Saturday, December 15, 2012

OBSCURE O.V.A.S, *Street Fighter IV: The Ties That Bind

This one is really obscure, as it was an OVA available only with the actual Street Fighter IV video game, and only the Collectors Edition. First-time directed by veteran animator Jiro Kanai, this was meant to be a slight follow-up to Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie, but within its own given continuity.

Cammy's special ops team of Delta Red discover a weird energy signature in the jungle which killed off all life for several yards. At the same time, Chun-Li and Guile are investigating the disappearances of several prominent martial artists. This all ties to a company called S.I.N.(subtle!)which secretly helped bankroll the reportedly dead Shadaloo which was Bison's old homies. S.I.N.'s top dog Seth has the seductive agent Crimson Viper hunting down Ryu so he can study his special ki abilities. After kidnapping Ken's wife, The Street Fighter team reunites to take down Seth, who gets his ass handed to him by Ryu, but makes a hasty escape thanks to a few of Bison's boys.

This was a fair entry in the whole Street Fighter legacy, although not enough actual "fighting" was done in it. More going over what motivates the characters into why they fight, which was covered enough in Street Fighter Alpha: Generations. I can see why this wasn't released on its own, even though there's enough love for the games that it would've had some success. Hopefully they might release it as a double feature with the illusive Sakura anime movie short that played exclusively in Japan with that crappy The Legend Of Chun-Li flick.

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