Street Fighter (TV series)
|Voices of||Michael Donovan
Lisa Ann Beley
|Country of origin||United States
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||26 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Jun Aida
Daniel S. Keltzky
Billy CC Yang
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||InVision Entertainment
|Original channel||USA Action Extreme Team|
|Original run||October 21, 1995– May 14, 1997|
Street Fighter is a Japanese-American animated television series produced by InVision Entertainment in corporation with Madhouse and Sunrise, based on the Street Fighter live action movie, which was in turn based on the Street Fighter video game franchise by Capcom. The series aired as part of the USA Network's Cartoon Express and Action Extreme Team lineups. It lasted two 13-episode seasons which aired from 1995 to 1997, for a total of 26 episodes.
The TV series centers around Colonel William Guile, an American martial artist who leads an international team of experts codenamed "Street Fighter" against Shadaloo, General Bison's criminal empire. The series is loosely based on the Street Fighter II games, but is also a loose sequel to the live-action Street Fighter film as well. Like the movie and unlike the games, the principal characters Ryu and Ken play only supporting roles. Later episodes of the series would incorporate characters from the Street Fighter Alpha series and the Final Fight series as well. The intro theme tune for the series is a rerecorded version of the attract mode music from the CPS-1 based games (The World Warrior, Champion Edition, and Hyper Fighting) which was reused in a remixed form for Super Turbo's character selection theme.
- William Guile (voiced by Michael Donovan) - He is the lead character of the series and is depicted as the de-facto leader of the "Street Fighters", a fictional peacekeeping force composed of several main characters from the games. He retains his rank and full name from the live action movie (Colonel William F. Guile). Unlike in the video games, Guile is single with no known children; he has an on-and-off relationship with an ex-girlfriend named Lucinda (an original character), as well as a mutual attraction with Cammy. He appears in all Season 1 episodes and in most of Season 2.
- Chun-Li Xiang (v.b. Donna Yamamoto) - Chun-Li serves as the lead female character in the series and appears in most of the first season's episodes. Like in the games, she seeks to avenge her father's death, who was killed by Bison. Like her movie counterpart, she is also a news reporter.
- Blanka (v.b. Scott McNeil) - Like in the movie, Blanka is Guile's combat buddy Charlie, who was turned into a mutant by Dr. Dhalsim. He reverts to his human form in "Eye of the Beholder", where he wears an outfit similar to the Charlie from the Street Fighter Alpha games, but with a green version of the same vest and still wears his shackles. He reverts to his mutated form by the end of the episode.
- Ken Masters (v.b. Scott McNeil) - Ken is depicted as a traveling con-man who prefers to find ways to get rich rather than helping Guile and his team out. He becomes a more prominent character during the second season and is the only character in the series to defeat Akuma in "The World's Greatest Warrior".
- Ryu Hoshi (v.b. Tony Lung) - He is portrayed as Ken's traveling partner and is depicted as the more mature one of the duo. Like Ken, he becomes more prominent during the second season and retains his rivalry with Sagat from the games. His surname is "Hoshi" in the series and has a cousin who appears in "The Hand That Feeds You" (though he has no relatives in the actual games).
- Cammy White (v.b. Lisa Ann Beley) - Cammy is portrayed as an MI6 agent who harbors a mutual attraction with Guile. In "Chunnel Vision", she leaves her former unit, Delta Red, to become a member of Guile's team. However, she is brainwashed by Bison in "Cammy and the Bachelor" and appears through the remainder of the series as one of his agents until her brainwashing wears off in the series' final episode.
- E. Honda (v.b. Paul Dobson) - A sumo fighter, he is depicted as a computer whiz who loves hacking government files.
- Dee Jay (v.b. Paul Dobson) - Unlike in the movie, he is one of the heroes. He is a kickboxer who serves as the team's computer expert and helicopter pilot.
- T. Hawk (v.b. Paul Dobson) - Not much is known about T. Hawk's backstory in the series, other than the fact that he had temporarily quit the Street Fighters to work for Satin Hammer as an undercover agent. Unlike in the games, T. Hawk has the ability to fly in the first two episodes he appears in, but for unknown reasons, the power wears off later on.
- M. Bison (v.b. Richard Newman) - Like in the games, he is the ruler of Shadaloo. Serves as the primary antagonist of the series.
- Zangief (v.b. Michael Donovan) - Zangief is depicted as one of Bison's recurring lackeys in the series, despite not working for him in the games.
- Victor Sagat (v.b. Robert O. Smith) - Bison's second-in-command, until he turned on him when he had heard about Bison's plan to destroy the world in the series finale.
- Vega (v.b. Paul Dobson) - He appears in two episodes, "Eye of the Beholder" and "Face of Fury", both times as Blanka's rival.
- Balrog (v.b. Paul Dobson) - He makes a single appearance in "The Medium is the Message", where he appears as a computer specialist working for Bison. Amusingly, he is still attired in his video game costume and is seen to type wearing boxing gloves. In the first live-action movie, he is one of the good guys.
- Fei-Long (v.b. Paul Dobson) - A martial arts movie actor.
- Dhalsim (v.b. Garry Chalk) - He is depicted as a former scientist who retreated to the Himalayan mountains to shun technology.
- Rose (v.b. Teryl Rothery) - Like the other Alpha characters, she has a non-speaking cameo appearance in "The Medium is the Message", but plays a major role in "The Flame and The Rose" as a psychic who enlist the help of Ken and Blanka to battle against Bison
- Sakura (v.b. Saffron Henderson) - She appears in "Second to None" as a young Japanese girl who got into martial arts after witnessing Ryu's fight with Sagat, and is the only female character to appear in the episode.
- Guy (v.b. Jim Byrnes) - Guy makes a non-speaking cameo appearance as Blanka's opponent in "The Medium is the Message", but plays a major role in "Final Fight", where he and Cody are assisted by Ryu and Ken to fight against the Mad Gear gang in order to rescue Haggar's daughter Jessica.
- Cody Travers (v.b. Michael Dobson) - He makes a cameo appearance as part of the cheering crowd (along with his girlfriend Jessica) in "The Medium is the Message" and later appears in the episode "Final Fight" as a short-tempered fighter who seeks to save Jessica from Mad Gear. Since the series predates the production of Street Fighter Alpha 3, Cody is depicted in his original outfit from Final Fight.
- Rolento (v.b. Scott McNeil) - One of the leaders of the Mad Gear gang. Appears in the episode "Final Fight".
- Andore - Appears briefly in the episode "Final Fight" as one of Mad Gear's henchmen.
- Sodom - He makes a few appearances from within the series, first being shown as an unknown fighter in "The Medium is the Message", being one of Bison's minions in "Cammy and the Bachelor", and later appearing briefly in the episode "Final Fight" as one of Mad Gear's henchmen.
- Mike Haggar (v.b. Richard Newman) - Along with Cody and Jessica, Haggar also makes a cameo appearance as part of the cheering crowd in "The Medium is the Message" and later appears in the episode "Final Fight". Unlike his video game counterpart, he is unable to act against the Mad Gear gang due to them holding his daughter hostage.
- Adon - Appears briefly in "The Medium is the Message" and has a non-speaking role as an unnamed street fighter.
- Birdie (v.b. Paul Dobson) - He first appears as an unknown fighter in "The Medium is the Message" and later appears in "Cammy and the Bachelor" as a minion for Bison and Shadaloo.
- Gouken - Ryu and Ken's master. Appears in "The World's Greatest Warror", depicted as he appears in the Street Fighter II manga.
- Akuma (v.b. Dale Wilson in "Strange Bedfellows" and David Kaye in "The World's Greatest Warrior") - The evil brother of Gouken. He forces Bison and Guile to fight against him in "Strange Bedfellows" and later fights against Ryu and Ken in "The World's Greatest Warrior".
- Satin Hammer - An intelligent women with a dying body (hence her cyborg life suit), she is unique to the series and leads a group of cyborg men who are bent on getting revenge on the U.S. government.
|#||Title||Writer(s)||Original airdate||Production order|
|1||"The Adventure Begins"||Michael Edens, Julia Lewald, Eric Lewald||October 21, 1995||101|
|While working undercover for the Street Fighter operation, Guile gets contacted by Escher. Bison had just stolen a biological virus from Guile's old flame, Lucinda (or "Cindy") and that the virus itself can kill an infected person from within 24 hours of instant contact. Guile assembles a team consisting of Chun-Li, Ryu, Ken and Blanka, and heads to the jungle to put an end to Bison's scheme. Unfortunately, both Ryu and Blanka contract the virus and that the group must race against the clock in order to get the antidote needed to save their friends.|
|2||"The Strongest Woman in the World"||Richard Stanley||October 28, 1995||102|
|Bison commandeers a nuclear facility in China, which is coincidentally situated near Chun-Li's own birthplace which Bison had destroyed years prior. Guile assembles Blanka and Chun-Li for the mission to stop Bison. However, Chun-Li is only focused on getting her revenge against Bison and cares little whether the nuclear plant is destroyed. Eventually, Guile's scolding gets through to her and she lets Bison escape so that innocent people wouldn't be harmed.|
|3||"Getting to Guile"||Mark Onspaugh||November 4, 1995||103|
|Dee Jay relays to Escher and Chun-Li that he and Guile were ambushed by Bison and Zangief and that Guile himself was captured. Bison hooks Guile into a mind-probing device to find his Achilles heel so that he can brainwash and reprogram Guile into destroy the rest of the Street Fighters. Chun-Li rallies Blanka, Dee Jay, Ryu, and Ken to help rescue Guile and infiltrate Bison's stronghold. After battling many mutants, the team saves Guile and reminds him of the Street Fighter code: Discipline, justice, and commitment.|
|4||"No Way Out"||Bruce Reid Schaefer||November 11, 1995||104|
|Sagat uses his vast army to wage war on a U.S. embassy in Shadaloo, all the while a young boy is trapped in the building while it's being evacuated. Blanka, Chun-Li, and Guile head the rescue operation, but Guile gets trapped in the building along with the boy as well. Both Guile and his young friend try to escape Sagat's patrolling forces and were able to gain access to some secret computer files, which were very important.|
|5||"Demon Island"||Francis Moss, Ted Pederson||November 18, 1995||105|
|Bison steals a top secret military plane that can turn invisible at the push of a button, so it's up to Guile, Dee Jay, Cammy, and Blanka to get it back. They arrive on a mysterious island where Bison currently has set up shop and unfortunately, Zangief is patrolling the area in a hovercraft. Dee Jay blames Zangief for ruining his fighting career, and they begin to fight while Guile fends off Bison. The Street Fighters eventually steal the plane back just as the island explodes.|
|6||"Desert Thunder"||Jeremy Cushner||December 2, 1995||106|
|Escher receives word that a new military laser was stolen by the female cyborg, the Satin Hammer and her cohort, T. Hawk. While T. Hawk was originally supposed to be undercover in order to monitor the Satin Hammer's activities, Escher believes that T. Hawk has switched sides. He charges Guile and Blanka to get to the bottom of the situation. They eventually confront T. Hawk, who still maintains that he's on their side, even though it's clear he's sympathetic towards the Satin Hammer. Eventually however, T. Hawk throws himself into the Satin Hammer's computer system and destroys it in an instant, even though the Satin Hammer manages to escape capture from him and the others.|
|7||"Dark Heart"||Matt Edens||December 9, 1995||107|
|The millennium comet is on its scheduled 1000-year voyage in the skies over Earth, but Bison uses his magnetic chi powers to redirect the comet towards the planet and threatens to rip apart the continent of the U.S. through the comet's own crash unless he gets a huge sum of money. Guile, Blanka, Ryu, and Ken go the Himalayas to stop Bison, but the group gets separated by an avalanche. Blanka meets up Dhalsim while in the mountains and blames him for his monstrous appearance. With Dhalsim's help, Guile and Blanka manage to stop Bison's plan while saving Ryu and Ken from within the process.|
|8||"The Medium is the Message"||Matthew Malach||December 16, 1995||108|
|A Street Fighter tournament is being held in India and Escher sends Guile and the rest of the Street Fighters to compete. Bison is attending as well, and has a double threat of a plan; use his new mutant combatants to destroy the Street Fighters, or have Balrog create a false video of the Street Fighters defiling a Hindu temple. The mutants are introduced at the tournament with Toccata and Fugue in D minor. Both of Bison's plans fail when Guile saves the captured scientist and performs a Flash Kick on a time bomb. This episode is notable for producing an Internet Meme on YouTube (Bison's phrase of "This is delicious!" and his enthusiastic shout of "YES! YES!" as he sees Guile being defeated)|
|9||"Eye of the Beholder"||Doug Booth||December 30, 1995||109|
|Word comes in that a scientist in Hawaii is concocting a serum that could help Blanka revert into his human form. Vega also hears of this serum and wants to use it to make himself eternally young. Vega captures the scientist and holds him for ransom. Blanka is forced to give Vega the cure, in exchange for the doctor's life. Also, Blanka makes out with the scientist's assistant while falling from a plane. Vega drops the vial of serum from within the situation, losing his only chance for immortality.|
|10||"The Hand That Feeds You"||Steve Cuden||January 6, 1996||110|
|Ryu's cousin goes missing in Hong Kong while the Street Fighters are investigating a local drug operation. Action star Fei Long says he'll show Guile the secrets of the city if Guile teaches him how to use Chi energy attacks. Eventually, Ryu and Ken get captured by the drug runners and it's up to Guile and Fei Long to save them.|
|11||"Keeping the Peace"||Matt Edens||January 20, 1996||111|
|A small city near Shadaloo is in chaos as rare diamonds have been found to be rich in the region. Sagat and many other warlords are lurking about as each faction wants a piece of the pie. Guile is asked by Escher to check out the situation on behalf of the Street Fighters. Meanwhile, Sawada has taken over Guile's former position in the Allied Nations (AN) and is currently in charge of the military presence. Hostilities run high as Guile manages to defuse several bombs in the area, with the help of his Sonic Boom attack.|
|12||"Chunnel Vision"||Len Wein||January 27, 1996||112|
|Bison finally gets captured at the hands of Cammy's former British teammates, MI5. While the world thinks that Bison's capture is the first step to Shadaloo's destruction, Bison's supporters randomly start blowing up locations in England and threatens that it will continue until Bison is released, along with a 2 billion pound payoff. Zangief places bombs in a specific chunnel that connects a train track between England and France, so it's up to Guile, Dee Jay, Honda, and Cammy to prevent the tunnel's destruction.|
|13||"Strange Bedfellows"||Bruce Reid Schaefer||February 3, 1996||113|
|A mysterious warrior starts destroying both Bison's strongholds as well as those under Street Fighter jurisdiction. Both sides blame the other and it eventually comes down to Bison and Guile meeting on a volcano island for a final showdown. However, clumsy clues were given to both warriors which lead them to the location of the battle by none other than Akuma himself. Akuma wants both Bison and Guile to fight each other to death, where Akuma will then destroy the winner and steal their chi. Bison and Guile are forced to work together and eventually attack Akuma. Despite Bison and Guile's reluctant teamwork, Akuma is able to escape via teleportation and that both Bison and Guile decide to postpone their own battle and head their separate ways, much to the shock of their own teammates. This episode contained a lot of deformed animation, making this a lot more cartoony than other episodes|
|#||Title||Writer(s)||Original airdate||Production order|
|14||"The Hammer Strikes"||Jeremy Cushner, Will Meugniot (story)||September 21, 1996||201|
|Needing the help of the Street Fighters, Dhalsim summoned them to his remote mountain temple by causing Blanka considerable mental pain. It seems that the Satin Hammer had returned and wanted to steal an atomic bomb that Dhalsim currently had in his possession. Guile brought Blanka, T. Hawk, and Sawada along with him for the mission, even though personal feelings still existed between T. Hawk and the Satin Hammer. Eventually, the Street Fighters stopped the Satin Hammer's plot when Dhalsim deactivated the atomic bomb's countdown timer.|
|15||"Cammy and the Bachelor"||Len Wein, Will Meugniot (story)||September 28, 1996||202|
|A crime wave has taken over London, and Bison is thought to be the one responsible for it, so Guile, Cammy, and Honda join forces with the team at MI5 to take down Bison, Birdie, and Sodom. During the fight, Bison seemingly takes over Cammy's mind, and she immediately switches allegiances. With a backup plan in full readiness, Bison and Cammy manage to escape.|
|16||"New Kind of Evil"||Bruce Reid Schaefer, Will Meugniot (story)||October 5, 1996||203|
|Chun-Li is attacked by mysterious mutant assailants, as well as having her TV crew kidnapped. She calls for Guile and Blanka's help to track them down, which leads to a search in the sewers. They soon find out that a former scientist of Bison's is continuing mutant research and mutated 3 thugs into half-man/half eel/alligator/bat warriors. In the ensuing battle, Blanka receives a mega-dose of mutagen ooze, which turns him even more feral.|
|17||"The World's Greatest Warrior"||Steve Englehart, Will Meugniot (story)||October 12, 1996||204|
|While visiting their master Gouken, Ryu and Ken are challenged by the evil Akuma, who claims to have stolen Gouken's chi and will do the same thing to them. Akuma gives Ryu and Ken time to train so they might stand a chance against him. During the course of their sparring sessions however, Ken injures Ryu's right arm, which leaves Ryu in a bad state during the time of the fight's progression. Akuma uses this advantage to easily defeat Ryu, only to get defeated himself by Ken's Flaming Dragon Punch (Shoryuken), freeing Gouken and Ryu's chi. Despite his apparent defeat, Akuma vows that he'll return and attempt to steal more chi.|
|18||"So, You Want to be in Pictures"||Marv Wolfman, Will Meugniot (story)||November 5, 1996||205|
|Ryu and Ken are asked to help Fei Long with his latest movie project. Investors in the film however pull funding from out of the movie, which leaves Fei Long with no way to raise awareness about the evil crime boss, Lo Fat. Ken is forced to ask his father to re-invest in the film, so it can continue. Ken gets creative license for the script, and writes himself in as the star instead of Fei Long. Both men have a climatic showdown which results in the entire movie studio burning down.|
|19||"Face of Fury"||Steve Perry, Will Meugniot (story)||November 15, 1996||206|
|Guile and Blanka take a trip to the Middle East to cool hostilities between the Arabs and the Israelis, but Blanka's temper gets the best of him, and he attacks them all. Vega, watching this drama unfold on a prison TV set, swears revenge against Blanka for destroying his face. Vega easily escapes, and flies to Hawaii for a final battle while taking Mei Lei, Blanka's love interest, hostage. Blanka almost manages to kill Vega, but with the combined efforts of Mei Lei, Guile and Chun-Li, they were able to prevent Vega's death at the hands of Blanka.|
|20||"Cammy Must Die!"||Len Wein, Will Meugniot (story)||November 23, 1996||207|
|Bison charges Cammy and his cybernetic creation La Lupa to steal a priceless Kali statue for him. The statue has meditative powers that Bison hopes will help him heal his wounds from his previous battle with Guile. The Street Fighters team up with MI5 to help get to the bottom of Cammy's switched allegiances and during the battle, Cammy gets knocked on the head which frees her from Bison's mental control. Cammy then takes the Street Fighters to Bison's hideout, where she betrays them once more. Bison and Cammy are then able to escape.|
|21||"The Flame and the Rose"||Steve Englehart, Will Meugniot (story)||December 9, 1996||208|
|The mystical psychic known as Rose senses that many powers in the world are fluctuating wildly out of control. She blames Ken and Blanka for this sudden energy spike and believes that they are the catalysts to the end of the world. Rose kidnaps them both and forces them to fight against one another, only to realize that they are not evil at all. With their help, she tracks down Bison, who is the true manifestation of evil she had sensed. She then attacks Bison in the mental world just as Ken and Blanka destroy the kali statue, which destroys Bison's entire castle. Mysteriously, everyone in uninjured, and Bison eludes capture once more.|
|22||"The Warrior King"||Kat Likkel, Will Meugniot (story)||January 4, 1997||209|
|The powerful Warrior King has defended his country from the evil Mages for years, but when his Orb of Power is flung into a vortex, he follows it as well. The orb lands in a nation close to Shadaloo, and Bison claims it as his own. The orb has the power to control all weather, and Bison threatens the world with its power. The Street Fighter team is assembled, and Chun-Li is the first to confront Bison. The Warrior King magically appears, and fights Bison's minions with Chun-Li's help. The two quickly fall in love until another vortex appears, and the Warrior King is forced to leave Chun-Li forever.
This episode is a crossover with Savage Dragon, Wing Commander Academy and Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm animated television series (1996, US).
|23||"The Beast Within"||George Bloom||February 18, 1997||210|
|Blanka searches the jungle for a mysterious healing plant that could revert him back to his normal form. Guile and Lucinda go to track him down, and hear the same story of the plant from the jungle natives. Blanka then encounters a wild jungle boy who swears revenge against the natives for killing his family. The boy is actually an alien who had crash-landed on Earth along with his family. Blanka befriends the boy, and along with Guile and Lucinda, they defeat the evil natives and the boy returns to his home planet.|
|24||"Second to None"||Kat Likkel, Will Meugniot (story)||April 11, 1997||211|
|Ryu is a legend in Shadaloo and Sakura is his most adamant admirer, but when Sagat patrols the streets regularly making sure to burn down any building with posters of Ryu in it, Sakura leaps into action. She has gone to New York (not shown) to go see her idol, who had just been visiting Ken in the hospital, as Ken had swallow some bugs in water while fighting Ryu earlier. Ryu meets Sakura, and she convinces him to come to Shadaloo along with Guile, to defeat Sagat once more. Sagat welcomes the challenge, and he and Ryu have another epic confrontation.|
|25||"Final Fight"||Larry Parr, Will Meugniot (story)||April 27, 1997||212|
|The plot of this episode is based on the arcade game with the same title. The new Mayor of Metro City, Mike Haggar, finds himself in a tough situation when his daughter Jessica is kidnapped by a ruthless street gang known as Mad Gear, so it's up to Ryu and Ken to save her, along with Jessica's boyfriend Cody and fellow friend Guy (despite the fact that in the arcade game, Mike Haggar goes out to rescue his daughter with Guy and Cody ). Escher, Guile, and Haggar devise a plan to put Ken and Ryu undercover to infiltrate the gang and discover the whereabouts of Jessica, but Cody takes exception to this as he constantly screams at everyone in protest, nearly jeopardizing the entire plan. The four fighters encounter the Mad Gear gang's leader, Belger from within the group's headquarters and an intense fight happens. Ryu and Ken, along with Cody and Guy, are able to fight against Belger and his minions and in the end, the quartet defeats Belger and saves Jessica from complete danger while Haggar himself enters into the situation at the very end by breaking a door down.|
|26||"Cammy Tell Me True"||Will Meugniot||May 14, 1997||213|
|Bison captures the MI5 team in a brief battle and the British government are adamant about getting them back, as they know critical government secrets. Bison compiles doomsday codes, which are the launch protocols for every known nuclear bomb on Earth, and plans to not take over the world, but to destroy it. Guile and Chun-Li are given a package from Sagat, containing the secret of Cammy's past, as Sagat does not want the world destroyed by Bison. They infiltrate Bison's base, and everyone, including MI5, team up to stop Bison, and destroy his computer console with one second left on the doomsday timer. Bison dies when he is consumed by the computer. Afterward, Cammy rejects Guile's offer to return to the team, opting to go on her own path.|
ADV Films has released the complete series on Region 1 DVD. The first set, Street Fighter: Code of Honor, was released on April 13, 2003 and contains all the Season 1 episodes; while the second set, Street Fighter: Soul Powers, released on May 13, 2003, and contains all the Season 2 episodes. Both of the DVD sets are now out of print.
The Final Fight episode was included as an unlockable extra in Final Fight: Double Impact, released for PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade on April 14, 2010. A 25th Anniversary Collector's Set of games, which includes a Blu-ray Disc of the entire TV series, will be released in North America on September 18, 2012.
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