Surely at some point in life, you’ve wondered what it would be like if Sakura Kasugano from the Street Fighter franchise pulverized a Red Bull can while Ryu watches on. No? Well, you’re about to realize how foolish you were for not wondering about that, because it looks awesome in action. Skilled stop-motion creator Kenta Shinohara, or “Animist,” has created a roughly 45-second clip about Street Fighter‘s Ryu and Sakura training with a can of Red Bull. Sakura destroys the can in mere seconds, whereas Ryu, watching on enviously, cannot muster that same ferocity.
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The best part of the video is that Animist also released a short making-of video, showing (among other things) how it was possible for Sakura to dish out all those mid-air spinning kicks against the can. Basically, he used rigs to keep the objects suspended and then used a computer to erase the rigs from the final video. Nonetheless, even after watching the video, I’m still left with a sensation of, “How did he do that?!” The way the can crunches is perfect!
With stop motion, Animist has really instilled life and a wonderful sense of humor into these Street Fighter action figures, and I will never think of Sakura or Red Bull the same moving forward.