COMIC A7 Review - Street Fighter Alpha (Zero): The Animation

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    Group TAC/CAPCOM/Polydor, 1999
    Manga Entertainment, 2000
    Directed by Shigeyasu Yamauchi (Dragon Ball Z, Digimon).
    Not Rated. Contains graphic violence.

    by areaseven - http://areaseven.net/

    Legendary fighters Ryu and Ken are paid a visit by Shun, an orphan from South America who claims to be Ryu's younger brother. This leads to the trio's participation in an illegal street fighting tournament, where Ryu completely loses control of his dark side.

    Meanwhile, Interpol agent Chun-Li watches the tournament to investigate the mysterious disappearances of martial artists all over the world. It turns out that Dr. Sadler, a scientist working for Shadowlaw, is draining the life out of every street fighter he captures for his superhuman experiment. Can Ryu, Ken and Chun-Li stop Sadler and save Shun in the process?

    Story: B-
    Like Street Fighter II: The Movie, this two-part OAV suffers from shallow character development. Not to mention that the subplot of Ryu and Akuma (Gouki) remains unresolved. Maybe it's supposed to be like that, but come on - we were expecting a fight.

    And where is Charlie (Nash)? We were expecting him in this anime as well.

    Animation: A-
    While it's not as flashy as the other movie, Street Fighter Alpha has some respectable animation and the character designs are very close to the video game versions.

    Soundtrack: B+
    Hayato Matsuo (Landlock, Transformers: Armada) supplies a pretty good orchestral score. Not as powerful as the SF2 soundtrack (Japanese, not the crap US version), though.

    Sub vs. Dub
    Street Fighter Alpha features Kane Kosugi (son of legendary ninja actor Sho Kosugi) as Ryu, Kazuya Ichijo (Fujita in To Heart) as Ken, Yumi Tohma (Urd in Ah! My Goddess, Deedlit in Record of Lodoss War) as Chun-Li, Ai Orikasa (Ryoko in Tenchi Muyo!, Quatre in Gundam Wing) as Rose, Chiaki Osawa as Sakura, Reiko Kiuchi (Tamaki in Kinnikuman) as Shun, Kazuyuki Ishikawa as Balrog (Vega) and Dan, Hidenari Ugaki (Argo in Mobile Fighter G-Gundam) as Zangief, Bin Shimada (Nexx in Macross II, Broly in Dragon Ball Z) as Wallace, Daiki Nakamura (Owaru in Sohryuden) as Professor Sadler, Miki Nagasawa (Vampire Princess Miyu, Maya in Neon Genesis Evangelion) as Kei, Ryuzaburo Otomo (Dr. Kabapu in Excel Saga) as Birdie, Katsuhito Harasawa as Rolento, Wataru Takagi (Koshi Rikudo in Excel Saga, Garrod in Gundam X) as Adon, Masao Fuda as Sodom, Ken Yamaguchi as Goken, and Tomomichi Nishimura (Matsui in Patlabor) as Gouki (Akuma).

    The English dub by ZRO Limit/Animaze is a hundred times better than their work on Street Fighter II. Featured voices include David Lucas (Spike in Cowboy Bebop, Roger in The Big-O) as Ken, Lia Sargent (Hand Maid May, Dorothy in The Big-O) as Chun-Li, Georgette Rose (Kiki in Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team, Kasumi in Hand Maid May) as Sakura, and Mona Marshall (Motoko in Love Hina, Spike in Kurogane Communication) as Shun.

    DVD Extras: A
    For a Manga Video DVD, Street Fighter Alpha is surprisingly loaded with extras. You get a behind-the-scenes look at the anime and interviews with the original Japanese voice cast. Also included is an image gallery and the original Japanese credits.

    The Bottom Line
    Technically inferior to Street Fighter II, but still fun to watch.

    Reference: Anime News Network and The Internet Movie Database
     

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