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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.

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. 26th, 2020

While Makoto might seem like a generic design at first glance (or just another "shoto" character), she actually brings a very 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 amazing, and like any good fighting game character, she lets her fists and feet do the talking... although, she actually talks quite a bit for a SF character and has some epic taunts. ;) 

Overall, she's a solid addition to SFIII, yet only slightly lacking in the originality department as far as appearance goes. Her return in SSF4 was unexpected but was done well for the most part. I still think she looks way cooler in 2D form, but I do love her alternate "schoolgirl" outfit in SSF4... I guess someone finally gave her some fashion tips. :)

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