Reiji Oyama


Reiji Oyama is a reoccurring character in the Power Instinct series. His design can be described as somewhat of a parody of Ryu from Street Fighter II. (In fact, Reiji's 2D sprite in the first Power Instinct seemed liked it was almost "traced" from Ryu's original Street Fighter II sprite.) In some manga adaptations of Power Instinct, he is depicted as the protagonist of the story. In the first game, the 1P cursor hovered over Reiji at the start of the selection screen. Because of this, he was wrongly considered to be the main protagonist of Power Instinct (the real protaginists being Oume and Otane.

Reiji is the typical serious karate practitioner. In the first Power Instinct, Reiji's goal is to be as strong as his father was. Knowing about the lineage of martial arts of the Goketsuji family, Reiji is sure that he will find many worthy opponents and by facing them he will start his way to becoming a true warrior.

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Power Instinct


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Power Instinct 2, Power Instinct: Matrimelee, Power Instinct: Bonnou Kaihou

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Page Updated:  Sept. 12th, 2022

"HEY RYU. . . Let me borrow your homework. I'll change it up a little bit so it doesn't look the same." -Reiji ^___^ Look at this guy. How could you hate a shoto in a fighting game? Reiji's 2D sprite is such a beautifully terrible blatant rip-off of the iconic Ryu. Osu!

Funny as he is, Reiji might be one of the most entertaining "Ryu wannabes" out there just based on looks alone. I don't know what it is. He reminds me of Kairi, although Reiji did come first in the fighting game realm! Makes you wonder if Capcom used Reiji as inspiration for Kairi? Back-atcha!? Either way, this character is a cheap knock-off but also has enough personality to make care somehow. Y'know... I'll main him in Power Instinct. I love shotos!

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Reiji Oyama Animations