Before we get into the blog entry, we’d like to remind everyone and inform any new visitors to check out our donation incentive art at the end of this entry. Bring a little Ryu X Chun-li art into your life and help out our project at the same time!
And now to the matter at hand.
People who react negatively to the Ryu X Chun-li pairing, and consequently our project, often assume everyone who would create a Ryu X Chun-li story would play Chun-li as a damsel in distress. Here’s a sample post:
‘Back in the day’ I was a Ryu x Chunner and I would have argued passionately for [the couple]. I am still a fan of both [characters]. But as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that Ryu x Chun would essentially destroy the character of Chun-li. I’ve seen really well done fan videos of Chun-li getting beat by Gill and then Ryu comes in and nobly and caringly [sic] carries away his poor hurt damsel in distress. These things made me realize…is this what we really want for one of the original video game heroines. [sic] For her to cry out, “Ryu! Save me!!!” Please no. I still say Chun-li should marry a non-fighting pastry chef and Cammy should marry a non-fighting veterinarian who takes care of her cat. This way we don’t have to deal with any ‘saving their girlfriend’ BS from capcom [sic] and they can remain the heroes of their own stories…
While we didn’t see the pastry chef and veterinarian coming, we do sympathize with this poster. His or her response is completely understandable. Many fanfic writers in their works make Chun-li a character that ends up needing to be saved. Though to be fair, she has needed to be saved at least once in an official CAPCOM work, but we digress.
What people like the above poster have in common is a fear of lazy research on the characters and lazy writing. Making Chun-li a damsel in distress in a story in this day in age is very much both.
Fortunately, this is where the Ryu X Chun-li Project differs significantly from many other Ryu X Chun-li works out there. We believe a damsel in distress is what Chun-li should NEVER be. The Project believes the best Ryu X Chun-li relationship would be based on a partnership in which the characters help each other achieve their goals from positions of strength, not rescue one another.
The very nature of the Ryu X Chun-li project, a full color graphic novel on the web for free, starring SF characters, and created by fans for fans, will cause all kinds of people, even those that can’t stand the pairing, to give it a read. Hopefully, on that day, even a few haters will say. Hey, that was a pretty even-handed piece and both characters were treated with the respect they deserve. Not bad. This is the Ryu X Chun-li project’s ultimate goal.
We hope you’ll help us to achieve it.
And on that note…
If you would like to donate to our project, for a confirmed $30 USD donation, we will thank you with a free copy of the Ryu X Chun-li Project–Traditional Towel version guest starring Alex and Ibuki! This 1024 X 768 digital wallpaper for your desktop is exactly like the art in the preview above with it’s background reminiscent of Ryu’s onsen stage from Street FIghter III.
For a confirmed $50 USD donation, we will thank you with the traditional towel version and the Ryokan version. This new 1024 X 768 digital wallpaper for your desktop is exactly like the art above However, in the piece the couples are wearing swimwear and they are in a Ryokan Onsen at night!
For a confirmed $70 USD donation, we will thank you with free copies of both the Ryokan and Traditional Towel versions. and the ULTIMATE version where the couples returns to the onsen background above, but the swimwear and towels have been left behind.
And of course, there is still the IDarkShadowI produced Ryu X Chun-li Project piece. A piece inspired by the fanfic Hero of Heroes a.k.a. Ryu and Chun-li Forever written by the late Brian Yip!
For a confirmed $30 USD donation we will thank you with a free copy of the Ryu X Chun-li Project–Swimsuit Spectacular version. This 1024 X 768 digital wallpaper for your desktop is exactly like the art above minus the watermark, of course.
For a confirmed $50 USD donation, we will thank you with a free copy of the Ryu X Chun-li Project–Forever version of the wallpaper. This is a 1024 X 768 digital wallpaper. The watermark and swimwear are not included.
For a confirmed $70 USD donation, we will thank you with free copies of both versions.
And for first time donators until the end of March, for a confirmed $120 dollar donation, we will send you every piece of art listed in this blog entry!
We looking forward to hearing from you!