Street Fighter Alpha The Movie
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This is the stuff you really want to know. The deciding factor. Well, youll be happy to know that this is a good movie for Street Fighter and anime fans alike. Our story starts off with Ryu and Ken visiting their old marital arts masters grave, to pay respect of course. While there, a young boy comes claiming to be Ryus brother. His name is Shun. He says hes from Brazil and his (well, both Shun and Ryus) mothers dying wish was to see her son (that being Ryu), so Shun is in her place to see him. Along side of this Ryu is battling the Dark Hadou within him. Its basically the evil power that turned Akuma evil, and now Ryu is fighting it.
Ill try not to give anything away, but the ending isnt surprising. Its kind of your basic anime story, but I wouldnt expect too much from a Street Fighter movie, because as everyone should know, Street Fighter is all about the fighting. Oh, and its there. The opening sequence of Ryu fighting the Dark Hadou within him is very cool. Near the beginning of the movie you see a cool fighting sequence concerning Chun Li and a bunch of crooks. Ryu comes in, in all his cool glory and saves the little kid being held hostage. He then dodges a bunch of bullets and starts kicking ass kung-fu style! Very cool, and the clean animation shows it.
Now, to go a little more in-depth on the story. It seems to progress nicely throughout the movie, so no complaints there. I never had a feeling I was being rushed, and the story didnt move too slow either. Theyve paced out the fighting and talking in the movie pretty well, so no complaints there. As I said before, the story isnt anything spectacular, but it does set the background for some great fighting. You dont really get connected to the characters, since not much is revealed about any of them except Shun, but as said before, this movie is about fighting mostly, so this isnt too important. Just make sure when you see this your not expecting any background stories on any of the characters, or deep evolving relationships between people. This is mainly for fighting fans, but I think anime fans can enjoy it too.
Not much here in the way of extras, but Ive heard that Manga Video are like this with all their DVDs, so I guess it should be no surprise. Features the Manga Web Link, Trailers for some upcoming Manga Video releases, and a great little extra I like. Its a series of interviews with the Japanese voice actors, talking about the film and their experience with it. Its subtitled, of course, but thats t be expected, considering it is interviews with the Japanese voice actors. What they have to say is nice, and its a nice extra, as said before. Overall, Id say the extras are okay, because I really liked that interview one, but I would have liked to see something more, maybe a music video? I can dream, cant I?
Want to sit down and see some great fighting action? Than this is it. Its a nice break from all the complex stories and deep love tales found in anime these days. Its basically some great fighting action backed up by an ok story to give the movie a little meaning. Just dont dive in expecting more than that, and youll have a good time.
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