Contrary to popular belief, Youtube is not just for cat videos and annoying songs about a particular day of the week. The video sharing site has also become a very viable platform for delivering high quality web series that would otherwise not have seen life in the traditional TV model. And that’s a very good thing, because after the headache inducing stink of the last Street Fighter movie, nobody of sound mind , no matter how much of a fan you are of the original video game franchise, would pay to watch another one in the cinema.
But that’s where Machinima comes in, as they’ve just unveiled the first full length trailer for their new 12-part web series, Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist, which already looks to possibly be the best Street Fighter movie that doesn’t star Raul Julia.
Through the coming-of-age story of Ken & Ryu, we are shown the back story of some of the game’s most iconic characters, and over the course of the series we will see how the past, present, and future of all of those characters are intertwined, as the battle to become Ansatsuken Master threatens to tear apart another generation of brothers.
As Ryu & Ken’s training in the Ansatsuken style of Martial Arts intensifies, their Master Goken is forced to revisit the dark secrets and tragedy of his past that culminated in the loss of his brother Goki.
Although the VFX looks very iffy (what do you expect from a budget that’s probably smaller than Jean Van Claude Damme’s budget for American flag tattoos?) and these actors will probably never win any Emmys, the show appears to boast some pretty top notch fight choreography and very faithful character designs. Also, no narcoleptic Kristin Kreuk voiceovers, which is never a bad thing.
Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist stars Mike Moh as Ryu, Mark Killeen as Ken, Togo Igawa as Gōtetsu, Akira Koieyama as Gōken, Gaku Space as Gōki and Hal Yamanouchi as Senzo. All 12 episodes of the series will become available to view all at once on Machinima’s Youtube channel on May 23, 2014.
Last Updated: May 13, 2014