Yeah my brother reminded me that in the SFIV story they made him friends with Sakura and he’s also running around with Sak in the trailer. Unless they make both characters fit a very serious role, I’m expecting full goofball. No Dan will help the issue at least.
SFxT Blanka is actually a very good character. He has one of the best normals in the game(far jab) which is hit confirmable into a chain. He has good incoming damage from a tag or chain himself, especially in the corner. His Cross Art has gigantic range(can hit some characters jumping forward from full screen), and is very fast. He has a lot of safe tag out options. Ex electricity is strike invul for like 25 frames and +8 on block. His electricity pressure does a good amount of damage(3 reps is 10% life). He has a block infinite which is a 2f link to do. He sort of demolishes any character attempting to throw projectiles. He has a bunch of airborne options which let him avoid different kinds of pressure. He has a good mobility overall.
His anti air is a little sketchy, but upball trades a lot and he can combo off the trade. His solo damage isn’t great however, but cl.hp being special cancelable helps with confirming.
I’m really hoping for a Command Throw to sneak its way into his Move list.
Something like Fei Long’s Tenshin to set the enemy up for combos and add to the mindgames. I know this is a bad time for a CT with the universal slower recovery coming but it’ll be a great addition to his arsenal.
Blanka’s coming up soon so we’re going to see how CAPCOM does its best to reinvent the Beast. I’m expecting the Balrog treatment,so he won’t retain much of his original Normals in leiu of some new,stubbier ones for the Neutral game and new tools to evade fireball set ups.
I’m expecting something to the tune of Zangief: a back-to-basics, less-is-more approach to start. I keep hoping for a Blanka more akin to Hyper Fighting. Turning EX Backstep Roll into the OG buzzsaw would be cool.
Making his V-Skill the electricity would be an unusual but interesting decision.