With the impending worldwide release of Super Street Fighter IV this upcoming week, I thought I’d take a moment to make mention of the ODA that is going to coincide with it. As some of you may already be aware, last year’s release of Street Fighter IV on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 included the Street Fighter IV: Aratanaru Kizuna (a.k.a. The Ties That Bind Us) 65-minute ODA by Studio 4°C with their collector’s editions. As the owner of a copy of the Blu-ray version that came with the PS3 CE, I was thinking about covering it at the time but never got around to it. Aratanaru Kizuna was fairly lackluster from a production standpoint, even though I enjoyed how it introduced newcomers to the franchise such as Seth, C.Viper, and the story involving the S.I.N organization. This time will be different however, as the Super Street Fighter IV has piqued my interest enough to talk about it now and eventually cover it here on Random Curiosity.
With this revamped semi-sequel, the “Super” in Street Fighter IV adds the remaining characters introduced Super Street Fighter II, T.Hawk and Deejay, Final Fight characters featured in Zero/Alpha 3, Cody and Guy, Street Fighter III additions Dudley, Ibuki, and Makoto, and from the very original game (and Alpha series), Adon. Alongside them are newcomers Hakan, a Turkish oil wrestler, and Juri Han, a Korean Taekwondo martial artist whom this second ODA centers around. Produced by GONZO studio this time around, the Super Street Fighter IV anime is already looking noticeably better than its predecessor, though I’m always wary of what the studio that brought us Dragonaut produces these days. While GONZO is no BONES by any stretch of the imagination, they are still a notable improvement over Studio 4°C as the trailer indicates. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have Gundam 00 S2’s art director Wakamatsu Eiji on board either. I’m actually pleasantly surprised to be quite honest and the music gives me goosebumps every time I hear it, so I’m really looking forward to this sequel both in terms of production and story involving Juri.
[flv:Super_Street_Fighter_IV_ODA_Trailer_English.mp4 550 310]English trailer. If your Japanese isn’t so great, watch this to get an idea of the premise.
As a Street Fighter fan going back to the SFII days, I was pretty stoked about the release of Super Street Fighter IV last summer, but this quick semi-sequel iteration that Capcom is swindling close to full retail price out of fans only has me looking forward to it haphazardly. This is coming from someone who owns two MadCatz Tournament Edition FightSticks too. However, what’s even more dumbfounding is how the ODA I am looking forward to isn’t included with releases outside of Japan, as there are no collector’s editions this time around — not for the North American market anyway. Instead, it looks like it’ll be available as downloadable content on Xbox Live and possibly PSN for the rest of the world.
Given how the series stars Takahashi Hiroki as Ryu, Orikasa Fumiko as Chun Li, Sawashiro Miyuki as Cammy, Yasumoto Hiroko as Guile, Fukuen Misato as Sakura, Suwabe Junichi as Balrog (claw), Wakamoto Norio as Bison (dictator), Ootsuka Akio as Seth, and now Kitamura Eri as Juri, this isn’t just Street Fighter, but a mesh of a bunch of my favorite seiyuus as well. Needless to say, you know which audio version I’ll be watching and have my in-game voices set as. Expect a full post on the ODA whenever I get my hands on it.