Fatal Fury: the Motion Picture

Title:Fatal Fury: the Motion Picture
Garou Densetsu: The Motion Picture
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Based on a fighting video game, the Fatal Fury franchise makes the leap to the big screen. Can Terry, Mai, Andy, and Joe stop...the god armor?

95min animated movie. See prequels: Battle Fighters Garou Densetsu and Fatal Fury 2.

OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Watch 6 5 6 5 4 Ggultra2764 [series:361#1552]
(Watch-/ Avoid+)

This movie for the Fatal Fury SNK fighter game series is actually the third of a trilogy of films made, and is directed by the infamous Masami Ohbari of all people. There appears to be some continuity connecting this to the two prior films that I've yet to see as of this review, though this one puts together an anime-original plot with a baddie trying to gain pieces of a mystical armor that will grant him powers of the god, Mars. The villains introduced are hardly memorable as they mostly exist as obstacles for Terry Bogard and his pals to overcome, while also focusing on a developing romance between Terry and anime-only character Celia that doesn't have much going for it thanks to the film's limited run time. The action scenes for the movie make liberal use of animation shortcuts and have a decent number of animation errors with character designs looking off in some animated sequences. Overall, yet another weak anime that exists only to promote its video game source material.

Last updated Saturday, September 24 2016. Created Saturday, September 24 2016.
Watch 4 5 8 7 7 Ðå kïÐ [series:361#464]
Yo i actually give this a RENT and a watch at the same time but it kinda depends what type of anime watcher u are if you like into the fighting matial arts thing you should rent this and consider buying STREET FIGHTER ZERO or ALPHA 2and if your not into that type of thing just watch it if its showing on STARZ or the ACTION channel, just like VINNIE VEGAS I think of it as "not good but its not horrible...not worth a purchase..or a rent"

Last updated Sunday, February 23 2003. Created Sunday, February 23 2003.
Watch 6 6 7 5 3 Vinnie "old school" Vegas [series:361#290]
I think the best way to say what I have to say is this:
You want ass kicking kung fu action go with Sreet Fighter II,
You want beams shot out of hands and super attacks go with Fatal Fury:The Motion Picture
You want substance..go elsewhere
Ya..that will work
Art-(6)Not much to see..probably best described as on equal to the first season of dragon ball Z..not really a good thing
Animation-(6) The characters move fluidly i suppose..but once again there is just not much to see
character design-(7) Decent..Mai is the ultimate anime skank...
Music-(5)just kind of blah
Story-(3)wow bad...about an evil dude whos name I cant remember right now looking to get all the pieces of an armor called the "armor of mars".
Ive seen SO much better..
In closing this gets an over all (6)
its not good but its not horrible...not worth a purchase..or a rent..see if a friend has it if you absolutely have to see this.

Last updated Friday, April 05 2002. Created Friday, April 05 2002.
Rent 6 7 8 7 2 Midnighter [series:361#94]
Fatal Fury is cheesy, predictable, cliche and...fun. Anyone going into Fatal Fury shouldn't expect brain food (c'mon, look at the name...) but it delivers what it's expected too.
Oddly, there seems to be an attempt at character development, and surprisingly few slug-fests. Of course there's fighting, but it's nothing spectacular. I've never been a fan of shooting energy blasts from a ninja's fists, but Fatal Fury has plenty of that. The relative restraint in the graphic violence department was a pleasant surprise. Sure the characters beat one another senseless, but there's no graphically depicted eviscerations or limb hacking or what-have-you.
Nice character designs here, particularly Terry (he wears a metal plate on his cap...you just KNOW he's bad-ass!)Sulia and Mai (as sexistly portrayed as they are.)
The characters are all paint-by-number cutouts, but I couldn't help liking the kind hearted but bad-ass Terry, the cheerful and busty ninja Mai, Terry's formidable and level headed brother Andy, and the dumb-as-a-rock but friendly Joe. I knew they were going to triumph, but it was still mildly rewarding when they did. The horribly corny dialogue merely added to the charm.
Even the good musical scoring can't inject drama into a flat and uninspired story, though. The plot ambles along tediously from one confrontation to another, getting in as many shots of Mai's impressive chest and ass as possible along the way. We know the outcome of the film within the first ten minutes, and it quickly becomes painfully obvious as to the fate of Terry's new love. A mildly surprising twist at the end to squeeze in one last fight seems amateurishly tacked on as an after thought.
Overall, Fatal Fury the Motion Picture gets a rent because it's worth seeing for the nice character designs, and for the sheer idiotic entertainment quotent. I felt a few brain cells dumber after watching it, but I enjoyed it while it was on.

Last updated Tuesday, January 08 2002. Created Monday, December 03 2001.

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