With the Mortal Kombat: Legacy series from Machinima being a minor success, it was only a matter of time before they tackled all the pony tails of another series: Street Fighter. Now, I’m sure a lot of people are going to be pissed off that this Street Fighter series isn’t built like the Street Fighter games, in which two dudes beat the piss out of each other until one of them is knocked out, leaving the winner to immediately go knock out some other opponent in a different location. And this first episode is mainly made up of ninja folk being angsty with each other and throwing kicks at nothing. It’s like a trying to play a Street Fighter tutorial, while simultaneously hating your dad.
But it has an earnest silliness to it, which I can appreciate, even though it could definitely use some of that good, old “gritty, dark reboot” formula. I rarely say that, because “gritty, dark reboot” usually means “Fantastic Four, you know, but with rape and guns” but man, the first episode of Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist is painful to get through at times. It’s not a great sign when you’re eight minutes into a new thing, and you’re already wondering “Okay, where are we going with this conversation? Wrap it up.”
I’ll continue to watch it, because I hope it eventually features more spin kicks aimed at other, actual people, and even longer pony tails, but I’m apprehensive.