V

Genre: Action / Martial Arts
Parental Guidance Recommended
Credits: 1996 Kenichi Imai (original story for TV series), CAPCOM, Group TAC, Amuse, Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation


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Skysenshi's Description:
Bad hair day? Adolescent crushes? Well, what do you expect when our favorite Street Fighter heroes are portrayed as young teenagers? As the cover would describe it, SF2V has good animation quality with plenty of fighting every episode.

(29 episodes)

Not too accurate, but action-packed! >>> by skysenshi

Okay, so the telling of the origins isn't loyal to how Capcom first introduced their fighting champions to us. (Hello? Ryu is acting like Joe Higashi here so that's already a big clue as to the difference!) It's even amazing how some of the ages got mixed up, especially with Chun-Li and Cammy. Many fighting gamers know that Chun-Li is supposed to be older than Cammy by a few years but here Chun-Li is reduced to a mere 15-year old tourist guide while Cammy gets to be an assassin. That can still be overlooked because there are other things that might strike some people odd. I'm not even going to discuss further the controversial name confusion in the Japanese and American versions of Street Fighter. Let me try my sister Jov's equations to make things simple: Vega=Bison, Bison=Balrog, Balrog=Vega. Okay now that made things more confusing, but then let's just get to the juicy aspect of my favorite SF series.

The action scenes, girl, the action scenes! Capcom never disappoints when it comes to beautiful body motions and powerful right hooks. Not only that, the fight scenes are interesting because the rough and tough warriors known in SF games suddenly appear to have a sense of humor. This adds more spice to battles.

And the sounds? Gads! I love Kaze Fuiteru, the opening theme. I sing it almost every week since the 90s and I still haven't gotten tired of it. Unfortunately, when I recently tried watching some episodes from the US release for screenshooting purposes, it looks like they scrapped this beautiful opening song. What a waste!

Individual Rating: Art/Animation 9; Story 7; Characters 9; Sounds 9

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