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Kairi was born to the main house of the Mizukami family and was trained in the family's ancient art of hand-to-hand combat. However, Kairi lost his memories when he fought his own father to a fight to the death and for several years he has wandered the world, fighting without rhyme or reason. Only the words "you must challenge your limits" remained in his memories. Led by these words, Kairi thought that the only way to recover his memories was to follow the way of the Shura and fight, replacing his lost memories with the nature of a demon. As he continued fighting, Kairi's hair was turned from black to white and his body began to be covered in scars. Eventually Kairi fought his younger sister Hokuto on several occasions. Despite the attempts of Nanase, the youngest of siblings to stop them, this has been unavoidable fate for Kairi and Hokuto.
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Street Fighter EX

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Street Fighter EX2, Street Fighter EX3, Fighting Ex Layer

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Page Updated:  May 27th, 2019

When Kairi debuted in Street Fighter EX... he seemed like a poor man's shoto character (the blue version of him for those who don't know). However, I still thought he was a cool design and used him a lot (he has fun combos). I for one was happy to see another "martial arts" inspired character in Street Fighter... rather than some sort of kooky freak design. Kairi's original SFEX fighting style featured some cool moves. On that note, some of his moves remind me of Guy. ;)

In Street Fighter EX2, Kairi was unexpectedly but interestingly reinvented as a design and clearly "powered up". His shirtless white pants version is badass... and he turned out being one of the most powerful characters of the game. In SFEX2 he even has a Marvel Versus Series style "beam" Hadouken super move. I loved that damn move in SFEX2. lol. I think Kairi's new white-haired look succeeds his original appearance and adds depth to the character. Kairi's later appearance in Fighting EX Layer is a solid evolution to his design (although I still miss his beam-Hadouken super move).

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