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  • Audio Rating: A+
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A+
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: All
  • Region: 2 - Japan
  • Released By: Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.
  • MSRP: 8190
  • 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 Zero: The Animation Limited Edition

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Street Fighter Zero: The Animation Limited Edition
© Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.


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The Review!
This is the recently released OAV series (2 episodes) pertaining specifically to the characters from the Street Fighter Zero series (Street Fighter Alpha in America). The overall story line follows Ryu and his newly found little brother and the latent "evil" ability that is apparently inherent in Ryu and his brother (this is the same evil power that Gouki (Akuma) draws his power from). The story line isn't too bad, but I think it is a little too similar to the Street Fighter Animated movie, with someone once again trying to harness Ryu's power. The characters that show up in the series are: Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li (which are the main characters), Gouki (Akuma in America), Guy, Rose, Rolento, Birdie, Adon, Sodom, Dan, Dhalsim, Balrog (Vega in America), and Zangief. The only disappointing thing is, despite all these characters, you never really get to see any of them fight other than the main 3. This is somewhat of a bummer, as I was expecting to see something similar to the number and quality of battles that were found in the Street Fighter Animated movie. That aside, it's still cool to see many of these characters in a well animated feature, even if it is only briefly.
The quality of animation in the series (if you can call 2 episodes a series) is pretty good. The nice thing about the animation is the character designs, which have the same feel if you've seen any Capcom art work for the Street Fighter Zero series, specifically work done by the artist Bengus. The animation for the characters is very consistent, carrying the design feel over throughout the series with no lag in quality. The animation quality during the fight scenes is also very good, be reminiscent of the quality found in the Street Fighter animated movie. The quality of animation gives the series a more polished feel to it than the Street Fighter V TV series had. The soundtrack is also very good; giving a higher quality feel to the series once again than the Street Fighter V TV series had in my opinion. I'm not bagging on V, I just think that this OAV has an overall better feel to it than the TV series had (which it should in my opinion, being an OAV, and only 2 episodes at that). The overall feel is similar to the Darkstalkers OAVs, which were released over here, but more consistent in quality and feel.

The packaging for this limited edition is pretty good. There is a clear plastic case with 2 snaps on the front, that contains the same artwork on the front as the DVD case does. The DVD fits in behind that so the pictures match up, and the back of the plastic case is clear so you can see the design on the T-shirt included, which is a simple, but nice, picture of Ryu's back as he is walking away from you. The T-shirt is folded and in its own plastic bag and sits right behind the DVD case in the plastic case. The artwork on the plastic case, as well as the DVD case is nice, being of the same style that the series is done in, which I mentioned above. There is nothing to speak of inside the DVD case. The menus are fairly simple, with no special menu animation or anything like that. On the disc are trailers, chapter selections, a making of featurette done to music from the OAV series, and an episode of the American Street Fighter TV series (I'm not sure why, as the quality of that series isn't even worthy of being compared to any other animated Street Fighter work I've seen). There are also interviews with people who worked on the OAV (in Japanese of course), and pictures taken of people during the making of the series. The T-shirt is a nice bonus as well.

Features
Japanese Language,Making of Featurette,Trailers,Interviews,American Street Fighter TV series episode

Review Equipment
Sony 36" Wega Television, Mitsubishi M-VR600 Receiver, Raite AVPhile 715 DVD Player, Bose Acoustimass 7 Home Theater Speakers, Connections: S-Video and RCA connections for Audio.

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