A Japanese animated television movie
, Art of Fighting
, Battle Spirits Ryūko no Ken?
), was created and directed by Hiroshi Fukutomi
and produced by NAS
. It was the third animated co-production between SNK
and NAS, following Fatal Fury: Legend of the Hungry Wolf
and Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle
. While looking for a cat, Ryo and Robert witnessed a murder related to a stolen diamond. After fighting the murdering mobsters, they discovered that the top mobster, Mr. Big, had kidnapped Ryo's sister to exchange her against the diamond, which he believes to be in the possession of the protagonists. They then have to defend themselves anyway they can. The designs of some characters were based on their appearances in the Japanese commercials for Art of Fighting 2
Art of Fighting was produced by Kenji Shimizu and Yoshiro Kataoka for Fuji TV on December 23, 1993. It features Script by Nobuaki Kishima, character design by Kazunori Iwakura, and was distributed in its English version by US Manga Corps
Art of Fighting has received negative reception by most American websites. It was billed as stupid, idiotic and plodding,
and compared to a Saturday morning cartoon.
It was said it had "Choppy animation, illogical perspectives, uninspired art, badly choreographed fight scenes, and most of all horrible voice acting",
and none of the interest of the video game or its sequels translate into the anime.
The film gathered a 14% rating at Meta Anime Rviews,
placing it in the bottom 3% of the reviewed titles.