Christopher Moore

Hey RXCLP blog readers.  As we get closer and closer to our launch date, we hope more of you would step up and share your RCL experiences with us. This time, we have a wonderful entry from RCL fan…



Christopher, the blog is yours.

I was approached to write a blog submission for the Ryu X Chun-Li Project-which would basically tell why I paired these two characters together. So hold on, and here we go!!!


I have been playing video games for a long time. And one day in 1991-a video game would change my life forever-and that was CAPCOM’s Street Fighter II. But in an unusual twist, it wasn’t this game that gave birth to the idea of pairing Ryu, the game’s primary male character, with Chun-Li, who was not only the primary game’s female character, but the first female playable character. In fact, it wasn’t any of the games in the Street Fighter universe.

Nope-it was a totally different game that turned me on to the R/CL pairing. And that game-released nearly 10 years later-was Marvel v. CAPCOM: Clash of Super-Heroes.


I remember hitting the arcade, and seeing this game. I put in my tokens, and hit start. And what caught my eye was the two characters occupying the upper left corner.

It was Street Fighter’s own Chun-Li and right next to her was Ryu.

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‘Big deal’, I thought. All the CAPCOM characters occupy the upper half of the select screen, so I didn’t think too much of that. But…why would those two characters be placed right next to each other? Was CAPCOM trying to tell its fans something without coming right out and saying it?

Well-since the concept of this game was two-on-two matches-my go-to pairing in MvC was Ryu and Chun-Li. In fact, I believe 90% of the matches I played used the team of Ryu and Chun-Li. And in 2000, I bought a Sega Dreamcast-and one of the first games I bought for it was the perfect arcade port of Marvel v. CAPCOM. And the trend continued-with the bulk of my team matches being Ryu and Chun-Li.

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And then something happened,  I decided to search for Ryu and Chun-Li fansites. I wanted to see if there were any others who might have felt this way. And in my searches, I happened upon the fanfiction story that would change my life. And no-that isn’t hyperbole or being overdramatic. I happened upon the story Hero of Heroes, written by Brian ‘Night’ Yip. And while Brian is no longer with us, his story lives on-a magnum opus chronicling a love story between these icons of video games.


After that, there were many other stories that I had read on the now-closed SF Archives. But it felt as if there was no community for the fans of this couple to get together and support their union. And then-nearly 13 years after stumbling into Hero of Heroes, I discovered the Ryu X Chun-Li Project-a group devoted to a goal that so long ago, I thought impossible. And now that they are here, I cannot wait to see how they have done this couple justice!

Why do I support the Ryu x Chun-Li Project-and this pairing as well?

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-A shared pain: It’s well known that Bison murdered Chun-Li’s father (on a Tuesday-that monster).  And Ryu suffered a similar loss in that his ‘father’-Sensei Gouken-was killed by Akuma (before he was retconned resurrected). It may seem shallow-but this is a common ground thing for both of them.


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-A shared interest: They both happen to be world-renowned street fighters-who both enjoy fighting each other.

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-An unexplored past: It’s quite possible that Ryu and Chun-Li met and fought in the past-and quite possibly trained together; both under Gen and Gouken.  This is a possibility that CAPCOM should explore…

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But all of that wasn’t significant. I needed a place with others who loved and supported this pairing.  And that’s when I discovered the RXCL Project, and discovered their mission to create a serious fan-created work to show their support of this pairing.  And I was a fan.

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But I didn’t support them.  And for a long time, I came by, checked up on the progress, and viewed art submitted on their Facebook page, but I didn’t show any kind of support.  Not a great way to be a fan, huh?


And then I donated to this project.  Because I wanted to see it reach its conclusion.  And there may be a fan of this couple who might read this blog.  He or she might feel that same fear.  But you must get past that fear, if you are a fan.

I have a quotation actually, it’s paraphrased- from the character Aemon Targaryen from Game of Thrones.  And when I saw the quotation, it felt perfect for those fans who may be on the fence:

We can all be fans when there is no cost to it.  Being a fan comes easy then.  But sooner or later, there comes a day when it is not so easy.  A day when a fan must choose.

And for a long time I called myself a fan of this couple.  But when it came time to be a true fan-I wilted in fear.  I would think, ‘I can’t afford to donate’.  But then, I chose to be a fan-and I donated to the RXCL Project.  And other fans need not be afraid, you too can be fans and choose to show your support.

OK, I’m off my soapbox…RXCL forever!!!!


98%: A final truth…


There is one universal truth about great writing. You cannot write a great let alone good story unless you love the characters you are writing about. You need to love them. How the hell are you going to spend the amount of time with them you need to in order to make their story worth someone else’s time if you don’t? And I of course love Ryu and Chun-Li. Their characters, or more specifically the version of their characters in my head, vibrate at the exact same frequency as my very soul. Why else would I go to the trouble of making this book exist?


Well, there is one other reason. The greatest one of all. A reason, even after all this time, I haven’t had the courage to admit. But I will admit it now because it needs to be done before this blog comes to an end. I’m running out of time.


Okay… (deep breath) Here goes….

The thing that has made me bring all these people together and work so hard on this project is that I take great pleasure in the version of Chun-Li in my head… the version of her character I have put in this graphic novel I have produced… I take great pleasure in seeing her…happy. Perfectly, wonderfully happy. But not just any type of happiness!  It must be the happiness one can only experience when one is in love.  To me, that is the greatest happiness there is.


When I finished Street Fighter III 3rd Strike for the first time with Ryu and Chun-Li years ago, and I saw their endings where they carried on “alone,” somewhere in my mind, with my love of…well…love, I just could not accept the idea that either of the characters were truly happy on their own, even in Chun-Li’s case: raising children.  And I know it was this dissatisfaction, this perceived unhappiness in two fictional characters I had come to care about (as we come to care about characters in stories we love), that drove me to look online for a Ryu/Chun-Li love story. And that’s when I found my very first fan fiction, Brian Yip’s “Hero of Heroes” a.k.a. “Ryu and Chun-Li Forever.” And once I read it, savouring every word I might add, my love for the idea of Ryu and Chun-Li together became not just fancy, but part of my very soul.

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And the rest is  70+ blog entries, and soon one awesome digital graphic novel, of history.


Since I first became interested in girls, I have always taken pleasure in seeing them happy. And that carries over to the fictional ladies in my life as well. I love seeing them happy too, especially when they are in love.

So there is my otaku truth, blog readers.  I started this…

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…to make the Chun-Li in my head happy, so I might take pleasure in that happiness myself. But to accomplish this, I must see to it she gets no one less than the absolute best hero the Street Fighter universe has to offer. And we all know who that is…

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There…the truth is out. Let the world think of me what it will. I’m too old now to care. I only hope that all this love I have for the characters will result in you, faithful reader, loving the Ryu/Chun-Li story I have produced as much as I do.


Well, I’ve got a book to finish: the first Ryu/Chun-Li graphic novel for the English speaking world. If you can still stand to follow the journey of someone as weird as I am, see you here again in a percent or two, and let’s make some Street Fighter history!



More next time.


96% Complete

As I sit here four pages away from completing the story I promised almost two years ago that my teams and I would complete, I’ve had a moment of clarity and I think I finally understand why I love this pairing so much. To me, they are…


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Why? Because, to me, each character represents half of an ideal.


Ryu is the perfect man in my mind. He is strong and thoughtful in a way all men should be. Smart and wise enough to value learning, but naive enough to be surprised. He treats his body like a temple, putting nothing but good into it and keeping it in excellent shape. He lives outside the rat race and outside society’s expectations without hurting society. He embraces humanity’s penchant for violence, and he fights not to hurt, but to learn and better himself. He can also be a hero and fight evil and/or protect others when the situation demands it, but he isn’t a hero to the point where he can’t live his own life and do the things he wants to do. Trouble that only he can stop tends to find him, he never has to go out and look for it like other heroes.


Chun-Li is the perfect woman in my mind. She is strong and thoughtful in a way all women should be. Smart and wise enough to value learning, but naive enough to be surprised. She treats her body like a temple, putting nothing but good into it and keeping it in excellent shape. She lives outside the rat race and outside society’s expectations without hurting society. She embraces humanity’s penchant for violence, and she fights not to hurt but to protect. And, from my very male perspective, she encompasses everything beautiful about women.

I see glimpses of what Ryu and Chun-Li mean to me when I see…


A man and woman figure skate together…


A man and woman play mixed doubles tennis


When a man and a woman work on a project together…


And so on.

I’m tired of this world where we keep saying men a women are not or should be equal. Quit wasting time. We aren’t meant to be equal. We are meant to COMPLIMENT each other, to form the ultimate team!  To form a team where we both lead, and we both follow. To form a team where we are both strong and both gentle.  A team that when we work so hard at being together, we transcend what it means to be two and become the true one.


1+1 equals 1.

We just haven’t figured it out yet.


More next time!


You Win!

Hey Ryu X Chun-Li Project Blog Readers!

A big thanks to Jeff Mangini for commenting on our previous blog entry and inspiring this one! It’s great to see some Ryu/Chun-Li fans bring their words to the blog and help us see things more clearly!

Jeff wrote:

Dude, there’s nothing wrong with making Ryu and Chun-Li a couple in the SF games. That’s ridiculous. Have you played Star Gladiator? You remember Hayato and June? Those two are a couple. They even had a child together. And look at the game they’re in. Players can make them cut each other up with plasma-based weapons like two bitter enemies in a Star Wars movie. Where were all the wife-killing jokes? Or the abortion jokes? Where were all the insecure men and women complaining about spousal abuse? Gamers never had a problem with it, and apparently neither did Capcom. You know why? Because we’re smart enough to know that gameplay is meaningless. Would you rather see Chun-Li hook up with a wimpy civilian who can’t kick her ass? Because for any strong woman, I think that’s even more offensive. Ryu and Chun-Li beating the crap out of each other is not a big deal. If you think it is, you might as well say it’s wrong for Ryu to have friends like Ken and Sakura in SF because he can pulverize them with Shin Shoryukens too. Why stop at limiting the violence between couples, right?


As I read Jeff’s comment, I found myself remembering this scene from the Addams family:

Watched it? Good.

In it, Wednesday (tries to?/succeeds in her attempt to?) kill Pugsley, and with mom’s permission!

Did we have any problem with this? Strangely…no. Why? because we know Pugsley will be ok.

And if that’s the case, then why were we so upset in our last blog entry about this:




In reality if you and your girlfriend/wife decided to have a full force street fight with each other, there is a high possibility for a trip to the police station, a trip to the hospital, and even death. And any children involved would have to do without their mother and/or father for a few days, a few years, or indefinitely. But this is not the case for fictional characters. Like the Addams siblings above, one of the advantages a fictional couple like Ryu and Chun-Li have is that if they go full force on each other, even with Chun-Li’s kids in the equation, if the author of the story or game says they are ok afterwards, then…they are! If beating the tar out of each other every so often is something Ryu and Chun-Li want to do, similar to the way the Addams’ family members try to kill each other but still love each other deeply, then it’s fine. Like the Addams family, Ryu and Chun-Li are just… kooky!

Jeff writes: …[gamers are] smart enough to know that gameplay is meaningless.

And, he’s right. I see now what I was worried about was the casual observer, the person who is not a gamer, hearing about a husband and wife beating the crap out of each other in a game and kicking up a fuss. I thought that would be something CAPCOM would want to avoid. But, I guess not. After all, did you know CAPCOM published the “Grand Theft Auto” series in Japan from 2001 – 2008? Check out this box! And that definitely proves CAPCOM has no qualms about…well…you get the idea.



Are we still a bit squeamish about a married couple beating each other up in Street Fighter…a little. But we’ll get over it…and fast! Why. Because Jeff also wrote:

Would you rather see Chun-Li hook up with a wimpy civilian who can’t kick her ass?

NO!!!  No one should be with Chun-Li except….


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Okay Jeff…

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You’ve convinced me! Let them marry AND let them fight!

Update: Here is Jeff’s Follow-up. It’s in the previous blog entry’s comment section, but I thought I would put it here to really make this entry complete. Thanks Jeff, not only for commenting, but for setting me straight!

You’re welcome. I’m glad I gave you all a new perspective.


I’ve got plenty of examples. Look at Mortal Kombat. Johnny Cage and Sonya got together in MK9. Once Netherrealm announced MKX this year, they revealed they had a daughter named Cassie. She’s now set to be a playable character. Liu Kang could have married Kitana, but it was implied in MK4 that accepting her proposal would have prevented him from being Earthrrealm’s protector. But he loves her all the same, and in the end, that’s what counts most. Ky Kiske and Dizzy from Guilty Gear are also in a relationship. The only reason they’re not married is because Dizzy’s a gear, and people in that universe are generally bigoted towards her race. No one’s going to arrange a formal wedding for them. But they are still together nonetheless, and they even had a son by GG2: Overture. To a lesser extent, Killer Instinct has a couple as well. KI2 had an optional ending where Tusk and Maya got married, depending on the actions you took in Arcade Mode. Although it’s not canon at this point now that they confirmed TJ Combo’s still alive, Iron Galaxy could always revisit that relationship with the new KI in Season 2. And there are plenty more examples of SNK characters that aren’t married to each other, but would jump at the chance if given the opportunity.

So it doesn’t matter how often you see people beating each other up in fighting games. It has no bearing on how they actually feel about one another. In most cases when a pair of lovers fight, it’s either a filler match that didn’t happen, or a match that happened for a good reason. As far as SF characters are concerned, not quitting their profession is reason enough. Ryu and Chun-Li are expert martial-artists with long-term enemies that continue to threaten their lives and everyone they care about. If they wanted to be together, they’d have to make it a responsibility to test themselves against each other so they stay at peak condition. As painful as it is, they should be grateful for every hit they trade with each other, because they need it. A relationship like that is not going to last if either allows the other to get soft. It’s like having a deadbeat husband who always drinks instead of taking care of his wife and kids.

More next time!


Best Case Scenario

Hi RXCLP blog readers, Sean here again… (Apologies for the layout here. I’ve tried to fix it, but WordPress won’t let me. It happens every so often. Sigh.)
Anyway, I was asked a question the other day by one of our donators. He wrote:
I know you have been working on this project for years. You have shown extreme dedication and passion to not only the fan-base but to the characters and their relationship. I know it isn’t a good idea to get ahead of ourselves. But what do you ultimately want to accomplish with this? Do you want CAPCOM to seriously consider this pairing for future Street Fighter games and comics? Do you want the world to get behind this as Ryu and Chun-Li become the most unstoppable fighting couple? Or heck, do you want Capcom to publish this? Ultimately, what is your “best-case scenario” with this project?
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When I started this project and was naive about the effects of romantic relationships on a game like “Street Fighter”, I could have answered these questions quickly, but now, knowing what I know of CAPCOM, UDON, graphic novel production, Street Fighter: Legacy, Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist, and the effects a romantic relationship can have on a fighting game, I find myself struggling for answers.
Since my blog entry “Could it be that simple???”, I’ve come to realise having a married couple as selectable characters in a game where they can be chosen as opponents for one another, and people can watch as they beat the heck out of each other, just isn’t right. Some people may be cool with it, but I’m finding more and more that I’m not.  Some people say, well… just pretend they’re sparring. Sorry, but you only have to watch a couple of minutes of Street Fighter and see the heavy blows the characters land on each other to realise these characters are doing everything but sparring.
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So… Do [I] want CAPCOM to seriously consider [Ryu/Chun-LI] for future Street Fighter games…?
Yes and no. If there was a game like Namco X Capcom or something else where Ryu and Chun-Li are permanent teammates that always worked together and never fiercely fought one another, then… YES!.  But do I want them married in anything like the actual “Street Fighter” games where they are punishing each other with fierce punches, kicks and ki-based attacks?  I’m leaning heavily towards no. Knowing humanity as I do, the wife-beating jokes would never stop and CAPCOM does not need that problem added to an already violent game.
As for the other half of this question, since I started this project, it has never been my wish to alter UDON’s chosen paths for their Street Fighter stories. They have worked very hard to do what they’ve done so far and they have every right to keep doing it. It’s the story they want to tell, or perhaps the only story they CAN tell. Who knows what their long term plans are or what rules they are under with CAPCOM.
So… Do [I] want CAPCOM [and UDON] to seriously consider [Ryu/Chun-Li] for future Street Fighter…comics?
Yes!  But I want from them exactly what my teams and I are producing through this project: a post Street Fighter III “What if…?” story (or even better a “What if…?” animated movie!!!) that explores the idea of Ryu and Chun-Li together and ends happily with the two of them…together. I have no desire to alter the course of UDON’s river of work or CAPCOM’s for that matter. I would just like them to dig an inlet in the form of a single project where Ryu/Chun-Li fans can play,  swim, and be satisfied.
But that said…
If there is one thing I would really love to accomplish…
Joey Ansah has given Street Fighter fans a great gift in the form of Street Fighter Assasin’s Fist, and if popularity and money allow his work to continue all the way past the World Warrior tournament, up through Street Fighter IV and S.I.N., all the way to the end of Street Fighter III, it would be my greatest hope, because of the book my people and I are producing here, that instead of the last Street Fighter story being Gill’s and the Illuminati’s defeat and Ryu walking off into the sunset alone (or heaven forbid with Sakura! ARGH!), there would be one more story to tell: the story my teams and I are about to tell you all in a few months time starting on February 14th, 2015. The story we’ve titled:
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Do I want CAPCOM to publish this book?
Of course I would. But right now I don’t think CAPCOM is ready to take the risk on any Ryu/Chun-Li…um…project (HA!) until the fan waters are truly tested. And if CAPCOM made a product themselves, they could mess it up and take a lot of negative heat from fans, maybe even freak some fans out!  So, since I can’t live without this book existing, I’ll happily test the waters for them.
Do I want people to go nuts over the great great book my teams and I are producing? Of course I do. Would I love it, if this great book my teams and I are producing influenced the Street Fighter games like Masaomi Nakahira’s mangas did in the past? You bet. Would I go crazy with fan love if UDON said, “Hey we love this, can we publish it?” Yeah. Would I thrill if CAPCOM made Ryu and Chun-Li a couple in one medium or another (maybe with another infamous shower scene–HA!) as a result of my work. Sure.
But here’s the thing. There is a another great book called…
And in this great book, the author Hugh MacLeod writes:
Frankly I think you’re better off doing something on the assumption that you will not be rewarded for it, that it will not receive the recognition it deserves, that it will not be worth the time and effort invested in it.
The obvious advantage to this angle is, of course, if anything good comes of it, then it’s an added bonus.
The second, more subtle and profound advantage is that by scuppering all hope of worldly and social betterment from the creative act, you are finally left with only one question to answer: Do you make this damn thing exist or not?
And once you can answer that truthfully for yourself, the rest is easy.
I’ve decided to make this book exist. That’s enough for me. I’ll let the world decide what to do with it.
More next time!


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Hey RXCLP blog readers.

Sean, director of the project here.

Not only are my last art team and I only seven pages away from completing the 103-page main story, but including the art appendix, and mini-comic appendix, we have reached 200 pages. While we still have more work to come that will send us well over this number, this milestone is a big deal for us because we here at the RXCLP see anything less than 200 pages for our book as… well… not enough.

Our original plan for this book was for it to be a 25-30 page pitch book, but with that also came the fear that the book would be refused and become another unfinished piece of fan fiction floating in cyberspace. But now, that is clearly no longer the case. This book is going to be completed, and that is truly awesome.


Being able to tell someone you worked with people to produce a 100 page fan comic book is ok, but 200? Over 200? That turns some heads. That feels like something beyond a mere fan project. That feels like a time investment for both the producers and the reader. Of course the next questions someone might ask after hearing our book is over 200 pages are, “Is the book quality?” “Is it worth reading?” I think I finally know how to answer this question for not just our work, but for anyone writing their own story which they plan to share with the public.


Back when I wrote my Batman/Wonder Woman Justice League Fan Fiction “A Temporal Anomaly” , I thought my writing was ok.  But when I went back to visit it a couple of years later, I read the whole thing and you know what. It’s pretty darn amazing, or at least it is of a quality I never thought I was actually capable of. I looked upon my work and thought, “Wow…did I really write this?” I’m not patting myself on the back here. In fact, quite the contrary. My work was so good in my opinion that I started to question whether or not I had written the work even though I knew I had.  That, dear readers who would be writers, is how you know a piece you’ve written is truly worth someone else’s time: when you look back on the piece a year or more later and see a work better than you thought yourself capable of producing at the time you wrote it, maybe even something you may never be able to replicate. In short, you are unnerved by and in awe of your own piece. It feels like…well…a wonderful anomaly.


It should also be noted that I was a very passionate Batman/Wonder Woman fan when I wrote my fan fiction but am no longer. I still like the idea now, but recently I’ve drifted back into the Batman/Catwoman camp, and I don’t know if I’ll ever find my way back to the same level of passion for BM/WW again. One more reason I feel disconnected from my past work.

But my passion for Ryu/Chun-Li is… forever.

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It’s been well over a year since, in a fit of anger and passion, I wrote the script for “Street Fighter: The Heart of Battle.”  It’s been well over a year since I handed the script over to Darrell Hardy to improve. It’s been well over a year since we turned it over to Aaron Pinsky to improve even more. It’s been well over a year since we turned the script over to Team Rotaner to bring to life. AND, It’s been well over a year since true RCL fans started to rise up with hope and to donate money or art to our project to make it even greater. And what I see when I read the book now is a book of amazing quality each of my team members and I could never have produced if we had tried to do so alone. I find myself unnerved by and in awe of the work and wondering, “Wow, did I write this?”


And I’m thrilled to say the answer is, “No. WE did.” And that is the best kind of answer to give when working on a project because it means when the dust clears, all involved are not standing alone.

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And you, the RCL fan who has yet to prove himself a true fan, there is still room for you to join us too! And we hope you will. Donate money or donate/commission some art and get your name in our book so you can stand with us when the world gets an eye full of our book: the greatest look ever at the market potential for Ryu/Chun-Li stories.


And as a final treat to celebrate our 200-page milestone, here is a sneak peek at one of the panels from the amazing mini-comic that holds the honour of being the 200th page produced for our book. We hope you enjoy it!.

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There is STILL time for you to join us. But far less than their used to be.

UPDATE: Shortly after this blog post was finished, more pages of the main book arrived. We are now at 215 pages which makes the project 93% complete. Now there is even LESS time to join us!

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