Eiji Kisaragi

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Eiji is a ninja from the feared and respected Kisaragi clan. Sworn to be the strongest under the heavens, he made it his goal to defeat the one school his clan had not yet surpassed: Kyokugenryu Karate. Using the Kisaragi style carried down for hundreds of years, his school is a sworn enemy of Ryo's, and with a whole team of Kyokugen fighters entering, he joins the KOF tournament to defeat them in 1995. Eiji was summoned by Billy Kane to enter a team with Iori Yagami and him. Although he seemed surprised to see his teammates for the first time, he agreed since it was a chance to continue his agenda against the Kyokugenryu practitioners. However, his team mate Iori nearly kills him when the team fails to reach the finals. Afterwards, Eiji retired from the KOF tournament for several years.

In The King of Fighters XI, Eiji comes out of retirement as member of the Anti Kyokugenryu team. In their team's backstory, it is explained that he was extensively training in the mountains since his defeat in 1995. Summoned by Malin, he seemed intent on taking his revenge on Takuma and is surprised to hear the master of the style hospitalized. He instead shifts his target to Ryo, who is deemed to be the most proficient practitioner in the tournament by both him and his teammate, Kasumi.

It is said that Zantetsu is Eiji's great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather. As a descendant of Zantetsu, he also wields the Nagare and Kage twin ninja daggers and uses them sparingly.
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Art of Fighting 2

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 King of Fighters '98, King of Fighters '98: Ultimate Match, King of Fighters XI, Card Fighters Clash, Card Fighters Clash 2, Card Fighters Clash DS

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Page Updated:  July 2nd, 2020

Ninjas are indubitably cool by default and all, but Eiji is a generic ninja design in my book. He seemed to have been thrown into the Art of Fighting series just because the series needed a ninja.... Then he crossed over the KOF series (which also needed a ninja) and was kinda cool in KOF, but overall, he ended up being a sleeper character and was outshined by many. Not much about his fighting style really says "original"... and you know I'm big on originality. Also worth mentioning, Eiji's animation in KOF is also pretty lacking. Lastly, his mullet haircut is also questionable. >.> Meh. 

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