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Akira Yuki
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Akira in Virtua Fighter 5
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Country Flag of Japan Japan
Fighting Style Bajiquan (Hakkyoku-ken)
Birthday September 23, 1968
Blood Type O
Height 176cm (VF1)
180cm (VF2-onwards)
Weight 76kg (VF1)
79kg (VF2-onwards)
B/W/H 113cm/90cm/94cm (VF1)
115cm/90cm/94cm (VF2-onwards)
Job Kung-Fu teacher
Hobby Kung-Fu
Rival(s) Kage-Maru
Debut Virtua Fighter
Voice Actor Takenobu Mitsuyoshi (VF1)
Shinichiro Miki (since VF2)

Akira Yuki (結城 晶, Yūki Akira) (born September 23, 1968)[1] is a fictional character and mascot of the Sega video game series Virtua Fighter. His fighting style is Bajiquan, a Chinese martial art (pronounced "Hakkyoku-ken" in Japanese).

Living by the motto, "None shall harm me, and I shall harm no others", Akira is a young man who sets out on a journey in the hopes of becoming the ultimate martial artist. In order to further test his fighting skills, he enters the World Fighting Tournament, a martial arts contest that draws in many fighters from around the world, each with their own unique abilities. Rather than just pursuing victories and worthy opponents, Akira seeks to master his Bajiquan techniques and to understand what "true fighting" is about. 

Akira can be very passionate when it comes to fighting, often telling his opponents to fight with everything they have and always expressing his enthusiasm for a bout. Throughout the series, Akira has met many combatants, making friendships with fighters such as Pai Chan, Wolf Hawkfield, the Bryant siblings Jacky and Sarah, as well as childhood friend of Aoi Umenokoji. He's also had fierce rivalries with fighters such as Goh Hinogami, Jean Kujo, and especially Kage-Maru

Akira is the official winner of the Second World Fighting Tournament (Virtua Fighter 2).

StoryEdit

Virtua Fighter Edit

Bajiquan is one of the foremost Chinese martial arts. During the Second World War, the Japanese army developed their own techniques to improve their infantry's fighting ability. Akira Yuki is the grandson of the man who developed these techniques. Akira serves as the assistant instructor at Yuki Budokan (his family's dojo), and is known to be hot-blooded and impulsive by nature. He also can be naive and intemperate. After completing his training under his grandfather's tutelage at the age of 23, he went on a quest to test his abilities. Two years later, when he got word of the 1st World Fighting Tournament, he decided to enter and test his abilities.

Virtua Fighter 2 Edit

Akira is the only person to whom the ultimate martial art of Bajiquan is handed down. Realizing that the last time he lacked experience; Akira is now testing the results of last year's training and practice. During the last Tournament, Akira was a bit too "enthusiastic" and his attitude was met with much disapproval. He was defeated and humiliated by Kage, and now he bears a grudge against him.

Virtua Fighter 3 Edit

Realizing that he lacked experience from his failure to win the First World Fighting Tournament, Akira went through rigorous training to prepare himself for the Second World Fighting Tournament. Akira returned home, with the second tournament trophy. Yet as he was about to proclaim his victory, his grandfather told him, "Don't flatter yourself. You haven't mastered anything yet." In order to answer the question, "What is true strength?," Akira resolved to fight in the tournament once more. On the Third World Fighting Tournament, Akira’s main intentions were to show his grandfather and himself "true strength".

Virtua Fighter 4 Edit

After Akira failed to win the tournament, he went back to Japan and told his grandfather about the disappointing results. With further encouragement from his grandfather, Akira decides to continue his training in the mountains. This time, Akira trained harder than ever, while trying to understand exactly what "true power" really is. However while training, Akira received an invitation for the 4th world tournament. Akira decides to join the tournament to test out the new skills he had learned and try to find the "real" power within him.

Virtua Fighter 5 Edit

After losing to Kage-Maru in the Fourth World Fighting Tournament, Akira returned to the mountains to train harder than ever before. He began to doubt his previous training and could not understand how he had been defeated. One day he caught sight of a leaf floating downstream and he held his breath as it spun easily around a boulder, avoiding it neatly, and continuing on in the flow. He suddenly understood that he had been resisting the flow and he resumed his training with renewed confidence. Soon after, he decided to join the Fifth World Fighting Tournament.

"Now I should be able to hold my own and more against him."

Virtua Fighter Kids Edit

In Virtua Fighter Kids, Akira is depicted as a young boy (6 to 8 years old) and he lives at the dojo that he works in, Yuki Budokan. In his FMV movie he fights a giant warrior that wants to desecrate the dojo, which results in a large hole in the dojo wall. Determined to fix up the mess before his parents return home, he hammers it up but accidentally stubs his thumb.

Character RelationshipsEdit

  • Sees Kage-Maru as a rival when he was defeated by him in the first and fourth tournament.
  • Rival and Friend of Wolf Hawkfield. Defeated him in the first and second tournament.
  • Childhood friend of Aoi Umenokoji.
  • Partnered with Jacky Bryant in Sonic and SEGA All-Stars Racing.
  • Possible rival of Goh Hinogami and/or Jean Kujo (both whom work for J6).
  • Partnered with Pai Chan in Project X Zone.
  • Defeated Dural in the second tournament.

Other Appearances Edit

Fighters MegamixEdit

Akira appeared with the entire Virtua Fighter 2 cast in the Sega Saturn game Fighters Megamix. Along with Kids' Sarah, Kids' Akira is an unlockable playable character.

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars RacingEdit

Akira, along with Jacky Bryant, appeared together as a playable racer in Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing. Jacky drives the OutRun-inspired "Red Lightning" while Akira is his passenger.

Dead or Alive 5Edit

Akira appears in the fighting game, Dead or Alive 5 with Sarah Bryant and Pai Chan as part of a partnership with Sega and the game's developers, Tecmo Koei & Team Ninja.

Project X ZoneEdit

Akira appears with Pai in the crossover game, Project X Zone, a Nintendo 3DS RPG featuring characters from Capcom, Namco Bandai, and SEGA.

Dengeki Bunko Fighting ClimaxEdit

In arcade version of the 2D crossover fighting game, Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax, Akira appears as a boss along with Pai Chan as his assist character. Apparently, the boss version of Akira in arcade turns out to be a malevolent entity from Zetsumu, who takes a forms of other Dengeki Bunko fighters then Akira's, with the real Akira is playable in console version of the game along with the real Pai, as well as followed by Selvaria Bles and her assist, Alicia Melchiotte from other Sega game's Valkyria Chronicles. In console version, he can be unlocked when player finish the stage without Climax Art to fight him in Arcade Mode, though he cannot be selected in both Arcade and Dream Duel.

In this game's, Akira is likely one of the few Shoto type characters in the game, although Akira's appearance look like Capcom's original Shoto character from Street Fighter, Ryu. One of his moves associates from his series and Dead or Alive 5 (and its updates), except, some of their damage properties are different between both fighting game areas. Akira is an unique character to play, unlike in 3d fighting game area, he's a friendly character to use, one of two characters (other being Rentaro) to have a command move, can perform air solo combo without assist or EX moves (like Kirino and Rentaro etc.), has a various different special moves like Dante in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (& its Ultimate update) (save for aerial version of Renkantai), even has a two EX only moves like Shura Haoh Koukazan and Youhou. Being a character who doesn't have a projectile type moves (safe for Hougeki Unshin Soukoshou) is rarely focused on short-ranged ground attack punishes, in akin to his playstyle combo in 3D fighting game area. Most of his moves' damage properties are mostly strikes and knockdowns opponents. His play traits is similar to Akatsuki in Under Night In-Birth: Exe Late, such as being a Shoto character who only has a step dash. On a side note, his Air B, Kaiko capture combo to Teishitsu Dantai then Shura Haoh Koukazan, MAX version of Koboku, Hougeki Unshin Soukoshou Climax Art 3rd hit/Sosho's ki-blast and a new Climax Art Yuki-ryu Hakkyoku-ken Hiden Guren・Hozan are unique to this game.

Before Version 1.21 console release update, he was seemingly broken, where as Mouko Kouhazan and Jouhou Senshou were the only special moves to appear, his Air C was Renkantai before downgraded to Tankyaku/Utankyaku, Shura Haoh Koukazan first hit sprite was Mouko Kouhazan's, Teishitsu Dantai was the only Impact Skill move, and Hougeki Unshin Soukoshou didn't have invuln. startup to akin to his original 3D fighting game's damage properties and was the only Climax Art.

Other Media Edit

Virtua Fighter AnimeEdit

In the Virtua Fighter anime, unlike his video game counterpart, Akira enjoys eating lots of food and slacking off.

After being sent away from his grandfather (he won lots of tournaments, but with this, he forgot what true fighting is about, and as a result, he couldn't see the eight stars in heaven anymore), he embarks on a journey, hoping to once again see these stars. After being defeated by Kage-Maru, when Eva goes away with Sarah, he takes into consideration what his grandpa said about fighting.

In the second series, he lives with his grandfather in Japan, while he was about to have a re-match with Kage-Maru, he got attacked by the Oni-Maru Ninjas, right after Pai, Jacky and his friends came to visit him.

After defeating Dural Gold and Eva Durix, in the end of the second season he sees once again the eight stars.

Akira fights only when he sees people getting into trouble, but often gets into minor problems, such as when he accidentally touches Sarah Bryant's breasts or when he gives Pai Chan a kiss (which results in a beating). Throughout the series Akira and Pai begin to have strong feelings for each other. Akira was voiced by Shin-ichiro Miki in Japanese (the same voice actor from Virtua Fighter 2) and by Tony Schnur in English.

Quotes Edit

Virtua Fighter 5Edit

Pre-Fight

  • "Yoshi! Koi!" (OK! Bring it!)
  • "Kono toki-wo matteta-ze!" (I've been waiting for this moment!)
  • "Toki-wa kitareri. Iku-zo! Ha!" (The time has come. Let's go! Ha!)
  • "Yoshi! Iku-zo!" (OK! Let's go!)

In Battle

  • "Amai!" (Bad move!)
  • "Uchi-da-ze!" (Come get some!)

Victory

  • "Juu nen haiyan dayo!" (You're ten years too early!)
  • "Mada mada!" (I was just getting started!)
  • "Saisen shitakuba koi!" (If you want a rematch, bring it on!)
  • "Ora ora ora!!" (Come on, come on, come on!)

Item Victory

  • "Saisen-wa itsudemo ukeru!" (I'm up for a rematch anytime!) -w/ Dancing Cross Spear
  • "Motto ore-wo atsuku sasete-kure!" (You gotta fire me up more than that!) -w/ Hakkyoku Sword; Flag
  • "Yosha!" (Alright!)
  • "Ora ora ora!!"  (Come on, come on, come on!) -w/ Flag, Ball

Losing

  • "Kore ijo nani-ga tarinai-no-ka..." (What else is it that I'm missing…?)

Second Chance

  • "Shobu-da!" (Let's fight!)

Dengeki Bunko Fighting ClimaxEdit

In Battle

  • "Moko!"
  • "Byakko!"
  • "Renkantai!"
  • "Reppugen!" [Alternate Rekkatai]
  • "Shura Ha'o Kokazan!"
  • "Joho!"
  • "Kaiko!"
  • "Kobuko!"
  • "Yoho!"
  • "Tenzanko!"
  • "Teishitsu Dantai!"
  • "Tetsuzanko!" [Trump Card]
  • "Ora ora!" [Impact Break]
  • "Shin'icha!" [Throw]
  • "Sujiari!" (Right there!) [Alternate Throw]
  • "Ryu gokui ogi! Hogeki Unshin Sokosho!" (Secret Technique! Hogeki Ushin Sokosho!)
  • "Anta o miki aru! Ruketemiro! Ora ora ORAAAAA!!! UUURRAAAA!!!" (Here's your sacred sake! Too slow! Ora ora ORAAAAA!!! UUURRAAAA!!!)

Damaged

  • "Nani?!" (What?!)

Tech

  • "Naka naka yaru!" (Pretty good.)
  • "Koko kara ga goban da!" (I'm just getting started!)
  • "Yaru na." (Not bad.)
  • "Heh!"
  • "Amai zo!" (Bad move!) [Throw Tech]

Wake-Up

  • "Sugi da!" (Very good!)
  • "Mada mada!" (I was just getting started!)
  • "Koko kara da!" (I'm right here!)

Dash/Run

  • "Ima da!" (Now!)
  • "Iku zo!" (Let's go!)

Burst

  • "Soko made da!" (That's far enough!)
  • "Hakkyoku-Ken no Gokui!" (Secret of Baji-quan!)
  • "Wara nai shi!" (Don't make me laugh!)

Assist Call

  • "Maka se ta da!" (I'm counting on you!)
  • "Ima koto shochi!" (Now its the time!)

Victory

  • "Mada owari ja nae ka? Tsuka ze!" (Still not giving up yet? Get up!)
  • "Onkide kakatei ki da!" (Fight seriously!)

K.O.

  • "Tsu-... tsuyoi..." (So... strong...) [Round KO]
  • "Ore no Hakkyoku-Ken da…!!" (My poweful Baji-quan is... !!) [Last KO]
  • "Ni Juunen hayainda yo!" (Try again in 20 years!/You are 20 years too early!)

Trivia Edit

  • Akira is one of the three fighters to win a Virtua Fighter tournament. The others being Lau Chan and Kage-Maru.
  • Akira's catchphrase is "Juunen hayaindayo!" which roughly translated to "You're ten years too early." Akira has used this phrase in every game since Virtua Fighter 1 and even in an Virtua Fighter 3TB Japanese Commercial. Eileen and Pai Chan both use variations of this phrase. Akira also uses this catchphrase in his reveal trailer from Dead or Alive 5.
  • Dead or Alive creator and former Tecmo employee, Tomonobu Itagaki, has stated the character Akira Yuki being the inspiration for the Dead or Alive character Kokoro who debuted in Dead or Alive 4, released in 2005, over a decade after Akira's debut in the original Virtua Fighter. Kokoro also uses Bajiquan as her fighting discipline, but is much like Aoi Umenokoji as well on the fact that she appears innocent and demure. In the E3 2012 trailer for Dead or Alive 5, Akira challenges Kokoro to a duel, which Kokoro accepts.
  • Akira is generally known to be one of the harder characters to master in the Virtua Fighter series.
    • Although in Dead or Alive 5 and its expansion updates, made him a bit easier.

Stage themes Edit

Gallery Edit

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://virtuafighter.com/vf4/akira/


Virtua Fighter Series
Main Series Virtua Fighter (Remix) • 234 (Evolution, Final Tuned) • 5 (R, Final Showdown)
Related Games Virtua Fighter AnimationVirtua Fighter KidsVirtua Fighter CG Portrait SeriesGG PortraitFighters MegamixVirtua Fighter 10th AnniversaryVirtua Quest
Characters Akira YukiPai ChanLau ChanWolf HawkfieldJeffry McWildKage-MaruSarah BryantJacky BryantDuralSibaShun DiLion RafaleAoi UmenokojiTaka‑ArashiLei‑FeiVanessa LewisBrad BurnsGoh HinogamiEileenEl BlazeJean Kujo

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