Street Fighter Alpha - The Movie
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The weak points of this anime have been repeatedly exposed by the previous reviews, so I won't get into that. But I'm compelled to write a review because people seem to be missing the one thing I thought was interesting about this SF anime: why does one fight?
When I got this, I expected a weak plot thinly diguising a series of non-stop fight scenes (essentially, another SF II animated movie). Oh how I was wrong. The fact that it wasn't what I expected was disappointing but also refreshing. In fact, it was downright intriguing.
SO HERE'S THE DEAL:
SF fan or not, you'll DEFINATELY be frustrated with the plot, character development, resolution, and/or fight scenes. It's either too weak, too underdeveloped, too slow, or too subdued.
If you don't mind thinking a little when you watch a film (i.e. if you're not simply looking for a mindless viewing experience), Street Fighter Alpha will bring up themes and questions you never thought to ask.
Why does Ryu fight?
Chun Li ponders this question. So does Sakura. As does Ryu himself.
"One possessed of an evil spirit
will fight out of pride until his dying day,
and most likely to kill...
...just like Akuma who took up the Dark Hadou
and whose hands are now dark with the blood of his own master..."
A street fighter's life is all about fighting. But for what purpose? It is the old age question of identity, of the meaning of life (hey, street fighters are humans too!). Ryu must find an answer to this question, not only for HIS sake (or rather, the sake of his soul), but also for the sake of those who look up to him (Ken, Chun Li, and especially Sakura).Read more ›
Why two stars? Well, the animation may not be so bad if don't compare it to the rest of the Street Fighter Series. Fair or not, I am comparing this movie to the others in the the street fighter series. It didn't measure up. Rent before you buy it, it is your best bet.
1. It was drawn with SF Alpha style artwork directly from the arcade game and that was cool... although I really liked the more gritty drawing style of the previous SF anime movie released back in '95.
2. SFA makes an attempt to make a fresh face on the anime by reintroducing the characters to one another. SFA doesn't follow any continuity with any of the other Street Fighter animes.
Here I'll explain why I was disappointed without giving out any major spoilers:
1. I had high hopes that the anime would meet or exceed the marks made by the first SF2 anime and for the first 10 minutes I believed that it would. Shortly after the introduction of Chun Li and Ryu, the story just sort of spiraled downwards. It was just not very interesting. Basically, Ryu is finding himself being influenced by the dark side of his martial art. He meets a little kid who's supposed to be his long-lost brother who eventually gives Ryu a revelation about his background. Meanwhile, an evil "power-hungry" scientist/villain is trying to steal power from the street fighters. Well, the kid was annoying and the whole dark side of Shotokan karate plotline enters into Ryu and the story pretty lamely. The writer(s) really failed to keep the conversations and character monologues to mean anything. There was no real chemistry between the characters either. The voice acting seemed good, but that means little when the lines you deliver are flat.
2. There was very little fighting between the SFA characters and those that were there were not detailed at all. Only about 3/4 of the SFA characters make an appearance and those are mostly cameos.Read more ›
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It could have been a five star if Akuma at least fought in it like in the end or something.Published 29 days ago by Alejandro Jimenez
Two martial artist named Ryu and Ken return to pay respects to their master Gouken, who was killed in a fight by a man named Akuma. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Luquillo
Saw this a couple years ago and really enjoyed it! I Recommend this to any Street Fighter fan.Published 19 months ago by Demitrius
This provided me with endless entertainment and helped me to relive a childhood long past gone since I have grown up!!Published on January 19, 2014 by Darren
One of my all time greatest video game series has it's second movie. This movie centers around Ryu and a young boy who clams to be his brother. Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by Wave Wrim
This movie featured a non-relevant plot to Ryu and Ken's story that I doubt is even canon to the fighting game series. Read morePublished on May 7, 2012 by Frank Ceng
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