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Known as "The girl with sheer karate spirit", Makoto is a young Japanese tomboy trained in Rindoukan karate and was raised in the rural Tosa region of Japan. Although she has little fashion sense for a girl her age, she hates it when she is mistaken for a boy. When her father (Masaru) passed away, she inherits the Rindoukan dojo but she never gets any new students. Because of this, she decides to start traveling around the world to make her style famous and attract students. Around her neck, Makoto wears her father's headband that he was known for wearing while teaching Karate.

During the time of Super Street Fighter IV, Makoto's dojo has been floundering and her older brother decided to become a businessman, leaving Makoto to with the task of rebuilding the dojo. She enters S.I.N.'s tournament in order to win money to renovate it. During the tournament, she encounters and fights Fei Long, hoping that the publicity will enhance Rindoukan's reputation. Unfortunately she didn't win any money since the tournament sponsor, Seth, was killed and S.I.N. disbanded. After the tournament, she decides to rebuild her father's dojo by hand and make money the old-fashioned way.

In Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, she finds Ryu and challenges him to enhance her dojo's reputation. After her fight with Ryu, the publicity attracts a swarm of potential students to her dojo. Unfortunately, she enforces a counterproductive policy and decides to only accept students that are able to defeat her.
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Street Fighter: Anniversary Collection, Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition, Super Street Fighter 4, Super Street Fighter 4: 3D Edition, Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Card Fighters Clash, Card Fighters Clash 2, Card Fighters Clash DS

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Page Updated:  Feb. 9th, 2022

While Makoto might seem like a "generic" design at first glance (or just another "shoto" character)... she actually brings a truly unique and "more traditional" Karate-based fighting style to the Street Fighter franchise. All of Makoto's attacks are based in traditional karate and hit very hard (as they should). Her animation in SFIII: 3rd Strike is nothing short of brilliant. Like any top tier "NO BS" fighting game character, Makoto lets her fists and feet do the talking... although, she actually talks quite a bit for a Street Fighter character and has some epic taunts. In my opinion, she's one of the best "authentic" fighters in the entire Capcom universe. 

Makoto was a solid addition to SFIII, yet only slightly lacking in the originality department as far as appearance goes. However, it was great to see Capcom show how much they could do with a "traditional" Karate fighter in 1999. Makoto's return in Super SF4 was unexpected but was done well for the most part. I still think she looks best in 2D form, but I do like her alternate "schoolgirl" outfit in SSF4. Overall, Makoto's tomboy personality and badass Karate style makes her an incredibly unique (and underrated) fighting game character!

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