COMIC A7 Review - Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture (Garou Densetsu)

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    SNK/Shochiku Film/Pony Canyon, 1994
    Viz Video, 1995; Pioneer Entertainment, 1999
    Directed by Masami Obari (Dangaizer-3, Virus).
    Rated 16-Up for graphic martial arts violence, nudity, mature situations and strong language.

    by areaseven -

    "The Hungry Wolf" Terry Bogard is back in an all-new, all-original adventure of epic proportions. Young millionaire Laocorn Gaudeamus is on a crusade to recover six pieces of armor said to give the user the powers of Mars, the legendary God of War. Fearing that her twin brother is slowly losing his sanity with every armor piece he collects, Sulia runs to Terry, Andy, Joe and Mai to form their own global crusade to stop Laocorn from opening a potential Pandora's Box and releasing an uncontrollable form of destruction.

    Story: B+
    This movie works as a stand-alone feature, but it does help to watch Fatal Fury 1-2 first to get to know the main characters. Despite not being as dynamic as Street Fighter II: The Movie, Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture, has a deeper plot and better character development.

    Animation: A
    Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture is loaded with colossal fight scenes and awesome animation. The finishing maneuvers by most of the characters are perfectly executed. This is, by far, Obari's single best work as a director and character designer.

    Soundtrack: A
    Toshihiko Sahashi (Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, Steel Angel Kurumi) supplies a powerful orchestral score that mixes perfectly with every punch. The ending theme, "Yoake no Legend" by Kazukiyo Nishikiori, sounds a lot better than the English version ("Oh Angel" by Warren Stanyer).

    Sub vs. Dub
    Reprising their roles are Kazukiyo Nishikiori as Terry, Keiichi Nanba (Shunichi in Blue Seed, Seiji in Kimagure Orange Road) as Andy, Noboyuki Hiyama (Yushiro in Gasaraki, Hiei in Yu-Yu Hakusho) as Joe, Kotono Mitsuishi (Sailor Moon, Mireille in NOIR) as Mai, Daiki Nakamura (Seiji in Ronin Warriors, Prof. Sadler in Street Fighter Alpha) as Kim Kaphwan, Hidekatsu Shibata (Degwin Zabi in Mobile Suit Gundam, Baron Ashura (male) in Mazinger Z) as Geese Howard, Johji Yanami (Totosai in Inu-Yasha, Buaku in Dominion Tank Police) as Jubei Yamada, Kouji Totani (Mohican in Dominion Tank Police) as Laurence Blood, and Kikuko Inoue (Guinevere in Argento Soma, Panther in Saber Marionette J/J to X) as Lily. Joining the cast in this theatrical feature are Shinichiro Miki (Takumi in Initial D, Kurz in Full Metal Panic!) as Laocorn, Tomo Sakurai (Mylene in Macross 7, Shayla-Shayla in El-Hazard) as Sulia, Sho Hayami (Max in Macross and Macross 7, Wolfwood in Trigun) as Hauer, Yo Inoue (Sayla Mass in Mobile Suit Gundam, Kanuka in Mobile Police Patlabor) as Panni, Kenji Utsumi (Millard in Macross Plus, Duuz in Outlaw Star) as Jamin, Tomohiro Nishimura (Yang in Macross Plus, Amano Jyaku in Urotsukidoji) as Billy Kane, Yuji Mitsuya (Dr. Tofu in Ranma 1/2, Kaioushin in Dragon Ball Z) as Duck King, and Chapurin as Cheng Sinzan.

    Next to Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade, Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture is one of The Ocean Groups best English dubs ever recorded.

    Reprising their roles are 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, Ward Perry (Ryu Jose in Mobile Suit Gundam, Keith in Project ARMS) as Geese Howard/Laurence Blood/Richard Meyer, Paul Dobson (Myoga in Inu-Yasha, Happosai in Ranma 1/2) as Hauer and Billy Kane, David Kaye (Treize in Gundam Wing, Megatron in Transformers Armada) as Kim Kaphwan, French Tickner (Ikkaku in The Hakkenden) as Jubei Yamada, Robert O. Smith (Genma in Ranma 1/2, D in Project A-Ko 2-4) as Big Bear and Cheng Sinzan, and Willow Johnson (Lalah Sune in Mobile Suit Gundam, Toyoko in Key the Metal Idol) as Lily. Lisa Ann Beley (Relena in Gundam Wing, Melvina in Melty Lancer) takes over as Mai. Joining the cast are Matt Hill (Ryo in Ronin Warriors, Carlos in Transformers Armada) as Laocorn and Duck King, Miriam Sirois (Akane in Ranma 1/2) as Sulia, Janyse Jaud (Hinako in Ranma 1/2, Kagura in Inu-Yasha) as Panni, John Payne (Prince Kirin in Ranma 1/2 Movie 1, Ranba Ral in Mobile Suit Gundam) as Jamin, and Trish Ledoux (Animerica magazine senior editor) as Reiko.

    DVD Extras: D+
    Really skimpy on the extras, as all you get are the Japanese and US trailers.

    The Bottom Line
    Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture is arguably one of the best martial arts anime movies ever made. Go buy it now.

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