The explosive conclusion! The origins of Darkstalker Hunters Mei-Ling and Hsien-Ko...Catwoman Felicia's struggle against prejudice...and one warrior who stands against The Dark, not just because he can, but because he must... more »... Includes Episodes 3 & 4.« less
"This is easily the best fighting game anime out there. With great characters fights, and even an interesting plot, this is a great choice for action anime fans. Not only that, the DVD presentation is on this disc is particularly good, with animated menus, trailers, photo galleries, and other extras. Viz and Pioneer went all out with this one. Another surprising point is that although the japanese 5.1 track is higher quality overall, I find that I enjoy some of the English voice actors better (esp. Morrigan and Dimitri). This is a rarity in most anime and makes watching this film in dub or sub equally enjoyable."
Much better version!
Mad Track | Cambridge, MA United States | 04/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I gave this DVD 5 stars because it is SO much better than the American-adapted version ("Out of the Shadow" and "Battle Storm"). I remember watching the American version during Saturday morning cartoon, and it was awful! Like who the heck is this Harry guy? And why does he and Felicia has some sort of relationship going on? It was confusing and terrible.
This version is much better. More violence, more gore, more action, better graphics and (slightly) better storyline. If I remember correctly, there are several key developments...the threat of Pyron, Felicia helping out the humans, and Donovan's lonesome fight with his inner-demon. There are indeed a lot of characters who got left out -- Sasquatch, Victor, Lilith, Anakaris, Jedah, Rikuo, etc.
What I thought they should do was expand on it and make it into a long-running OAV series (like Gundam or *gasp* DragonBall). The reason is because there are just WAY too many characters and every fan wants to see his/her favorite! Each character is powerful in its own way, so I don't like how this movie shows Pyron beating up others so quickly. Furthermore, I felt like the movie gave too much "power" to Donovan and made Felicia look like a helpless kitten. I really hope that someone picks up on this classic and make a good running series on it."
Morrigan was hot, but that's about it.
Carl Larsen | 03/20/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I got the first episode on VHS and I liked it alright. It had most of the characters and was enjoyable. Then I made the mistake of buying the other three. I was very disappointed, they didn't even have Lord Raptor in any later ones and they just kept centering on a really boring story line. The whole thing didn't make much sense at all. I'm sure I'm going to get people voting that this wasn't helpful because they know the backstory of the Darkstalkers and will have figured out the story fast, but as someone going in with a (mostly) blank slate, it was just confusing.I do give it a lot of credit for the fights, because those were GREAT, but I take a lot away because of Donovan droning on and on about his dark blood, everybody saying "the dark" at least once in every sentance, and worst of all the final episode and ending."
Pointless but cool anyways...
weapon_xxx | U.S. | 01/10/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I watched volume 2 of this series really not understanding the point of some of the characters. Granted, the first volume wasn't anymore great at introducing them, the second one seems to just pour character after character onto the screen for video game fans to drool over. But all that aside, Vol. 2 of this series is awesome because of it's one saving grace...original characters that can really fight. The action sequences are just flat out eye candy for any Darkstalker or Anime fan. Don't pay too much attention to the plot and you'll be fine (Note-the story seems rushed at the end). The dialouge also seems a little funny because of the mention of "The Dark" in every sentence and the philosophical aura behind each word some characters say (i.e. Donovan)comes off meaningful at some points, yet will leave you scratching your head saying "huh" at others. Just don't take it too seriously and love every minute of the stunning art."
Slow Beginning, Excellent Ending
Chris Parent | Fort Wayne, IN. USA | 12/14/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Viewing the entire movie, I can tell you that it is kind of slow at the beginning, however it ties together magnificently at the end, creating one awesome conclusion. Throughout each episode the animation, the music, and the explosions were all spectacular. Not only was the animation rich but the dialog was also amazing. The stuggle between being human and a DarkStalker created some very rich and poetic dialog between the characters Donovan, Felicia, Bishamon, and many others. Because of this, they had a hard time co-existing with the human race, and I think that this stuggle parellels the racism and the stuggles between good and bad in the world today. The only way they could improve the video for me is to have Felicia (my favorite character) play a more active role in the video and to have her somewhere in the ending. Overall, however, the whole video was excellent and I would highly recommend it to DarkStalker and Anima fans everywhere."