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The King of Fighters: Anther Day - Anime (2004)

Nearly all of the anime based on fighting games - with the possible exception of the Fatal Fury movie - have been terrible, for any number of reasons. Primarily, it's usually because the story is too thin to handle anything of a decent length, and the sheer number of characters make it hard to develop any semblance of focus. King of Fighters: Another Day - a series of four anime shorts - neatly sidesteps these issues, because each episode is roughly six minutes in length. This way, it focuses solely in introducing characters to a predicament - with a different focus each episode - and watching them fight it out, each using their signature moves. It's primarily meant to fill the gaps between the two Maximum Impact games, although it also introduces elements from King of Fighters XI.

The first episode features Soiree fighting against Iori in a burning church, with brief appearances by Mai and Athena. The second focuses on Rock, who has a nightmare about getting knocked off Geese Tower, similar to his father's death in Real Bout Fatal Fury. Then Rock gets involved with a fight between Billy Kane and Lien, also on top of Geese Tower. The third segment features K' and Maxima as they run in with the Ikari team on the subway, including brief appearances by Whip and Kula. The final part ties together all of the previous stories, with the focus on a fight between Kyo, Ash and Alba. It's cool to see characters like Alba Meira and Lien Neville drawn in 2D as opposed to the 3D models in the Maximum Impact series, plus newer characters like Rock Howard and Ash Crimson finally make an appearance in an anime. It's fluffy and short, but definitely not bad.

The Another Day episodes were initially released via the Internet on SNK's website. However, they were later put on a DVD bundled with the Japanese release of Maximum Impact 2. It was included as a separate preorder bonus for the North American release of King of Fighters 2006, although due to poor distribution, very few people were able to obtain them. Both DVDs are identical and contain both English and Japanese voices and English subs, as well as director's commentary and an art gallery.

The King of Fighters: Another Day

The King of Fighters: Another Day



Manga / Comics

Throughout the years, The King of Fighters series spawned a huge number of comics. Most of these came during SNK's fighting game heyday in the mid-90s, although practically every game in the series has had some kind of manga devoted to it. These include humorous 4 panel books, as well as serious stories that focus primarily on action. None of these Japanese comics have made it to America. However, The King of Fighters 2003 comic, drawn by Hong Kong artists Wing Yan and King Tung, has been translated and published by DrMaster publications.

Hong Kong comics, like the city itself, is an interesting blend between east and west - although they're usually larger, with full color illustrations like Western comics, their character designs are a bit closer to the Japanese style. The artists provided packaging artwork for some of the Dreamcast releases, and while it's not quite on the same level as SNK's regular illustrators, it's still pretty good. (DrMaster also released an art book in North America with their artwork, from the comics as well as other games.) The King of Fighters 2003 comic is five volumes long, and consists mostly of characters pairing off, yelling special attacks, and generally pummeling each other. What little plot there is fleshes out the new characters like Ash and Adelheid, although there's substantially less dialogue than in Udon's Capcom based comics. It's a better way of learning the story than reading online FAQs or piecing together the cutscenes, anyway, and it's still better than the SNK vs Capcom series, done by the same artists, which has substantially less plot and somehow runs for eight volumes.


And more...

Originally a compilation of various SNK series, The King of Fighters eventually led to further crossovers. After putting their rivalries aside, Capcom and SNK made a deal to publish several crossover games, featuring characters from both companies. Capcom created the mediocre Capcom vs SNK for the Dreamcast/Playstation, while SNK created SNK vs Capcom: Match of the Millenium (a portable fighting game in the vein of KoF R-1 and R-2) and SNK vs Capcom: Card Fighters Clash (still regarded as the best card fighting game out there), both of which were far more enjoyable than Capcom's effort. However, while SNK ran into financial troubles, Capcom put out the much improved Capcom vs SNK 2, arguably the last good fighting game to come out from the company for a long time. SNK eventually got back on their feet and made SNK vs Capcom: Chaos, but it was too little, too late, and vastly overshadowed by Capcom's effort. However, SNK went on to ditch all of the Capcom characters, refined the gameplay, and put out Neo Geo Battle Coliseum, which collects even more characters from older SNK games, along with the addition of a tag system similar to KoF 2003.

The King of Fighters has had its ups and downs, primarily due to SNK's bankruptcy and combined with SCEA's anti-2D stance that prevented or delaying many of the titles from coming out in America. But the most recent entries have shown that SNK still has what it takes to not only please their devoted fans, but keep the 2D fighting scene alive. Here's hoping that SNK continues the tradition long into the millennium.

There are also a handful of KoF allusions and parodies in other companies' games. The fourth Ganbare Goemon game for the Super Famicom has a martial arts themed stage. Alongside some Street Fighter character lookalikes there is a robot that looks suspicously similar to Joe Higashi, although he uses Terry Bogard's Power Wave move to attack. The Korean developer Sonnori liked to put fighting game references into its early games; this culminated in the appearance of half the regular The King of Fighters cast with changed names in the RPG Forgotten Saga.

King of Fighters characters in Forgotten Saga

Neo Geo Battle Coliseum

Higashi/Bogard Bot in Ganbare Goemon 4


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