Even when born into a rich family that can attend to one's every whim, Karin'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 realises the victory's importance is irrelevant when compared to the fight, where the true significance is.
"To defeat an opponent is to get to know them intimately..."
Selected game appearances
- Street Fighter Alpha 3 (1998)
- Capcom Fighting Evolution (2004)