MuKen, how extensive is your vs. Ryu experience? coz you must have something going on that the rest of us don’t.
I used to think this match was okay for Akuma, but the more I play the match-up the more it seems like it favours Ryu. Daigo rates this in Ryu’s favour too, despite having personal trouble with the match-up and losing to Akuma’s more than other characters.
I actually tried out Ryu in casuals recently and the guy is just retarded. You can cross-up in the corner with j.MK, confirm safely with cr.MP and add EX Tatsu into Ultra when it lands and that’s like 600 damage, one EX stock and easy as cake. Loads and loads of damage available and it’s often easy and safe to go for.
Holding onto his Super can mess up a load of Akuma’s tools. He can go through fireballs at full screen on reaction, air fireballs are screwed, no focus, no sweep, no Teleport; and with the huge range on his j.HK and cr.MK he can do those into Super as a far-out punish on fireballs for half your life.
EX Demon Flips and Red Fireballs only beat the careless fireballs, they don’t ‘fuck him up’ or anything… and when their damage output in figures is evened out, it sucks more that only Akuma has weak life.
LP SRK Ultra/Super can wreck the chance jump-ins or close Demon Flip offense you might try and the damage on that commonly finishes Akuma off. It’s infinitely less difficult to clutch than an AA SGS Kara. Ryu’s Super, HK Tatsu and Ultra can even be postioned to catch and punish reversal Teleports going whichever direction.
Akuma ties with Sagat because of the life and damage that Sagat has, and Ryu doesn’t have those weaknesses that Akuma likes to exploit against Sagat.
One crouch guarded double roundhouse can go up to 500 damage and it’s so hard to play as freely as you state when he loses rounds over something stupid like that. I rarely find myself having time to control the match because of the number of big damage threats I have to constantly look out for.
Making the match appear lop-sided isn’t what I’m trying to do here, but if the match really is even, I’m still convinced it’s easier for Ryu to win.