A multi-layered series that looks back to the formative years of Ryu and Ken as they live a traditional warrior's life in secluded Japan. The boys are, unknowingly, the last practitioners of the ancient fighting style known as "Ansatsuken" (Assassin's Fist). The series follows them as they learn about the mysterious past of their master, Goken, and the tragic, dark legacy of the Ansatsuken style. Can their destiny be changed, or will history repeat itself?
So, it was a series, that explains the transitrions! I watched it in the form of a movie, and it was great. I didn't grow up with the Street Fighter franchise, but I have seen a few of its earlier counterparts in media, movies and parodies and even anime, and all of it was far from on par with this. The hadouken is pretty much the only special effect in this series, and it's done masterfully. It looks cool, it looks powerful, it looks somewhat forced and artificial, but combined with the overall fluency and pace of the fight it fits right in! The fights, though somewhat rare, are great, with coreopgrahy that mimicks the characters character moves, and a fluidity that doesn't leave any opening open for long. Most of the series takes place in the wild, in a beautiful wilderness I should add, or in a similarly beautiful dojo, with flashbacks mixed in with glimpses of the present, with training, relationsh, friendship and eventually embarking on a new adventure, and leaving behind what it is probably clear to everyone at this point might be left behind for good.
This first part, though featuring very few characters apart from the main duo, Ken and Ryo (and their counterparts from the past, along with a few other key characters), manages to build up an atmosphere of both friendship and menace, detailing training that might not seem as harsh and rigorous as it could, but still definitely catches the trials and tribulations of the characters, and both their differences and equalities. It's a great start, low-budget as it may be, and I do hope they continue this series! What makes it even more interesting are that the two main fighters are also the two main fans of the franchise, and eager contestants as much in the series as in reality - in making this something for the die hard SF fans to enjoy. I'm not an SF fan, I'm more of a Die Hard fan actually, but nevertheless this is the kind of scenario I really do enjoy. Oldskool, traditional; Asian with a blend between modern fighting and mysterious techniques of a forlorn war-born past. Great watch.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle