Video Game: Virtua Fighter
is a successful 3D Fighting Game
series created by Yu Suzuki and Sega
's AM2 development team.
The game's story is about the dealings of the mysterious corporation, Judgment Six (J6) who holds the World Fighting Tournament as a front to create the ultimate fighter. The game's star is Akira Yuki a Hot-Blooded
martial artist seeking to fight worthy opponents and perfect his fighting style. A major recurring storyline in the game is with J6's involvement with some of the other competitors. Kage-Maru's mother, Tsukikage, is turned into Dural, the final boss of the series. Sarah and Vanessa are both kidnapped by J6, the latter used to make the newer version of Dural after Kage saved his mother.
Compared to other 3D fighters like Tekken
and Dead or Alive
, Virtua Fighter's storyline is not as developed. This is partially due to trying to make the gameplay realistic (sorta) and the depth in the characters' fighting styles as a whole and the moves they use. Virtua Fighter is known for the balance of its characters between each other. Sumo wrestler Taka-Arashi was removed from a couple of sequels because the sumo style at the time was too hard to integrate into future games.
Aside from Taka-Arashi (who returned in Virtua Fighter 5R), all the characters from previous games always return for the next.
A 35-episode anime
aired in Japan from October 2, 1995 – June 27, 1996. Only the first season, consisting of 24 episodes, was dubbed into English, though the entire series has been dubbed in Spanish, Italian, and Arabic. An OVA titled Virtua Fighter Costomize Clip
was also released in 1996, consisting solely of animated music videos set to songs from the Virtua Fighter image song album Dancing Shadows.
The OVA is incredibly obscure, but the music videos can be viewed here.
This series provide example of: