Okay…first a little Plato….
In his dialogue The Symposium, Plato has Aristophanes present a story about soul mates. Aristophanes states that humans originally had four arms, four legs, and a single head made of two faces. He continues that there were three genders: man, woman and the “Androgynous”. Each with two sets of genitalia with the Androgynous having both male and female genitalia.
The men were children of the sun, the women were children of the earth and the Androgynous were children of the moon, which was born of the sun and earth. It is said that humans had great strength at the time and threatened to conquer the gods. The gods were then faced with the prospect of destroying the humans with lightning as they had done with the Titans but then they would lose the tributes given to the gods by humans. Zeus developed a creative solution by splitting humans in half as punishment for humanity’s pride and doubling the number of humans who would give tribute to the gods. These split humans were in utter misery to the point where they would not eat and would perish so Apollo had sewn them up and reconstituted their bodies with the navel being the only remnant harkening back to their original form. Each human would then only have one set of genitalia and would forever long for his/her other half; the other half of his/her soul. It is said that when the two find each other, there is an unspoken understanding of one another, that they feel unified and would lay with each other in unity and would know no greater joy than that.
What do you think? Are Ryu and Chun-Li soulmates?
Well, according to Ryan Brown from Outerhaven…
Ryu and Chun-Li definitely have chemistry. Romantic, platonic, whatever; they have a connection. Seeing them together just makes sense. While some might argue that this is because of the many times they’ve shown up in the same games [and other merchandise], I feel it goes beyond that.
In Ryu’s ending for Street Fighter Alpha 3, as Ryu fought off Bison’s control (and the Satsui no Hado), images of people who made an impression up to that point (for better or worse) flashed in his mind. Chun-Li was there, and this is what she said:
I don’t know about you, but I think that was pretty damn important. To have allowed herself to say something like that to a guy she’d only met and fought a few times had to have counted for something.
From first glance, it’s easy to tell that the two at least have great respect for one another. Chun-Li loves fighting him every chance she gets and is amazed and admired by his dedication. She has faith that he can win, no matter what. For Ryu’s part, he thinks very highly of her and always has something positive to say to her. He knows he can count on her. Whenever they have particular quotes towards one another, it’s always positive, playful or encouraging on both sides.
I believe that, as far as narrative goes, something amazing can be done with these two together, if Capcom were willing to take advantage of it. I can only hope that they do at some point.
Thanks Plato and Ryan. We may not be CAPCOM, but when we’re done we’re gonna put this book in front of them, and CAPCOM is going to finally understand that Ryu and Chun-Li together does make sense…something our donators, contributing writers, contributing artists, and project staff already know.
We hope those of you still standing on the sidelines will someday understand this truth and finally have the courage to do something significant to help the Ryu X Chun-Li Project too.