Street Fighter II V

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For the fifth installment of the Street Fighter series, see Street Fighter V.
Street Fighter II V
Street FIghter II V title card.PNG
Screenshot of the title card, from the opening of the anime
ストリートファイターⅡ V
(Sutorīto Faitā Tsū Bui)
Genre Action, Adventure, Drama, Martial arts
Anime television series
Directed by Gisaburō Sugii
Studio Group TAC
Network Yomiuri TV
Original run 10 April 199527 November 1995
Episodes 29 (List of episodes)
Manga
Street Fighter II V Retsuden
Written by Yasushi Baba
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Comic Bom Bom
Original run 19951996
Volumes 3
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Street Fighter II V (Japanese: ストリートファイターⅡ V Hepburn: Sutorīto Faitā Tsū Bui?),[1] is an anime series based on the fighting game Street Fighter II. Directed by Gisaburo Sugii (who also directed the previous movie version), the series first aired in Japan in 1995, from April 10 to November 27, on YTV. An English adaptation of the series was produced by the dubbing group Animaze and Manga Entertainment in 1996, and was released in Australia and the USA on VHS in 1997−1998. In 1997, ADV Films produced an English dub exclusively for the UK market and was released on VHS. The Animaze/Manga dub had a DVD release on April 29, 2003 in a four disc set in North America and was then released on DVD in Australia.

Premise[edit]

The show is a loose adaptation of the Street Fighter II games, taking several liberties with the established storyline and characters from the games. The show follows the adventures of young Ryu and Ken, as they venture forth to improve their martial arts skills after they experience brutal defeat at the hands of Guile. During the course of the series, Ryu and Ken become acquainted with other Street Fighter characters such as Chun-Li, Fei Long, Sagat and Dhalsim. Eventually, the duo find themselves involved with the criminal syndicate Shadowlaw, led by M. Bison, after defeating one of their subordinate organizations (Ashura).

Out of the seventeen characters featured in the Street Fighter II series, Blanka, Dee Jay, E. Honda, and T. Hawk are the only ones who don't appear in Street Fighter II V, T.Hawk appears in the second opening, but only in the Japanese version and never during the series itself. Akuma makes several cameo appearances during crowd scenes.

Characters[edit]

Ryu is the main character. He is 17 and very dedicated to his martial arts and is always trying to better his own skills. He was raised in the Japanese countryside, and is as such a sort of country bumpkin. He and his best friend, Ken, have been training together in the same dojo since they were little kids. During their travels, he learns how to use a ki-based power called Hadō in the form of the Hadouken. Ryu does not wear a headband and sparring gloves throughout the series. Instead, he wears prayer beads on his left hand, and has short spiky hair. Rather than the stern and stoic personality he exhibits in the games, he is here portrayed as somewhat giddy, simple-minded but always on the lookout for a good challenge, very similar to Goku from Dragon Ball.
Ryu's best friend is of the same age. He is the only son of the extremely rich Masters family. He lives in San Francisco with his parents in a very large mansion − it takes twenty minutes to drive from the front yard to the main house. He too spends a lot of time training as well, but not as much as Ryu. Ken also rides a motorcycle. His mother is Japanese. Ken also learns to use the power of Hadō later on while being held captive by Shadoloo. Only Ryu knows the Hadoken, while both he and Ken know the Shoryuken. Ken later upgrades the Shoryuken to the Hadou Shoryuken, and then shortens it to the Hadou Shoryu. Interestingly, in the English dub Ken still called the move Shoryuken while Ryu called it by its English translation: Rising Dragon Punch.
Guile is a Sergeant in the United States Air Force, based in San Francisco. He has pride in both the Air Force and his men, and frequently goes out drinking with them whenever they can. He and his partner, Nash, have served together for many years in various missions and military conflicts. As a military person he is regularly found working out and lifting weights. He has won at least one boxing tournament and probably others not mentioned in the show. His martial art style that he uses in combat is loosely based on US Military Combatives, the official martial arts styles that the US military teaches to its soldiers.
Chun-Li first appears as a tour guide hired by Ken and Ryu upon their arrival in Hong Kong. The 15 year old girl is soon revealed to be the daughter of the top inspector for the Hong Kong police. Her father trains her in the art of kung fu both as self-defence and as a part of her rearing. She accompanies Ken and Ryu throughout most of their journeys across Asia and Europe, but rarely engages herself in combat unless personally attacked or threatened. In the series, Ken becomes smitten with her to the point where he takes her on a shopping spree and buys her a ring and clothes from many of today's fashion houses such as Chanel, Hermes, Gucci, and jewellery from Tiffany's. Chun-Li is not seen in her blue mini-qipao and white boots until the final episodes, where she is captive at Bison's base. Also, changes to this outfit include the absence of her hair-bun covers as well as her pantyhose being replaced with kneepads.
Chun-Li's father. His principle occupation is as the Vice Squad Captain for the Hong Kong Police Department, and is routinely engaged in drug busts, sting operations, and various other police activities, and is no stranger to the risks of his work. His residence also doubles as a temple and training ground where he teaches his daughter and several other students. Shortly after a successful bust of a large cocaine-smuggling operation, as well the subsequent arrest of the Ashura kingpin behind it, Inspector Dorai is called to Barcelona to attend an Interpol conference concerning the investigation of the mysterious organisation called "Shadowlaw". During the investigation, Dorai is nearly killed by Cammy at the order of a Shadowlaw infiltrator, but his survival was kept secret by the Chief of Interpol until the person who ordered the hit could be identified. Unlike in the games, Dorai survives in the show.
One of Dorai's best students, he is now an up-and-coming martial arts movie star whose insistence on "making the fight real" rapidly becomes detrimental to production, due mainly to damaged props and public property as well as injuries to the stunt doubles. Ken Masters briefly volunteers to be his opposite in a fight scene while touring Hong Kong with Ryu and Chun-Li, but the destruction caused by the fight forced the director to halt the filming and cut the scene completely. Later, upon learning of his Master's supposed "death", he becomes distraught with grief and seeks to avenge him. While visiting the hospital where Dorai was taken, the Chief of Interpol informs Fei-Long of the charade. Later still, Fei-Long with the assistance of Cammy (after a brief fight with her in Dorai's hospital quarters) identifies Balrog as the Shadowlaw operative who ordered the hit on Dorai.
Sagat was the "King of Muay Thai", which is infamous as one of the most vicious forms of martial arts in the world. When he fought professionally, he was the champion of Thailand and everyone simply called him "Champ", but after refusing to throw a match for the Ashura syndicate, he was framed for selling drugs and was both imprisoned and disgraced. The Ashura syndicate's vendetta against Dorai, Ken and Ryu was carried out in a very poor manner by one of their men by planting heroin in Ryu's luggage at the airport in Bangkok, after which Ryu was imprisoned in the same prison with Sagat. The two of them gained each other's respect and were able to learn more about the Ashura from their experiences. After the Ashura kingpin was arrested, evidence of Sagat's innocence was "discovered" by the Thai police and he was released from prison. As Street Fighter II V takes place before the first Street Fighter tournament, he does not have his trademark scar on his chest nor does he wear an eyepatch. His rivalry with Ryu is more of a respectable one in the show.
Dhalsim is a monk who lives in a remote village in India. Sagat had earlier instructed Ryu to seek Dhalsim for advice about the Ways of Hadou. Sagat had been turned down years before when he sought Dhalsim's wisdom, but had figured that Ryu might be found more worthy. Dhalsim is a practitioner of yoga and has some psychic abilities, and although he knows much about Hadou, he was unable to train Ryu to use the Hadouken, which was inadvertently triggered in Ryu's body during a lesson.
His surname on the show is Fabio La Cerda. Vega is the popular 18-year-old bullfighter residing in Barcelona with a lust for blood and no value for life. He also moonlights as a cage fighter for rich socialites. During a bullfight attended by Ken, Ryu, and Chun-Li, Vega develops an obsession for Chun-Li, and plots to kill Ryu and Ken, whom he sees as rivals for her affections. He uses a strange "love potion" drug to induce a trance in her. While in the trance, she watches Vega and Ken fight each other in a steel cage at a secretive ball they were invited to attend. Vega was defeated, despite having stabbed both of Ken's feet and elsewise having the advantage of dropping down from above with his signature attack. The fate of Vega is not clearly known, but was last seen being carried out of the steel cage on a stretcher after having hung from the cage ceiling unconscious and then diving downward in a "final attack" where Ken caught him on his shoulders, instead of finishing him off.
Balrog is an executive officer of Interpol, but unbeknownst to the other members of Interpol he works for Shadowlaw as an informant. Suspicions had been raised when Inspector Dorai's failed assassination suggested that only a senior officer of Interpol would have been aware of his investigations into the Shadowlaw organization. Ultimately, Balrog's secret is discovered by Fei-Long and Cammy after his cover story's inconsistencies were compared. Before being placed under arrest, Cammy took revenge against Balrog for giving her fraudulent reason's for the assassination. Balrog isn't portrayed as a fighter in the show and only shows up in his boxing gear during the second opening credits.
Cammy White is a former agent of MI6 who now makes her living as a mercenary assassin. Being a devout Roman Catholic, she always prays for forgiveness before and after each hit. She takes much pride in the quality of her work, and believes when she's hired for a job, the death of her target must come from her hand and not as an accident or incidental occurrence, such is to the extend that she will even protect her target from harm until she is ready to strike. Also as a matter of pride, she refuses to act on false pretexts for employment. Cammy's costume design is radically different compared to any other appearance. She wears a black halter top, black spandex tights, and a choker decorated with a crucifix which she uses to conceal a deadly, retractable, metal wire to assassinate her victims. Her original costume with a beret and pigtails is briefly seen when she is seen during her introduction in episode 17. Despite being English, Cammy speaks with an American accent.
Guile's best friend, who has served alongside of him in several combat situations. Nash dies during the mission to rescue Ken from Bison's fortress. Since the show was produced before the development of Street Fighter Alpha, he does not resemble his in-game counterpart at all. In the show, he holds an impressive similar appearance to Jean Reno. While Nash is known as "Charlie" in the English localization of the games, Nash retains his Japanese name for the English dub of the show (except in one scene where Guile calls him "Charlie", implying that his full name is Charlie Nash).
He is a Russian bear wrestler who frequently works as one of Shadowlaw's strong-men. He does not seem to have any particular desire or inclination to injure or kill anyone, but he's not above using his strength in full against someone should his orders require him to. Zangief can be seen wearing a loincloth-like shirt, whereas in the games he appears topless. He also works for Shadowlaw, despite the fact that he is unaffiliated with them in the games.
Very little is known about Bison, except that he is the enigmatic head of Shadowlaw. In contrast to Ken and Ryu's Hadou (which is based in ki), Bison's powers are based in his rage and hatred, and are referred to as his "Psycho Power". Usage of his "Psycho Power" usually causes him to lose his ability to reason, and in one instance nearly strangles Chun-Li while enraged only to regret his actions for a moment when he resumed his previous cognitive state... the only scene in which he ever shows a capacity for human emotion. As the leader of the secretive Shadowlaw, his only known goal is world domination, and most of his activities are financed through a variety of underground operations such as the Ashura syndicate. For all of Bison's power and ambition, it is suggested that much of his work may be the result of semi-telepathic influence originating from a silver idol in the form of an eagle's head, which is shown on at least two occasions to "communicate" with him. Unlike in the games, where Bison's sole base is in Thailand, Bison is shown to have a variety of bases throughout the world, and the final battle against him takes place in Barcelona.

Episodes[edit]

# English dub title (top)
Japanese title (bottom)
Original air date
1 "The Beginning of a Journey"
(旅立ち サンフランシスコからの招待状) 
1995-04-10
Ryu lives in Japan and receives an unexpected letter from his old friend and sparring-partner Ken Masters. He invites Ryu to visit him in the United States, because they have not seen each other for many years. Ryu thinks about the request and decides to travel and see his best friend. They meet at San Francisco airport, where a big limousine is waiting and driving them home to Ken's place. Ryu is impressed by the riches of Ken's family. After relaxing, the 17-year-old boys go out for the night on Ken's motorcycle and enter the pub Mt. Fuji. Ken upsets some soldiers by flirting with one of their girls and a fight ensues. After the military men are defeated, their Sergeant, Guile, appears. 
2 "The King of the Airforce"
(空軍の王者 炸裂、脅威のミリタリーコンバット) 
1995-04-17
Now Sergeant Guile is Ryu's opponent, who is trained in military combat fighting and is clearly superior to Ryu. Although Ryu has mastered martial arts, he is beaten by Guile after a long fight. Before Guile leaves the bar with his men, he tells Ryu that "he has guts". Ryu is taken home by Ken, who decides to challenge Guile at the Air Force Base the next day. Ken loses the fight against Guile as well, but is inspired by the fights. Ken then suggests to travel the world to improve and strengthen their skills. Their first destination on their quest for underground street fighters is Hong Kong
3 "Landing in Hong Kong"
(香港上陸 潜入、魔闘窟への挑戦状) 
1995-04-24
Ryu and Ken stay at a very fancy hotel in Hong Kong and meet their tour guide, Chun-Li, who is meant to show them the city. To her surprise they are travelling on a helicopter to head for the restricted area Kowloon Palace, to find some street fighters. The pilot, Tyler, denies to land in this area, but is convinced by the boys finally. Arrived in Kowloon Palace Ryu, Ken and Chun Li find the Devil's Battle Cage, where a martial arts tournament takes place. Ryu enters the ring and defeats all opponents sent by Lean, the overlaw of Kowloon Palace. Lean marks the outsiders for execution therefore and the three are on the run to leave the place. 
4 "Darkness at Kowloon Palace"
(暗黒の九龍城 無法地帯、命がけの大脱出) 
1995-05-01
Ryu, Ken, and Chun Li fight their way through Kowloon Palace, defeating all the foes they encounter. They reach the exit of Kowloon Palace, only to be stopped by the evil Lean. He orders his two strongest bodyguards to prevent Ryu and Ken from leaving the place. The boys defeat both, but find Chun Li now held in hostage by Lean. Chun Li's father Dorai, who is the police chief of Hong Kong, enters the scene with some other policeman. Dorai unfits Lean for fighting by a shot in the hand and saves Ryu and Ken from being shot. Dorai accompanies Chun Li, Ryu and Ken to the hotel and tells his daughter not to act this foolish again. Chun Li informs Ryu and Ken about the next day's plan: To visit the martial arts actor Fei Long
5 "Hot Blooded Fei Long"
(飛龍熱血! 激写、スーパーバトルアクションムービー) 
1995-05-08
Ryu, Ken, and Chun Li visit Fei Long, who is filming a movie. Fei Long picks which actor he wants (out of Ryu and Ken) for the fight scene he is currently filming, stating that "fights have to be real", rather than just act via fake fighting like a normal actor would. Fei Long picks Ken as the fighter for the scene, and Ken fights Fei Long. While this is supposedly part of the film, Fei Long and Ken take the fight a little too far for a film. The match ends in a draw when the director of the film stops the fight because of the injuries Fei Long and Ken are inflicting upon each other. 
6 "Appearance of the Secret Technique"
(秘伝見参! 漲る気、波動の覚醒) 
1995-05-22
Ryu, Ken, and Chun Li go shopping at a shopping mall. Once there, Ryu meets a strange old man who it seems is about to die, as he is sweating, and looks to be in bad condition. Ryu says he will call an ambulance for him, but the old man insists on Ryu taking him to a place of privacy. There, the old man practices a martial arts technique in front of Ryu, where he uses his ki to create a blue fireball from his hands. He swallows this fireball, and, after it explodes in his stomach, he's fine and back in good health. Ryu wants to learn how to do the technique the old man just did, and so he takes him to his shop where they can have privacy and practice the technique. Ryu doesn't master it, although he gains a little more knowledge about his spiritual self after this encounter. 
7 "The Revenge of Ashura"
(阿修羅の報復 襲いかかるムエタイの刺客) 
1995-06-05
The evil crime organization called Ashura, who are known as cop killers, sets up a plan to kill Chun Li's father, Dorai for foiling their plans in earlier episodes. Chun Li is used as bait for Dorai's death, and when Chun Li goes to a park and waits on Ryu and Ken to come themselves, she is ambushed by an Ashura member disguised as a clown. Ryu and Ken get there just in time to save Chun Li, defeating all the Ashura foes. Chun Li, Ryu, and Ken then go to Dorai's dojo to prevent the Ashura from attacking him and killing him. Chun Li goes inside to protect Dorai, while Ken, Ryu, and Fei Long battle the Ashura to stop them from getting inside. They eventually triumph, and the Ashura flee the scene.Akuma makes a cameo appearance , when the dojo gets attack. 
8 "Trap Prison and the Scream of Truth"
(罠、牢獄、真実の叫び 誇り高きリュウ) 
1995-06-12
Ryu and Ken decide to go to Thailand in hopes of learning the fighting style of Muay Thai. Once at the airport in Bangkok, Ryu and Ken go to separate lines to get approval to get into Thailand legally. Because of this, Donu, the member of the Ashura who fled in Episode 7 after Ryu and the others thwarted their attempt to murder Dorai, sneaks up on Ryu and plants heroin in his backpack as a way to get revenge. Ryu doesn't notice this at first, and just as he and Ken go down an escalator, Ryu is caught with heroine in his backpack, and is sent to prison. There, he endures brutal torture from Warden Nuchi, as well as taunting from other prisoners. Ryu eventually attacks the two prisoners that are taunting him throughout the episode. After that, Sagat, who is "the one to fear" according to the prisoners that taunted Ryu, gets prepared to battle Ryu. Akuma makes a cameo appearance while waiting for his bags at the airport. 
9 "The Superstar of Muay Thai"
"Muay Thai no Kyosei - Sōzetsu Prison Battle Symphony" (ムエタイの巨星 壮絶、獄中戦交響曲) 
1995-06-19
Sagat and Ryu battle each other using Muay Thai. Ryu eventually stops using Muay Thai and just uses his regular fighting style, and begins to overpower Sagat slightly. The fight ends in a draw after Sagat realizes that he and Ryu are kindred fighting spirits. Sagat vows to protect Ryu as long as he is in prison, and he calls the fight off. Nuchi then insists Sagat and Ryu continue to fight because he wants 50% of the money that was bet in the fight before it was called off by Sagat. Sagat refuses, and an angered Nuchi attempts to kill Sagat. Ryu and Sagat fight off Nuchi, and then Ken, after much work, manages to get Ryu out of prison. Ryu says farewell to Sagat, and then Ryu and Ken get in the car and the episode ends as Ryu finds out who was behind his imprisonment. 
10 "Dark Omen"
(暗黒の予兆 ベールに包まれた真の君臨者) 
1995-06-26

Ryu and Ken travel to the Ashura's secret hideout building, where they manage to defeat Donu and the other Ashura members in the building to get revenge for what happened to Ryu. They bring them into custody, then after getting out of the building, they are fired at by a sniper in a building a few stories above. Ryu and Ken manage to escape the sniper relatively unharmed (the only thing that was harmed was Ryu's shoulder, and only slightly). They get atop the vehicle of the guy that shot at them, unbenknownst to the sniper. They arrive at another secret hideout of the Ashura, where one of their main headquarters appears to be. There, they are severely beaten by an evil man named Zochi. Zochi carries a chainsaw on his left hand, although it is never explained how he lost his left hand. Zochi, after realizing torture will not make Ryu and Ken tell him who they are "supposedly" working for (in truth, they are working for no one, but Zochi doesn't believe them), he puts Ryu in a chair, where he is tied up. Ryu attempts to wiggle himself out, but Zochi plans to cut Ryu's left arm off with his chainsaw to add to his "collection" of other left arms. Just as Zochi is about to do so, the alarm sounds as Dorai and the rest of the police who are with him enter the secret hideout, thanks to the tracker Dorai planted on Soong.

Distracted by this, Ryu and Ken defeat Zochi and the other Ashura members in the room, much to the surprise of Dorai and the rest of the police with him when they enter the room. Sagat, at the end of the episode, is freed from prison in light of new evidence proving his innocence. Sagat asks Ryu to show him the scroll he got from master Yo. He then tells Ryu if he wishes to learn about Hadou, he should travel to India, where a monk named Dhalsim lives. 
11 "Visitation of the Beasts"
(野獣来訪 聖なる荒法師、若武者への忠告) 
1995-07-03
Ryu and Ken visit India to learn about Hadou from a monk named Dhalsim who lives in northern India. Ryu and Ken fight some evil men who want to destroy Dr. Hanna's small hospital, that she says is a refuge for the poor of Calcutta. Ken makes a phone call that buys the land the men want to use as their own (that's why they try to destroy the hospital), and thus Dr. Hanna never has to worry about them again. When Ryu and Ken arrive in the village where Dhalsim is, Dhalsim refuses to teach them the ways of Hadou, because they are "beasts with an aggressive spirit", and thus are unworthy to be taught Hadou. Ryu and Ken befriend the villagers to impress Dhalsim and motivate him to teach them Hadou. Dhalsim eventually shows Ryu and Ken the Cave of Ancients, telling them never to go in there for there is a terrible monster in there. The episode ends as four men enter the cave, mad with greed. Apparently, they want the treasure in there. 
12 "The Deadly Phantom Faceoff"
(赤白の闘神 幻の真剣勝負) 
1995-07-10
Ryu and Ken enter the Cave of Ancients to get the treasure out of there. The reason for this is because an evil man and his crew want the treasure for their own gain. Two of his men have already died, and he only has one remaining aside from himself. He threatens to kill the villagers of India if Ryu and Ken do not get the treasure out of the cave for him. Ryu and Ken enter the cave to get the treasure. Inside, they face each other in combat, although they do not know that the "monster" in the cave is merely a reflection of their innermost being. Ryu and Ken, after suffering serious injuries from the fight, realize that they are fighting each other, and then the monster disappears after that realization. Ryu and Ken emerge from the cave and give the treasure to the man who wants it. He then tries to kill them for outliving their "usefulness", although Dhalsim paralyzes him. Dhalsim then heals Ryu's and Ken's injuries. The episode ends just as Dhalsim is about to show Ryu and Ken the ways of Hadou. 
13 "The Legend of Hadou Ken"
(森羅万象の気 波動拳伝説) 
1995-07-17
Dhalsim teaches Ryu how to use Hadou. Ryu learns how to do the Hadouken technique, but he cannot control it, and thus it could kill anyone without warning and Ryu could not stop it. Ryu goes to the Cave of Ancients to perfect his use of the Hadouken, since it is too risky otherwise. In the cave, he fights an imaginary Guile, and then after that, he fires the Hadouken at an imaginary Dhalsim, since imagining opponents helps him focus on where to shoot the Hadouken. After the Hadouken is fired, Ryu and Ken leave India to go to Spain, since Dorai was sent to Barcelona to receive an award for shutting down the Ashura crime syndicate. Chun Li sends the letter for Ryu and Ken to come, and thus they do, as the episode ends. 
14 "The Bloodthirsty Prince"
(血に飢えた麗人 バルログ) 
1995-07-24
The evil matador Vega enters a bullfighting arena to show off his skills at bullfighting. Vega notices the beauty of Chun Li the second he enters the arena, and immediately develops affection for her. He gives her a rose before fighting the bull. Vega easily defeats the bull, and then presents to Chun Li the bull's ear as proof of his victory. Chun Li becomes uneasy when around Vega after this incident. Ryu, Ken, and Chun Li meet up with Vega a couple more times after the bullfighting arena, and each time Vega shows more affection towards Chun Li. In the middle of the night when Chun Li, Ryu, and Ken are sleeping, Vega sneaks into Chun Li's hotel room and kisses her. Vega manages to cast a love potion over Chun Li, where she will only focus on him via a daze each time she sees him. Vega manages to escape the room just as Ken notices someone is there. The episode ends as Ryu, Ken, and Chun Li wake up. 
15 "Clash of the Titans"
(両雄激突 プライドと命とシンデレラを賭けた死闘) 
1995-07-31
Ken is invited to a party by Vega, although Ken doesn't know Vega sent the letter. Ken and Chun Li go to the party, while Ryu stays behind at the hotel practicing his Hadouken. When they reach the party, Chun Li drifts off into a daze, and Ken, realizing that Vega is in the steel deathmatch cage in the middle of the room where the party is being held, accepts Vega's challenge to fight for the love of Chun Li. Ken enters the ring and decides to fight Vega. Vega attacks Ken a few times, as the episode ends. 
16 "The Unveiled Ruler"
(ベールをぬいだ君臨者 暴走を始めた恐るべき征服欲) 
1995-08-07
The battle between Ken and Vega continues. Vega easily has the advantage, as he breaks both of Ken's feet, and also causes Ken to lose a lot of blood because of his claws. Despite this, Ken manages to fare pretty well against the matador, and manages to score a few hard hits in on Vega before Vega wears him down. Vega jumps atop the chandelier to use his ultimate attack, while Ken prepares to use his ultimate attack, the Shoryuken on Vega. Just as the two are about to use their ultimate attacks on each other, the episode ends. 
17 "Shudder! The Despot's Commander"
(戦慄、暴君の司令 忍び寄る策謀、迫り来る危機) 
1995-08-14
Ken and Vega's battle reaches its end, as Ken uses the Shoryuken to finish Vega off. Ken falls to the ground after that, badly hurt. Chun Li enters the cage after that since the love potion put on by Vega has worn off. Ken and Chun Li talk a bit, then Vega drops down from the chandelier when Ken's Shoryuken knocked him to. Vega wakes up for a brief moment here as he tries to attack Ken, but just as he falls from the chandelier, he falls unconscious. Ken catches the badly-injured Vega on his back, and Bison, impressed with his skills, wants Zoltar, his assistant, to get his doctors to work on his recovery and bring him to his villa. Ryu continues to practice the Hadouken on the beach by the hotel he is staying in. Ken and Vega are taken into different rooms for recovery. Chun Li, finding this suspicious, questions Bison's doctors. The doctors give Ken a shot which makes him sleep. Bison enters the room after that and tries to take Chun Li to his villa. Chun Li refuses to go, and begins to attack Bison. Bison hurts her pretty badly, as the episode ends. 
18 "The Beautiful Assassin"
(美しき暗殺者 緑色の瞳、十字架の恐怖) 
1995-08-21
Bison and Chun Li fight. Chun Li hits Bison twice, but just as she is about to escape, he teleports in front of her and strangles her until she loses consciousness due to lack of oxygen. Bison, realizing he went berserk with his Psycho Power, tells his assistant, Zoltar, to bring Chun Li and Ken to his villa. Meanwhile, the assassin Cammy White, who was hired by Balrog of Interpol (or so he claims, though in truth he is a Shadowlaw agent) to kill Dorai, enters her hotel room next to where Dorai is staying. The reason for killing Dorai was because he supposedly set up a new drug syndicate every time he smashed one, with himself as boss of those drug syndicates. Also, apparently the Chief of Interpol, Barrac, agreed to this hit, but said that it has to be a secret. Dorai was sent to lead the investigation of the Shadowlaw crime syndicate. Just as Cammy is about to kill Dorai, the episode ends. 
19 "Special Orders to Iron Men"
(鉄人への特命 救出の空に発つ最強の助っ人) 
1995-08-28
Ken's father, Mr. Masters, sends two special commandos from the United States military, Guile and Nash to rescue Ken from Bison. The reason Mr. Masters found out about Ken's abduction is because Bison called him and demanded a $1,000,000,000 ransom in exchange for Ken. The money was needed because it would give Bison and Shadowlaw the money they lost when Dorai shut down Ashura. Guile and Nash enter a helicopter after being briefed by Mr. Masters's friend from college, in order to go quickly to Spain to rescue Ken from Bison. Meanwhile, Dorai is attacked by Cammy White and is presumably killed by the assassination attempt (Dorai manages to survive the attack). On the beach, Ryu is attacked by the Shadowlaw wrestler Zangief, who was sent by Bison to take Ryu to Bison's headquarters. Ryu resists Zangief, and the episode ends. 
20 "Unknown Explosive Force"
(秘められた爆発力 渾身に満ちるとてつもないパワー) 
1995-09-04
Ryu and Zangief fight for a brief time on the beach, but Zangief, with the help of the Shadowlaw driver, knocks out Ryu and puts him in the truck in which he came in. Just as Zangief puts Ryu into the truck, Guile and Nash land nearby, and Zangief and the Shadowlaw driver quickly escape with Ryu before Guile and Nash can confront them. Guile and Nash search the castle that Vega and Ken were in before being worked on by Bison's physicians to see if they can find Ken. The place is thoroughly cleaned out, and thus their search is futile. Meanwhile, Ryu and Bison fight each other as Ryu awakes to find himself in Shadowlaw's headquarters. Ryu fights Bison to no avail, as Bison easily overpowers him. Ryu is taunted by Bison into using the Hadouken, and when he is about to fire it, Bison uses his Psycho Power to cause Ryu to lose control of the Hadouken. The Hadouken explodes, and this, combined with the energy of Bison's Psycho Power, knocks Ryu unconscious. 
21 "Compulsion Towards Vengeance"
(服従への強制 サイバーチップ、脳支配への挑戦) 
1995-09-11
Ryu has the cyberchip planted on his forehead by Bison. Zoltar created the chip to create Shadowlaw warriors for Bison. These cyberchips control the subject's higher brain functions, and thus as long as the cyberchip is on their forehead, Bison can control the subject as he pleases, as Zoltar demonstrates by getting a test subject to bang his head against the wall and kill himself. With Ryu under Bison's control, and Ken unconscious and chained in a bed, Guile and Nash will have to hurry in order to rescue Ken from Bison. Meanwhile, Fei Long learns of Dorai's supposed death, and rushes to the hospital to see him (he was in Barcelona because he was to film a movie there). There, Interpol Chief Barrac explains the situation to Fei Long, and Fei Long wishes to help Barrac protect Dorai from future assassination attempts, since he is still alive. 
22 "Rising Dragon into the Sky"
(昇龍、空へ 怒りの絶頂、目覚める波動) 
1995-09-18
Ken is continually having nightmares of Chun Li being strangled by Bison, and this begins to awaken his ki and his ability to tap Hadou. After much nightmares, Ken finally wakes up, although weaker than ever, and summons the Hadou Shoryuken and manages to free himself from the chains, as well as a bust a hole in the ceiling in order to escape from the room. After escaping, Ken eventually begins to make his way deeper into the fortress in hopes of finding Ryu and Chun Li. 
23 "The Icy Light of Their Eyes"
(凍りついた眼光 悪魔に魅入られた勇者) 
1995-10-16
This episode gives a recap of what happened ever since Ryu and Ken journeyed to Barcelona. This whole segment is over ten minutes long. After the recap, the actual episode begins, where Ken slowly makes his way to the main room of the headquarters, where he is seaparated from Chun Li and Ryu via a wall. Balrog summons Cammy to the hospital, since Dorai survived her assassination attempt, and Balrog wants him dead. Cammy begins to have suspicions on Balrog, but still follows his orders for now. The episode ends with Ken approaching a window to a room in which he sees Chun Li, also implanted with a cyberchip to the forehead, strangling a Shadowlaw guard. 
24 "Nightmare Reunion"
(悪夢の再会 悲痛の呼び掛け、閉ざされた意識) 
1995-10-23
Carrying on from the previous episode Ken watches as Chun Li breaks the guard's neck. Ryu then enters, now under Bison's control via the cyberchip, and after briefly staring at each other Chun Li leaves as Ryu stays in the room surprising Ken who realizes that something must be wrong with Ryu. Bison then orders Ryu to focus his ki to do the Hadouken. Ryu keeps doing the Hadouken for quite a while, and Guile and Nash infiltrate the fortress to get inside and rescue Ken from Bison. Ken slowly but surely summons enough rage to use the Hadou Shoryu to break the wall between him and Ryu. Ken, after breaking the wall, tries to convince Ryu to come with him, but Ryu doesn't answer, and stands there glaring evilly at Ken. Ken notices something is wrong with Ryu, but doesn't know what. The episode ends after that. 
25 "Fight to the Finish (Round One)"
(死闘 <第一章> 壮絶、トリプルバトルコマンド) 
1995-10-30
Ryu and Ken fight each other in a heated battle. Ryu easily overpowers Ken, as Ken refuses to fight his best friend. However, Ken eventually hits Ryu in order to defend himself, at which point Bison tells Ken that he and Ryu were born to fight this fight. The fight goes on between Ryu and Ken after this, as Ken tries to convince Ryu to snap out of it, but to no avail. Meanwhile, Cammy enters Dorai's hospital room and attempts to make a final assassination attempt on him, when Fei Long emerges from under the cover and turns on the lights in the room. Fei Long and Cammy talk, then they battle each other for Dorai's life. Finally, Guile and Nash, having successfully infiltrated Shadowlaw fortress, go their separate ways to find Ken. Guile runs into Zangief along the way, and he initiates a fight with him. 
26 "Fight to the Finish (Round Two)"
(死闘 <第二章> 力尽きゆく親友の断末魔) 
1995-11-06
The fight between Guile and Zangief continues, as Guile continues to struggle in defeating Zangief. Guile manages to defeat Zangief after a while though. Fei Long and Cammy continue their fight, with Fei Long determined to protect Dorai from Cammy. Ryu and Ken continue their fight as well, with no signs of it coming to an end. Ken continues to try to convince Ryu to turn back to normal, though to no avail. Eventually, Nash fights his way into the control room of the fortress, where he finds Bison. He confronts Bison boldly, shooting a bullet into his heart. Bison uses his Psycho Power to render this bullet useless. Afterward, Bison attacks Nash relentlessly, and eventually chokes him. Nash doesn't survive the choke, and dies because of it. 
27 "Fight to the Finish (Round Three)"
(死闘 <第三章> 臨界点、激突する波動エネルギーの極限) 
1995-11-13
Ryu and Ken continue their fight, as always. Nash is killed by a chokehold Bison puts on him. Guile eventually finds his way into the control room, where he finds his friend Nash dead from Bison. Guile, realizing Bison killed Nash, rushes in to attack him with an extreme rage. Bison uses his Psycho Power to blast Guile back to the entrance of the room, where Guile stays for quite a while. Meanwhile, Fei Long and Cammy continue to fight for the life of Dorai, although Fei Long reveals to Cammy that Shadowlaw had sent her to kill Dorai, because he kept foiling their plans. Cammy did not know she was hired by a Shadowlaw agent, and so she believes Fei Long's words. Cammy goes to the hotel room where Balrog is staying, and begins to question his motives. He eventually reveals to her that he set her up, pointing a gun at her. Just as he is about to kill her, Fei Long and Barrac bust the door down, and Cammy kicks Balrog's gun out of his hand while he is distracted by the intrusion. Barrac says Balrog is under arrest, but before he is arrested, Cammy attacks Balrog for tricking her, nearly killing him. She decides to hand him over to Fei Long, and also thanks him for telling the truth. 
28 "Fight to the Finish (Round Four)"
(死闘 <第四章> 君臨者ベガ、その圧倒的破壊力) 
1995-11-20
Ryu and Ken finally finish their fight at the end of this episode by using the Hadou Shoryu and the Hadouken against each other. The resulting blast of energy knocks the cyberchip off of Ryu's forehead, and thus he returns to normal. Guile gets back up from Bison's Psycho Power that he was previously hit with, and stands again to face him. Bison is amused by this, but sends Chun Li to fight Guile as he doesn't have time to fight Guile personally. Ryu and Ken eventually meet up with Guile and Chun Li in the control room of the fortress. Their reunion is short-lived, however, as Bison's eagle head transports Guile and Chun Li outside to continue their battle. It also teleports Ryu, Ken, and Bison into the focal point of the universe where all the power in the universe flows, although this is not seen until the next episode. 
29 "Fight to the Finish (Final Round)"
(死闘完結 全身全霊をかけたファイナルバトル) 
1995-11-27
Guile and Chun Li battle outside, while Ryu, Ken, and Bison in the focal point of the universe, basically just another dimension that Bison's eagle head sends them to. There, Ryu and Ken seem destined to lose, because of Bison's overwhelming Psycho Power. Ryu and Ken's fighting abilities are no match for Bison, and Guile is losing tremendously to Chun Li, since the cyberchip has made her a much more powerful opponent than she was without it. Bison uses his Psycho Crusher and Double Knee Press attacks to overpower Ryu and Ken, severely wounding both of them. They eventually find the strength needed to carry on thanks to their Hadou powers. Ken uses the Hadou Shoryuken against Bison. This weakens Bison substantially and this also knocks the cyberchip off Chun-Li's head, allowing Ryu to finish him off. After Bison is gone, Ryu and Ken go back to America, then Ryu sails to an unknown location. 

Themes[edit]

Japanese

  • Opening Themes
  1. "Kaze Fuiteru" by Yuki Kuroda (eps 1-19)
  2. "Ima, ashita no tame ni" by Shuji Honda (eps 20-29)
  • Ending Themes
  1. "Cry" by Yuki Kuroda (eps 1-19)
  2. "Lonely Baby" by Shuji Honda (eps. 20-29)

The American and Australian release of the Manga/Animaze English dub uses an untitled instrumental theme music by Mike Egan composed specifically for the dub. The ADV Films version kept the original Japanese intro and outro themes.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Pronounced "Street Fighter Two Vee".

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