The King of Fighters Destiny Summary
The King of Fighters Destiny is based on SNK fighting game with the same name. The plot is a mixture of KOF 94 and Fatal Fury game. Hero Team consist of Kyo, Benimaru and Goro gets a invitation KOF tournament. The Hero Team meets other fighters from SNK games like Terry Bogard, Ryo Sakazaki and Athena Asasmiya. Before the tournament, three clans Yata, Yakasani and Kusanagi battle Orochi during 1,800 year cycle. Kyo is one of the Kusnagi clan that sense Orochi power. Throughout the series, Black Crystals control fighters and cause them to go berserk. One of the antagonists Rugal, a arm dealer to obtain Orochi’s power for himself. One of the Hakkeshu, Mature keeping a eye on him. Note: Chizuru and Iori doesn’t have a appearance in the 94 storyline until later.
Destiny focus more on Terry Bogard than Kyo and that’s not right at all. I will explain more toward closing statement. Back on topic, Terry wants revenge on Geese Howard for murdering Jeff Bogard. Terry gets a KOF invitation to enter the tournament with Andy and Joe. Driven by revenge, Terry makes his way to South Town in search of Geese. Terry meets a new character named Angelina, which will be his love interest. Angelina is Terry’s childhood friend and daughter of Geese Howard. Angelina is order by Billy Kane to kill Terry but didn’t. Later on, KOF tournament is started and Hedern (Captain of Team Ikari) wants to take down Rugal. Kyo and Terry fight off Geese men to destroy Black Crystals. After winning some matches, remaining fighters got onboard Black Noah.
Team Fatal Fury got revenge and got on the Black Noah as well. During dining hall, Rugal uses sleeping gas and Black Crystals to control remaining fighters. Team Hero along with Psycho Solders fight off brainwashed fighters. The final battle with Rugal is underway, went Kyo defeated Rugal. Meanwhile Mature took the crystal and escaped. Rugal does his self destruct gimmick from 94 ending and everyone escapes. KOF Destiny is a mess and feel like something is kind of off. It’s great to see Team Korea and American in this anime. Along with their signature moves from KOF games utilize greatly in this anime. Animation is done by Chinese company iDragons Creative Studio & Animonsta, but it needs some work. Some of the backgrounds is 2D but other 3D models which was kind of let down. Destiny’s animation is very jerky and lip sync is abit off.
I am not saying the show is not all bad. Some of the character design is off as well such as Andy, King, Ryo and Yuri. There are some I like such as Kyo, Mai, Terry and many more. For story goes, it’s a mess as well trying to adapt two games doesn’t work. Some might disagree with me on this one, I can see Fatal Fury and KOF is in one universe. But this is called The King of Fighters not Fatal Fury, they focus too much on Terry. Terry is not the main protagonist of KOF, Kyo Kusanagi is. You can watch Fatal Fury movies to see that whole storyline or play video games. I understand what the writers want and hard to come up with KOF 94 story in a 24 episodes. During the opening of KOF Destiny, we get a backstory of three Sacred Treasures.
I don’t know we will get a sequel of King of Fighters Destiny anytime soon. This anime got some faults and issues with animation along with story. Also there is episodes on Geese, Benimaru and Angelina’s backstory with still images. I would skip those but if you want to watch them go right ahead. Some characters where missing such Takumi Sakazaki but appeared in one episode as a cameo. We learn that Rugal took out one of Hedern’s eye just like Gonetiz taking one of the main antagonist eyes. Don’t’ worry Ralf Jones and Clark Steel appear in this. I am upset that Iori appeared in the opening but during end of the series. That was a huge let down but Iori didn’t appear in 94 but 95. I wrote a review of this in the past and made a mistake. Someone corrected me on Twitter that it wasn’t based on 96 but 94. I want to say “I am sorry about that”. I had to rewatch it and re-evaluate on what story it’s adapting.
If you’re interest in watching another KOF anime, there is The King of Fighters Another Day animated by Production IG out right now. But it’s based on The King of Fighters Maximum Impact story but it’s not good. Due to release of KOF XV available now on Xbox One/Series X, PC and PlayStation 4/5. I want to re-vist this and laugh at some gags in the anime. The King of Fighters Destiny is available now to watch and buy. Let me know what you think of the anime comment down below. If you want more updates on the website, follow me on social media or Discord. Thanks for reading my blogpost and have a bless day. Make sure to share this blogpost with any KOF fan out there.