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  • Audio Rating: N/A
  • Video Rating: N/A
  • Packaging Rating: N/A
  • Menus Rating: N/A
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Manga Entertainment
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 175
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Street Fighter (All Variations)

Street Fighter II V Vol. #2

    March 15, 2002
Release Date: March 06, 2001


Street Fighter II V Vol. #2
© Manga Entertainment


What They Say
Ryu and Ken arrive in Thailand. The customs officer checks Ryu’s baggage and discovers drugs that one of Ashura’s men had planted on him. Ryu is taken to prison and tortured by the sadistic prison chief, Nuchit. Ryu holds back his emotions, feeling that causing problems will only lengthen his stay in prison...

Contains episodes 8-14.
Episode 8: Trap, Prison and the Scream of Truth
Episode 9: The Superstar of Muay Thai
Episode 10: Dark Omen
Episode 11: Visitation of the Beasts
Episode 12: The Deadly Phantom Face-Off
Episode 13: The Legend of the Hadouken
Episode 14: The Bloodthirsty Prince

The Review!
Overall Rating: 3.7
(on a scale of 1-5)

-Technical Ratings-
Sound: 5
Picture: 5
Menu: 4
Presentation: 4
Goodies: 3
Overall: 4.2

-Content Ratings-
Animation: 3
Sound: 4
Plot: 3
English Acting: 3
Music: 3
Entertainment: 3
Overall: 3.2

-Intro-

It’s been a while since I last entered this world of big men hitting each other for fun and profit. I forgot how much fun it was. For fans of fighting anime and Street Fighter in general, this delivers. For fans of mocking anime, well this series has just enough cheesiness and goofy lines to make it fun. So either way, grab some friends and pop in a disc of Street Fighter 2 V!

-Technical Review-

All the technical scores stay the same. The sound and picture looked pretty clean to me. There was some incidence of the video looking a bit jittery, but I think that had more to do with the master than anything else. The menu was above average, it looked great and worked quickly and smoothly. You get motion and sound. The keepcase will grab the attention of any Street Fighter fan. It’s got all the essential info except for region coding and the length of the disc (it does say that it contains 7 half hour episodes, so you can do the math). As for goodies, you get the opening theme remix done over a still screen. Since I wasn’t crazy about the theme I wasn’t too thrilled. When you come down to it, it’s a solid disc.

-Content Review-

Once again I’m surprised how entertaining this show is. It has a plot, and follows the characters around and develops them a bit. It’s got at least one fight an episode and it changes locales pretty regularly, so the backgrounds don’t get too bland. And at seven episodes on this disc, it’s not a bad buy for anyone looking for some good fighting anime.

In this disc we follow the dynamic duo of Ryu and Ken. They have traveled to Bangkok and the first three episodes take place there. A dubious fellow sets up Ryu for drug smuggling. Ryu is thrown into prison and Ken does some footwork to get his chum from behind bars. Ryu meets the former champion, Sagat and battles him. Meanwhile the evil drug cartel does their worst to Ken but prevent him from clearing his pal’s good name. Ryu is released from prison, says his good-bye to Sagat, and together with Ken they go to drug cartel for some payback. Then it’s off to India to find out more about the Hadou technique. You get three more episodes in this country as our heroes encounter Dhalsim and learn from him. The final episode takes place in Barcelona, Spain. Chun Li makes her appearance, as does the sinister Vega. If you are a fan of bull fighting then you’ll love this episode. But animal lovers beware- there are two bullfights in this final episode. Things leave off with Vega falling for Chun Li, but convinced that Ken and Ryu are also after her affections. Looks like he’s got an evil plan at work (cue the “bum bum BUM!” music).

The animation stays the same. All the guys look incredibly big and beefy and as Ladycat observed, create some odd silhouettes. The fight scenes are a bit better in this disc than the last one. You get less stylized battles and longer shots that take in more action. I’m surprised how well some of the fight scenes were choreographed and executed. The backgrounds are pretty good and do a decent job creating the atmosphere of the countries you are visiting. There were a couple of instances where the characters looked a bit strange. One scene in particular had a character wielding a chainsaw and we weren’t sure what it was. It looked like a large silver blade or baseball bat. Then he turned it on and we got it. The sound continues to be a notch better than the animation, with the crunching bones and fist slamming into bodies sounding pretty real

The plot continues on it’s merry way. We get to know a bit more about Ryu and Ken and see how deep their friendship goes. I mean Ken goes threw a bunch to get his pal out of prison. Since the main focus is the fights in each episode things get a bit contrived in places. The fourth episode on the disc introduces a character only so Ken and Ryu could have a battle. She promptly fell off the face of the earth. I was wondering if we had seen the last of Chun Li and Guile too, but they made appearances as well. While this isn’t the greatest story ever, it’s done better than most fighting anime I’ve seen.

The voice acting is also well done. I was surprised when Dhalsim had the voice of Spike from Cowboy Bebop, but hey it worked! Most of the supporting cast will be familiar to dub watchers (especially from El Hazard). Everyone seems to be having a good bit of fun in the parts and enjoying some of the really cheesy dialogue that happens at least once in each episode.

The score isn’t bad or good. It is and it supports the action. The opening/ending themes (its the same for both) gets real annoying. After a while Ladycat and myself couldn’t help making fun of it constantly. It’s a repetitive techno riff that gets interrupted with a constipated sounding guy yelling STREET FIGHTER! (sigh).

As I mentioned above this show knows what it is and isn’t’ going to surprise you too much. It’s a fighting series with a good story and some almost three-dimensional characters. I had fun with it and think that any Streetfighter fan will enjoy it. For those of you who like to Mystery Science Theatre your anime, than this is a rich bounty. Lots of scenes with large men rolling around with their shirts getting ripped off, whips and chains, and some of the goofiest dialogue on record, is just made to be mocked. Yet it’s not a bad show, so it’s fun to watch and rip on it at the same time. This is a good buy with 7 episodes on disc (8 on the last).

Roman J. Martel
Tell me what you think! E-mail me at...
roman@animeondvd.com

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Phillips Flatscreen (27 Inch), Sony DVP-NS300

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