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"Alright! Let's go!
(よし! 行くぞ! Yosh! Ikuzo!?)
—Sakura (Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fight 2000)

"Uh-oh! Pleased to meet you!

(おっと! よろしくお願いします! O tto! Yoroshiku onegai shimasu!?)
—Sakura (Street Fighter V series)

Sakura Kasugano (春日野 さくら Kasugano Sakura?) is a video game character from the Street Fighter series, first appearing in Street Fighter Alpha 2. She is a Japanese girl with an intense fixation on Ryu, having copied and learned many of his techniques, and chasing him around the world to prove herself to him.



Prior to Street Fighter V, Sakura used to fight in her school's uniform - a short-skirted sailor uniform (seifuku) with the collar popped and red bloomers (short shorts) underneath. She also wears red Converse-esque shoes, a midriff-baring red top under her uniform, red sparring gloves, a yellow neckerchief, and a white headband that was given to her by Ryu before the events of Street Fighter Alpha 2. She has short brown hair and brown eyes. Her fuku is blue with single white linings in each sides and white socks. In Street Fighter IV and Street Fighter X Tekken, her socks are shorter and the color is navy blue. Her school uniform becomes her "Nostalgia" costume in Street Fighter V.

In her ending in Super Street Fighter IV, her hair is slightly longer, she wears a red high-neck sporty jacket with a single line at the center, a white short sleeved undershirt, black shorts, white socks and white sneakers with matching designs. She also maintains her white headband.

In Street Fighter V, Sakura wears a different outfit (her college uniform) that consists of a navy blue vest with a pink trim, a white long sleeve button shirt underneath, a pleated skirt with frills at the edge, black mid-length socks and black short (possibly Docs) boots. Her bolero tie is long and the color are pink and white and is tied at her midriff baring top. Like Ryu's, her headband is red along with matching gloves with a stylized written on the white lines. She also has a head microphone at her left ear.

Her first alternate costume is a blue arcade uniform; a blue short sleeved collared shirt with a yellow trim and collar, a matching ID on her neck, dark blue and black checkered skirt, yellow tights, black socks with red linings and blue sneakers with yellow toe caps. She wears a matching blue cap in place of her headband. She also has a Blanka-Chan doll on her waist. Her second costume is an outfit similar to Ryu's which is a white karate gi with the sleeves ripped into sleeveless, a black karate belt which is tucked into her gi and matching karate pants. Underneath her gi is the red midriff baring top from her school uniform and she wears red footguards.

In Street Fighter 6 World Tour, when Ryu recalled his time with Dan and Retsu during a Japanese festival in his character memory scene, Sakura retain her midriff-baring red top from Street Fighter Alpha - Street Fighter IV sub-series, and keep her red headband from Street Fighter V, in additions of wearing a light blue jacket and presumably either jeans pants or shorts.


Sakura was created by Akira ‘Akiman’ Yasuda, who was approached by the Street Fighter Alpha team during the early stages of Street Fighter Alpha 2's development. He wasn’t impressed with their work in the first game and the direction they were heading towards in Alpha 2, as they only wanted cool and stylish characters.[8][9][10] Akiman reveals that the team excluded “weird” characters such as the Sumo fighter E. Honda as the employees younger than Akiman considered him “uncool”. When making Sakura he knew that the team wanted another cool character and that the leaders of the project would dislike it. Even so, Akiman still presented the design to the team but was quickly shut down which upset Akiman at the time. After going back to his desk, his boss passed by and saw Sakura's design and complimented on it, which lead to Sakura's inclusion to Street Fighter Alpha 2's roster.[11] Akiman wanted a character who was unique to the cast, a girl in a sailor uniform and someone who wasn't stylish.[8][12]

An early design featured her in a kimono shirt and hakama pants, but was later abandoned in favor of a Japanese sailor outfit.[13] Akiman’s choice of Sakura’s character type was due to the popularity of the schoolgirl archetype from works such as Sailor Moon along with making her distinct from the Street Fighter II cast.[14][10] In Street Fighter Alpha 2, she was designed to be 16 years old because it's believed girls have the highest physical ability at that age.[15][16] Sakura quickly became Bengus' favorite character due to how he's able to express himself freely in his art compared to the high expectations that come with drawing Ryu or Chun-Li.[8][17]

Sakura’s design in Street Fighter IV was made to reproduce the image of Sakura the player wanted, not what she should've looked like at the time of the series, as Street Fighter IV is set many years after the Alpha series.[18] Bengus was in charge of Sakura's redesign in Street Fighter V where she no longer fights in her sailor uniform.[9][19] The director believed that too much time has passed for her be in a school uniform, but not enough for her to be a Gym teacher, so he decided to go with the idea of her having a part-time job as it fits with the storyline.[20]


In many aspects, Sakura is very tomboyish, outgoing, and respectful in personality, as she is most of the time happy, energetic, cheerful, positive, hard-working and focused in combat. Despite initial depictions and illustrations of appearing to be brash and confrontational, she actually has a noble spirit and a very determined attitude, either in studies or in martial arts training. She sees Ryu as an idol and teacher, rather than an opponent, since she always watches him fight and mirrors herself on his philosophies in battle.

Although her techniques may seem somewhat "rustic" in comparison to Ryu and Ken, she manages to balance her school work with her training in hopes of being accepted as Ryu's student and prove herself by fighting worthy adversaries. In a clean match, Sakura is a very patient and disciplined warrior. She is the embodiment of innocence and is acknowledged by many fighters to have great potential that may one-day match Ryu and Ken in strength when she gets older and skilled.

Character Relationships[]

Due to her charisma of innocence and her sincere attitude, Sakura has gained the admiration and friendship of many.



Sakura & Ryu.

Ryu is Sakura's main inspiration for taking up martial arts and street fighting and deeply admires him like a childhood hero and role model. Like Ken, she’s willing to put her own well-being on the line to help Ryu, as shown in Street Fighter Alpha 3, where she was willing to fight M. Bison to protect Ryu, and again in Street Fighter IV: The Ties That Bind, where she stops Ryu, who was under the influence of the Satsui no Hado, from killing C. Viper. Once she heard about the disappearance of skilled fighters, she immediately flew from Japan to America so she could ask Ken where Ryu was but not before beating up his bodyguards first. In Street Fighter V, although her motivation for street fighting diminished over the years, just the mention of Ryu gets her excited as always.


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Ken annoyed at Sakura for injuring his bodyguards.

Similar to Ryu, Sakura sees Ken as an inspiration for street fighting. Although while she holds Ryu in a much higher regard, she still thinks highly of Ken. In Street Fighter IV: The Ties That Bind, when Sakura showed up to his house and beat up his bodyguards in hopes of finding Ryu - who she couldn't find at the time - Ken was shocked that “his stalker” couldn’t find him herself.


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Sakura & Karin.

After their first fight in Sakura Ganbaru!, both women have sparked a rivalry (similar to Ryu and Ken's rivalry) because of Karin's first loss in a long lasting winning streak, briefly making avenging her own defeat a personal vendetta. However, once Karin won their rivalry match in Street Fighter Alpha 3, she admitted that Sakura is indeed better than her and that she only won by luck. After that, they became close friends as well as continuing their friendly rivalry, which is noticeable in one of her win quotes in Super Street Fighter IV and all other interactions with her despite having completely opposite personalities. In Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, Karin invites Sakura to the Kanzuki Estate to have a match. Sakura wins, but then ask Karin why is she still picking fights, Karin responds with the fact of fighting is the best way to test skill. Sakura then dismisses the idea and ponders if spending time growing in strength is the best way to go about things. Karin then asked Sakura would it be different if she was fighting with Ryu. She calls fighting with Ryu a "different story". Karin then calls Ryu and tells him to go to Sakura's house and enlighten her.


Since Dan was her "sensei", Sakura respects him as both a friend and a teacher. However, this friendship is double-sided, because she often uses him to find Ryu whenever she needs to. In return, Dan boasts her as one of his star students, perhaps helping him give Saikyo-ryu some credibility. Both are on good terms with each other, regardless.


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Sakura on the phone with her friend. Presumably wearing her old schoolgirl outfit.

Both being high-school girls, Sakura and Ibuki have been able to hold a close relationship with one another. This is mainly because of the latter's interest in boys and that Ibuki had never met someone so "cool" that's also within her age group, allowing the two to get to know one another easier than with older fighters. It was thanks to this that Ibuki got the attention of Karin in Street Fighter V.


Even though there has been no example of an in-game friendship beforehand, Cammy and Sakura have been close friends, as Cammy has been shown to deeply care about her. This started in the second volume of Sakura Ganbaru (during Street Fighter Alpha 2, as the first volume takes place roughly before the game’s events), when Cammy was an amnesic after defecting from Shadaloo and Sakura interfered with an assassination attempt on the former. After that, they traveled alongside Dan & Chun-Li to Russia where they tag-teamed against Zangief in a cage match before going their separate ways. From then onwards, Cammy and Sakura are still friends and have a friendly rivalry during battle, as shown in her win quotes against each other in Street Fighter IV.


Elena and Sakura are seen as friends due to being roughly the same age and because both girls share a kind-hearted, tomboyish personality. They both share the same views about fighting and combat, making their friendship easygoing without trouble. According to Elena's arcade ending in Ultra Street Fighter IV, it was thanks to Sakura that she got to know more about Japan and planned to go back to meet her again.


Kei Chitose is a close friend of Sakura who attends the same high school, Tamagawa Minami High. She sometimes goes along with Sakura on her adventures but more often than not fails to keep up with the energetic Sakura.

Hinata, Natsu and Shoma[]

Like Kei, Sakura and all three students are high-school friends, though all three students are from separate schools in the same area as Tamagawa Minami High (Taiyo High and Gorin High respectively). When Sakura is challenged by Karin in Street Fighter Legends: Sakura, they help her train as well as catch Karin cheating in the hot-dog eating contest and take out Karin's bodyguards when they fought. Sakura is mostly seen with Hinata and Natsu in some screenshots where they are seen eating desserts at the coffee shop and leaving the school together in the game's ending in Nekketsu Seisyun Nikki 2.


The two are acquaintances, having known and battled each other during the Taiyo High School incident, and through other students, such as the aforementioned trio. In particular, Sakura helped train Akira while the latter was pretending to be a boy attending Gedo High in order to be strong enough to save Daigo. Akira can also appear in Sakura’s bad ending in Rival Schools: United by Fate. The two meet up again with the help of Karin, and Sakura got to introduce Akira to Ibuki, who had also been invited to the Kanzuki estate.



Not much is known about Sakura's early life aside from the fact that she is best friends with her fellow classmate, Kei Chitose, and grew up with Hinata Wakaba and Natsu Ayuhara in childhood. Sakura began to participate in street fighting after she saw Ryu on her way to school, and trained to emulate his style since.[21] She recalls the first two fights she got into were when older bullies stole Tsukushi's portable game console and won it back upon defeating them, and when she fought off a college upperclassmen who was sexually harassing Kei with his friends (the latter of which was how she got the attention of Karin & Shibasaki).

Rival Schools: United By Fate[]

Sakura appeared as a secret playable fighter in Capcom's 3D fighting game Rival Schools: United By Fate. In the story. Sakura attends Tamagawa Minami High School, but comes to help Hinata and Natsu, now students of the adjacent Taiyo High and Gorin High respectively, involving herself in the mysterious events throughout Aoharu City and find the people responsible for the school kidnappings and attacks. Upon the end of the Aoharu's inner city school battles, she realized how much it meant to her to protect something she cared about and wonders if Ryu has something to protect as well.

Nekketsu Seisyun Nikki 2[]

Sakura appears as one of the instructors in Nekketsu Seisyun Nikki 2 during the fight against the edit characters in a single round. The only way to raise all of their stats is to defeat her in a fight. But if the edit character loses, it does not raise all their stats due to her overpowered prowess or being beaten by her Burning Vigor attacks.

Street Fighter Alpha 2[]

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Sakura's journey during Street Fighter Alpha 2.

Skipping school to search the world for Ryu, Sakura embarks on a long journey to find him and become his student. Along the way, Sagat notices her techniques are similar to Ryu's and demands she tell him where he is. She doesn't know herself and comments on how rude he is and the two fight.

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Sakura asking Ryu if she can take a photo.

In her individual ending, Sakura remembers when her and Ryu fought each other and requested him to be her master. Ryu refused, saying that he still has much to learn himself. Before he left, Sakura asked if she could at least take a photo of them before he left as a keepsake, which she is seen reminiscing over on her way to school. As she's walking, her best friend Kei shows up and cheers her up before having to dash because they are late.

Street Fighter Alpha 3[]

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Sakura in her Street Fighter Alpha 3 ending..

At age 16, she was still fighting, and decided to travel the world to find Ryu once more and find out what street fighting is really all about. She started off in her native Japan and fought the sumo wrestler E. Honda, who mentioned Ryu was going off to such places as India and Thailand. Thereafter traveling with her sensei, Dan, she met his friend Blanka along the way and was promised a match with him. Sakura even ended up fighting Maki again, who complimented her on being able to handle her fighting style, Bushinryu, better than last time. Sakura said that this was thanks to a fight with Guy. Maki is taken in surprise by this, and wants to know where Guy is. Sakura tells Maki that she recalled Guy saying he was headed off to Thailand, and the two decide to head off there together.

The two continued to search the world for Ryu & Guy, eventually ditching Dan and finding Ryu's friend and rival Ken. Sakura commented to him how she loved to fight to better herself and - finding inspiration in those words himself - the trio head to Thailand and run into Karin Kanzuki again, who was with Guy at the time. Sakura and Karin had their rematch and though Karin won the fight, she admitted Sakura was better and she had learned winning was not everything. After Maki had a bout cut short with Guy, the fivesome eventually found Ryu, where he was actually being brainwashed by M. Bison. Sagat had come by this time to find the scene as well, and as Sagat took on Ryu, an infuriated Sakura and the others took on Bison. A combination of Sakura defending Ryu from the Shadaloo leader and Sagat's urgings finally snapped Ryu out of the mind control and he, alongside Ken & Guy, defeated Bison, destroying him temporarily.

Karin had Shibasaki destroy the Psycho Drive with her zaibatsu's weaponized satellite and after Maki & Guy parted ways with the others, Ryu told Sakura that he was not ready to train her and fight a rematch with her yet, saying that he still has a lot to learn. Sakura understands and the two promise each other a rematch someday, with Ryu walking off and Sakura watching him go. She then realized that there was something really special about Ryu, but she didn't know what it was.

Street Fighter IV[]

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Sakura, Blanka and Dan on a cruise ship.

Sakura returns to fight again, still searching for Ryu, Some time after the end of the second World Warrior tournament, she confronts Dan about whether he knows anything about where Ryu might be. Dan, not wanting to appear out of the loop, says that a new tournament is rumored to be about to start, and that Ken will be participating, speculating that Ryu will also be there. Ecstatic, Sakura immediately runs off to enter. She, Dan, and Blanka depart on a cruise ship on which she endures a grueling self-imposed training regime.[22]

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Sakura & Ryu go their separate ways.

During the tournament, she actively seeks out Ryu, eventually finding him in the S.I.N. building in the midst of destroying the BLECE project. The force of the struggle affects Sakura before knocking her unconscious, and she awakes to see a triumphant Ryu standing over her. The two escape from the S.I.N. building in the midst of explosions - which were probably Vega's doing - and run into Dan and Blanka along the way. After the tournament, Sakura and Ryu exchange goodbyes and she leaves for home on the ship. In her ending, a slightly older-looking Sakura is shown walking with her dog in an area near the Overpass when she sees Ryu approaching.

Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition[]

Having graduated high school[23] and now going in university,[24] Sakura now works part-time at an arcade named Plaza Capcom,[25] but wonders what decisions she needs to make in order to be satisfied with her future.

Character story[]


Sakura asking Karin why they have to fight when they see each other.

After a match against Karin, Sakura asks why she always picks a fight with her for no reason, to which Karin replies that a fight with Sakura is the best way to test her skills. Sakura states that neither of them are kids anymore and questions not only if their fights are the best way to use of their time but also if becoming stronger is the right way for her to live. Karin wonders if Sakura would say the same thing if Ryu was present, to which Sakura gets excited and asks if Karin has seen him, the latter explains that she saw him during a recent crisis when she summoned a group of fighters from around the world, and that she is certain that Ryu is still training.


Sakura embarrassed by what she said.

At her workplace, Sakura thinks about how she wish she could see Ryu again, but realizes how she must continue at her part-time job and not travel around the world at a whim like she used to. She goes back to work when one of the customers notifies about someone "going crazy" at the arcades. On her way home, Sakura thinks about her life and future when she bumps into Ryu who mentions that Karin summoned him because of Sakura. After a fight to ease Sakura's mind, Ryu praises her for growing stronger and more mature. Sakura asks Ryu about his life, stating that no matter how strong he becomes, he will eventually grow old and die, wondering if that's the right life for him. Ryu asks if she means he should take on a disciple to carry on his skills to the next generation, stating that he is still in training and can't take one. Sakura says she meant having children in the future to create new bonds in life. Ryu replies that he never thought of it but considers it another type of strength. Sakura agrees and thanks Ryu for his answer, now knowing what she wants in life. In a short awkward moment, a slightly embarrassed Sakura quickly corrects herself by saying she is not planning on having children right now.

Character story appearances[]

Sakura appears in the last part of Karin's character story, where she is warmly welcomed by Karin upon her return to the Kanzuki Estate. She says that she was happy to hear from Karin's steward that Karin wanted to see her and fight her in a match as part of a friendly challenge. Sakura states that Karin hasn't changed, as the two girls are ready to fight.

Sakura is last seen in Ibuki's character story and the two are seen having a conversation with each other with their cellphones. Sakura informs Ibuki about the party invitation sent by Karin which Ibuki didn't read yet. She also informs her that she can't come to the party because of conflict schedules before hanging up.

In Karin's party at the Kanzuki Estate, Karin also mentions Sakura due to Ibuki being one of Sakura's friends.

In Blanka's character story, which takes place around the same time as her own, Sakura steps in when Blanka accidentally broke the arcade machine. After the battle, Blanka apologizes for breaking the machine. Sakura tells the arcade manager to put Blanka's "Blanka-chan" dolls inside the machine.

She reappears in Dan's character story, which follows Blanka's character story, Sakura follows her former master Dan, after he broke the arcade machine.

In Akira's character story, it was Sakura who clears up the misunderstanding about Akira which Ibuki had mistook her as a boy and a stranger. Akira explains to Ibuki in how she and Sakura had met and it was the time during the events of the Rival Schools series and the Street Fighter Alpha series where she encounters her during her mission to find her older brother Daigo Kazama while she is sided with Edge and Gan. Because she is a powerful street fighter, Akira decided to test her skills by fighting her. Afterwards, Sakura wanted to spar with her and informing them that her rival Karin set up a girl's tea party at the Kanzuki Zaibatsu (thus explaining the invitation Ibuki got at the end of her story) and wanted to reunite with Akira because of the passage of time. She later spends time with them at the tea party and later in the beach party at the Kanzuki private beach. Sakura also noticed Akira had overcame her aquaphobia which she tells her that someone had taught her how to swim properly and Ibuki mistook it being her boyfriend who taught her. Sakura also asked what she should do next until Karin decided to challenge Akira into a fight again which Akira reluctantly accepts due to the moral support of both Sakura and Ibuki.

Street Fighter III series[]

Sakura does not appear in the Street Fighter III games, but she is mentioned in Gamest Mook Vol.81 "Street Fighter III Fan Book". According to the development staff, she is active as a member of society, running around with a mobile phone in one hand, wearing a suit and a headband with gloves on both hands.[26]

Street Fighter 6[]

Prior to the event of the game, as well as the being the same day where Ryu grew his beard, Sakura, Kei and Maki go to a festival together, where they cheered both Ryu, Retsu and Dan's performances.[27] In the main event, the World Tour, Ryu will talk about her after beating him.[28]

Crossover appearances[]

Marvel vs. Capcom series[]

Sakura made a cameo appearance at the end of Storm’s story in X-Men vs. Street Fighter (she’s rescued by Gambit and prepares to fight Shuma-Gorath alongside him) and appeared as a playable character in Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter and Marvel vs. Capcom 2. In the first one, her fighting style becomes affected due to her travelling through the portal to the Marvel Universe and not mastering her fighting style yet. This results in her Hadokens launching diagonally upward towards the sky, and her Shunpukyaku sending her in an upwards arc, similar to Guy's Bushin Senpukyaku. However, while she was excited that she could fire her Hadokens in mid-air similar to Akuma, the oddities didn't end there: one time while she was taking a little rest between matches, she decided to fall asleep in a field. After a short period of time, Sakura woke up to find herself oddly sunburned and in a bit of pain. Despite this, she continued to help defeat Apocalypse and discovered that not only had her old fighting style had come back, but she could also perform attacks similar to Akuma's without having any murderous intent. In addition to Dan and Ryu, she gets along with Spider-Man and Blackheart as well, surprisingly. Eventually, Sakura loses her sunburn and her abilities go back to what they were when she first arrived.

During Ryu and Chun-Li's second visit to the Marvel universe to stop Onslaught, Sakura accompanied Zangief to see Doctor Strange, who helped Zangief cope with his mechanical doppelganger's presence and taught Sakura to tap into the fighting energy caused by her sunburn so she could use it at will. After tons of energy and concentration (and after Ryu and Chun-Li return from their battle with Onslaught, with the latter looking rather different before being returned to normal), Sakura returned to help the rest of the Capcom characters fight Abyss and found out that Doctor Strange's teachings had helped, as she could now turn into her Sunburned state once she had accumulated enough energy.

Her ending in Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter shows her in a non-canonical future scene, where her son asks Sakura about a picture of her standing in front of a defeated Apocalypse (the sub-boss of the game) and Cyber-Akuma (the game’s final boss), which Spider-Man probably took for her. She is only seen from behind however, as her head is cropped from view. As Dark Sakura, her ending consists of teleporting onto the screen and striking a pose with Akuma before leaving. Kei will also show up and either follow the two off the screen or fall over mid-way. In the console versions of Marvel vs. Capcom 2, she can be seen in the ending taking a photo with Spider-Man after they beat Abyss.

Namco X Capcom[]

Sakura appears as a pair unit, being paired with her friend/rival Karin Kanzuki. She first appears in Chapter 1, having missed a show by Wonder Momo and talks with Karin about the Namco Theater, finding out it was built by her family. When Wonder Momo is dragged into a fight by a brainwashed Amazona, Sakura and Karin join in to help Wonder Momo, along with Bravoman, Felicia, and King. Joka later shows up and says Wonder Momo's one of the sacrifices, but decides to add Sakura as well, saying she's worth a "schedule slip" for an extra in sacrifices. Later, Reiji, Xiaomu, KOS-MOS, Shion Uzuki, and M.O.M.O. show up and after Joka is defeated, Sakura chases after him, thinking he's behind the sleeping sickness to Karin's objections. However, Joka falls back to the Tower of Druaga, while Sakura and Karin arrive at the doors of Justice High School, looking for Professor Hideo Shimazu. However, 2 Moos and a Giant Moo attack them after Karin's phone call goes unanswered. After one of them is defeated, Janga shows up, delighted he found "the sacrifice" needed to get Druaga back up to full strength. He tries to persuade Sakura to come with him, but she refuses stating her parents told her not to go with strangers. Hideo and Kyoko Minazuki show up, much to Sakura's surprise and Janga's chagrin.

She wants to tell Hideo about Joka, the potential source of the sleeping sickness. Janga receives surprise reinforcements from Joka and uses them to hold the school hostage, threatening to curse the students if Sakura doesn't come with him to the Tower of Druaga. Guy and Sho arrive shortly thereafter, berating Janga for his villainy, and swiftly help put down the enemies present. Janga is beaten and feigns defeat, but Sakura insists the battle is over. Janga uses this chance to attack and injure Sakura with his poisonous claws, telling her to go to hell. However, Akuma shows up and beats him to a pulp with the Shun Goku Satsu, forcing him and any other enemies that survived to flee. Guy and Karin question why he’s here, while Sakura thanks him for saving her life. Kyoko is amazed at how calm Sakura is, even when standing in front of the Master of the Fist. Before leaving, Akuma tells Sakura to head to Roppongi and says that there’s someone she must meet there. Subsequently, Sakura asks herself if Akuma was talking about Ryu.

Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo and Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix[]

Sakura appeared as a playable character in Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo and Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix.

SNK vs. Capcom series[]

Sakura appeared playable in Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fight 2000, Capcom vs. SNK 2 and SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium. Like several other Street Fighter characters, she has also appeared as a card in the SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash games.

Capcom Fighting Evolution[]

Sakura appeared as a playable character in Capcom Fighting Evolution.

Street Fighter X Tekken[]

Sakura appears as one of the DLC characters in Street Fighter X Tekken, with Blanka as her tag partner. Sakura and Blanka hear the news about Pandora located in the South Pole. A few months pass, leaving Sakura and Blanka to wonder where Dan has gone ever since he left and never came back, so Sakura and Blanka head out to the South Pole to find Dan and check out the Pandora Box.

Continuing their journey to the South Pole, Sakura and Blanka run into Lars and Alisa thinking that Lars is a TV star known as Red Warrior Bakori Man, to which Blanka agrees. Lars gets confused as to who this TV star is, and Alisa explains to him, after which Sakura and Blanka challenge them to a fight.

After defeating Ogre, Sakura and Blanka feel excited, as they got to fight many fighters searching for Pandora. Soon, they remember that Dan is missing, so Sakura calls out his name. Afterwards, Pandora opens, prompting them to check inside. Looking inside, they find Dan freezing and beaten up (by who is unknown), prompting Sakura and Blanka to help Dan out of the box.


Sakura Ganbaru![]

Sakura is the main protagonist of the Sakura Ganbaru! manga, the first volume of which begins right before the events of Sakura's story in Street Fighter Alpha 2 and after her chronological appearance in Street Fighter Alpha prequel manga.

Final Chapter: Graduation[]

Before her speech, Sakura had already decided on moving onto higher education but she didn't know what to do after, as she knew she couldn't live in the street fighting world like Ryu does. Towards the end of the chapter she decides she wants to be a P.E teacher who'll tell people about her journey and all the people she met along the way. She also wants to teach street fighting to her students.

UDON comics[]

Sakura appears in several of UDON's Street Fighter comics, like in Street Fighter Legends: Sakura (in which she is the main protagonist), Super Street Fighter and Street Fighter Unlimited.

Sakura appeared in UDON's Street Fighter comics as a main character where she and Karin are rivals in high school, she meets Ryu in a fight against Akuma in hopes that he would train her, she tries to prove her worth by attacking Akuma, only to be attacked by Akuma as he hits her in the head to a tree, she begins to lose consciousness as her eyes close. She eventually wakes up asks Ryu to train her, Ryu tells her that he himself is far from a master, thought she still follows him despite his doubt about himself.

At some point on her summer vacation, she eventually meets Adon, only to find out that Sagat had left his honor for his art behind in order to seek revenge on Ryu, she tries to perform a Hadoken on Adon for insulting Ryu, however, the attack did not work out as no surge of ki did not come out. She went to Ken's wedding as he was getting ready for the party, he was attacked by a group of Shadaloo spies being lead by Vega, he attacked Ken without any remorse while keeping him, while Ryu has his battle with Balrog, Sakura defeat many of the spies of Shadaloo using a Hadoken. Before Guile could help Ken, Vega fights Guile in order to keep him from helping him. As the cops came in to help Guile, Vega and the remaining Shadaloo spies retreated back to Bison.

Before Sakura left to the airport on her way back to Japan, she told Ryu that she would continue to train until he returned back to Japan, at some point at her school, she and Karin had a fight over who could eat more hot dogs, although Sakura was losing, Karin was actually cheating. Honda knew that interfering would not be the right thing to do, Sakura's friends then took out many of the employers that were working for Karin throughout the contest, she begins to realized that Sakura is a better girl then her.

During the Street Fighter tournament that was being hosted by Shadaloo, Sakura, Dan, and Blanka had entered it, only Blanka was able to make it to the next round.

The Unlimited series presents a drastic departure in her character. After Shadaloo was stopped, Sakura went to become a full time student of Ryu in hopes that she would gain more knowledge over Ansatsuken to become stronger, Bison and a group of troops have come to bring Ryu back to their boss, Sakura takes out the troops while Ryu fights Bison, Urien comes out of the helicopter in an effort to bring Ryu back with him, Sakura was threatened by Bison, with Ryu now focusing on Bison holding Sakura, Urien used that to his advantage and knocked Ryu out. Bison dropped Sakura and left her in the ground as he and Urien left, as Dan saw everything that happened, he followed them to their base, he went back to Sakura and told everything that they planned to do, Sakura wanted to save him herself, as she started to think about secretly using the Dark Hado in order to help him (knowing that using this power is dangerous). Akuma appears behind her and motivating her to use the power, she rejected his way on using this power.

Akuma however tells her that she has the potential to surpass him if she harnessed this power, she uses it for a brief moment and fires a Metsu Hadoken at Akuma in a burst of anger, only for him to shoot it back at her and knocks her down, he teleports away, leaving Sakura to feel the power that she just used, she soon finds Bison (who, unbeknownst to her, was actually Twelve in disguise) and begins to ruthlessly beat him by using the Satsui no Hado, she started to go for a lethal blow, Dan tries to convince not to let vengeance consume her as he himself knows from experience, Sakura begins to push back him back due to the Satsui no Hado starting to affect her mind, and tries to destroy "Bison", but right in the nick of time, Ryu breaks free of his icy imprisonment and tries to stop her from destroying him, she begins to argue with him on why he would let a person like him alive after everything he's done. On the verge of insanity, Sakura’s eyes glow even redder as she tears off her headband.

The Satsui no Hado continues to affect her sanity as she starts to fight Ryu, and the fight ends in Ryu putting Sakura into a Full Nelson and absorbing all of the dark power inside of her while Guile and Juri fight Twelve. Later on, Sakura and Dan watch the fight between Evil Ryu and Oni only for the fight to be ended by Gill, causing Ryu and Akuma to return to normal.


Street Fighter Alpha: The Animation[]

Sakura appears in this OVA as a high school student who is interested in Ansatsuken after witnessing Ryu save a boy from a shoot out in Toyko. At some point, she is saved by Ken from a group of criminals, and seeing the same martial art style that Ryu uses, she asked if he knows Ryu and Ken tells her that he is going to the Street Fighter tournament. As they enter inside, they head into the building as Ryu is being engulfed by the Satsui no Hado which was being influenced by Shun.

As Ryu stops himself from going for a lethal blow, the Metsu Hadoken hits the building, and Sakura's legs are wounded when she tries to save Ken from being hit by the wreckage. Later, at the hospital, she‘s playing Pocket Fighter (in a match against Ibuki using Morrigan), and visited by Ken. After a comedic moment where an annoyed Ken finds out Sakura was hiding her WonderSwan Color under her hospital blanket (to which Sakura responds with a nervous smile), Ken tells her that Ryu has not been the same since coming under the influence of Satsui no Hado, as well as Shun's kidnapping at the hands of Shadaloo. Ken tells her the dangers of getting into martial arts such as Ansatsuken and the pain that he, and many warriors like him, have been through at some point, and the potential of being doomed to eternal darkness if one values perfection and power above all else.

After being fully healed, Sakura started to think carefully about what Ken had said about the dark side of getting stronger, and decided that she would train herself in a positive manner as a way to test herself against other fighters.

Street Fighter Alpha: Generations[]

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Street Fighter IV: The Ties That Bind[]

Sakura is first shown when she defeats Ken's security guards who wouldn't let her in his home. She is still on the hunt for Ryu and asks Ken if he's seen him. Ken tells her that he hasn't seen him and Sakura tells Ken about the missing fighters, since he never heard about that. Later, they find Ryu under the control of the Satsui no Hado after Cammy is both defeated and gravely wounded by Crimson Viper. As he is about to kill two security guards, Sakura rushes to Ryu and hugs him, begging him to come back to his senses. Ryu almost hits Sakura, but at the last moment he recognizes her and snaps out of the Hado's control.

She helps out Ryu, Ken, and Chun-Li as S.I.N. tries to capture Ryu to complete the BLECE project after C. Viper's report about Ryu and the Satsui no Hado, starting from using Ken's wife Eliza as a bait to lure them. She helps Chun-Li get rid of most of the guards while Ken rescues Eliza, whereas Ryu fights Seth. At the end, she tells Ken that even though she wanted to stick around until Ryu got better, she's leaving because of the prices for plane tickets have gone down and she couldn't miss the chance to get them since she has to go back to Japan for schoolwork. She also tells him that she gave him some chocolates Kei gave her on her trip to Hawaii.

Drama CD's[]

Street Fighter ZERO3 Drama Album[]

The story starts with Ryu fighting someone in a street fight with Sakura cheering him on. After winning, Kei asks if they can go home but Sakura wants to speak to Ryu first. R. Mika challenges him, at first, he wasn’t interested but after R. Mika attacks, he fought back and beat her using Shinku Tatsumaki. He then heads home. Sakura tries to get to Ryu but the people in the crowd obstructed her.

Sakura then bumps into R. Mika again and they introduce themselves. She tells R. Mika that she’ll be a famous street fighter one day before leaving to find Kei. She then decides to go home but finds that Kei is nowhere to be found, while Sakura’s looking for Kei, Vega who was also in the crowd hears Sakura and decides to use her to bring Ryu to M. Bison.

While going home, Sakura could hear someone’s footsteps following her and asks who’s there but there was no response. Sakura continuous to walk but can still hear an unfamiliar man follow her, she then attacks the man with a kick but the man avoids it. The man reveals himself as Vega, and tells Sakura that he has no intention of hurting her, when he mentions Ryu, Sakura asks Vega if he knows him and Vega responds by saying he knows Ryu very well. Vega continues to use Ryu to lower Sakura’s guard, telling her that Ryu wanted to pass a message onto Sakura. Vega informs her that Ryu’s training somewhere but wishes to see her as she has potential as a street fighter, he tells her to get in the car so he can take her there. At first, Sakura refused but gave in after Vega asks if she wants to see him. Once she got in the car Vega laughed and called her a foolish little girl and that she’ll be used as bait to lure Ryu out of hiding.

Sakura’s then thrown into a cell and she asks the guard where she is, the guard ignores her and walks away. Sakura then complains out loud how she’s a high school girl who’s already been thrown in prison, this led to another prisoner telling her to keep it down. He then asks Sakura if she’s Japanese and jokes about how Japanese girls have changed for them to be driven to a place like this. He asks her what she’s in prison for and Sakura says that she was kidnapped, he then responds by saying that there’s a lot of bad men in the world, Sakura then told him that she fell for the trap because she wanted to meet the person she longed for.[29]

She then asked the man what he’s in for, he laughs then says that he got into a street fight who just so happened to be a member of Shadaloo.[29] Sakura gets excited over the man being a street fighter and begins to boast how she’s a street fighter too, the man laughs once more and asks for her name, he then introduces himself as Cody.

While still stuck in the prison cell, Sakura worries about Ryu but then hears a voice in her head. It was M. Bison using his Psycho Power to speak to her, he tells Sakura that Ryu’s come to rescue her and soon he’ll be able to capture Ryu thanks to her. She tells M. Bison to stop but he laughs at her despair.[30] Sakura begins to blame herself and comes close to crying, hearing Sakura’s voice Cody gets up and offers to break her out of prison.[31]

Sakura and Cody make their escape then run into Karin who tells Sakura that Ryu’s currently fighting M. Bison. The trio try to leave the castle but Karin forgot where the exit was. As a result of this, they accidentally find the room where the Psycho Drive is located in. The three sabotage the Psycho Drive which lead to a self-destruction sequence. They eventually run into Ryu who defeated M. Bison and wanted to find the Psycho Drive to destroy it, but Sakura tells Ryu to leave before it self-destructs.

After the explosion, Cody wonders if M. Bison is gone along with the Psycho Drive, Sakura asks Karin where Ryu is which annoys Karin as Sakura didn’t say thank you for being saved. R. Mika rushes to them and is happy to see that they’re safe, meanwhile Sakura sees Ryu in the distance and calls out to him.

The Drama CD ends with Sakura wanting to fight evenly with Ryu someday, and she’ll keep chasing him until she can be as strong as he is.

Other appearances[]

Street Fighter EX series[]


Sakura is a young school girl from Japan. She is a very competitive child, and frequently encounters new hobbies or activities that she would like to become the best in the world at. But no activity captivated her quite as much as street fighting the day she happened to see Ryu fighting in a sparring match. The way that he fought, his ability to harness his inner ki and release it in the form of energy from his hands, fascinated Sakura like nothing else.

From that moment on, Sakura was determined to find Ryu and ask him to teach her. Fortunately, Sakura was naturally quite gifted at fighting, and found that she was able to reproduce some of the arts that she saw Ryu perform just by concentrating and imitating him. Her technique wasn't identical to Ryu's as she put her own spin on things, but she still hoped that Ryu could teach her how to perfect her techniques.

When she heard that a Street Fighter tournament was being held, she signed up with a moment's hesitation. Dragging her school mate around the world for a summer, she arrived at the competition, and did surprisingly well, but failed to advance far enough to meet and challenge Ryu. She did catch up with him after one of his fights, and he was flattered by her appreciation, but felt that he was not ready to take on any students.

When the second tournament was announced, Sakura was completely bummed out by the fact that it was in the middle of the school year, and she was prevented from entering by her parents. When the third tournament rolled around, and it was announced that fighters were to have partners, she was "sure" that she could convince Ryu to be her partner. Unfortunately for her, Ryu decided to partner with his long time training partner Ken.

Dismayed, she spotted another girl around her age who also seemed disappointed. Her name was Nanase, and she had hoped to fight with her older sister Hokuto, but Hokuto decided to partner with her brother Kairi. Sakura felt that she found a terrific partner and Nanase agreed. However, once it came time to develop a strategy, they bickered quite a lot amongst themselves, and never really came to an agreement about how best to proceed. As a result, they were quickly knocked out in the first round. Angry at one another for the loss, they decided to never speak to each other again.


Street Fighter EX Plus α[]

"And that's how justice prevailed! What...?" "Huh, you just came back from Thailand, Sakura? Don't tell me... You expect me to swallow that story like that time you told me about the old guy in the pink undergarments." Sakura ignored her friend Kei's concern and returned to the battle arena. "Street fighting and myself. We can't be apart."

Street Fighter EX3[]

Dear Mom and Dad
I hope you are both doing well. I am so sorry that I ran away without a single word. I miss you both dearly. But I had to do what I felt in my heart... I have found the person that I want to be with, and he showed me how much I love street fighting. I know that I may seem like a selfish girl, but don't worry about me! I'm doing fine and I always will! One day, I hope you will understand.
Love always,

Street Fighter EX3 (in team with Ryu)[]

(Ryu knocked down Sakura.)
SAKURA: Ouch... I thought I could win this time.
(Sakura raised herself up with his help.)
RYU: You can be a good fighter... I'm sure.
SAKURA: Will you have another fight with me someday?
(She shakes hands with him strongly.)
RYU: Sure, why not?


As part of a Minecraft collaboration, Sakura appears along with most of the Street Fighter V cast in the World Warrior skin pack.[32][33]


Sakura, along with Blanka, appeared as skins in Fortnite Battle Royale. She has a built-in emote based on her Street Fighter Alpha 2 round win dance, and also includes a style based on her Street Fighter IV alternate costume.


Fighting style[]

Sakura fights using an emulated (and thus comparatively weaker) version of Ryu's fighting style; her applications of the moves lead to a unique approach to the "Shotokan" fighting style, with a different gameplay style from that of Ryu's.


Sakura's moveset contains many "unorthodox" variants of existing 'Shotokan' moves, including a 'running' Shoryuken, a jumping Tatsumaki, and a less-powerful Hadoken that she can charge, though at the cost of distance. In Capcom vs. SNK 2, her Hadoken is non-projectiles, appearing as an energy burst from her hands.

Her moves and combos have high potential to stun opponents and also provide many an opportunity for mix-ups. However, her somewhat low stamina and her lack of other available approaches (particularly her weak projectile) require a certain amount of finesse, leaving little room for error; this ultimately makes Sakura a high-risk, high-reward character. Sakura's combo-heavy playstyle, when supplemented by her normals and special, make her a devastating fighter once she gets an opening.

In Street Fighter V, she retains most of her moves in Street Fighter IV and has new moves to her arsenal such as Oukakyaku, Kashinfu and Tengyo Hadoken. Her playstyle is similar to Ken Masters when she executes her Midare Zakura and her Shunpukyaku as part of her EX specials. Her V-Skill is Haru Kaze where Sakura leaps forward at the opponent, and once in the air has three different follow up options. Hitting punch will perform her Sakura Otoshi which can be pressed up to three times to continue the combo by using her two new moves.

She has two V-Triggers, the first is Haru Arashi which is similar to Ryu's Denjin Renki as her two Hadokens now gained electricity or utilizing it to make it as a combo. Her second is Sakura Senpu where both arms and feet are embedded with electricity to amplified her special attacks to make increase damage to her opponent.


She can successfully manipulate ki, and is subsequently able to perform the Hadoken energy attack; however, due to her lack of training, she cannot throw it the full length of the arena like Ken or Ryu can. Unlike Ryu and other fighters from the same style, however, she can control the size of her Hadoken and throw larger Hadoken projectiles that sacrifice range and execution speed for size and power (up to 3 times larger). In the Marvel vs. Capcom series, she throws her Hadokens diagonally upwards, though her "Hiyakeshita" (literally "Sunburned") version still throws them horizontally. In Capcom vs. SNK, she is given an energy spark instead of a traditional projectile (called the "Hadoushou") that hits 3 times, but is limited to the area in front of her hands (though her EX version lets her use her special version of the Hadoken).

Her other attacks include "Shunpukyaku", a short version of the "Tatsumaki Senpukyaku" attack that, instead of sailing through the air, rises and falls in an arcing pattern and traditionally only goes about 60% of the screen at its longest range; and "Shouoken", a version of the "Shoryuken". She performs it by running and throwing body blows ending the combination with an uppercut. In the Sakura Ganbaru! manga, Ken points out that even though Sakura knows these techniques (alongside the Hadoken), she can't use them to their full extent like he and Ryu can due to her being new to using these moves, and Sakura herself points out that when trying to do the Shoryuken, she has a habit of taking one step forward before unleashing the uppercut. Furthermore, in the Marvel vs. Capcom series, her Shunpukyaku still moves in an arc, but this time it's that of a quarter-circle forward in the direction she's facing, similar to Guy's Bushin Senpukyaku.

Her Super Combos include her own interpretations of the Shinku Hadoken (which, like her regular projectile, will not cover the full length of the screen) and Shoryureppa ("Midare Zakura"). Her third Super Combo is a ground-based spinning leg attack (called the "Haru Ichiban", literally translated as "first one of the spring") that ends with a side kick that knocks her opponent away.

Her emulation of the Ansatsuken arts has enabled her to use a type of Shun Goku Satsu (or Raging Demon) that is not powered by the Satsui no Hado. As seen in the Street Fighter EX series, she is able to do this in her normal form. In Rival Schools, this is done in the form of an obscured beatdown of the opponent. In the Marvel vs. Capcom series, through her sunburned form, it is the closest imitation that matches Akuma's, although it has no canonical reference on the Street Fighter series.

In Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix, Sakura retains most of her moves but she gains a yellow umbrella when she executes her Shouoken or her Midare Zakura Mighty Combo. Two of her special attacks has her comically beat and later use a motor scooter to hurt the opponent.

She also has four disguises to serve as her special attacks (Eg. a tennis player, a soccer outfit, a Playboy bunny girl and her blue one-piece suit while wielding a baseball bat or a long towel to slip her opponents). Her other Mighty Combo has her in a disguised Playboy bunny girl calling two muscular men to drag her opponent to beat them down, the opponents can be seen being brutally beaten or being crazy in love (when her opponents are females).

In her appearance in Street Fighter EX3, she gains two unique Meteor Combos: first is the "Nekketsu Hadoken", in which she fires a massive, pink Hadoken, which is several times her size, exceptionally fast, and does more damage than any other projectile attack in the game; the second is "Genki Ichiban", which can deal about 80% damage to an opponent but is widely telegraphed (she tiptoes toward her opponent and points & laughs; the pointing is unblockable and causes a great deal of knockback).

In Street Fighter V, her Critical Art is the Sakura Rain where she shoots Hadoken to knock her opponent. As she strikes her pose, she hits her opponent with a powerful Shunpukyaku and heavily punch to the opponent's groin followed by an uppercut to knock them down. Her punch and uppercut to her opponent nearly resembles a slower version of Ryu's Metsu Shoryuken.



See: Sakura/Quotes

Pop Culture[]

Sakura/Pop Culture





Stage Themes[]



  • Sakura is one of two fighters who learned their fighting styles from two of the main characters in the Street Fighter series, Ryu and Ken. The other is Sean.
  • Sakura is notable for having these distinctions in the series.
    • She remains the first Street Fighter character with a vocal theme song and the only character whose theme song is sung in Japanese, "I Just Want You to Know" (この思いを伝えたい Kono Omoi o Tsutaetai?), sung by Yuko Sasamoto (same voice actress from the games). It is first found in the arrange soundtrack of Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo. The song is an arrangement of her theme song first heard in Street Fighter Alpha 2, and is once again used in Super Street Fighter IV.
    • Sakura is the only female to have used the Satsui no Hado (as "Sunburned Sakura", also known as "Dark Sakura"). Although it has no canonical reference to the Street Fighter series, Dark Sakura is mentioned in win quotes that Sakura has against Akuma, M. Bison, and Ryu in the Japanese versions of Street Fighter Alpha 3 ("I'm scared... But I want to move forward... Why is that, I wonder?" against Akuma, "Hngh... Despite winning, what's this sickening feeling that's stuck with me?" against M. Bison, and "This feeling of wanting to be stronger... It seems it won't be going away anytime soon!" against Ryu respectively).
      • As a result, Dark Sakura is referred to as both "this sickening feeling that's stuck with me" in Sakura's victory quote with Bison, and "this feeling of wanting to be stronger" in her victory quote against Ryu.
      • While Rogue also has the ability to briefly borrow the power to use the Satsui no Hado when fighting Akuma, she can't wield it indefinitely.
      • In Udon's Super Street Fighter comics, Sakura actually falls to the Satsui no Hado while fighting Akuma, in order to tap into the strength necessary to find Ryu, who had been kidnapped by the Secret Society.[34] This is also the second time Sakura has used the Satsui no Hado, the first being in Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter.
      • She is also the only one able to wield the Raging Demon without a personal kanji manifesting. However, petals from cherry blossom, the flower that shares her name, do drift in as the move completes. This is thought to symbolize her wide-eyed enthusiasm and innocence, and that she has not sacrificed her humanity the way Akuma did in the games.
    • Not counting Evil Ryu, Sakura is the only character introduced in the Street Fighter Alpha series to appear in the Street Fighter EX series, in this case, the console port of the first game and also the third game.
  • Sakura shares the same birthday with R. Mika.
  • In the Street Fighter manga Sakura Ganbaru! (Sakura Does Her Best!), Sakura's potential was believed to be so immense that if properly trained, she would be able to match Ryu blow for blow.
    • In the same manga, Ken also mistakes her for being either Ryu's daughter or sister (though he later finds out that this isn't the case).
    • Additionally, the quotes between Sakura and Cammy (especially in Cammy's quote) in Super Street Fighter IV could be a reference to the Sakura Ganbaru! manga, where she and Cammy formed a friendship.
    • In the GBA and PSP ports of Street Fighter Alpha 3, Maki's rival battle with Sakura references when Sakura encountered Maki while trying to find Ken during the Sakura Ganbaru! manga.
    • The way that Karin's tournament in Sakura Ganbaru! works is similar to that of the Duelist Kingdom Tournament in Season 1 of Yu-Gi-Oh!, as both tournaments involve the use of Star Chips for the contestants to keep fighting.
    • During various parts of the manga, Sakura is shown to have an unnamed state similar to her Dark Sakura form - at first, it's shown when Sakura is in a pinch during a fight (her match with Karin in Chapter 2 of the manga being an example, as it's where Sakura first uses her Midare Zakura Super Combo). However, Sakura later taps into this state constantly during Karin's tournament, whether it's against three thugs or even against Ken Masters.
      • This version of the Dark Sakura form keeps Sakura's skin and clothing color like it normally is, but the most significant change is that her eyes become rather soulless. It also increases Sakura's fighting capabilities and her intelligence (as shown against Maki, when Sakura points out that she wasn't using her legs as often as she was using her arms).
    • Sakura's downloadable track jacket outfit in Super Street Fighter IV is a reference to the final scenes of the manga, where Sakura wears the same outfit as P.E. teacher at Tamagawa-Minami High, hinting that she probably became a teacher herself in her alma mater. Sakura strongly hints of this being her desired career in her character story in SFV:AE.
  • According to Yoshinori Ono in a 2010 Dengeki Online interview, Sakura isn't really a high school girl.[35] However, in a 2016 tweet, he said that she would always remain a high school girl in the games.[36]
    • In Street Fighter IV: Aftermath, an interviewer asks Sakura if she's really a highschool girl only for Sakura to avoid the question before leaving.
    • Street Fighter V director Takayuki Nakayama, would go onto say that her uniform is simply "combat uniform" and that she isn't a high school student even before her playable appearance in Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition,[37] where she currently is in university studying to be a teacher,[24] and also works part-time at an arcade.[23]
      • Both her school uniform being combat gear along with aiming to be a teacher originates from Sakura Ganbaru!.
  • Sakura's win quote towards Evil Ryu in the Arcade Edition of Super Street Fighter IV is a reference to the animated movie, Street Fighter IV: The Ties That Bind, when he almost kills her for getting in his way from killing an S.I.N. agent.
  • While recent characters in the Street Fighter universe does not have their birth year officially confirmed, in 1996 her birth year was 197X.[16] It was then stated to be in 1981, according to the Japanese-only All About Capcom Head-to-Head Fighting Game 1987-2000 book, page 306. However, Karin's birth year is also 197X,[38] along with her being 9 years old in July 25, 198X.[39] Ryu defeating Sagat occurred in 1987 according to Street Fighter Memorial Archives Beyond the World.[40] It's believed that the practice of omitting birth years in character profiles most likely started during or before the release of Street Fighter Alpha, but Ryu and Sean's birth year was revealed in the 1997 Fanbook for Street Fighter III: New Generation.[41][42] Character ages were present even in Super Street Fighter IV where T. Hawk is 3 years older than he was in Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers.[43]
  • Street Fighter IV was the first time Michelle Ruff voiced a character in Street Fighter media that wasn't Sakura (whom she voiced in Street Fighter Alpha: The Animation and Street Fighter Alpha: Generations). As of SFIV onward, Sakura is still voiced by Brittney Lee Harvey.
  • Sakura's blood type is A in Street Fighter and O in Rival Schools. The reason for this is unknown.

See also[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Ultra Street Fighter IV Profile Archived from The original
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Street Fighter: World Warrior Encyclopedia Hardcover
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3
  4. Capcom 30th Anniversary Character Encyclopedia
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Street Fighter V Stat Card
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 All About Street Fighter ZERO3 page 146
  7. All About Street Fighter ZERO2 page 151
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Undisputed Street Fighter page 041.
  9. 9.0 9.1 How to Make CAPCOM Fighting Characters page 180.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "At that time, I didn't like the direction of "STRIKE ZERO", so I thought that it would be possible to make a clear distinction from [ST II] by putting in a "high school girl"" (当時は「ストZERO」の方向性が気に入らなくて、中途率端にするより突き抜けた"女子高生"キャラを入れることで[ストII]と明確に差別化)
  11. "I also was able to create Sakura so I was pretty satisfied overall. She was axed after I had handed her over to the team for some reason though, I went nuts. I went and sulked under my desk for a while, when my boss unexpectedly passed by and said "Hey, that's a really cool design!", and Sakura was resurrected." from ROUND 1: Akira Yasuda part 2 Archived from The original
  12. “She was a character outside the game’s narrow world view, a girl in a sailor uniform, someone who wasn’t stylish. She was interesting because she was so different-the sort of character that Alpha and the older Street Fighter games didn’t have.”
  13. Secret File, Zero 2 Tsuushin (ZERO2通信, roughly "Zero 2 Correspondence") (No. 3, 1996), page 4
  14. Undisputed Street Fighter page 243.
  15. "It is said that girls have the highest physical ability when they are 16 years old." (「女の子は16歳の時が1番身体能力が高いと言われてまし。」) from Street Fighter 15th Anniversary Strongest Reading Book 『ストリートファイター15周年最強読本』
  16. 16.0 16.1 Left page: March 15, 197X. 15 years old. (197×年3月15日 15歳)
    Right page: Even though she is 16 years old, her power is more than equal to the world's most fierce men (16歳でありながら世界の猛者共と互角以上に渡り合うそのパワーと)
    from GALS ISLAND Sweet Memory Game Art Fan Book 1996
  17. "Sakura comes naturally to me. I feel able to draw her freely, and to express myself, compared with the expectations that come with drawing Ryu or Chun-Li"
  18. "What should I do with Sakura’s costume?"
    After discussing with Ikeno, In 5 minutes I came to the conclusion that "after all, sailor suits are the rule" (laughs). So, for a female character, the work went smoothly. It's not the case that Sakura should be dressed in a suit based on the time of the series. I tried my best to reproduce the image of Sakura that the player wanted. (イケノと「さくらの衣装、どうしようか?」と話し合った結果、わずか5分で「やっぱりセーラー服で決まりだよね」と結論が出ちゃいました(笑)。なので、女性キャラクターにしてはスムーズに作業が進みましたね。時系列をふまえてスーツ姿のさくらにすればいいかというと、そうではないんですね。プレイヤーが求めるさくらのイメージを再現できるよう、頑張ってみました。) from Super Street Fighter IV: Official Complete Works
  19. "I think the design of [Strike V] by Bengus isn't a high school girl.” (Akiman)"([ストV]のベンガス君のデザインも、女子高生じゃないさく、ら」として、とても良い感じたと思います。(あきまん)`[Suto V] no ben gasu-kun no dezain mo, mesukōsei janai saku,-ra' to shite, tote mo yoi kanjita to omoimasu. (Akiman)')
  20. Nakayama: "Time has moved on and Sakura could no longer stay in her school uniform. However, time would have moved on too fast had she been a Gym teacher. Therefore, I decided to go with the idea of Sakura having a part-time job, as it fit with the storyline."
    from Street Fighter V Climax Arts + Zero to 6,
    translated by Scotia.
  21. She wanders the town in search for that person she once saw: the high school girl with the burning gaze entranced by street fights!
    Kei Chitose has gone to the neighboring town, invited to hang out by her close friend Sakura Kasugano. Said friend is going around asking strong-looking men:
    "Please, have a street fight with me!"
    Of course Kei is pretty anxious over her friend's questionable behaviour. It's not like Sakura never did strange things before, but this time Kei really doesn't get her: apparently, what got her interested in street fights was one particular street fighter - so Sakura calls him - that she once saw as she was going to school. (クラスメートで親友の、春日野さくらの誘いに付き合って、隣町までやってきた千歳ケイ。屈強そうな男を見かけては
    と声をかけるさくらの、危なっかしい行動にハラハマしっばなしだ。 さくらの奇行は今にはじまったことてはないが、今度のは本当に理解できない。なんでも、通学途中にみかけたストリートファイタ)
    from All About Street Fighter Zero 2 page 150.
  23. 23.0 23.1
  24. 24.0 24.1 "A fighting high-school student? Man, that's straight outta the comic book pages. ...Oh, you're in university now? Ah, my bad." - Rashid's win quote against Sakura.
  25. The name Plaza Capcom can be seen in the arcade's door in Blanka's character story, and Sakura's story costume is similar to the real life uniform from Plaza Capcom
  26. From the official answer of Gamest Mook Vol.81 "Street Fighter III Fan Book".
  27. Ryu: "I did something a little out of the ordinary the other day."
    Ryu: "It was a small request from the priest who lets me train here, actually."
    Ryu: "He asked if I could participate in an event in town."
    Ryu: "Oh, it was nothing all that impressive."
    Ryu: "He wanted me to help carry a portable shrine at a local festival."
    Ryu's dialogue from World Tour Mode.
  28. Ryu: "I'm sorry, but I don't take disciples." (悪いが、 弟子は取らない。)
    Ryu: "It doesn't seem like you're going to give up when I say so." (そう言ったところで諦めるつもりはなさそうだな。)
    Ryu: "Fine, then let me speak with my fists." (いいだろう、では拳で語ってみせてくれ。)
    Ryu: "I see......" (なるほど・・・・・・)
    Ryu: "Once upon a time, there was a martial artist who wanted to be my apprentice just like you." (かつて、君と同じように俺に弟子入りを望んだ格闘家がいた。)
    Ryu: "At the time, she still seemed like a child. Before I knew it, she had grown up and ・・・・・・" (その時、まだ子供だと思えた彼女はいつの間にか成長して・・・・・・)
    Ryu's dialogue in World Tour Mode.
  29. 29.0 29.1 Cody: "Hey newguy! You're too loud!" (オイ新人! ちょっとうるさいんだよ!)
    Sakura: "Who's there?" (だれ?)
    Cody: "I'm your neighbour. Are you Japanese?" (隣の住人だなあよ。お前日本人か?)
    Sakura: "Yeah...but" (そ...そだけど)
    Cody: "Japanese girls sure have changed if they get thrown into a place like this. Anyway, what are you here for?" (こんなところに打ち込まれるとはジャパニーズガールも変わったねえ。それにしても何してましたので?)
    Sakura: "I didn't do anything. I was tricked." (何もしてない。おとりにされただけ。)
    Cody: "Is that so. There's a lot of bad people out there." (そうだい。世の中には悪いやつがいっぱいだから。)
    Sakura: "I just wanted to meet, the person that i admire..." (憧れてる人の足でもどうになっただけ...)
    Cody: "I get it..." (なるほどな...)
    Sakura: "What about you? What did you do?" (あなたは? 何をしたなの?)
    Cody: "Nothing special. It's not a big deal. It just so happened that the Street Fighter opponent was a member of Shadaloo. So the Shadaloo guys threw my into prison." (別に~な。たいした事じゃない。ちょっとストリートファイタ相手がたまたまシャドルーの一員だっただけよ。牢屋にどうぞってシャドルーの連中が呼んでお言葉に甘えてだけさ。)
    rough translation from Street Fighter Zero 3 Drama CD.
  30. Sakura: "Ryu-san...i wonder what you're doing...are you ok..." (リュウさん...どうしてるんだろう...無事かな...)
    M. Bison: "He's here!" (来た!)
    Sakura: "What? I can hear a voice echoe in my head." (なに? 声が頭に響いてくる。)
    M. Bison: "He's here to help you." (お前を助けるためにやつが。)
    Sakura: "You mean Ryu-san?" (リュウさんが?)
    M. Bison: "The strongest power will soon be mine." (もうじき最強の力我がに入る。)
    Sakura: "Stop!" (やめて!)
    M. Bison: (laughs)
    Sakura: "Stop!" (やめて!)
    rough translation from Street Fighter Zero 3 Drama CD.
  31. Sakura: "But how?" (どうやって?)
    Cody: "Leave it to me. Breaking out of jail is a hobby of mine." (任せとけ俺の趣味は脱獄なのさ。)
    Sakura: "Eh?"
    Cody: "I usually go outside to walk around and fight. But in the end, I never thought it would be useful to anyone other than myself." (ケンカして打ち込ま列車を利用抜け出して外の世界を歩き回る。でもまた結局がそんなことを繰り返してきたおかげで誰かの役に立てるとは思いもしなかったぜ。)
    Sakura: "Cody..."
    Cody: "Come on! I've already made up my mind, let's go quickly!" (さあ! そう決めたらさくっと行こうぜさくっと!)
    rough translation from Street Fighter Zero 3 Drama CD.
  32. Youtube: Minecraft x World Warrior trailer
  33. Nintendo Life: Capcom Street Fighter Skin Pack Added To Minecraft As DLC
  35. Dengeki Online interview in 2010
  37. Takayuki Nakayama's Twitter
  38. The secret of Miss Karin
    On September 15, 197×, a super-large typhoon hit the Kanto region directly, and a magnitude of 5 or more was observed at Izu Moroshima Oka, Karin Kazuki, was born in this world. Her father, Daigenjuro Kanzuki, wanted a healthy boy, but he said, "I'm disappointed with the birth of a girl, but I'll raise her as a boy."
    Published in Gamest Magazine No.226 6/30
    197×年9月15日、超大型台風が関東地方を直撃し、伊豆諸 島冲でマグニチュード5以上が観測され、某プロ:野球球団が十 何年ぶりかの優勝に大手をかけたこの日、神月かりん、この世 に生を受ける。父である神月大藤十朗は健康な男子を望んでい たが、「女子の誕生に落胆。だが「かりんは男子として育てる」と 一言発し、 開き直ったという。
    ゲーメスト本誌 No.226 6/30号 掲載)
  39. Karin Kazuki (9 years old at that time) on July 25, 198x. She is given only a small amount of water and food and is thrown deep into the forest of Fuji.
    Gamest: Magazine No.227 7/15<1(198×年7月25日、神月かりん(当時9歳)。小量の水と食料 だけを渡され、富士の樹海の奥深くへ放り込まれる。
    ゲーメスト:本誌 No.227 7/15号)
  40. SFI set in 1987 & SFII set in 1991 from Street Fighter Memorial Archives Beyond the World
  41. How old are you? "Born in 1980" (彼は何歳なのですか?「1980年生まれです」) from Gamest Mook Vol. 81: Street Fighter III Fan Book. Page 89.
  42. “Street Fighter III was an event from 1997 to 200X, so let's say Ryu, born in 1964, is 33 years old.”(「ストIII が1997年から200X年にかての出来事なので、1964年生まれのリユウは33歳くらぃでしよう」 ) from an interview in Gamest Mook Vol. 81 – Street Fighter III New Generation ‘Fan Book’ page 85.
  43. T. Hawk original profile from Super Street Fighter IV.
Street Fighter series Playable Characters
Main Series
SF Logo Ken · Ryu
Street-fighter-ii-logo The World Warrior Blanka · Chun-Li · Dhalsim · E. Honda · Guile · Zangief
Champion Edition Balrog · M. Bison · Sagat · Vega
Super Cammy · Dee Jay · Fei Long · T. Hawk
Super Turbo Akuma
Ultra Violent Ken
SFAlogo Alpha Adon · Birdie · Charlie Nash · Dan · Guy · Rose · Sodom
Alpha 2 Evil Ryu · Gen · Rolento · Sakura · Shin Akuma
Alpha 3 Cody · Juli · Juni · Karin · R. Mika
Alpha 3 Upper Eagle · Maki
Alpha 3 MAX Ingrid
Street fighter iii logo New Generation Alex · Dudley · Elena · Ibuki
Necro · Oro · Sean · Yang · Yun
2nd Impact Gill · Hugo · Urien
3rd Strike Makoto · Q · Remy · Twelve
Street fighter iv logo IV Abel · C. Viper · El Fuerte · Gouken · Rufus · Seth
Super Hakan · Juri
Arcade Edition Oni
Ultra Decapre · Poison
SFV-Logo-R-3 V F.A.N.G · Laura · Necalli · Rashid
Season 2 Abigail · Ed · Kolin · Menat · Zeku
Season 3 Falke · G
Season 4 Kage · Lucia
Season 5 Akira · Eleven · Luke
Street fighter 6 logo 6 Jamie · JP · Kimberly · Lily · Manon · Marisa
Year 1 A.K.I.
Year 2 Mai (Guest) · Terry (Guest)
Street Fighter The Movie Logo Arkane · Blade · F7 · Khyber · Sawada
Street-fighter-ii--the-animated-movie Cyborg
Sfexlogo EX Allen · Blair · C. Jack · Darun · D. Dark
Hokuto · Kairi · Pullum · Skullomania
EX Plus Bloody Hokuto · Cycloid-β · Cycloid-γ · Garuda
EX2 Hayate · Nanase · Shadowgeist · Sharon
EX2 Plus Area · V. Rosso
EX3 Ace · Bison II
Marvel vs. Capcom Logo MSHvSF Cyber-Akuma · Dark Sakura · Mech-Zangief · Shadow
MvC Shadow Lady
SFO Shin
Street Fighter Alpha Characters
Alpha Adon · Akuma · Birdie · Charlie · Chun-Li · Dan · Guy
Ken · M. Bison · Rose · Ryu · Sagat · Sodom
Alpha 2 Original Dhalsim · Evil Ryu · Gen · Rolento · Sakura · Zangief
Console Shin Akuma
Gold Cammy
Alpha 3 Original Balrog · Blanka · Cody · E. Honda · Juli · Juni · Karin · R. Mika · Vega
Console Dee Jay · Fei Long · Guile · T. Hawk
Upper Eagle · Maki · Yun
MAX Ingrid
Marvel vs. Capcom Characters
X-Men vs. Street Fighter Akuma · Cammy · Charlie · Chun-Li · Dhalsim
Ken · M. Bison · Ryu · Zangief
Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter Cyber-Akuma · Dan · Dark Sakura
Mech-Zangief · Sakura · Shadow
Marvel vs. Capcom Captain Commando · Shadow Lady
Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Guile
Marvel vs. Capcom 3 C. Viper · Haggar
Street Fighter EX Characters
EX Original Akuma · Allen · Blair · Chun-Li · C. Jack · Darun · D. Dark · Guile
Hokuto · Kairi · Ken · Pullum · Ryu · Skullomania · Zangief
Plus Bloody Hokuto · Cycloid-β · Cycloid-γ · Evil Ryu · Garuda · M. Bison
Plus α Dhalsim · Sakura
EX2 Original Blanka · Hayate · Nanase · Shadowgeist · Sharon · Vega
Plus Area · Sagat · V. Rosso
EX3 Ace · Bison II
CPU Only Shin-Bison · Cycloids · Zako
Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix Characters
Akuma · Chun-Li · Dan · Ibuki · Ken · Ryu · Sakura · Zangief
Rival Schools Characters
Rival Schools: United by Fate Akira · Batsu · Boman · Daigo · Edge · Gan · Hayato
Hideo · Hinata · Hyo · Kyoko · Kyosuke · Natsu
Raizo · Roberto · Roy · Sakura · Shoma · Tiffany
Nekketsu Seisyun Nikki 2 Nagare · Ran
Project Justice Chairperson · Kurow · Momo · Mugen · Yurika · Zaki
SNK vs. Capcom Characters
The Match of the Millennium Akuma · Chun-Li · Dan · Evil Ryu · Guile
Ken · M. Bison · Ryu · Sakura · Zangief
Millennium Fight 2000 Balrog · Blanka · Cammy · Dhalsim · E. Honda · Sagat · Vega
Mark of the Millennium 2001 Eagle · Kyosuke · Maki · Rolento · Shin Akuma · Yun
SVC Chaos Hugo · Violent Ken
Capcom Fighting Evolution Characters
Street Fighter II Guile · M. Bison · Ryu · Zangief
Street Fighter Alpha Guy · Karin · Rose · Sakura
Street Fighter III Alex · Chun-Li · Urien · Yun
Bosses Ingrid · Shin Akuma
Street Fighter IV Characters
Original Abel · Akuma · Balrog · Blanka · Chun-Li · C. Viper · Dhalsim · E. Honda
El Fuerte · Guile · Ken · M. Bison · Rufus · Ryu · Sagat · Vega · Zangief
Console Cammy · Dan · Fei Long · Gen · Gouken · Rose · Seth · Sakura
Super Adon · Cody · Dee Jay · Dudley · Guy · Hakan · Ibuki · Juri · Makoto · T. Hawk
Arcade Edition Evil Ryu · Oni · Yang · Yun
Ultra Decapre · Elena · Hugo · Poison · Rolento
Street Fighter X Tekken Characters
Core Roster Abel · Akuma · Balrog · Cammy · Chun-Li · Dhalsim · Guile · Hugo · Ibuki · Juri
Ken · M. Bison · Poison · Rufus · Rolento · Ryu · Sagat · Vega · Zangief
Downloadable Blanka · Cody · Dudley · Elena · Guy · Sakura
Street Fighter V Characters
Original Birdie · Cammy · Chun-Li · Dhalsim · F.A.N.G · Karin · Ken · Laura
M. Bison · Nash · Necalli · R. Mika · Rashid · Ryu · Vega · Zangief
Season 1 Alex · Balrog · Guile · Ibuki · Juri · Urien
Season 2 Abigail · Akuma · Ed · Kolin · Menat · Zeku
Season 3 Blanka · Cody · Falke · G · Sagat · Sakura
Season 4 E. Honda · Gill · Kage · Lucia · Poison · Seth
Season 5 Akira · Dan · Eleven · Luke · Oro · Rose
CPU Only AS · Aprile · Decapre · Enero · Février · Juli · März · Peter
Phantom Bison · Santamu · Satsuki · Shadow · Shadow Lady · Two P