“Sacrifice”

One of the things we have to keep in mind every day we work on our project to bring Ryu and Chun-Li together in a book and pitch our book to CAPCOM is the possibility CAPCOM will say….

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We’ve searched the net and we’ve heard whispers of someone at CAPCOM, possibly Ono-san, saying…

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But, we’ve never been able to find a definitive answer as to why there has been no romance between Ryu and Chun-Li and why not having them together benefits the franchise. And, of course, we are not going to ask that question to CAPCOM directly until we have our completed book in hand. We will move when we have a finished product and no sooner.  But, thanks to Andre Meadows of Black Nerd Comedy, we may finally be able to shed some light on the subject.

In this video Andre discusses a decision made by DC comics regarding the idea of Batwoman marrying her lesbian partner. Basically, DC Comics said…

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And here was the reason given:

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Heroes shouldn’t have happy personal lives. They are committed to being that person and committed to defending others at the sacrifice of their own personal interests…

…That is our mandate, that is our edict and that is our stand.

Dan Didio

Co-Publisher, DC Comics

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Let’s rework that a bit, shall we?

Ryu and Chun-Li already have happy personal lives. They are committed to their lives as they are: Ryu questing to be a true warrior and Chun-Li the rescuer and teacher of  children in need. Their commitment to these goals is so great, that they have no other personal interests beyond these.

…That is our mandate, that is our edict and that is our stand.

CAPCOM

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A scary few sentences for the Ryu/Chun-Li fan, no? Wait, it gets worse…

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Notice we removed the word “sacrifice” as we reworked the quotation. We did this because there is a very good possibility Ryu and Chun-Li don’t see a life without a lover as a sacrifice. Instead, they see it as a positive choice which allows them to dedicate more time to their true dreams. Perhaps Ryu and Chun-Li have achieved something truly great and evolved beyond the need for love, sex, and constant companionship. Perhaps the strength that comes from the love between a man and a woman actually pales in comparison to the strength that comes from ignoring what everyone else thinks you should do and following your own dreams. How many of us have parents who worked hard so we could have our dreams and then we fell in love, got married, had our own kids, and started working for their dreams while putting our own dreams on hold? Wash, rinse, and repeat! Over here in Japan, the government complains that not enough young people are getting married and having kids. Maybe it’s not a problem. Maybe the young people of Japan are ahead of the curve, and the rest of us folks in love, married, and, the saddest of the lot, fanfiction shippers need to get our minds off the mix of our hearts and private parts and catch up!

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But then we think storytellers all over the world would agree Ryu and Chun-Li were children once, a fact they owe to being born, a fact they owe to two people most likely being…in love. No midichlorians here people!

Not only that, but when we look at the world, we see the most difficult thing for humanity is not achieving goals alone. It is achieving goals together. (Did you know Japan and Russia haven’t signed a treaty to end World War II yet?) And perhaps the greatest challenge of all is to look across the table and see that person of the opposite sex as a lover, a partner and an equal at the same time and to give the dreams belonging to us and them equal weight and truly work together to achieve them.

Ryu and Chun-Li achieving their goals separately is pretty cool. But the two of them achieving those same goals together in spite of their differences and forming an unbreakable bond in the process? That would be a truly awesome story! And one we could all stand to learn from!

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Love you like a play cousin!

Until next time.

ryuxchunliproject@gmail.com

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