Aoi Umenokoji




Aoi is a student from Japan who's fighting style is Aiki Ju-Jutsu. She joined the tournament to test herself, like her childhood friend Akira. She enjoys Japanese paper fan dancing and her hobby is ikebana. She is the eldest child of a dojo owner in Kyoto. Her father and Akira Yuki's father are old friends and as children, she and Akira would spar against each other. After seeing him compete in the tournament, she resolves to enter it herself and prove her fighting ability. In Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution, she gets a new rival (or possible secondary love interest) in Italian kickboxer Brad Burns.
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Virtua Fighter 3

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Virtua Fighter 4, Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution, Virtua Fighter 5, Virtua Fighter 5 R, Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown, Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown


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Page Updated:  Mar. 2nd, 2024

It seems like we've seen this design a few times already in the fighting game universe... as Aoi closely resembles Kasumi and Hokuto. Her outfit and style of fighting are based in traditional Japanese martial arts, so it's excusable in a way. Even though Aoi doesn't "look" completely original, her simple and traditional design fits into the VF series pretty well.

I'd say Aoi looked a wee bit awkward in her original VF3 appearance, mainly due to her stupidly-designed polygonal hair... lol. Thankfully, her later designs in VF4 & VF5 were fleshed out nicely. Her cool defense-based moveset was also updated nicely in VF4 & VF5, and balances out the roster. On the other hand, she's a "typical" Virtua Fighter character and doesn't have much personality going on.

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