Hinata is a
light-hearted, cheery, smart girl who excels in a variety of sports and loves to
sing and dance. She's also incredibly proficient at hand-to-hand fighting and
some say she's comparable to those who compete at the national level. Hinata is
also very curious and can hardly keep still when something catches her interest.
She can be a bit of a smart-aleck at times due to her winning spirit, but
otherwise, she's a fairly typical schoolgirl. She is close friends with Sakura
and Natsu Ayuhara,
and they were all friends since childhood.
Before Batsu transferred to Taiyo High, the school was
oppressed. Hinata wanted her schoolmates to fight alongside her, but nobody had
the courage to do so... until Batsu arrived, who was on a mission to find his
missing mother. Batsu didn't want Hinata to join him at first, but she finally
convinced him that she could help him. Her efforts eventually lead to Batsu
finding his mother. Additionally, news of her cooperation with Batsu inspired
many students to take up martial arts, which pleasantly surprised her.
In Project Justice, Hinata again joins Batsu and Kyosuke
Kagami in investigating the new threat to the schools. Her fate in the Taiyo
High story is one of two outcomes. In one story, Hinata is kidnapped by Kurow
and was later saved by Pacific High School students. In the other, she leads
Taiyo's investigation in Batsu's absence and is later saved by him when attacked
Updated: June 30th, 2022
I'm sure many casual fighting
game fans might confuse Hinata with Sakura. It's
slightly odd that Capcom created such a similar-looking character to Sakura, in
the Street Fighter universe no less. However, it's one of the things that
makes Rival Schools special. All characters in the game deserve a chance
in the spotlight, even if their initial appearance doesn't catch the eye at
first. Hinata and Sakura even share some similar moves, but Hinata has quite a few unique mannerisms
of her own. She's clearly less of a fighter than Sakura and has a silly and
quirky personality. On that note, it's her personality that stands out the most!
Overall, I'd say Hinata is good "support"
character in the Rival Schools series... a good addition to any team... but as a "stand alone" design,
she's outshined by many others in the series. On one final note, Capcom could've
given Hinata a different hair color to differentiate her from Sakura. Red hair
would've worked, I think.
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