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Akira Yuki
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His fighting style is Bajiquan, a Chinese martial art (pronounced "Hakkyoku-ken" in Japanese). Canonically, he won the second World Fighting Tournament (Virtua Fighter 2). Akira strives for perfection and will drive himself relentlessly to master his techniques. He seeks worthy opponents to fight in order to find flaws in his skills to further attain mastery.

In the original Virtua Fighter, Akira serves as the assistant instructor at Yuki Budokan, and is known to be hot-blooded and impulsive by nature. He also can be naive and intemperate. After completing his training under his grandfather's tutelage at the age of 23, he went on a quest to test his abilities. When he got word of the 1st World Fighting Tournament, he decided to enter and test his abilities. Aoi Umenokouji was a childhood friend of his.

After losing to Kage-Maru in the Fourth World Fighting Tournament, Akira returned to the mountains to train harder than ever before. He began to doubt his previous training and could not understand how he had been defeated. One day he caught sight of a leaf floating downstream and he held his breath as it spun easily around a boulder, avoiding it neatly, and continuing on in the flow. He suddenly understood that he had been resisting the flow and he resumed his training with renewed confidence. Soon after, he decided to join the Fifth World Fighting Tournament.

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Virtua Fighter



Virtua Fighter Remix, Virtua Fighter 2, Virtua Fighter 3, Virtua Fighter 4, Virtua Fighter Kids, Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution, Virtua Fighter 5, Virtua Fighter 5 R, Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown, VF5: Ultimate Showdown, Fighters Megamix, Dead or Alive 5, Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate, Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax

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Page Updated:  June 27th, 2024

Of course, the first-ever 3D fighting game needed a legit and authentic martial artist as its protagonist. Akira is, and always will be, the "Ryu" of Virtua Fighter... a straight-edge, serious, Bajiquan-stylist who lets his punches and kicks do most of the talking. While we've seen similar designs before in fighting games, Akira manages to do justice in the VF series with his unique fighting style. He uses quite a few authentic techniques based on Bajiquan (and other real martial arts), which is much appreciated by us real martial artists. ;)

Akira's moveset developed nicely over the years, although he never changed very much, visually or personality-wise. No, he's most definitely not the most talkative, charismatic or exciting fighting game character around (nor does he have much of a storyline at all), but Virtua Fighter simply wouldn't be Virtua Fighter without him. As simple as his outfit is, seeing his visual evolutions over the years was awesome! It was also pretty cool seeing Akira cross over to other series such as Project X Zone and Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax.

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