The thing is too many Ryu versus Akuma before SF3 can make it feel redundant. Yet as of now that they fought again in SFV. Imagine we will see another again in a possible cinematic 2? then another in a future SF title.
When people may feel stagnate about the fight being redundant Capcom might even just kill Akuma, but that’s a bad idea because Akuma is one of the most sought out characters in game and also fanbase. I’m no Akuma fan and I don’t care if Akuma would die but in brand standpoint it’s a bad decision wasting a character mostly played because for fans whining to the story being redundant, same goes to those that want Bison out of the picture.
The difference with Bison and Akuma is that Bison already has a clear written effective plot device to return and recur to SF game at any timeline, while Akuma has none of those plot device. So eliminating him and returning him back to life is a bad choice of writing. Also beating Bison 4 more times or making Bison stay in the background isn’t gonna make Bison weak because his always meant to be in-complete or either out numbered(I really like SF2 Aftermath Bison defeat), So beating Bison doesn’t lose his status quo it’s like beating Dr Doom(which both Bison and Doom are the villains I am fan of). So Bison doesn’t lose his appeal, greatness and sense of superiority unlike Akuma.
Every time we pit Akuma to Ryu that Ryu survives it makes Akuma looks weak and lose his character appeal. Every Ryu is spared Akuma also lose his appeal. Ryu versus Akuma has a different approach compare to Sagat and Ken.
Sagat versus Ryu and Ryu versus Ken isn’t something that people will demand a conclusion because those were fights that are more into self improvement of those characters. This is the same idea seeing Karin versus Sakura and Ryu versus Sakura, it does not take something out of the character appeal because the outcome is not something needed to conclude.
I just hope the things between Ryu and Akuma doesn’t ends into death, but rather disinterest and finding Ryu something inferior while Ryu sees SNH to be inferior too. Then Akuma waits for the grand battle not to a specific person(not Ryu or somebody) but someone he deems more brutal and reckless. Capcom needs to return Akuma’s pride and free him from obsessing with Ryu.