Sunday, August 1st, 2021

Obscure Street Fighter II Anime Now Available in English


26 years ago, an obscure Street Fighter II anime short titled "Street Fighter II - Return to the Fujiwara Capital: The Fighters Who Leapt Through Time" was released to coincide with an exhibition in Japan's Nara Prefecture in 1995. Produced by Studio Pierrot, the 22-minute short (originally released on VHS only in Japan) serves as an educational movie about the history of Fujiwara the Imperial capital of Japan from 694 to 710. In the anime... Ryu, Ken Masters, Chun-Li and E. Honda are sent back in time through a mysterious vortex and end up visiting various historical locations to learn about them. Unfortunately, there's no fighting in the anime... but now with English subtitles, it's worth a watch for Street Fighter fans and historians.

Also worth mentioning... the end of the movie displays a plethora of original character sketches
in a style reminiscent of Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie. (Definitely worth a look for artists and Street Fighter art enthusiasts!) 

Besides the original release in 1995, the film was bundled in a DVD box set in 2004 alongside the complete collection of Masaomi Kanzaki's Street Fighter II: Ryu manga.
(Thanks to RageQuitter87 / for the English translation.)


 Sources:  SFII Yomigaeru Fujiwara-kyo@Shmuplations     

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