Naika Reviews “Street Fighter 2: The Animated Movie” on Blu-Ray

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The arcades were a thing of beauty.  Every weekend trip with either my Mom or my Dad to one was filled with awe as we geared up to play a plethora of pixelated punchfests.  I remember how amazing it was to see Samurai Showdown for the first time on a big red Neo Geo MVS cabinet at Dennis, The Place for Games in Chicago.  I remember my Dad taking me to a suburban arcade after his basketball meetups in Addison, Illinois to mash bad guys on Konami’s X-Men or The Simpsons.  I’ll never forget my Friday trips to Fun Zone by Lane Tech High School, where all I really did there was play the shit out of King of Fighters ’96.  However, the allure of Street Fighter 2 was one of a kind, and you’d be a fool to walk by that awesome cabinet without dropping in a quarter to play.  Street Fighter 2 mania was real folks and it was fantastic.  I can attest to this, because I was there.  I experienced it.  I read it.  I lived it.  I breathed it.  It was a worldwide phenomenon and when it got animated, it was a dream come true.

Street Fighter 2 has obviously gone through multiple iterations, but Super Street Fighter 2 – The New Challengers was glorious to me on so many fronts.  First off, we got four new characters with four amazing stages.  Secondly, new moves were also added to the old roster with even better animations.  This followed with more color schemes for characters and we even had a kick-ass home version for the SNES.  However, the glory exploded into full-on awesome sauce when the world was finally given an anime film based on the Street Fighter 2 story.  None of us could believe it, but we flipped out and had to have it on VHS.  Some of us were obviously disappointed with the Van Damme SF2 film (which, in hindsight, wasn’t all that bad), and this, to my eyes at least, was going to be the film that would get the real story right.   We all knew that this would not only look awesome, but that it would have that feel of Street Fighter while bringing us back to the story of Ryu and Ken.  However, is this anime film worth your time?

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Naika Reviews “Darkstalkers: OVA Collection”

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With Halloween around the corner, it’s time once again to chat about something spooky, and this time we’re going to go the Anime route.  Discotek’s release of the Darkstalkers OVA Collection has been bugging me for a month or so and I’ve finally snatched it.  Now back in the day, I was only able to see episodes 1 & 2, but the circle is now complete.  I finally viewed episodes 3 & 4 and I have to say that I’m surprised.  Now, when I say ‘surprised’, I can mean a LOT of things.  The word is generally used in a fairly positive connotation, but once again, I’m dancing around a bit.  The last time I viewed this OVA was in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, so I’m a bit older now but not that much wiser.  Therefore, when I say ‘surprised’, I mean that despite the lovely direction, animation, colors and backgrounds, Darkstalkers has surprising amounts of existential angst that make me a bit disappointed.  First however, let’s talk about the positives.

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Fighting Game Babe of the Week (1/11/2016)

I’m a fan of fighting games, especially when it comes to the BABES of fighting games, so I’ll be doing something new.  I’ll be posting an awesome image of a fighting game lady (either official or fan made) each week, so please marvel at the awesome art work and hopefully this will get the gaming itch going for some of y’all.  This week’s focus will be on DOA’s wrestling bombshell Tina Armstrong as she sports the bad teacher outfit from DOA 5.  Rock you!!

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2015: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

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I wish I had written this before the end of 2015, but to be honest, I dreaded writing this because 2015 was just a bad year overall.  Sure, there were some nice highlights that I savored but so much occurred that I can’t even begin to really write anything coherent but here goes.

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Fighting Game Babe of the Week (12/29/2015)

I’m a fan of fighting games, especially when it comes to the BABES of fighting games, so I’ll be doing something new.  I’ll be posting an awesome image of a fighting game lady (either official or fan made) each week, so please marvel at the awesome art work and hopefully this will get the gaming itch going for some of y’all.  This week’s focus will be on the sultry Cammy White in her new digs for Street Fighter 5!  We also got that little Red and Green after coming back from the Holidays.  Cheers folks!  Bring in da’ new year!

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Fighting Game Babe of the Week (12/14/2015)

I’m a fan of fighting games, especially when it comes to the BABES of fighting games, so I’ll be doing something new.  I’ll be posting an awesome image of a fighting game lady (either official or fan made) each week, so please marvel at the awesome art work and hopefully this will get the gaming itch going for some of y’all.  This week’s focus will be on the recently censored wrestling hottie R. Mika!!!  It’s a shame that we don’t get any booty slapping, but hopefully that won’t detract from SF5!  Sooooo looking forward to it!  😀

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Fighting Game Babe of the Week (11/16/2015)

I’m a fan of fighting games, especially when it comes to the BABES of fighting games, so I’ll be doing something new.  I’ll be posting an awesome image of a fighting game lady (either official or fan made) each week, so please marvel at the awesome art work and hopefully this will get the gaming itch going for some of y’all.  This week’s focus will be on the supple kunoichi Taki from the Soul Calibur series who’s ready to kick some butt.  En Garde!!!

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