You can do all kinds of fun unblockables with EX Yagyou, but it’s not worth it at all. Better to stick with the normal ones.
Now for a general overview of the Yagyou Dama…
This super, theoretically, is the best in the game. He can perform 100% unblockables on every character, and the starting meter requirements for everyone except Hugo are very realistic (1 level for almost everybody, about 1.6 levels for the twins, and about 2.1 for Hugo).
Well, actually, to be technical, he can’t do 100% on Hugo if the latter has done 4 taunts in the round. Not like that’ll ever happen in a real match, but just figured I should be complete about this.
Anyway, all you need to land to start these unblockables is a close strong. They all follow the pattern of “chicken combo xx yagyou, put their body over the fireball, jump over them and do neutral jump roundhouse to break their guard, repeat”. On twins and Hugo, replace “chicken combo” with “2-hit close strong”.
So, you are probably thinking to yourselves “Wow, this sounds so broken. How come Japan doesn’t use it?” Well, there are many factors to take into consideration:
Picking this super FORCES you to play for the one hit. If the other guy knows this, it makes things extremely difficult since close strong doesn’t hit low or overhead. It helps to try to use EX fireball and yagyou by themselves to start unblockables, but this still doesn’t make it easy by any means. This is a distinct weakness compared to Tengu Stone, which is effective outside of combos as well as within them.
You cannot be too close to the opponent’s corner when doing this, or else you will not be able to jump over them for the guard break. This is huge, when combined with #1, as it restricts the zone wherein you are at all a threat. This is most true for Chun and Makoto (you need to move them the farthest of anybody to position them over the yagyou), and least so for twins and Hugo (you don’t do chicken combo on them, hence you don’t move them as far as everyone else). This is one area I need to experiment more in, as I know of at least one character (Oro) on whom you can opt to do only one rep of chicken combo before yagyou…there may be more. Additionally, you may be able to do just close strong to start it on some characters besides twins and Hugo. I’ll test this out tonight and report my findings here afterward. But regardless, this is another weakness compared to Tengu…with that super you can be dangerous anywhere on the screen.
You must have perfect execution when performing the unblockables. They generally are harder than Tengu Stone combos. Almost all, if not all, of them are still highly doable in matches (the one I wonder about is Chun-Li), but the chance for failure definitely exists. Keep in mind, you must do chicken combo into yagyou, then position the body, then jump over them and break their guard, THEN combo close strong off of that to repeat.
Perhaps the biggest reason, and the one I’ve researched the least…some characters have reliable methods of escaping the unblockables. Akuma’s wakeup teleport is a clear example. But there is a whole other category I am thinking of: Specials and supers which instantly make the character airborne. I got this idea from a Japanese Urien-Urien match; one of them put the other in a midscreen Aegis unblockable, and the other used a wakeup special that made him airborne (maybe headbutt or kneedrop, I do not know). He took a hit or two from the aegis for negligible damage, but he fell out of the unblockable.
This concept could utterly destroy the effectiveness of this super, as one could always do this to get out. Wish I knew which moves had this property…
So, in sum, picking Yagyou Dama requires you to play for one hit, one hit which can be landed only in a certain zone. You must have perfect execution when you get that hit, and even that may not be enough to keep some characters from escaping.
Not saying this is a bad super, AT ALL. Personally, I could see this and Tengu both being highly useful, depending on the matchup (didn’t TK basically say this when explaining why he ranked Oro #4?). But it’s not the be-all, end-all I initially thought it to be.