Though you wouldn’t know it by the cove,r this is one of the best Street Fighter comics out there. Following the adventures of Sakura Kasugano as she begins her quest to be a Street Fighter and one day challenge her idol, Ryu.
Masahiko Nakahira does a good job of crafting a series that is both funny and serious at the same time. He finds a way for her to maintain her quirky personality, while also showing us the warrior that lies within her. The writing is spot on and the interaction between characters is great. There are a lot of familiar faces that pop up in this book, from Dan Hibiki and Ken Masters, to Cammy and Gen. This manga also introduces Sakura’s rival Karin Kazuki , who would later appear in Street Fighter Alpha 3. There is even a guest appearance from a character from Capcom‘s Final Fight series.
Masahiko also handles the art on this series. He does a great job in illustrating every character and making them resemble their arcade counter parts. His fight scenes are also very well drawn. There is a certain fluidity to the action, and you never feel lost or confused by what is going on. My two favorite fight scenes are Sakura vs Ken, and Sakura vs Gen. Each one really captures the spirit of Sakura as she fights to be the best.
This is a two volume series that has been released in North America by Udon Entertainment. It has a retail price of $12.95 for each volume and can be found in retail books stores, comic book shops and on Amazon.com. I personally think this series is better than the Street Fighter comic series produced by Udon and have read it over a dozen times.