Well, I’m a pretty big Mai player. Not that I’m fat or anything, I just like to play the game using the character which has the moniker ‘Mai’.
Uh… anywho. Musasabi no Mai is a move which Mai has and can use in the air. She dives forward with her fan in her mouth, and hits the opponent. Now anyone who uses Mai knows this move is not safe in the least. Of course, it can be used to fool people into doing moves by jumping in and then starting it after they’ve stuck something out, but thats another topic. What I wanna talk about is the two different ways to do this move, the Kuuchuu version (qcb+p in the air) or the Chijou version (charge d, u+p).
Now, the Kuuchuu version is the most used version. I’ve actually never seen another person besides myself use the Chijou version, and I’ve always wondered why. At first I thought it was that the Kuuchuu version is just easier to do, but I think its because most people don’t even know she has the Chijou version.
Of late, though, I’ve started to use the Chijou version ALOT. Most times as an opener to a fight, usually for a couple of reasons… Also because I believe the Chijou version is safe. The whole reason the Musasabi no Mai isn’t used is because it isn’t safe. But what I’ve noticed is that if you use the Chijou version, Mai recovers before the opponent leaves blockstun, making a blocked Chijou Musasabi no Mai safe.
Now, I don’t have my DC here to check, but I’m pretty sure that the Musasabi no Mai has a ton of recovery frames, right? If someone could please check for me… does the Chijou version of Musasabi no Mai have ANY recovery frames? I could have sworn when I used it in the arcade last that I couldn’t be punished because of the fact that the second she hit the ground, she had completely recovered.
Of course… even if the Chijou version IS safe when its blocked, it can still be DP, fireballed, and some AAs still beat it. I guess it is pretty useless. Ah well, I’ve said my piece. I hope I do get some feedback from experiences others have had with this move, so we can determine if it actually is safe when blocked.