Seriously the two characters special moves and gameplay types are so fucking similar. For christ sake they both have some hilarious charge attacks that involve flying across the screen and hitting opponents with the bulk of their whole bodies. Both also have a tapping attack albeit different with Blanka sending electricity and E Honda sending hundreds of slaps.
They both even get vertical versions of their charge attacks.
So whats the point of someone who prefers charge characters choosing one over the other? As someone who’s a Blanka mainer I cannot get why anyone would prefer Honda over Blanka. Blanka’s specials are not only faster and do more damage (especially his rolling attack if timed correctly) but Blanka’s movements from walking across the stage to jump attacks are just plain faster in general. Not to mention the priorities he gets with his SP and jump attacks.
All Honda comes off is as a slower version of Blanka with a similar moveset with subtle differences (such as Honda’s own vertical charge attack ending with Blanka dropping on his opponents after flying up the ceoling and still being able to hurt his opponents as he slams on the ground). There doesn’t seem enough to warrant Honda over Blanka aside from the subtle moveset.
Even Honda’s Thousand Hands Slap (the most different attack from Blanka and arguably his best IMO) is too limited to make up for his slowness and IIRC later versions of SF2 took away the ability to move while performing it (which made Honda such an unstoppable tank in the game). Without the ability to move you may as well just describe the Thousand Hand Slap as Chun Li’s Lightning Kicks executed with hands instead.
Can any long time vet give a basic explanation of how these two chargers are so different? Really aside from speed and their button tapping specials and subtle differences with their moves these guys are almost like mirror matches, even more than Ryu and Ken!