The Spinning Bird Kick (スピニングバードキック Supiningu Bādo Kikku?), also known as Kaitenteki Kakukyakushu (回転的鶴脚蹴 Kaitenteki Kakukyakushū?, lit. "Rotating Target Crane Leg Kick") is one of Chun-Li's original attacks in the Street Fighter II series. It debuts along with Chun Li's other special move, the Hyakuretsukyaku, in Street Fighter II. This move also appears in Street Fighter: The Storytelling Game.
|Street Fighter II|
|Super Street Fighter II Turbo|
Several other appearances
|Street Fighter EX series||Special Attack||+|
Chun-Li jumps up, feet first in the air, and does a split (before Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, she started the move with a quick handstand to get in position; since then, she has started propelling herself from her feet). She then twirls her upside-down body and attacks, with her legs like helicopter blades. It is similar to Ryu and Ken's Tatsumaki Senpukyaku; if the opponent is standing, Chun-Li's feet will repeatedly hit the opponent in the face until the attack ends (thus some versions can easily be ducked under via how high Chun-Li is off the ground). Its controller input depends on whatever game Chun-Li was in, as shown above. A few games allow Chun-Li to perform this move in the air.
The EX Special version introduced in Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike and in Street Fighter V does not move forward, instead remaining stationary (not unlike a Shinku Tatsumaki Senpukyaku) and acting more as an anti-air reversal attack. If the opponent is standing just close enough to be hit by the move, they will be sucked in a vacuum-like effect for additional hits. In some games (such as the Super Move version in Capcom vs. SNK for EX Chun-Li), this version is often referred to as the "Spinning Hornet Kick". It also appears in both Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Infinite where Chun-Li has to hold the downward direction part of the input to "charge" the attack before unleashing the following portions of the motion.
In Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, a new followup move from this attack is added called the Hajinkyaku (覇人脚 Hajinkyaku?, Champion Leg), where upon recovering from the spinning momentum of the attack Chun-Li follows up with a back-spin kick through the air with her leading leg.
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