Getting around fireball traps with honda isn’t too hard. You need to either do short or forward buttflop, or jump straight up and use his floater fierce (f+fierce in the air) and go over the fireball while moving forward.
Hondas worst match has to be Old Ken. It’s still fun to play unless you get frustrated easily. Ryu/Old Ryu are next, followed by Guile, DeeJay, and then everyone else with a fireball.
Hondas best matches are Vega (claw), Bison (psycho), Dhalsim (yes, he has a fireball, but Honda totally shuts down his throw games and trading with limbs is ALWAYS in Honda’s favor) and anyone else who ends up close to Honda after a blocked combo string. He does well against Balrog (boxer) and basically shuts down any and all throw mixups in the game.
Of course the ticks into ochio is your main goal. Ochio is where most of Hondas damage comes from, but don’t discount the hand slap and c.fierce. That two hit fierce is ALOT of damage and ALOT of stun. f+roundhouse is VERY VERY GOOD for footsies and very unexpected.
If you land a midscreen ochio, go for fierce hands. If they’re good at reversaling, walk up and stay outside of throw range, block if they DP, ochio. GGPO.
If you land ochio in the corner and your opponent is in the corner, just c.jab into ochio. Unless they’re godly at reversal DPs this is pretty much the match.
If you get the bearhug and throw them into the corner, you can walk behind them, c.jab -> ochio. They are now back in the corner.
AA with s.fierce, jab headbutt, or far s.roundhouse.
Never do roundhouse buttflop over fireballs. Your large ass will be swept.
crossup d+strong, c.jab, ochio. This is good after a knockdown. On fatter guys do crossup roundhouse.
Headbutt goes over low tiger shots. Honda does good against Sagat/O.Sagat. It’s not for free, but he’s alot better than some people (like Chun).
Your basic goal of the match is to land an ochio, then chip with hands or tick into another ochio. Always have an ochio stored if you’re blocking. You’ll be amazed at the range of the throw, and there IS NO WHIFFED ANIMATION SO HIT PUNCH AFTER BLOCK STRINGS. The worst that happens is you get a double c.fierce. The best is random vacuum ochio.
If you’re playing SF2: Anniversary edition for the PS2, select ST honda while holding start to get his ‘true’ st version with the stored ochio. Otherwise he doesn’t have it. I just found this out and was wondering why I wasn’t getting ochio EVER on people. DC version > SF2:HAE. Arcade Machine > All.