Oh, Kenny Omega. There were so many people I could write about for my last guest article here on Super Hero Junky. I’ve been trying to figure out who for months. I knew that based on the overall response I’ve gotten on my previous articles, I would need to focus on someone big, someone who spoke Street Fighter, and someone who needed a little chastising.
Angie Overkill was a good choice, but she didn’t have anything to really pick on. How about Matthew Patrick of Game Theory, someone who I say on a regular basis needs to focus on Street Fighter more? Another good choice, but based on the responses of people around him, he wouldn’t even read this.
So, I continued to look for one more celebrity to nitpick, for one more celebrity to show the Capcom light to. Then I found you.
KENNY OMEGA. YOU’RE UP.
You were Cody in his character trailer, man. You obviously knew and loved Final Fight, which is great. Plus, you even said you picked him up back in Super Street Fighter 4.
COME ON, MAN!!!
Ok, I get it. Everyone knows who Ryu, Ken, and Akuma are. Those are the big three regarding Street Fighter. But you know who else comes in threes? The Final Fight three, Cody, Guy, and Haggar, all but Haggar actually showing up in Street Fighter but all canon to the Street Fighter series nonetheless! Now, granted, if you did want to go as Cody, your stuff likely wouldn’t have shown up anyway considering your custom made Akuma gear didn’t show up on time either.
That’s not really a good excuse, though. You had some time to plan this out.
So, you went with the obvious for your entrance. That’s strike one. You didn’t time your costume shopping correctly. That’s strike two. You fought a nine-year-old girl in the ring in Japan! That’s…
Actually, there was nothing wrong with that. That match was gold.
But you still have those other issues that can not go unnoticed, and you must be called out for them. Kenny, you’re a Street Fighter fan. If you truly love the game, you need to branch out from the characters that everyone knows, and start showing people that STREET FIGHTER IS MORE THAN II.
How? It’s a lot easier than you’d think. In fact, there’s a character that’s perfect for you to show off. Why? ‘Cause the character wears the omega symbol already!
The thing is I know why he wasn’t popular: people think of him as an Iori Yagami from King of Fighters ripoff – identical look, same brooding attitude, shoehorned-in rival of the main protagonist. Remy really had no reason to be there, and has no real beef with Alex (who, in turn, thinks Remy needs a therapist).
Ok, so maybe Remy isn’t right for you. Well, there is one final character I’ve been wanting to put in one of these articles, and since this is my last one for this series, why not?
He’s probably the most talked about character right now. Street Fighter V may have its critics, but Capcom more than redeemed themselves with this amazing character. In fact, in Street Fighter’s most recent editions, Street Fighter IV and Street Fighter V, Capcom hit the mark with two really great original characters: G and Juri (with Crimson Viper close behind).
What makes G so special, though, is quite simply everything. His flamboyant design, his eccentric personality, his overall mystery and the potential he can bring to Street Fighter’s lore makes him one of Street Fighter’s greatest characters.
(Steven Mane is a voice actor and Street Fighter fanatic who writes Street Fighter lore theories in his spare time. Check out all of his theories at Mane Street and make sure you follow him on Twitter at @StevenManeVox).