For those of you who aren’t aware back in 2014, there was a live-action series called Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist that was released. And it was amazing, it was very true to the lore of the games which hasn’t been done in the two live-action films that have been released over the years. It focused on the formative years of Ryu and Ken before the events of the original game as they are training together in the ways of Ansatsuken (Assassin’s Fist), and they learn of a dark power called the Satsui No Hado.
And now nearly two years later a new series is being released called Street Fighter: Resurrection which is set a decade after the events of Assassin’s Fist. Charlie Nash, a character who’s been presumed to be dead returns and is fighting other Street Fighters for reasons unknown, and it’s up to Ryu and Ken to figure out what his plans are.
Now, one thing that I felt was odd, and this isn’t so much with the episode but more of the series as a whole. It seemed like the second “season” if you want to call it that would’ve been set during the events of the first game. But instead they jumped ahead and went ten years into the future, I think it’s to help further promote Street Fighter V that was released last month. I’m just hoping that “season” 3 will go back to the first game because I think that the whole series needs a cohesive timeline done in a live-action series like this.
I’ll try to be as spoiler-free with these episode reviews as I can, but I make no promises. When this episode came out, I couldn’t wait to watch it. I wasn’t disappointed one bit, the episode was about eight minutes long, and even though it was short, it didn’t feel rushed at all, but rather set up the rest of the series quite well and left you wanting to see more of it.
It introduced a couple of new characters and others were mentioned that I hope to see in a future series. Now what would a Street Fighter series be without the fight scenes, and I can honestly say that they were really well done and showed that the choreography which now will be included due to the other fighting styles of the new characters, instead of just the Ansatsuken that both Ryu and Ken were learning in the Assassin’s Fist.
One of the things that I’m looking forward to with this particular series is the fact that it’s bigger, and it introduces new characters from the games. I’m glad that they brought back the same actors that played Ryu and Ken (Mike Moh and Christian Howard) as they did a fantastic job in Assassin’s Fist and played them perfectly. In the first series, even the fighting styles of the characters were represented flawlessly. You can really tell that it’s a labor of love. And that’s something that really lends to its authenticity for the series as a whole. I really look forward to seeing how it all turns out!