Let’s get one thing straight: we love Sakura. If anyone deserves to be Ryu’s student and even successor as Street Fighter’s wandering warrior, it’s her. In fact, as far as we’re concerned, Street Fighter III should have been Sakura’s game to lead, not Alex’s. Yeah, that’s right people. Sakura Rules!
But when anyone brings up the possibility of a romantic relationship between Ryu and Sakura to us here at the Ryu X Chun-Li project, one word immediately pops into our heads.
We can’t stand this pairing. Ick! It would be like Wolverine and Jubilee from the 90’s X-men animated series dating! Double ick!
Now calm down all you Ryu/Sakura fans. We aren’t here to start something with you. Keep on shipping them. We mean no offense. We simply want to use this blog entry here to analyze why a Ryu/Sakura romantic relationship is so abhorrent to us at the Ryu X Chun-Li Project and why we cling to the Ryu/Chun-Li relationship idea so tightly. Neither one of us is right or wrong. This is all in fun. If it helps, here’s a video for you as a peace offering.
Now try as we might, we at the RXCLP were unable to articulate the reason for feelings about Ryu/Sakura shipping beyond the above picture for years. It wasn’t until we had a word with Ryu/Chun-Li fanfic author Psychoblue (End of a Journey) that we finally understood ourselves.
Simply put, Sakura does not age or mature.
Sakura will forever be a schoolgirl. Can you imagine Sakura being in a Street Fighter game without her trademark school uniform and red bloomers as her default uniform? Didn’t think so. Even Omar Dogan, the artist responsible for the art in UDON Entertaiment’s Street Fighter Legends: Sakura, gave this solid fan expectation a nod.
See, my logic is this: Sakura being a tomboy would never choose to wear a skirt on her own time. Her “sailor outfit” is a school uniform…. HOWEVER, if people kick up enough fuss I will put her back into a skirt, so let me know what you think.
Omar Dogan, Street Fighter Legends: Sakura #1
On the other hand, Ryu has clearly gained some years. One only has to look at the official CAPCOM art below to understand.
We at the Ryu X Chun-Li project have lived (and some of us are still living) in Japan. Japanese girls of Sakura’s age, while fun to watch fight (or dance) in the shortest of skirts, often don’t have much to contribute to a partner in terms of life experience-enriched conversation and action (AKB48 anyone?). Any man who would take Sakura as a lover at her eternal high school age and eternal high school mentality would have to spend their mortal life raising her while loving her. Never a good combination, ever.
If you need further convincing, ask yourself how would you feel if a man Ryu’s age (officially 9 years her senior in SF Alpha) were dating your high school daughter. Add on the fact your daughter wants this older man to be her teacher too, all while she’s wearing that uniform with its high frequency of panty shots.
Sakura will appear in our comic. But we will put the whole Ryu/Sakura thing to rest right away and in a very amicable manner. Donate and see!
More next time!