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Terry Bogard's new Super move may be a cool nod to the old Fatal Fury animated movie which could tie back into a special King of Fighters 15 promotion

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • March 28, 2021 at 11:36 a.m. PDT • Comments: 6

Terry Bogard's list of attacks hasn't exactly changed too much over the past 20 years or so, but SNK decided to give one of their poster boys a brand new finishing move for The King of Fighters 15.

While the Climax Move, or whatever KOF15 is going to call them, appears to be a more explosive version of his Power Charge special, there are some aspects that make it appear as though it was also inspired by the old Fatal Fury animated movies.

A Twitter user with the very fitting name of Busterwolf123 recently shared a comparison image of Terry performing the final hit of what we're assuming is going to be called the Buster Launcher next to an attack he performed in Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle.

The poses between them look nearly identical, and though it's lacking the explosive fire effects, the shot comes from an extended still frame that stands out from Terry and Andy's fight where the Power Geyser is first used.

Typically, I could just write off a similar pose as just mere coincidence, but that's not the only Fatal Fury anime tie-in King of Fighters 15 would have if it is indeed a reference.

When KOF15's first trailer was finally revealed earlier this year, creative director Eisuke Ogura announced that they're planning to make an animated short directed by Masami Obari.

"Actually, we're planning an animated promotional short directed by someone very special," said Ogura. "Fatal Fury fans may know him best from animating those awesome films in the '90s. That's right, I'm talking about the Masami Obari. The King of Fighters fan-favorites will be featured in this special anime short along with the game's theme song, so absolutely don't miss it."

Obari only directed the first Fatal Fury special though he did still work on the second where Krauser and this epic uppercut were featured.

That still doesn't confirm the anime actually inspired the Buster Launcher, but it certainly helps the case for them to be connected.

We'll probably get a better idea once we get to see what Obari has up his sleeve for the animation — aside from consistently great character designs.

On a similarly related note in regards to his Supers, we also recently discovered the origins of Terry's 'are you okay?' line for his Buster Wolf which is a simple yet sweet story.

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