Wiki: Karin Kanzuki

"To defeat an opponent is to get to know them intimately..."


Article by: Paul Watkins (watkinzez)
Pictured from: Street Fighter Alpha 3
Created by: Capcom
First appearance: 1998


Even when born into a rich family that can attend to one's every whim, Karin Kanzuki's desire is not exclusively material. Her rival is Sakura Kasugano, and her training in street fighting is simply to outperform her. Unlike her rival's Ansatsuken style, the Japanese schoolgirl makes use of her family's Kanzukiryu kakutoujutsu martial art. The motto of her house is 'All you need is victory'; winning is her game.

Karin is very much a hand-to-hand combatant. Her Kourenken palm attack can be combined with a number of finishers to different outcomes: the Hou Shou single palm strike, Ressen Chou double elbow, hop or slide kicks, or a reversal against the opponent. One must get the hang of these combos to be effective with Karin.

When initially defeated by Sakura, Karin vows revenge and searches for the next fight that she means to win. Using her family's influence she tracks down the roving Sakura and does eventually emerge the victor, yet only by a passing chance. Karin realizes the victory's importance is irrelevant when compared to the fight, where the true significance is.

Selected game appearances


PlayStation 2

  • Capcom Fighting Evolution (2004)



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