Batsu Ichimonji



Batsu is a hot-blooded, foul-mouthed, impulsive young fighter. Nonetheless, he has a strong sense of justice and a kind heart. He is often misunderstood due to his forward and rough personality. In Rival Schools: United by Fate, Batsu is a transfer student in Taiyo High and is searching for his mother. Hinata Wakaba and Kyosuke Kagami join him on his search. Batsu eventually finds out that the person responsible is his long-lost father, Raizo Imawano. His ending in the game reveals he saves his mother and makes peace with his father.

In Project Justice, Batsu is hit with accusations that he is responsible for a new wave of attacks on local schools. The Taiyo High story illustrates two possible fates for Batsu; either he fights off the allegations with the help of Pacific High School students, or he disappears for a period of time until he returns with increased fighting power. The later version of Batsu is known as "Burning Batsu" (also playable in the game).
            batsu-tvc1.jpg (80571 bytes)            batsu-ubf.png (166503 bytes)            batsu-project.png (157983 bytes)            batsu-tvc2.jpg (81949 bytes)

Rival Schools: United By Fate

batsu-capcom-fighting-allstars-portrait-artwork.png (177107 bytes)            batsu-rs-sprite.gif (7887 bytes)            batsu-edayansketch.jpg (12067 bytes)            batsu-streetfighter-mouse-generation-art.jpg (70920 bytes)            batsu-rivalschools-artwork-by-ldawb.jpg (1047217 bytes)
batsu-mouse-render.jpg (14868 bytes)            batsu-project-x-zone-white.png (101725 bytes)            burning-batsu-rivalschools-artwork-by-ldawb.jpg (293661 bytes)            batsu-project-justice-smile-story-art.png (187390 bytes)            batsu-ruuun.png (74118 bytes)


Project Justice, Capcom Fighting All Stars, SNK Vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash, SNK Vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash 2, Card Fighters Clash DSCapcom Vs. SNK 2 (support character), Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom, Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom: Ultimate All Stars

           batsu-umvc3-card.png (77921 bytes)                                            batsu-streetfighter-x-allcapcom.jpg (38153 bytes)


Page Updated:  Apr. 20th, 2024

Capcom was the founder of competitive 2D fighting games, so when introducing a brand new fighting series outside of Street Fighter... creating a main character "similar to Ryu" was a natural and safe decision. Clearly "The Ryu" of Rival Schools, Batsu is an interesting Japanese schoolboy stereotype. On top of his solid and straight-forward "shoto-like" fighting style, his fiery personality and crazy widows peak hairline makes him an instant badass, perfect for main protagonist of Rival Schools! Also worth mentioning, Batsu's voice actor (Nobuyuki Hiyama) truly defines Batsu's personality. I don't know what the hell he's saying half the time, but whatever he says sounds f*ckin' awesome. xD

Batsu's epic return in Tatsunoko VS Capcom was well done; I'm glad he finally made a comeback... although, there are a few other Rival Schools series characters I would've rather seen make the cut (especially since Ryu was already in TVC). I'm not complaining though; it was great to see Batsu and Ryu team up for the first time ever! ;) 

Fighting  Style  /  Moveset
Personality  /  Charisma
Outfit(s)  /  Appearance
Effectiveness  in  series
Overall Score


Click Here for more Batsu artwork!