COMIC A7 Review - Fatal Fury: Legend of the Hungry Wolf/Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle

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  1. TriShield

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    Jul 6, 2001
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    SNK/King Records, 1993-1994
    Viz Video, 1995; Pioneer Entertainment, 2002
    Directed by Hiroshi Fukutomi (Battle Angel) and Kazuhiro Furuhashi (Rurouni Kenshin, You're Under Arrest).
    Rated 13-Up for graphic martial arts violence, mature situations and strong language.

    by areaseven -

    In 1991, the now-defunct game giant SNK gave CAPCOM stiff competition with their fighting game Fatal Fury (known in Japan as Garou Densetsu). Unlike Street Fighter II, Fatal Fury concentrated on a single storyline instead of multiple subplots. Fans worldwide lined up at arcade stands to play brothers Terry and Andy Bogard or kickboxing champion Joe Higashi in a fighting tournament to face crime lord Geese Howard.

    A couple of years later, SNK and King Records produced two animated TV specials in Japan adapting Fatal Fury and Fatal Fury 2. In Fatal Fury, Terry and Andy team up with Joe to extract revenge from Geese after the death of their father 10 years ago. Fatal Fury 2 picks up from the events of the first feature and has Terry struggling with his fears after suffering defeat at the hands of German martial artist Wolfgang Krauser. SNK may be financially dead, but the spirit of the Hungry Wolves still burns on.

    Story: C+
    Both features feel like your typical B-grade martial arts flick - cliché and formulaic. But unlike most other anime adaptations of fighting games, Fatal Fury has more character development and an actual plot.

    Animation: B+
    Both features benefit from slick animation provided by animation director/character designer Masami Obari (Dangaizer-3, Virus), who would later on direct the groundbreaking theatrical version. Obari even made Terry's chrome-plated hat a popular fashion trend in the mid-1990s (even though Janet Jackson came up with it earlier).

    Soundtrack: B
    It's a rather mixed bag. Fatal Fury's score by Toshiro Masuda (Jubei-chan) is J-Rock that sounds rather generic, while Fatal Fury 2's score by Toshihiko Sahashi (The Big-O, Full Metal Panic!) is a full orchestral assault that would later be used in the theatrical release.

    Sub vs. Dub
    Fatal Fury features Kazukiyo Nishikiori as Terry, Keiichi Nanba (Shunichi in Blue Seed, Seiji in Kimagure Orange Road) as Andy, Masaaki Satake (a well-known kickboxer in Japan) as Joe, Hidekatsu Shibata (Degwin Zabi in Mobile Suit Gundam, Baron Ashura (male) in Mazinger Z) as Geese Howard, Daiki Nakamura (Seiji in Ronin Warriors, Prof. Sadler in Street Fighter Alpha) as Billy Kane, Kouji Yada (Dr. Gero in Dragon Ball Z, Zeff in One Piece) as Tung Fu Rue, Unshou Ishizuka (Guld in Macross Plus, Jet Black in Cowboy Bebop) as Jeff Bogard, and Kikuko Inoue (Belldandy in Ah! My Goddess, Kasumi in Ranma 1/2) as Lily.

    For Fatal Fury 2, Noboyuki Hiyama (Yushiro in Gasaraki, Hiei in Yu-Yu Hakusho) takes over as Joe, while other roles are played by Kotono Mitsuishi (Excel Saga, Misato in Neon Genesis Evangelion) as Mai, Hirotaka Suzuoki (Bright Noah in Mobile Suit Gundam, Kuno in Ranma 1/2) as Krauser, Daiki Nakamura (see other roles above) as Kim Kaphwan, Johji Yanami (Professor Yumi in Mazinkaiser, King of Meta-Rikana in Bastard!!) as Jubei Yamada, Kouji Totani (Mohican in Dominion Tank Police) as Laurence Blood, Hirohiko Kakegawa (Goto in Kishin Corps., Minamoto in Gasaraki) as Axel Hawk, and Kikuko Inoue (Chitose in Chobits, Aina in Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team) as Elza.

    The English dub, produced by The Ocean Group, is actually pretty good.

    Featured voices include Mark Hildreth (Heero in Gundam Wing, Issei in Please Save My Earth) as Terry, Peter Wilds as Andy, Jason Grey-Stanford (Yuta in Mermaid's Scar, Onikirimaru in Ogre Slayer) as Joe, Sarah Sawatsky as Mai, Ward Perry (Ryu Jose in Mobile Suit Gundam, Keith in Project ARMS) as Geese Howard and Laurence Blood, Paul Dobson (Folken in Escaflowne, Happosai in Ranma 1/2) as Krauser and Billy Kane, David Kaye (Soun Tendo in Ranma 1/2, Bolt Crank in Eat-Man '98) as Jeff Bogard and Kim Kaphwan, Mina Mina as Tung Fu Rue, French Tickner (Dozle Zabi in Mobile Suit Gundam) as Jubei Yamada, Robert O. Smith (Genma in Ranma 1/2, D in Project A-Ko 2-4) as Raiden and Cheng Sinzan, Michael Dobson (Fuse in Jin-Roh, Dekim Barton in Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz) as Ripper and Axel Hawk, Christopher Turner (Green Legend Ran, Rin in Please Save My Earth) as young Terry, Tony Sampson (Jinpachi in Please Save My Earth, Fred in Transformers Armada) as Tony and young Andy, Lynda Boyd (Miss Ayumi in Project A-Ko 2-4, Monlon in Ranma 1/2 Movie 1) as Elza, and Willow Johnson (Kasumi in Ranma 1/2, Kikyo in Inu-Yasha) as Lily.

    DVD Extras
    Currently, I don't own the DVD, but I will add it to my collection later this year.

    The Bottom Line
    Despite some rather cheesy moments, Fatal Fury 1-2 are still better than most videogame adaptations. This DVD set is worth a look, especially before viewing Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture.

    "OKAY!!!" - Terry Bogard

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