The King of Fighters: Another Day

The King of Fighters: Another Day is an animated series based on the fighting game series The King of Fighters. It was produced by Production I.G,[1] and revolves around the plot of the 3-D version titled The King of Fighters: Maximum Impact, along with some touches of the current 2-D series storyline about Ash Crimson (e.g. Iori Yagami appearing powerless). The anime was originally announced at Tokyo Games 2005.[2]

The King of Fighters: Another Day
Official KOF: Another Day DVD from Japan
ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ アナザーデイ
(Za Kingu Obu Faitāzu Anazādei)
GenreAction, Drama
Original net animation
Directed byMasaki Tachibana
Written byFumio Asanuma
Music byDaiki Kasho
StudioProduction I.G
Released December 2, 2005 March 3, 2006
Runtime32 minutes (total)
Episodes4 (List of episodes)

The anime was released in an ONA format, with four episodes of six minutes each.

Plot edit

Following the defeat of Duke at the hands of martial artist Alba Meira and the demise of the criminal organization "Mephistopheles", the city of Southtown lives in relative peace until a fire breaks out and several fighters find themselves battling each other during the citywide crisis.

Cast edit

Character Japanese voice actor[3][4] English voice actor
Soiree Meira Koji Haramaki Ed Bishop
Kyo Kusanagi Masahiro Nonaka Andrew Roth
Iori Yagami Kunihiko Yasui Eric Summerer
Alba Meira Hiroyuki Satō Jayson Wooley
Mai Shiranui Akoya Sogi Sheryl Stanley
Rock Howard Eiji Takemoto Mike Lane
Lien Neville Fumiko Inoue Claire Caponigro
Athena Asamiya Haruna Ikezawa Lily Kong
Luise Meyrink Hiroko Tsuji Katrin Biemann
Maxima Katsuyuki Konishi Mike Jarmus
Ralf Jones Monster Maezuka Scott Casey
Terry Bogard Satoshi Hashimoto Tony Carroll
Billy Kane Seijirō Marc Donovan
Ash Crimson Sōnosuke Nagashiro Duke Clement
Clark Still Yoshinori Shima Sean Michaels
K′ Yuuki Matsuda Andrew Scott

Production edit

KOF: Another Day was directed by Masaki Tachibana.[3] aired in Japan through the internet on ShowTime and GyaO while it aired on TV via Animax and Kids Station.[5] The ending theme is "Regret" by Dakota Star.

No.TitleOriginal release date
1"All Out"
December 2, 2005 (2005-12-02)
The story starts after the events of The King of Fighters: Maximum Impact. After the demise of Duke and his gang, Alba and Soiree Meira now spend their days protecting the citizens of Southtown. During the night, a fire breaks out in the city. With Alba away at the time, Soiree leads the rescue effort and rallies the rest of their gang to help. After he saves a young girl from a burning building, Soiree fights Iori Yagami, who was searching for the cause of the fire. They continue their fight in a church until Soiree moves to shield the girl he saved earlier from the building's collapsing ceiling; they were rescued by the joint efforts of Athena Asamiya and Mai Shiranui. The scene shifts to dawn with Soiree digging through the rubble (trying to find Iori) until Alba informs him that Iori survived. Alba also shows that he had rescued the two last survivors of the fire - a couple of kittens. Relieved that everyone is safe, Soiree collapses, exhausted.
January 6, 2006 (2006-01-06)
The second chapter begins with Rock Howard experiencing a nightmare of him fighting Terry Bogard in a situation that mirrors Geese Howard's death. He leaves the apartment he shares with Terry and sees the town in flames. A blue light beam fired over Geese Tower draws his attention, prompting him to head there to investigate. On the tower's rooftop, Billy Kane and Lien Neville, who was sent to kill people related to Geese, are fighting. Billy hangs her beyond the roof with his pole when Rock arrives at the scene. Disagreeing with Billy's insistence to drop Lien, Rock fights with him and rescues Lien from losing her grip from the roof's edge. Billy then claims that Rock shames the legacy of his father and decides to kill him and Lien. However, Lien calls for reinforcements and the roof is fired with the same beam from moments ago. Rock asks her if killing him would free him from the shadow of Geese. She answers that it is up to him. Inside the building, they see the remains of a wall where a portrait of Rock's mother was presumably displayed. When Rock returns home, Terry leaves him for a nap and tells Rock to wake him when breakfast is ready. Rock notices the picture of his mother underneath Terry's jacket, muttering thanks to Terry for his kindness.
3"In the Dark"
February 3, 2006 (2006-02-03)
At the beginning of the third chapter, we see K′ and Maxima sabotaging the tunnel system in Southtown (while the fire is raging), trying to find out the whereabouts of the "Kyo clone" and a kidnapped scientist called Makishima. However, Maxima trips some electric wires, plunging Southtown into a blackout and causing their covert activity to be noticed by Heidern and he sends Leona, Ralf and Clark to investigate. K' and Maxima attempt to elude their pursuers by boarding a subway train but Heidern's team catches up to them. Ralf accuses the duo of kidnapping the scientist and they start fighting. After 24 seconds of calculated fighting, Maxima grabs K' and escapes into another train going the opposite direction. There, they are reunited with the rest of their party, Whip and Kula.
4"All Over"
March 3, 2006 (2006-03-03)

Here is where the previous chapters' stories intertwine with Kyo Kusanagi rising from the city's rubble and rescuing a victim. He sees a green flame and knowing the source to be Ash Crimson, he gives pursuit. Watching atop a building, Ash drops a radio antenna from up there, forcing Kyo to defend himself with his flames. Alba arrives on the scene and, after witnessing this event, concludes that Kyo started the fire and fights with the supposed criminal. Amused, Ash watches them until Iori attacks him. Frustrated by the intrusion, he escapes with the fire in the city also vanishing along with him. Heidern's team of Ikari warriors watch Alba and Kyo's fight, which continues despite the fire's disappearance. Confusing Kyo for a clone, Ralf plots to attack him until Iori arrives and says that it is the real Kyo, stopping the fight afterwards. After he learns that Ash was the real arsonist, Alba apologizes to Kyo and the three fighters part ways. As the sun rises, Alba is shown finding the two kittens that he rescues in the first episode. The final scene shows Ralf asking if Kyo isn't really a clone while lighting a cigarette. Kyo, lighting his flame, asks Ralf if he would like to find out.

After the credits of this episode, there is a cutscene to the crumbled down church (where Alba, Soiree and the little girl are at the end of the first episode), in which Luise Meyrink appears (hinting the story will continue onward to KOF: Maximum Impact 2).

Home media edit

The anime was released in Japan via DVD as a pack-in with the Japanese release of KOF: Maximum Impact 2 on April 27, 2006[6] under a retail price of 7, 140 Yen.[7] The DVD is region two-encoded, but has English subtitles and dub track.[6]

The U.S. marketing strategy of The King of Fighters: Another Day was far less accessible. Originally intended to be included with KOF 2006 as a pre-order/early buyer bonus for customers of EBGames and GameStop, the U.S. arm of SNK failed to ship out the discs in conjunction with its release. Several weeks later, after some complaint from angry fans, the bonus DVDs started showing up at EBGames and GameStop locations and in many cases were obtainable for previous buyers upon request, yet quantities were limited and many are still left without it despite their devotion.

The U.S. DVD comes in a square cardboard envelope. The DVD is region one encoded and includes both English and Japanese subtitles and audio, both in Stereo and Dolby Digital 5.1. Special features include commentary on all episodes, character design galleries for major characters appearing in the series, one trailer for the animated series and three Japanese commercials for KOF: Maximum Impact 2.

References edit

  1. ^ "Production I.G [WORK LIST[Details". Retrieved July 28, 2023.
  2. ^ "Igのゲーム・アニメの戦略 Kofアニメ化発表(9/16)". September 16, 2005.
  3. ^ a b KOF Animation
  4. ^ "【アニメ動画:The King of Fighters Another Day】ショウタイムでアニメ動画を見放題!<Show Time>". Archived from the original on July 21, 2006. Retrieved January 12, 2022.
  5. ^ "放送・配信情報".
  6. ^ a b "2009年[平成21年] | PRESS RELEASE | 株式会社SNKプレイモア". Retrieved July 28, 2023.
  7. ^ "Snkプレイモア、Ps2「Kof Maximum Impact 2」初回特典のアニメDvdの内容を発表".

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