Mania Grade: C
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- Audio Rating: B+
- Video Rating: B+
- Packaging Rating: B
- Menus Rating: B+
- Extras Rating: B-
- Age Rating: 13 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Manga Entertainment
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 90
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Street Fighter (All Variations)
Street Fighter Alpha
By Jared Wietbrock
February 18, 2002
Release Date: January 30, 2001
According to the back of the box, this movie (which I believe is two OVAs edited together) is the best Street Fighter anime ever produced. If this is true, than that's really depressing.
I wanted to like this movie. I really did. I've always been found of Street Fighter, and this seemed like a no brainer. I mean, something with an OVA budget could surely do the non-stop action of Street Fighter justice, right? Wrong!
First off, the producers made the mistake of focusing on a story. Now, I actually regard this as something to be commended, but the execution is so poor I wish they hadn't even bothered. The story is ridiculous nonsense. However, this is a video-game based anime (and a fighting one at that), so great story wasn't really what I was expecting. Had the fights been good, I wouldn't have cared.
Well, the fights weren't good. They were incredibly boring and under animated (from what I've seen, the TV series does a better job with this). By the time the second half of the movie wondered around, I kept wondering when this would be over.
Another thing that really bugged me was the character designs. They remind me most of the designs from Tenchi in Tokyo. Now, that style of art works great in comedy, but in this dead-serious anime it falls flat. Also, since this is based on a very well known video game that has wonderful character designs, I don't really see the point in redesigning all the characters.
The final thing I have to gripe about are the extras. On paper, they sound good. You get interviews with all of the main Japanese cast, the animation director, and finally the director. Let's just say I never even got to the director. These interviews are so incredibly boring and almost laughable in how deep the try to make the show. One actress even went so far as to say the message of the show, which she decided was why people fight, was a metaphor for why people live. COME ON! There's no reason to try and make this show something it's not.
Anyway, what I'm trying to say is stay away from this show. Ignore the five stars Gamer's Republic gave it. It's trash.
KHL DVD 221; RCA 19" TV