Generations has a serious identity crisis and its erratic animation, bad voice acting and boring story makes this short film excruciating to watch.
Street Fighter Alpha was a fantastic spin-off of fighting games that introduced several changes to the Street Fighter series, as well as some memorable new characters and a brand new universe. Not content with releasing one movie based on Alpha (the first one would be Street Fighter Alpha: The Animation,) Capcom ordered another adaptation and despite having an anime style, the movie came out exclusively in North America. Generations has a serious identity crisis and its erratic animation, bad English voice acting and boring story makes this short film excruciating to watch.
As I mentioned above, Generations uses an anime art style, but the movie was produced for the English language, so the whole thing feels contrived and just fabricated. Generations follows the origin story of some of the most recognizable characters from the series including Ryu, Gouken and Akuma. The story is as follows: Akuma uses a forbidden technique and gets corrupted, murdering his master Gouken and choosing the path of evil and Ryu (who was also trained by Gouken) tries to locate Akuma so that he can have his revenge. But for a movie that’s all about loss, death and revenge, Genrations lacks emotion and heart.
The animation is so bad that’s offensive: the drawings are rough, lack detail and feel rushed and this makes the fights slow and just painful to watch. In fact, some of the characters don’t look like they virtual counterparts at all. Also, the entire movie’s in English and the voice acting is mediocre at best.
Despite its poor production values, Generations biggest sin is the fact that it doesn’t do anything remotely meaningful with these characters that are dear and near to so many people’s hearts. This could have been an opportunity to tell a compelling story about the origin of Ryu, Ken, Akuma, Gouken, Sakura and all the others. Instead, this movie’s a tedious short that everyone should avoid like the plague.
Over the years, there have been several movie adaptations based on Street Fighter, some better than others. I can assure you that Generations is one of the worst. It’s offensively bad and atrocious in any way you can think of.