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To Chun-Li: “Train all you want, but you’re nothing without nature on your side.”
To Blanka: “What’s kung fu, you ask? You don’t seem capable of the necessary discipline.”
Blanka to Chun-Li:
Believe it or not, I actually don't have any problems with this quote. The two things that came to my mind after reading Blanka's quote to Chun-Li were Mulan and Avatar: The Last Airbender.
The song "I'll Make A Man Out Of You", (Other than being the single greatest Disney song of all-time) makes a few comparisons to nature while Captain Shang trains the soldiers and Mulan.
- "Tranquil as a forest, but on fire within"
- "You must be swift as the coursing river"
- "With all the force of a great typhoon"
- "with all the strength of a raging fire"
- "Mysterious as the dark side of the moon"
(Come on, admit, I got you singing the last four, huh ? )
It's a comparison to Chun-Li in so many ways: Both she and Mulan are of Chinese descent, they both kick ass, they both fight for their father (one living, one deceased), both are women who rise up independently in a field dominated by men.
In addition, when Blanka mentions the word "Train", there was only one part in the movie where they train, and that was during the musical number.
The second show that this reminded me of was Avatar: The Last Airbender, in which the fighters (both good and bad) utilize Chinese martial arts in combination with elemental "bending" to win. Each different style of bending reflected a different style of martial arts
- Tai Chi: Water - The element of change, Tai Chi/Waterbenders deal with the push and pull of energy (like water, the tides, the moon). Waterbenders use this to turn defense into offense, using a little strength to defend themselves
- Hung Gar: Earth - The element of substance, in which strong rooted stances are in combination with strong hand techniques. While waterbending is viewed as counter attacking, Earthbending is all about defense, enduring and waiting for the right moment to strike
- Northern Shaolin: Fire - The element of power, in which the practicioner uses the body in long, aggressive strikes to drive through their opponent. Much like a raging fire, this style is about intensity, aggression, and offense.
- Ba Gua Zhang: Air - The element of freedom, reflective of an airbender's lifestyle of finding peace and the easiest way to solve conflicts without physical confrontation. This style is almost like Tai Chi, but uses circle walking as a practice of moving and changing direction while maintaining momentum, outmanuvering and the opponent.
Chun-Li's martial arts consists of many different styles: Tai Chi, Kung Fu, and even embracing techniques from capoeira, battle karate, and even taekwondo. And while it is unknown if Chun-Li practiced any of the styles mentioned above, there are certain points in the games, ovas, and movies that reflect the four bending styles.
She uses Tai Chi in that animated fight against C. Viper to evade her attack, then sit on her. Chun-Li's normals in SFV are almost like those of the firebenders, in which she has longer-than-normal reach, and drive through her opponent (especially her standing heavy punch). In SFII The Animated Movie after Guile tries to run her over and she spins and pushes him in the back, almost like an airbender.
Going back to Blanka's original quote, i hate to admit, but he's right to a certain extent. Nature is a part of Chun-Li's fighting style. She may not be in-tuned with nature like Blanka is, however. But just training can only go so far. When a practitioner becomes one with nature, and allows themselves to immerse deep into their martial art, he or she becomes stronger in the end.
Chun-Li to Blanka
I see this two ways: Blanka asking a question about Chun-Li's martial art, and Chun-li, noticing the lack of discipline of hi wild feral style, answers rather rudely that he doesn't seem capable of understanding a fighting style that is all about control, and discipline. Seeing it that way puts Chun-Li in a negative light, and I don't think it fits with her character to brush off someone like that, especially a fellow fighter. But then i looked at it a second way and it puts Chun-Li in a whole new light.
With the last part of the quote, instead of thinking that she's being rude, I saw it as a way of her showing off her bluntness, which is a trait she has shown in previous games, when she say that her opponents don't have what it takes to beat her, or berating them for underestimating her because she was a woman. With this, we get to see that side again. but there is something else that makes Chun-Li's win quote a little more unique. It might be put out of context, but if read between the lines, it almost feels as if Chun-Li is teasing Blanka a bit.
One side that we don't see much of with Chun-Li in Street Fighter 5 is her playfulness. Chun-Li teasing her opponents was something she did in previous games. (Chun-Li: Gomen ne!) Chun-Li does have a bright and cheery side to her, especially after she jumps and cheers after a win. But that playfulness is to show off her confidence. (She is the strongest woman in the world after all, and with such a title comes with bragging rights. )
This is probably the first time in a while where I actually like the other win quote more than Chun-Li's, only because unless you look at it in a different way, it kind of messes with her character. I think if you throw in a "(giggle)". Or even change the wording, I think it would be more acceptable.
Maybe "I'd teach you Kung Fu, but you don't seem capable of the necessary discipline". - That way, it shows off the teacher side of her that she's starting to develop.
(Short and sweet. It's funny. So the entertainment value is there if you want a laugh. I love the throwback to SFII with the plane travel to japan and the old school sound effects. It's a change from Sakura's story, where as she was trying to find answers for her life, Blanka was just trying to find a way to sell his Blanka dolls.
Who was the guy who conned Jimmy-San? I was dying to know, but maybe it is better that it's kept a secret. I feel there is more humor in trying to market the rather... cute looking Blanka-chans, than there is trying to find the guy who conned him.
Laura and Sean, sweet how they have the two fighters from his home country encounter him. (Brazil is a big country, so could it be possible that they live rather close to each other?) Love how Laura throws in some native language in there.
I love how Sakura still remembers him. But was the fight nessecary? I mean, how many green feral man-beasts do you know exist in the world? Love how Sakura helps with his Blanka-chan problem. And the ending reallygot me smiling. )
Overall, it was enjoyable, and had great humor. I don't think there is gonna be much that can be expanded on if we get a second cinematic story mode. But this was a fun story.
Hey story thread peeps, I have a few questions about M. Bison's psycho power.
So we've seen in the movie that Bison infuses Ken with his psycho power, and Ken turns into a violent raging monster bent on Killing Ryu. In the ASF Story mode, we've seen M. Bison's soldiers, Dolls, and Abel get powered up with Pyscho power. In the SFI Anime cartoon, Chun-li gets brainwashed by M. Bison and goes ham on Guile. I bet there are more examples of something like this happening throughout the lore of SF (but these three were the first that came into my mind).
So it is safe to assume that M. Bison's psycho power increases a fighter's strength, and make them go bad shit crazy. First off, do we know how much their power level is increased by? I know there is no set number to levels of strength in the SF world (unlike DBZ), so it's hard to gauge a true numerical value. But I would like to hear thoughts and theories of how much more powerful would they be under the Bison influence? (Like does Ken go from lvl 7 >>> lvl 10 with the help of M. Bison's psycho power? or does it up higher than that? lvl 20? 50? 100? Maybe lvl 1000 might be a little too much, but I'm definitely overthinking it.)
I've also mentioned that psycho power makes fighters go... psycho. But is it possible that their inner feelings of rage, murder, and wanting to hurt someone could also lend to increase their strength? For instance, do you know the feeling of when you're angry, you seem to hit things a lot harder, that adrenaline boost tapping in underlying power you didn't know you have? is it something like that, but on a much exaggerated level?
Third, what are the other "side effects" to a fighter being infused with M. Bison's pyscho power? (Other than the usual headaches, loss of memory, nausea, heartburn, and uncontrolled bladder movements?) LOL.
But Aside from enhanced strength, and a heavy desire to kill, are there any other side effects?
@Daemos - fellow M. Bison follower and renowned expert on everything psycho power, I summon thee
Thanks you guys, this will help so much. I appreciate it.