But do we really care much about how specifically “shoto” is defined (and to even assert there is one proper functional definition for something that isn’t a real word may very well be a mistake)? I think what we actually care about is whether or not the inclusion of these “shoto-ish” characters will take away from the cast’s diversity, whether or not it is a good move for Capcom to add these characters, whether or not the characters can be reinvented so that they are different from other “shoto-ish” characters while still retaining their niche in the roster (like Ken in SF5)…etc.
Like I said, “shoto” isn’t even a “real” word, so we all have different conceptions of the meaning of “shoto”. I for example, do not consider Ibuki, Juri, or Rashid to be shotos because, among many other reasons, they don’t have meterless reversals (their upwards moving attacks), and their projectiles are unconventional. And this is of course an arbitrary distinction I’m making (who is to say where the lines get drawn for what makes something too different to be considered a shoto-kit), but I think most people agree with me and do not consider those characters to be shotos. At the same time, I wouldn’t say that someone is wrong for calling Ibuki a shoto, since those people are probably just thinking of the conceptualization of “shoto”-ism as in - 1. Has a projectile, 2. Has a move with uppercut trajectory
What we all want (at least most of us) is characters that are legitimately unique and not half-baked in their design inspirations. I personally don’t really want Akuma, since I think he is the closest to the typical “shoto” conceptualization. Unlike Sagat and Sakura, who possess more nuanced versions of the Ryu-toolkit (and with some very different normals), Akuma is pretty much what happened when Capcom said “lets make an OP version of Ryu/Ken” and then gave him no health to compensate. Because of this I think it would be very difficult to dinstinguish Akuma from the whole shoto idea while still maintaining his original appeal to make Akuma players happy. With Sakura and Sagat though, I think its easily doable