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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: 150
  • 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. #3

    March 28, 2002
Release Date: March 27, 2001


Street Fighter II V Vol. #3
© Manga Entertainment


What They Say
While studying under the discipline of Dhalsim, Ken and Ryu are observe the Ki that he gathers in his hands. Copying the master, Ken was able to release a tremendous amount of power was released through his hands! Dhalsim tells him the legend of Hadouken, a tale of a great master who was able to control this mystical power. It seems that he, like a legendary warrior from years before, can channel huge amounts of energy from his environment ... possibly as a weapon!

Contains:
Episode 15: Clash of the Titans
Episode 16: The Unveiled Ruler
Episode 17: The Despot's Commander
Episode 18: The Beautiful Assassin
Episode 19: Special Orders to the Iron Men
Episode 20: Unknown Explosive Force
Episode 21: Compulsion Towards Vengeance

The Review!
Overall Rating: 3.5
(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: 2
English Acting: 3
Music: 3
Entertainment: 2
Overall: 2.8

-Intro-

Repetitive techno. Mounds of muscles. Glancing, sweating and bleeding. People leaping 30 feet into the air. And more flashbacks than you can possibly imagine. Are you ready for all this and more in this 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-

Even though I was having some fun watching this series for the first couple discs, things take a bit of a downturn here. Did the budget start to run low? Or was there not enough story for all the episodes planed? Either way we get lots and lots of flashbacks in this disc. So many that action slows to a crawl and things got really dull really fast.

In this disc the globetrotting has stopped and we are exclusively in Barcelona, Spain. The previous story arc concludes with Ken and Vega facing off during a party. Chun Li has been drugged and is watching the whole thing. Also watching is the big bad, Bison. Yep he?s here to make sure the final story arc gets underway. It takes a good three episodes for the battle between Ken and Vega to reach a conclusion and in that time Ryu practices controlling the Hadou Ken, passes out, and practices again. It all gets a bit repetitive. The fourth episodes starts with the aftermath of the battle between Ken and Vaga. Bison swoops in and collects Chun Li and Ken, then spirits them away (after maybe, kinda, sorta killing Chun Li). Then another character is introduces, Miss Fanservice aka Cammy. Her job is to kill Chun Li?s father. Bison contacts Ken?s dad and holds Ken for ransom. Ken?s dad manages to get Guile and Nash to go find Ken and Ryu. Ryu (who passed out... again) is picked up by Zangeif. Cammy maybe, kinda, sorta kills Chun Li?s dad and Fei Long arrives in Barcelona only to find out that Dorai is dead. Bison faces off with Ryu, but Ryu ends up passed out.... again. The disc ends with Ken flashing back forty times to Chun Li "dying" and Ryu passed out in a chair about to receive a brain implant.

The animation stays the same. The fight scenes continue to be the best part of the series. But for those of you craving some cleavage and long legs, Cammy delivers in spades. The battle between Vega and Ken is pretty well done, even if it does stretch out a bit too long. This is mostly due to inter-cutting the fight with scenes of Ryu glowing. The sound also keeps the same grade and with the number of glowing power attacks we get some good electrical sounds to add realism.

The voice acting is also consistent. Everyone seems to be into the parts and getting good at screaming in pain or panting with exertion. I thought it was a bit amusing that Cammy is introduced as ex-British Secret Service and yet she doesn?t have a British accent. Curious. Maybe she was undercover in North America or something...

The score seemed a bit off here and there. Some of the music was way over the top for scenes of people glancing or looking around. But for the most part it was average, and since this series is over the top you kinda expect the music to follow suit. I?m not going to talk about the main theme any more.

The plot and entertainment go down a score in this disc. Mostly this has to do with the annoying overuse of flashbacks. This was something that I noticed in the previous disc, but not to this degree. I mean, you can?t flash back to something that happened in the same episode, much less five minutes ago. Then add to the fact that you keep flashing back to the same scene, over and over and over and over. This story isn?t bad, but the way it?s being handled is very poor. It looks like we are gathering all the Street Fighter characters together for a final big brawl, so some good fight scenes should be coming up. But please lay off the flashbacks. @_@

Only making fun of the overuse of flashbacks and other silly things made this fun to watch. If I hadn?t been watching it with Ladycat and making comments, I think I would have been bored. So I feel obligated to lower the grade here. But seriously, it was lots of fun just poking fun at the show and laughing at it (and to some extent with it). I?m pretty sure this isn?t taking itself too seriously. Like I?ve said before, this is a great buy for fans of Streetfighter and fans of fighting anime who also like a bit of plot. For the rest of us, it?s good mockable fun with some friends.

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

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Original Street Fighter trailers,Theme song remixes

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

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