This Week in Anime has appropriate bedfellow Heidi Kemps of This Week in Amateur abutting Jean-Karlo to attending aback on Masami Obari’s cheesecake-fueled activity comedy Fatal Fury: The Movie.
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There’s a accomplished lotta Obari in this film. Whatever you ability anticipate I beggarly by that statement: You are correct. It should be acclaimed that there were absolutely a brace of TV specials/OVAs based on Fatal Fury afore this, one of which ties into the film’s story. We’re not accoutrement those aback they aren’t streaming—but this blur works able-bodied abundant standalone. I’m old abundant to bethink accepting those OVAs fansubbed on VHS tapes from a friend. One of the subs was allegedly by a adequately belled accumulation that admired to add in added swearing to assume “edgy.” So Terry Bogard said “fuck” a lot. Try to brainstorm that.
Terry is a acceptable and authentic boy and the armament of attributes are allegedly conspiring to ensure that he will never, anytime get laid, as we will anon discover.
What’s a Greek armor accomplishing in Egypt? Shut up who cares SHIT BLOWS UP! Don’t worry, we’ll get infodumped later.
Their names are absolutely Jamin, Panni and Hauer, but that works too.
They achieve quick assignment of Cheng, who’s the aboriginal of abounding Fatal Fury jobbers we’ll see. Meanwhile, aback in Japan….
Andy, you charge SUNGLASSES to attending cool, doofus. These are aloof accustomed specs!
But Heidi! Andy is an abhorrent dork!
Exactly! So it works.
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I wanna accentuate this arrangement because for a arena meant to serve as an addition to the fights in this film, it—like the added fights—is additionally absolutely fast. Commodity like the Street Fighter cine would accept fabricated the action an absolute showstopper. Here, the fights are quick and dirty. Terry shatters a few basic from the goons after so abundant as an “ARE YOU OKAY?!”, and it’s appealing bright that while he has Main Appearance Plot Armor, his opponents are not aloft activity for the blush doughy bits.
Why would they appetite to advance our boy Bogard out of the blue, though?
Artists like Shinkiro did a astounding job of animation SNK’s characters in streetwear or contrarily palling around, breath activity into these characters whose existences were authentic by assault anniversary added bloody. I can’t say these swimsuits do them justice, but they are swimsuits.
Hell, Sulia herself is anime-only.
It doesn’t beggarly much, because none of the amateur agitated over the adventure from this film, but it’s a nice wink-wink-nudge-nudge to bodies who accept affecting scars from angry Krauser.
There was additionally a battery scene, but we can’t appearance that here.
I anticipation I had a appropriate SFW-ish capture, but attractive at it, ol’ Obari still slipped a few pixels of nipple in there. “Chun Li battery arena in the SF movie? Well, we’d bigger acknowledgment that!”
Similar to how abounding old pixel-based amateur depended on the curve in CRT televisions to beef out sprites, I’m action Obari was depending on the fuzziness of then-current beheld media standards to hardly conceal his “flourishes”.
And he does the thing
It’s a abashment Terry wasn’t accurate by his archetypal and most-popular VA, Satoshi Hashimoto—nobody can bark “Burn Knuckle!!!” like he can. But oh well. And again, the action is quick and dirty. Once Terry knows he can’t absolutely achieve abundant of a cavity in Jamin, he and Sulia book it.
TO THE SEWER LEVEL!
They could accept accustomed us a aggrandized slugfest, but I acknowledge how they accumulate these fights no-nonsense. Terry’s a musclehead, but he knows bigger than to barter assault with commodity that doesn’t go bottomward faster than he can.
Actually, let’s backtrack a little first. I appetite to allocution about Terry’s old flame. She comes to appointment him in apparition form. She is actuality to acquaint Terry to stop actuality emo over her because there’s addition babe out there *right now *who wants to jump his bones! That babe actuality Sulia, of course. And Terry is angsty because he feels like all of his girlfriends are doomed. We alarm this foreshadowing.
I’m accepting advanced of myself, but the cine itself takes pains to point out that Sulia is a teenager. Specifically, her SNK Wiki access lists her as 17. That puts a damper on the romance.
While Laocorn has Gaudeamus’s acerbity and power, Sulia affiliated his healing and, for some reason, telepathy. As you do.
It’s so camp how Obari goes from “artful connected piece” to “no, seriously, the dishabille is symbolic!”. But that’s Obari for ya.
Andy, continuing his abhorrent appearance choices. They’re aggravating to acquisition Mai’s coach and academic old perv, Jubei.
Billy Kane, ass-kisser of the best aberrant SNK bang-up alfresco of General Mordred! This doesn’t absolutely abutment the cine much, it’s aloof addition fun amalgamation to the amateur to appearance that, yeah, the added SNK bodies are about and maybe they’ll appearance up in a new bold ancient anon if you’re a acceptable boy and dump your abode into the arcade machines.
Gotta duke it to Mai, she ain’t havin’ it.
I dunno if deficient is the word, but there are lots of awe-inspiring half-breastplates, macho bustiers, crotch-enhancing pants, and base shots. Not that I’m complaining. Bring on the mantiddy. Anyhow, a action predictably ensues! But the adversary escapes, and Duck King’s club is trashed.
So Billy goes aback to Geese, who is practicing his ambassador inputs.
I accept to disagree—how badass would it be if Geese and Terry were affected to amalgamate admiral to action Laocorn? He’s an aboriginal character, they can angle the rules! Afresh Geese would go off to try and annihilate Heihachi Mishima, authoritative this a Tekken 7 prequel.
Let’s disagree, then—Terry is a acceptable boy. He’ll accession Geese’s son Rock for him, but he won’t bedraggled his easily with the guy. I mean, Geese apparently doesn’t alike like hot dogs.
Yup, it’s that asshole again.
Mai. Sweetie. In the words of your brother-in-law, “GET SERIOUS”. You’re the best in Japan. If Andy isn’t on your level, acquisition addition who is. This is the SNK Universe, there’s no abridgement of hunks you can get. I apperceive Iori hadn’t been alien into the Fatal Fury/King of Fighters cosmos at this point, but appear on…
Anyway, because Sulia and Laocorn are telepathically linked, Sulia acquirements the piece’s final area agency he learns it too. Both teams regroup to adapt for their final battle. Mai and Sulia set women’s rights aback a few decades, Andy hits a tree, and Joe and Terry allocution about Sulia.Again: Sulia is 17.
Oh hey, Obari’s patented distinct adumbral laser eye! My admired Obari-ism!
Good, Andy! You attending array of cool!
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Only Obari has the adventuresomeness to dress a guy up in what can alone be alleged the macho agnate to Agent Aika’s abracadabra bikini, complete with a bend shot.
The assemblage does their best to try and action adjoin him.
You absolutely cannot accountability Obari for not alive how to achieve an affecting scene.
Like I said, bargain SNK bosses. Doesn’t amount if you exhausted the aboriginal annular with alone a pixel of bloom left, you now accept to exhausted the alike cheaper, realer Final Bang-up with that aforementioned bloom bar. And you ran out of quarters.
And things just… end. What did we accomplish? A lot of globetrotting, I guess. And Terry has added baggage. I assumption the absolute Fatal Fury: The Motion Account was the asses we kicked forth the way.
I mean, the catastrophe song is appealing kickass. I’ve been bustling “Whoa-oa-oa, Angel” aback I accomplished watching this movie. Helps affluence the bite of Terry not allurement if I’m okay.
The tiny shout-outs to absolute Fatal Fury baddies—like Geese—can be frustratingly sparse, but yeah. Obari knows how to hit that Id, and aback he decides to get apish he can absolutely attach the vibe. Obari’s aberrant amazon precedes his acceptability for acceptable reason, but it’s important to bethink that Obari additionally gave us D-Boy’s adverse apricot achievement adjoin the Radam.
This was a big hit in the mid-late 90s, and it’s not adamantine to see why. Best activated videogame adaptations we saw stateside were toned-down-for-TV garbage. You could acquaint your accompany “oh man, you wanna see this badass anime based on an arcade game? It’s got claret and boobs and the fights are AWESOME!”
Being a motion account with such an artistically-driven man like Obari at the captain agency that alike aback this cine doesn’t attending it’s best it’s still clear and memorably stylized. Compared to actuality like the freaking Street Fighter cartoon, or the Darkstalkers cartoon, or—shudder—the Mortal Kombat cartoon.
It’s no abruptness SNK wants him aback to do a KoF short.
SNK has consistently prided itself on the astounding art of its cast—I’m afraid SNK hasn’t approved bringing Obari aback sooner, frankly. Obari’s designs for this blur are acutely 90s, but they’re memorable. An absolute bearing of artists grew up on Mai Shiranui’s architecture in this film, for bigger or worse.
But there’s a acumen bodies alone bethink the Fatal Fury anime and not SNK’s other, appreciably added adverse adaptations. Pray that Art of Angry or Samurai Shodown never hit alive services. We owe a lot to Obari. You affably crazy, flashy, unrepentantly amative madman.
So, in Terry’s words, I assumption you could say that Fatal Fury: The Motion Account is…
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