The King of Fighters Destiny Review
It has been a while since I have seen a King of Fighters Movie or Fatal Fury movie since the 90’s. It was huge back then, but recently to my surprise on the SNK Youtube channel, they released two episodes of their new series The King of Fighters Destiny. This new animation is long overdue in my opinion, but let’s see how it stands up.
I don’t know how many of you follow the SNK games, but my first title was Fatal Fury on the Sega Genesis and I was floored by the fight mechanics, but my mind was blown with the Animated series as well as the motion picture. Seeing a video game go beyond into film was jaw dropping and it was amazing. We really got a closer look at the Bogard brothers and their vow to get revenge for their father. This went even further with comic books and Manga’s really taking us on a journey beyond Fatal Fury into King of Fighters.
Geese Howard is one of many main antagonists of this story which we see in the first episode as he battles Jeff Bogard for the secrets to their school. It ends in a disaster which shows us the origins of Terry and Andy who on that day dedicate their lives to become stronger to face Geese. Now even though this is a retelling of the Fatal Fury story, it goes much bigger and connecting the two first time in an animation in a sense. I mean there was mention of The King of Fighters in the first series back in the 90’s but only the tournament and we didn’t see that many characters.
This will be the first time we get to see Kyo and his group show up in a computer animated series who I have to give a shout out to my homie Miss Gidget who did a fantastic Kyo cosplay. Even though the story holds up nicely in the first two episode we see the fighters get invited and the classic three fighter team up begins. Then things get interesting as our two main heroes cross paths briefly which I feel will lead to something climactic.
The Fight scenes are well done, even though the episodes vary in size between the first being a bit over 20 minutes and the second a little over 18 minutes. What I do have a problem with is the animation style itself which looks like old school 90’s PS1 graphics that went through an HD remake. I like that they show more diversity in the characters that now you can Tell Terry and Andy are from the States vs. other Japanese based characters. It just looks weird animated wise, but keep in mind we are watching for free so not much to complain about.
I am hoping to see where the series goes and how it will build. We need more series of this nature to take us gamers beyond the video games themselves. I give it a solid 3.5 out of 5 paws and would recommend checking them out. – Beast Out –