Street Fighter II Anime At Last Translated Into English
The year is 1995 and in that year a big exhibition took place in Nara honoring Japan’s first capital city, Fujiwara. Among the sponsors and partners helping out was Capcom, who commissioned a 27-minute Street Fighter II movie that was only available on VHS at the venue, at that time.
It was called Street Fighter II: Return to the Fujiwara Capital, it was soon forgotten—and this is the first I’ve heard about it!—and as the Street Fighter wiki says, in the years to follow it “remained almost completely unknown”.
And now, the “plot” sees a selection of the cast of Street Fighter II asked to check out E. Honda’s new special move. Instead, four fighters—Honda, Ryu, Ken, and Chun-Li—somehow find themselves taken back 1300 years back in time, to Fujiwara.
While you’d assume this to be the setup for some combat and fighting in the streets, it’s actually just an excuse to get some Street Fighter characters walking around an animated capital, learning about its past and its importance in the political and civic history of Japan.
This short was dug up by Capcom, as a DVD bonus for Street Fighter’s 15th anniversary in Japan, it continued mostly anonymous to Western fans of the series since it hadn’t been translated into English.
Now SFII Yomigaeru Fujiwara-kyō, who got hold of one of these DVDs, has gone and translated the whole thing into English so we can all experience it.
The short is educational, given that’s the reason it was made after all, but it’s also got some amazing mid-90s animation reminiscent of the more popular Street Fighter II animated features.
Watch it below and if you’d like to see a more illustrative review of a Street Fighter II anime, you can check that out here.