I’ve been playing as Ken since the beginning of SF2 and only used him. However I started playing as Akuma not too long ago and initially I found a few characters I really struggle against when using Akuma. First one is Cody. His ground play seems to destroy Akuma’s. Another one of those characters I find really hard is Gief. Quite literally it’s terrifying when he closes you down. At least with Ken I could use years of experience to wear Gief down and play safe.
A well known point but something I’m still coming to terms with is Akuma’s low energy. I’ve been beaten due to a little mistake and hit with a massive punish when I was doing well until that point in the match. Really harsh.
Most importantly I find him enjoyable to play as. I was a bit one dimensional with only one main character to pick from so I hopefully I can improve with Akuma.