Much incoherent squeeing later. I have to say I enjoyed the web series. Days of Future Past didn't even reach this level of squeeing when I watch it two days prior. I had wanted to keep my Karate gi project for July to hit Ryu's birthday but since the web series came out early, the gi demands to be sewn early. Watching the series left me in a really good mood the whole day, more than enough than I'm still running on some amount of squee.
I enjoyed the series. It felt like videogame/manga/manhua/comics/animated movie/fanfic brought to life. I find myself spotting some easter eggs (Sheng Long's name on the dojo's name board). I like that waterfall training scene. Young Gouken reminds me of Takeshi Kaneshiro for some reason. The running scenes reminded me of the animated movie. Hack, parts of the movie reminds me of one thing or another.
I do hope it continues, what with the Sagat storyline bringing forth Ryu's Satsui no Hadou and the World Warrior storyline to return some justice to Chun Li. And of course if Ryu and Chun Li meet. Would it be just an introduction, an actual fight(against villians or their mooks) or sparring session? I mean Ryu and Ken are buddies, Guile and Ken are brothers in law. Chun Li and Guile are partners technically. I kinda expect the four of them to work together to advance in the tournament as well as watch each other's back.
Here be spoilerful and some thoughts
I have lost track of canon storyline by now.
The whole "If you're not gonna ship Chun Li with Ryu, please don't ship them with anyone else' viewpoint still stands
As a fanfic writer, the relationship of Sayaka and the two brothers kinda prove to me why Ryu is not in a relationship with Chun Li and why Ryu can be in a relationship with Chun Li and not be together in 3rd strike because of needing to continue musha shugyo and that little girl that Urien kidnap (told you I wrote fanfics. Its a conspiracy that one) . And yet somehow things work out for Ken because he sees things differently.
It does reminds me of stuff that I never got around to writing for Gouken's background because I didn't go back that far and character in question still pops by and visit and they kinda came to terms about where things stand. (She still left him *shrug*). Keeping in mind I don't exactly have a Sayaka character
I'm kinda glad that Ryu's parentage is still vague. I never really gave a thought to the older brother being Ryu's father but now it kinda makes sense too if thats the case. (Caught Alpha generation after watching the web series)
Nice long hair is nice. Is there some kind of analogy between Ken's long hair and young Gouken's long hair and that whole thing about not being corrupted by the satsui no Hadou? Oh and Ken with long untied hair is rather elf-like.