Although the animation is impressive and it’s great to see the Street Fighter characters in anime form again, this special is too short and some fan-favorites are nowhere to be found.
When Street Fighter IV came out, Capcom released a special edition that (along other goodies) included an anime movie that tried to shed some light on some of the characters from the game. To mark the release of Super Street Fighter IV, Capcom teamed up with Japanese animation studio Gonzo (Gate Keepers, Afro Samurai, Hellsing) to make an OVA film that focused on an entirely new character called Juri. Although the animation is impressive and it’s great to see the Street Fighter characters in anime form again, this special is too short and some fan-favorites are nowhere to be found.
Host of the World Warrior tournament Seth hires a Korean Taekwondo super fighter called Juri Han and to make her a more fierce opponent, a Feng Shui Engine is implanted in her left eye. Juri is sent on a mission to wreak havoc to draw the attention of some of the most powerful fighters in the world and her first objective is an amusement park. The Interpol team of Chun-Li, Guile and Cammy show up to put and end to Juri’s path of destruction. Of course, this is the perfect opportunity for these characters to fight each other and use their most iconic attacks.
For the most part, the animation looks great and even though studio Gonzo has a peculiar animation style, the characters are easily recognizable. The voice acting is equally amazing, but make sure you watch this special in Japanese with English subtitles instead of the dubbed version.
The idea behind the special was to reveal more details about the new character Juri and it definitely achieves that. There are some loose ends here and there and not all questions you might have about the character and where she comes from will be answered, but this OVA is still effective. Sadly, not every character shows up and while that’s understandable because including more characters would have been overwhelming and diluted the impact of the story, I would have liked to see Ryu, Ken or some of the series’ iconic protagonists. I other words, I liked this special so much that I would have loved a proper animated movie that follows Street Fighter characters instead of a short animated film that only focuses on one character.
After watching the Super Street Fighter IV OVA, I was invaded by a feeling of “I wish there was more of this” and taking into account that Street Fighter V came out with some serious problems, I don’t think planning an animated series that follows Street Fighter characters is among Capcom’s priorities. But the Super Street Fighter IV Juri OVA is well done and explains the origin story of the character in such a consistent manner that maybe making a television series based on the series wouldn’t be such a bad idea.