The Tatsumaki Zankukyaku (竜巻斬空脚 Tatsumaki Zankuukyaku?, "Tornado Slashing Air Leg"), also known as the Hurricane Scythe Kick, is a version of the Tatsumaki in the Street Fighter series. It is utilized by Akuma and Oni.
Like quite a few of Akuma's attacks, it has the properties of Ryu and Ken's Tatsumaki Senpukyaku. It hits multiple times like Ken's version, but is as strong as Ryu's version and faster, albeit harder to control. The EX Special version has Akuma spin in place, also similar to Ryu's.
In some games, particularly the Marvel vs. Capcom series, the attack takes on lightning-elemental properties. In Marvel vs. Capcom 3, an airborne Tatsumaki Zankukyaku doesn't knock down the opponent; in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, the ground version also loses this property, but can still hit opponents into the air.
In Street Fighter V, Akuma's Light and Medium versions travel horizontally as before. However, the Heavy version rises up at an angle before Akuma kicks his opponent back down for the final hit. The EX version is the same (where Akuma performs a stationary Tatsumaki Zankukyaku).
The midair Tatsumaki Zankukyaku is one of Akuma's main cross-up tools. A common tactic is to follow up a Light Tatsumaki Zankukyaku juggle with a Heavy Goshoryuken, especially in the corner. Later games made the timing of this combo more strict.
Street Fighter III
|Akuma's Move List|
|Unique Attacks||Zugaihasatsu • Senpukyaku • Tenmakujinkyaku • Kikokurenzan • Kikokurentotsu • Kongoken • Sekiseiken • Tenha|
|V-Skills||Rakan • Kiai|
|V-Shift Break||Rasen Shuto Uchi|
|V-Triggers||Dohatsu Shoten •Shiretsu Hasshi|
|Special Attacks||Gohadoken • Zanku Hadoken • Shakunetsu Hadoken • Goshoryuken • Tatsumaki Zankukyaku • Ashura Senku • Hyakkishu • Zenpou Tenshin • Goshoryu Counter • Tenmakujinkyaku|
|Super Combos||Shun Goku Satsu • Messatsu Gohado • Tenma Gozanku • Messatsu Goshoryu • Shun Goku Satsu (SFTM version)|
|Super Arts||Messatsu Gohado • Tenma Gozanku • Messatsu Goshoryu |
Messatsu Gorasen • Shun Goku Satsu • Kongou Kokuretsuzan • Misogi
|Ultra Combos||Wrath of the Raging Demon • Demon Armageddon|
|Critical Arts||Sekia Kuretsuha • Shun Goku Satsu|
|Hyper Combos||Messatsu Gohado • Tenma Gozanku • Messatsu Goshoryu • Messatsu Gorasen • Shun Goku Satsu|
|Mighty Combos||Messatsu Gohado • Tenma Gozanku • Messatsu Goshoryu • Shun Goku Satsu|
|Exceeds||Shun Goku Satsu|
|Oni's Move List|
|Unique Attacks||Gankauchi • Mizo Ochi Ogachi|
|Special Attacks||Gohadoken • Gorai Hadoken • Zanku Hadosho • Goshoryuken • Tatsumaki Zankukyaku • Sekisei Jiraiken • Rakan Dantojin • Kyoseijin|
|Super Combos||Shun Goku Satsu|
|Ultra Combos||Meido Gohado • Tenchi Sokaigen|