When The King of Fighters: Destiny web series was announced to complement the upcoming mobile game of the same name, I was very skeptical. Web series don’t have a reputation for having the highest production values, 3D animation is hard to do right and it comes from a Chinese animation studio that was not a big name as far as I can tell. I was prepared for the worst, but at the same time KOF material outside of the games have been enjoyable even at their worst, with the exception of the piece of shit movie we need to try to change the title of and forbid from ever discussing.
Several months later the series has now ended its first season and animation studio Idragon has two more planned as well as a movie. They have some serious confidence in this series and with the overall positive reception, it’s not unwarranted.
Since it’s a web series you can see for free on Steam or Youtube, the question isn’t if it’s worth your money, but rather if it’s worth your time. That’s not as much time as it may look. Listings show episodes as being 20 minutes long, but the truth is more than half of that is the overly long opening prologue about Orochi, the rather bad opening theme and an excruciatingly long credit roll. Each episode is only 7 to 9 minutes long if you skip all that. With enough editing they could make it into a movie.