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
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.
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.
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
Updated: Apr. 19th, 2023
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
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.
Style / Moveset