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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

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 this game's, Joho is the only special move he had and has an alternate version of it, Yoho and Shura Haoh Ko'kazan are an EX version for some command moves, Tetsuzanko is a Trump Card boost, Teshitsu Dantai is an Impact Skill, and Hogeki Ushin Sokosho as Climax Art. Until in console version, Akira's moves has been revamped: Rekkatai, which was Air C is now as special move and can be done in the air; his Air C is now Tankyaku, means he can now only performs 1 hit and double jump cancelled; added Byakko Soshoda, Koboku, Kaiko captured combo to Teishitsu Dantai then Hontei Goko Hazanko, dash version of Rimon Chochu/Standing B called Yakuho Chochu (same animation as Rimon Chochu/Standing B unlike in Virtua Fighter and its based games), another Impact Skill Sezanko (does not change stance direction since he's in this 2D fighting game). He is also given another Climax Arts, which is original to this game, run to the opponent, perform Kaiko to Tankyaku, then performs a barrages of rapid fire Chusui/Standing A (a combo which is seen in pre-Virtua Fighter 3 games) and ended with Yoho.

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

  • "Amai zo!" (Bad move!)
  • "Joho!"
  • "Yoho!"
  • "Teishitsu Dantai!"
  • "Shura Ha'o Kokazan!"
  • "Byakko!"
  • "Rekkatai!"
  • "Reppugen!" [Alternate Rekkatai]
  • "Kaiko!"
  • "Kobuko!"
  • "Gekiho Honko!"
  • "Soko da!" (Eat this!) [Impact Break]
  • "Yoshi kata!" (Gotcha now!) [Throw]
  • "Ryukoku ougi! Hogeki Unshin Soukoshou!" (Finishing move! Hougeki Unshin Soukoshou!)
  • "Ankaku mike aru da! Ruketemirou! Ora ora ORAAAAA!!! UUURRAAAA!!!" (Right in the face! Too slow! Ora ora ORAAAAA!!! UUURRAAAA!!!)

Damaged

  • "What?!" (What?!)

Tech

  • "Naka naka yaru!" (Pretty good.)
  • "Koko kara ga gouban da!"
  • "Yaru na." (Not bad.)
  • "Heh!"
  • "Amai zo!" (Watch it!) [Throw Tech]

Wake-Up

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

Dash/Run

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

Burst

  • "Soko made da!" (That's far enough!)

Assist Call

  • "Maka se ta da!" (I'm counting on you!)
  • "Ima!" (Do it!)

Victory

  • "Mada owari ja nae ka?" (Still not giving up yet?)

K.O.

  • "Ore no Hakkyoku-Ken da…!!" (My poweful Baji-quan is... !!)

Trivia Edit

  • Akira shares similarites (in origin, appearance, attitude and lifestyle) with Ryu from the famed Street Fighter series.
  • Ryo Hazuki, protagonist of the Shenmue series, was modeled upon Akira Yuki.
  • 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 Roster which is uncommon for Fighting game protagonists. Usually they're to be one of the easier ones to play as such as Ryu from the Street Fighter series or Liu Kang from the Mortal Kombat series. However, the Mishimas from the Tekken franchise are also considered the more difficult characters to master in that particular series.

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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