Episode 37: Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie
Welcome to Episode 37 of Heroes Three! This week we mark our return with a very Carlos-centric episode. We discuss Street Fighter II Movie from 1994, directed by Gisaburo Sugii.
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THE INFLUENCE OF STREET FIGHTER II MOVIE ON THE GAMES
There are a good handful of ideas that originated from this film that would then be adopted by Capcom for use in the games. Since we are a podcast and most of it is visual I thought we'd collect them here as a companion to the episode.
Ken's look in the flashbacks of the film were an influence on his look in 1995's Street Fighter Zero/Alpha, which narrative takes place before SF2.
Cammy's animated debut has her sporting this striking cloak. When Capcom included her in the roster of their world colliding crossover X-Men vs Street Fighter in 1996 they thought it would be fitting to use in her introductory animation.
Cammy and 'Gief must have the same tailor, although the color choice is much more fitting for him if you ask me. When Zangief steps into the arena he's sporting a crimson cloak. It looked so cool they let him keep it for his reintroduction to the series in 1996's Street Fighter Zero/Alpha 2.
Up until this film the main villain of the series, M.Bison in the US, was portrayed with a more traditional muscular build. He really bulked up with the rest of the cast for this movie.
In the Street Fighter Zero/Alpha games he adopted that bulky look and would stay that way for quite some time.
Akuma or Gouki in Japan is the secret final boss of Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, and here he is in the film! A nice Easter egg for those with keen eyes, Akuma made his video game debut not more than 6 months before the movie's release. Fun fact, this cameo was actually cropped out of the original Renegade Home Video VHS release in the US!
This Street Fighter Zero/Alpha artwork by Bengus aka CRMK aka Gouda Cheese is definitely inspired by Akuma's big break on film.
Ryu vs Sagat intro
The dramatic encounter between Ryu and Sagat in that stormy field was turned into one of my favorite fighting game backgrounds in Street Fighter Zero/Alpha 2. It only shows up on special occasions and can only be selected by inputting a code at the character select screen!
Capcom Sound Team Alph Lyla!
Capcom's in house sound team/band, Alph Lyla worked with the development of SFII Movie, and one of their songs is in the film! Kizutsuki Nagara or Grow Enraged When Injured plays during one of the flashback scenes of Ryu and Ken.
Alph Lyla also adapted the main song from the film, Itoshisa to Setsunasa to Kokorotsuyosa to or Love and Kindness and Strong Heart and placed it into Street Fighter Zero as a secret scenario where you can recreate the final battle from the film!
Here's the song sung by Ryoko Shinohara.
A game based on a movie based on a game...
Capcom adapted the movie into a full motion video game for the Sony Playstation and Sega Saturn. There really isn't much to the game, you view scenes from the film as a Monitor Cyborg and click on selected scenes. What is kind of cool is that at the end of the game you actually get to play as said Cyborg. He is a reskin of Ken from Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo and plays exactly the same.
Here's a fun combo video of him by combo master desk.
There are some extra animated scenes exclusive to the game up until the recent Discotek Blu-Ray release. Speaking of, if you enjoyed this article and don't have that yet GO BUY IT!
Next episode of Heroes Three we will be covering the insane Wong Jing film Future Cops! If you're familiar with Street Fighter and Future Cops you should know why. See you then!