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Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle
Reviewer: Rowena Lim Lei 05/30/2001

Some time after Terry Bogard defeats his father's murderer, Geese Howard, a new challenge arises. Geese's half-brother Krauser, a member of the German nobility, is looking for the ultimate battle. He is intrigued and excited by the prospect of fighting the legendary Terry Bogard. But when Krauser and Terry do face off, it would seem as if Terry is no match for Krauser. Terry, much intimidated by Krauser's overwhelming power, sinks into a meaningless life of alcoholism. But a young boy named Tony just might be able to help bring Terry back to his senses.
Like all the other Fatal Fury anime, Fatal Fury: The New Battle is characterized by a very uncomplicated plot. In this installment, we see Fatal Fury's premiere fighting hero Terry Bogard almost flush his life down the drain.
Terry's adversary Krauser is quite an interesting fellow. As you'll see, the guy has some deep-seated psychological problems (most of them originating from his childhood). His motives aren't propelled by the usual megalomaniac-y ambitions that plague most fighting anime villains. All he wants is a real kick-ass challenge worthy of his abilities. Besides, it isn't often that you meet someone capable of scaring the hell out of Terry Bogard.
The art and animation are done well, and the action scenes are nothing short of explosive. The ever-bouncy Fatal Fury gal Mai Shiranui also makes her first anime appearance in this OAV. Fatal Fury: The New Battle is overall an above average action feature. I didn't find it quite as balanced and involving as the first OAV but it's still fun to watch. It even conveys a message to those who think that a life of fighting is exciting and cool.
I think that this too, is better than the Fatal Fury movie in terms of plot and characterization.

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Review Title:
Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle
Alternative Titles:
Battle Fighters Garou Densetsu 2
60 Minutes
General Rating:
3.5 out of 5 stars
Suitable For:
Action, Adventure, Drama,
Game, Martial Arts, Shounen
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