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Street Fighter II V note  is an anime series based on Capcom's successful Street Fighter II games, which aired on Nippon Television in 1995. Produced by Group TAC and directed by Gisaburo Sugii, the same crew who worked on Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie, Street Fighter II V centers around alternate interpretations of the iconic World Warriors, with younger versions of the duo Ryu and Ken serving as the central characters.

The story begins when filthy-rich heir Ken Masters, having grown bored with his lifestyle, calls his friend and former martial arts training partner Ryu to visit him in San Francisco. After an encounter with Sergeant Guile of the U.S. Air Force at a local dive that ends up badly for both of them, Ryu and Ken decide to travel the world to further improve their martial arts skills.

Manga Entertainment and Animaze produced the original English dub in 1996 with most of the same cast from Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie. Interestingly, ADV Films provided an alternate dub for the UK market in 1997. Unlike the former, which had DVD releases, the latter was only released to PAL VHS. As such, it is hard to track down the ADV version.

Not to be confused with Street Fighter V, the fifth numbered installment in the fighting game series.

This anime features the following tropes:

  • Action Girl: Chun-Li.
  • Adaptational Badass: Not a character, but the Hadoken gets a power upgrade for the anime, going from a fairly standard ranged attack to Ryu's ultimate move that finishes off the Big Bad.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Balrog since he doesn't get in any fights and Cammy easily overpowers him when she finds out that he lied to her about Dorai. Fei Long notes this afterwards, mentioning that Balrog wasn't much of a fighter.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: For some reason, Ken has red hair instead of blond in this series.
  • Adapted Out: E. Honda, Blanka, T. Hawk, and Dee Jay.
  • Age Lift: Ryu, Ken and Chun-Li are in their teens, despite their game counterparts being in their 20s.note  Other characters like Guilenote  and Sagatnote  are also noticeably younger.
  • Alternate Continuity: Unlike Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie, which attempted to be a faithful adaptation of the games up to Super Street Fighter II, Street Fighter II V has no qualms about taking as many liberties as they can with its depiction and characterization of the iconic World Warriors.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: Instead of the original Japanese openings, the Animaze/Manga dub of Street Fighter II V used an entirely different opening with an original theme song. The Japanese openings were kept in the ADV dub.
  • Bare Your Midriff: During the "Hong Kong arc", Chun-Li wears a short blouse, exposing her belly button. The same goes for Cammy's standard outfit.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Ryu, normally an easygoing fellow, snaps pretty bad in the episode where he is sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit.
  • Big Eater: Ryu.
  • Big Fancy House: Ken's family mansion.
  • Brainwashed: Chun-Li, after Vega gives her a "love potion". This is kinda creepy since Chun-Li is only fifteen in this particular continuity.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Bison brainwashes both Ryu and Chun-Li later in the series. Ken and Guile, respectively, have to defuse both kids.
  • Break the Cutie:
    • Poor, unfairly imprisoned, tortured Ryu. He doesn't come out any worse from the experience, however.
    • Chun-Li suffers a near identical fate, engaging in a Hopeless Boss Fight against Bison, nearly being strangled to death, and then getting Brainwashed and Crazy along with Ryu.
  • Canon Foreigner: Rinko, Tyler, Zoltar, and Barrack.
  • Chainsaw Good: Zochi has a chainsaw hand in "Dark Omen".
  • Chick Magnet: Vega is especially popular with his female fans. Ken and Ryu also have their share of admirers, notably, the ladies at the bar in episode 1. There's also Chun-Li's relationship with Ken and Rinko's crush on Ryu.
  • Clear My Name: Ken does this for Ryu after the latter is falsely accused of drug possession and sent to a prison in Thailand.
  • Clip Show: The beginning half of "The Icy Light of Their Eyes".
  • Clothing Damage: This happens to Chun-Li when Bison rips her dress in "Shudder! The Despot's Commander".
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Ryu endures this at the hands of Nucchi, the cruel and sadistic warden of the Thai prison.
  • Combat Pragmatist: During Ken and Guile's fight in "The King of the Air Force", Guile throws some sand in Ken's face. Ken calls Guile out for using a dirty trick, and Guile's response sums it up beautifully:
    "There ain't no rules in a street fight, kid!" (cue Violence Discretion Shot).
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The series has several instances, most notably:
    • In the second episode, Ryu and Ken go to a bar near the Air Force base and pick a fight with Guile's squad, where they mop the floor with them. It ends on a cliffhanger just as the man, himself, arrives. Suffice to say, Guile wasn't happy with what he saw, as he proceeds to beat the ever living sh*t out of Ryu. Ken tries to return the favor in the following episode, but gets his ass handed to him as well, due to Guile's combat pragmatism.
    • When Ryu has had all he can take between Nucchi's torture and the abuse from Sagat's yes men, he quietly apologizes to Ken for disregarding his plea to avoid more trouble and proceeds to mop the floor with the two punks. It is definitely an awesome moment for Ryu.
  • Cut Short: Street Fighter II V was planned to last a full 51 episode run, but because of underwhelming ratings (due to the show airing against Crayon Shin-chan on the same time slot), it was cut down to 29 episodes. As a result, the show underwent drastic rewrites at the last minute, with the most notable changes being Balrog's portrayal as an Interpol double agent without any fighting skills (despite earlier promotional art showing him in full boxing gear), in order to wrap up the show's storyline as quickly as possible. This also meant that four of the fighters from the games (E. Honda, Blanka, T. Hawk and Dee Jay), never got to show up.
  • Dark Action Girl: Cammy, who is a freelance assassin in this series.
  • Driven to Suicide: Zoltar makes a brainwashed test subject smash his head on the wall in the episode "Compulsion Towards Vengeance".
  • Dub Name Change:
    • Guile's doomed combat buddy is called Nash for most of the English dub rather than Charlie. At the time the anime was made, Charlie/Nash was just a name mentioned in Street Fighter II. By the time the dub was made, Charlie/Nash had already made his fighting game debut in Street Fighter Alpha with a completely different character design than the one he had on the show, so the English dub kept his name as Nash. The dub later tries to fix this as Guile shouts "CHARLIIIIIE!" as he dies from Bison's death grip. This would follow the later naming convention that his full name is Charlie Nash.
    • As with the games themselves, Boxer = Balrog, Claw = Vega, Dictator = Bison.
  • Easter Egg: Akuma is hidden in one frame in several episodes. Keep your eyes peeled for him.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: After Bison kills Nash, he tells Zoltar to give his lifeless body a proper burial.
  • Fat Bastard: One of Ryu's opponents in the underground tournament at Kowloon Palace. Also, Nucchi.
  • Genki Girl: The younger, cheerful Chun-Li in this particular continuity.
  • Gonk: Nucchi. He's just as ugly on the inside, too.
  • Groin Attack: Chun-Li accidentally gives her opponent one during her match in "Appearance of the Secret Technique."
  • Growling Gut: Sometimes, when Ryu is hungry.
  • Hellhole Prison: Ryu gets sent to a Thai prison after being framed for drug possession.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Fei Long suffers one when he learns that his mentor Dorai almost died. He ends up breaking down in tears. He recovers in time to fight the person who almost did Dorai in, Cammy, and makes her have a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Ryu and Ken.
  • Hot-Blooded: Ryu and Fei Long. Even the episode title for the latter's debut appearance is called "Hot Blooded Fei Long".
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: After physical attacks seem to do absolutely no damage to Bison, Chun-Li manages to stab him in the gut with a broken metal pole. It does injure him and royally pisses him off.
  • Improvised Weapon: Chun-Li uses her bookbag, with a pretty long strap, to whack some dudes. She later weaponizes lighting equipment against Bison.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Ryu's signature Hadoken is present and accounted for. However, in this continuity, he first learns about the Hadou when he meets an old master named Yo Sen-ko, and Dhalsim helps him further in channeling the Hadou.
  • Laughing Mad: Bison does this when he finds out that two of the attendees at the masquerade ball are Chun-Li (Dorai's daughter) and Ken (a member of the Masters family) in "The Unveiled Ruler".
  • Leitmotif: Various versions of Ryu's theme from the games.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Vega becomes obsessed with Chun-Li, after seeing her in a crowd, and even sneaks into her bedroom to steal a kiss from her, while she was sleeping. The kiss drugs her, taking effect during Vega's match with Ken.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Bison, though Shadaloo, is this to the Ashura organization.
  • Masquerade Ball: Vega cordially invites Chun-Li and Ken to be his guests of honor for what they think will be a ballroom dance, not knowing Vega's true intentions. The alleged "ball" is actually a cage match between Ken and Vega. Chun-Li watches it in the audience while in a trance-like state.note 
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Just like in the live-action film, Zangief is a Nice Guy who just happens to be working for some very evil people.
  • Modesty Towel: In "Special Orders to Iron Men", Cammy leaves the bathroom wrapped in a towel.
  • The Mole:
    • Balrog is a Interpol agent who is secretly a member of Shadowlaw.
    • Police officer Soong is an informant from Ashura, explaining why the Thai police force had been having such a hard time with them.
  • Mr. Fanservice:
    • Both Ryu and Ken have some shirtless scenes and they also get naked in "Landing in Hong Kong".
    • As in the games, Vega fights shirtless.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Cammy is this for the series. For example:
    • In "The Beautiful Assassin", she got a Toplessness from the Back scene.
    • She has a Shower Scene in "Special Orders to Iron Men".
    • Later, Cammy wears a very sexy leotard in two episodes.
    • All of her outfits show a lot of cleavage.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In the second Japanese opening, Balrog, known as M. Bison in Japan, is seen wearing his boxing gear, though he doesn't actually wear it in the series. Also, the ID he shows to Cammy states that he likes fighting and gambling.
    • Cammy's photo during her time with MI6 has her looking like her appearance in the games.note 
    • While under the influence of Bison's brainwashing, Chun-Li dresses just like she does in the games.note 
  • Named by the Adaptation:
    • Chun-Li's otherwise unnamed father is given the name of Dorai in this series. While this was just one of many names given to him in various adaptations in Japan, it was later reused in UDON's comic book series.
    • Vega is given the full name of "Vega Fabio La Cerda".
  • Neck Lift: Bison does this to both Chun-Li and Nash at different points.
  • Neck Snap: Guile and a brainwashed Chun-Li do this to a couple of Bison's guards in "Nightmare Reunion".
  • "On the Next Episode of..." Catchphrase: The Brazilian dub caps off the next episode recaps with "Nós vamos ao encontro do mais forte!" ("We journey to meet the strongest!")
  • Overly Long Gag: Bison spends a good 30 seconds laughing insanely in "The Unveiled Ruler."
  • Parents in Distress: Chun-Li's dad Dorai is left comatose after Cammy's beatdown on him. When she returns to finish the job, however, Fei Long steps in Dorai's defense and defeats Cammy. This triggers her heel face turn.
  • Psycho Electro: Bison often crackles with electricity when he's going into an extended Evil Laugh, or when he's about to use his Psycho Power. He also seems to be immune to electric shocks.
  • Religious Bruiser: Cammy. Being a Roman Catholic, she wears a crucifix around her neck and asks God to forgive her after she attacks Dorai.
  • She's Got Legs: During the final arc, Chun-Li wears a skimpier version of her traditional outfit, without the tights.
  • Shower Scene: Cammy has one in "Special Orders to Iron Men." No nudity is shown.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Chun-Li's father survives in the end, despite ending up in a coma.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Vega towards Chun-Li. So much so that he gives her a "love potion" while she's asleep during the middle of the night.
  • Teen Genius: Fei Long and Chun-Li: he's in his way to action movie stardom and age 17, she's a talented Action Girl who's already attending a university at 15. Ryu and Ken themselves count too as both are 17.
  • To Be a Master: Ken and Ryu's goal. This is especially true concerning the latter.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Ryu, after being tortured and bullied at the Thai prison.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: What's Zoltar's response to Bison bursting into a 30 second long giggle fit upon learning who Ken and Chun-Li are while radiating Psycho Power everywhere?
    "You destroyed your chair, I'll get you another one."
  • World Tour: The main plot. Ryu and Ken go around the world to find other martial artists so they can defeat them.
  • Younger and Hipper: As mentioned above, several characters are teenagers.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness:
    • Balrog attempts to do this to Cammy when she finds out that he lied to her about Dorai being a rogue Interpol agent. Lucky for her, Fei Long distracted Balrog long enough for her to easily overpower him.
    • This is done to Ashura's right-hand man Donu by Soong, the mole planted in the police by the organization.