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Kage is described as "the Embodiment of the Satsui". The Satsui no Hado is a dark force tied to the more sinister aspects of the human soul, including the hunger to survive, destroy, and conquer. Those who learn to control it become nearly unstoppable, but at the cost of their humanity. Akuma is one of these beings. In the past, Ryu was constantly struggling with keeping the Satsui no Hado at bay. If he was hypothetically unable to control it, Evil Ryu would manifest and bring a dark obsession to the otherwise peaceful Ryu.

However, after the events of Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, Ryu was able to overcome the Satsui no Hado’s temptation to ensure Evil Ryu would never see the light. However, the Satsui no Hado living within Ryu became sentient and would rise as the entity known as Kage, meaning “shadow” in Japanese. Kage lives to prove Ryu is nothing without him and seeks to challenge Akuma and Sagat, two of Ryu’s most notorious rivals. Will Ryu succumb to Kage’s schemes?


Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition

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Street Fighter V: Champion Edition

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Page Updated:  June 6th, 2022

Remember that awkward period during the lifecycle of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures toy line in the 90's (or any popular line) when they started "milking" the popularity of series by selling bizarre / cheap rehash characters like "Scuba Dive Raphael" and "Chef Leonardo"? That's about where SFV's lifecycle was when Capcom announced Kage... lol.

Kage looks like an overpowered MUGEN character. This is what happens when Capcom devs are out of ideas and watch too many MUGEN videos. Kage is no Evil Ryu. "Kage" Ryu gets kicked out of hardcore German goth clubs and sent down the street to the rainbow ravers club where them glowlight-wearin' furries & anime kids hang out. Kage? More like Kah-Gay. This character doesn't look "evil" at all. His moveset is like a mix between Oni's and Evil Ryu's from SF4, but those monkey-like animations and sloppy yellow belt-level kicks don't impress me. Btw, Lucky Chloe wants her cat-ear headphones back. Kah-gay's tryin' to look kawaii with those extra long red ribbons too. ^o^ Also, Kage seems like a character designed to induce eSports hype. Him being shirtless makes a nice "plain canvas" for Capcom to place their now infamous "sponsor ads" on... and... they could even sell those cheap light-up devil/cat horns at tournaments so members of the crowd can wear them and be seen clearly on stream. I see what you're up to, eSports era Capcom. Shenanigans.

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