Street Fighter Alpha: The Animation—released in Japan as Street Fighter Zero: The Animation (ストリートファイターZERO?) and also known as Street Fighter Alpha: The Movie—is a 1999 OVA film loosely based on the Street Fighter Alpha series. It was directed by Shigeyasu Yamauchi, with character designs by Yoshihiko Umakoshi. An English adaptation was produced by Manga Entertainment and released in 2000.The film commemorates the tenth anniversary of the arcade release of the original Street Fighter II. It is not a prequel or sequel to either Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie or Street Fighter II V, but an independent installment, although a handful of voice actors from the previous adaptations reprised their roles for the English version.The story starts when Ryu is thinking of Gouken's death, then intervenes in a shoot-out to help Chun-Li. Afterwards, he and Ken are contacted by a boy named Shun — who claims to be Ryu's younger brother! Neither is really convinced by Shun's claim, but they decide that there's no harm on letting the boy tag along with them. Things start getting hairy, however, when the three decide to enter the Street Fighter tournament: not only Ryu is starting to show more and more sympthoms of the Satsui no Hado awakening within him, but Shun's background and the people behind it start to unfurl...
Tropes in the anime include:
- Canon Foreigner: Shun, Wallace and Dr. Sadler.
- Continuity Nod: Fei Long's director is the same one from Street Fighter II V.
- Creepy Child: Shun at first looks like your average kid, but as the movie develops he gains more than one trait of this.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Shun's death in Ryu's arms.
- Flanderization: Poor Dan gets curbstomped even more than usual.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: Dr. Sadler and his cyborg have literally no other characterization besides being fodder for Ryu's Hadouken. And besides Ryu's Hadouken, nothing else hurts them.
- Groin Attack: Chun-Li, of all people, suffers a vicious shot in her pelvic region by Romanov, Dr. Saddler's cyborg while she, Ken, and Birdie were fighting it. The quick reaction on her face underscores it. Ouch!
- Long Lost Sibling: Shun claims to be Ryu's younger brother. He and Ken don't believe him at first, yet they still let him hang around them... but there are also some really troubling details about the kid like him apparently being able to summon the Satsui no Hado...
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Dr. Sadler.
- Recursive Reality: Sakura is seen playing Super Gem Fighter, a game she herself is in.
- Stealth Mentor: Rose tries to be this to Ryu.
- Superpowered Evil Side: The Satsui no Hado.