We keep getting older, she stays the same age... check out our visual history of Sakura

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • April 13, 2017 at 8:13 a.m. PDT

One of the most popular characters in the Street Fighter universe, Sakura Kasugano has been a favorite since the Alpha days of the mid 90's.

Since then, she's made her way into multiple Street Fighters and seems to have an open door invitation to join any other fighting game she chooses. The Street Fighter 5 community still seems to be holding out to have the school girl officially join the latest SF roster, and so in the meantime we've gone and put together a visual history for her.

We omitted non-fighting games such as Puzzle and Super Gem Fighter, but even so Sakura has quite the resume under her belt... which is pretty good for a high schooler.

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Comments

TheHeroPixel said on April 13, 2017 at 8:16 a.m.

I've actually come to hate this about Sakura. It's almost kinda creepy how she should probably be like 25 in SFIV but still wears bloomers for butt-shots.

I'd really like a grown up Sakura with a more distinct moveset. I hope that's the direction they take her when they put her in V.

#1
MrBrown said on April 13, 2017 at 8:18 a.m.

Alright, alright, alright.

#2
Blackoshinomi said on April 13, 2017 at 8:19 a.m.

hope she never changes. It's a game after all

#3
TheHeroPixel said on April 13, 2017 at 8:20 a.m.

I know you take part in some low-effort trolling but come on, man.

#4
HooliganComboFTW said on April 13, 2017 at 8:21 a.m.

It's her iconic look. Ryu still hasn't got out of his hobo clothes since SFII, but you don't hear the complaining then. Double standards.

FYI she considers that outfit her training outfit not that she is still a student or whatever. Consider it her taste like how Zangief still wears his red spandex underwear.

#5
TheHeroPixel said on April 13, 2017 at 8:25 a.m.

He gets new moves, a little bit of gray, some grizzle with each new game that advances the timeline. There are obvious evolutions in Ryu's look even without changing his entire look.

Sakura has almost never changed from Day 1. I just think it makes her really boring.

#6
Afterburn said on April 13, 2017 at 8:25 a.m.

People complaining about her old school look (pun intended) are quick to forget that alternate costumes exist.

Personally for me, I don't mind subtle costume changes to my favourite characters. I do feel that for every character's look that Capcom decides to update or change, they should include a nostalgia costume as well.

#7
kokonuts said on April 13, 2017 at 8:28 a.m.

Hope she never changes

#8
ThaiSenpai said on April 13, 2017 at 8:32 a.m.

I mean adult Sakura with training, but a corky spin of the fighting style due to her personality wouldn't kill anyone. I mean ken is literally fun ryu.

#9
Koldvlud said on April 13, 2017 at 8:36 a.m.

Crazed Fan:👿"Hey-CAPCOM!!" "Sakura Leeegull yet??"

CAPCOM: ..💽"FOREVER YOUNG, SHE GONNA BE..."💰💰💰

Collected Fan: "It'd be a lot COOLer if you did."😎

#10
Blackoshinomi said on April 13, 2017 at 8:36 a.m.

Who's trolling here ?

I actually see her outfit as begin a iconic pt to her character . Sh!t Ryu been walking around bare footing for years now

Where the uproar over that ?

#11
GiBGUN said on April 13, 2017 at 8:41 a.m.

I've no idea what any of this means.

#12
ArtisticMolotov said on April 13, 2017 at 8:44 a.m.

+20 points for the Dazed and Confused reference.

#13
grumblebundle said on April 13, 2017 at 8:44 a.m.

This. Freaking. Headline.

#14
EmjayGaming said on April 13, 2017 at 8:45 a.m.

Ryu has changed since Alpha though, he looked young and wore a white headband before he used Ken's red belt. Since Alpha where Sakura originated she hasn't changed at all.

Maybe if she get's in V they'll update her since Karin was pretty much her teenage rival and she looks like a grown woman now.

#15
AngriestAngryArtist said on April 13, 2017 at 8:46 a.m.

Yes of course you don't :D

#16
Gellus said on April 13, 2017 at 8:47 a.m.

I'm really happy they made Karin grow up and age, instead of staying with the same school uniform, i like seeing characters evolve, i really want to see the same with Sakura, make this reflect in her moves as well, make her become better at the shoto moves or just make her start getting her own moves and start leaving Ryu shadow

#17
AngriestAngryArtist said on April 13, 2017 at 8:48 a.m.

Basically someone wants Sakura to be of legal age so this way they don't get shifty looks from fellow nerds when they bring out her dakimakura in public.

...it's a waifu thing :P

#18
AngriestAngryArtist said on April 13, 2017 at 8:49 a.m.

to be honest, she does have her own variation of the moves she learned from Ryu.

#19
HooliganComboFTW said on April 13, 2017 at 8:49 a.m.

Except Sakura was still shown in her iconic outfit in Karin's story while other still missing characters like Viper look different.

#20
Doh_Simpson said on April 13, 2017 at 8:50 a.m.

They should make Sakura look like she aged even just a lil. Make her evolve as a fighter, Capcom is just really lazy so I won't expect anything new in her design if she is released in SFV.

Heck they haven't even given us a hint on the new character yet so I don't expect too much from these guys anymore. Just reduce the input lag.

#21
Twinblades said on April 13, 2017 at 8:50 a.m.

I normally don't comment on EH but shyt you made me do it.

No one bats an eye about Ryu because he's actually gotten distinct changes to his look as time has gone bye. Also He's a grown ass man.

Sakura has gotten no changes like she's been stuck in a never ending time loop. Not only that, school girl outfits are 1. considered as something to be adolescent 2. a sexual fetish.

Like at this point she's in her 20's and still wearing a SG outfit?

I understand staying true to character but you can easily age Sakuras look without making her some post apocalyptic grayed out old woman.

I hope they do something with her in V that pays respects to her old design while keeping her new look fresh.

#22
AngriestAngryArtist said on April 13, 2017 at 8:51 a.m.

??? as oppose to other girls wearing less and going for buttshots? *looks at Mika*

Same here, I rather see a more grown up sakura who's going to college or something. But from the looks of things with Ibuki ...yeah still high school.

#23
FightDirty said on April 13, 2017 at 8:52 a.m.

As a guy who mains Sakura I say it's high time she grew up. Let the creepers fawn over Marie Rose instead.

#24
Gellus said on April 13, 2017 at 8:52 a.m.

Meh, they all feel like sh*tty versions of what Ryu does, that she tries to compensate with some weird gimmicks

Which makes total sense for the character, but when she appears in V, older and luckly different, i hope to see some changes on that

#25
Gellus said on April 13, 2017 at 8:54 a.m.

Ibuki is younger now than in 3rd Strike, where she was grown up and probably in college, it makes sense for her to be a student in V

#26
Gellus said on April 13, 2017 at 8:56 a.m.

Wasn't the story mode before V main story?

#27
AngriestAngryArtist said on April 13, 2017 at 8:57 a.m.

They do look unrefined. But yeah if she does make them look more serious, then that can be a sign of her being more mature.

Incoming fanboys wanting her old stuff to be in the game still though :P

#28
metaf4 said on April 13, 2017 at 8:57 a.m.

How does someone expect her to ever graduate from High School if she's never IN school to actually graduate? LoL!

On a "logical" breakdown..

- Fights at school
- Misses entire days of school to travel to another country?!?
- Late for classes
- Skips classes

Pretty much the ingredients to STAY in school for life...or at very least get suspended or expelled from one. Ha!

#29
CityHunter said on April 13, 2017 at 8:58 a.m.

LMAO that Daze and Confused reference. I actually she get a small redesign and keep the high school costume has her story mode version

#30
AngriestAngryArtist said on April 13, 2017 at 8:59 a.m.

she does look like in college in 3rdstrike. This is actually going to make more sense when Rival Schools do make it in. Because you get different students from different schools representing their college. But...ya know, highschool's more relatable or whatever LOL!.

#31
HooliganComboFTW said on April 13, 2017 at 8:59 a.m.

Flawed logic.

Ryu hasn't changed since Alpha. He is still largely the same homeless wanderer hoping to be strong while suppressing his dark power.

Want to know what else is creepy? Ryu wearing the same rags for years and not being able to buy some actual clothes like Ken.

Honesty there hasn't been many significant character changes from personality to looks since Alpha. Closest we got is Gouki looking like Simba now, but he is still the "Darkness is real power!" Gimmick he has since debut

#32
maddog666 said on April 13, 2017 at 9:01 a.m.

she needs to grow up guys stop the pedofeelings

#33
KiX said on April 13, 2017 at 9:05 a.m.

This is the most likely explains it. She's not stuck in a Marvel-style time loop, she's just not a very good student unless it comes to martial arts.

#34
Luna_The_Post said on April 13, 2017 at 9:07 a.m.

Why's Casca on the far right?

#35
Gellus said on April 13, 2017 at 9:07 a.m.

You're missing the point, Ryu can stay the same forever because wandering around wanting to be stronger is "normal" for any age, a young man can do it, an old man can do it, a kid can do it

Being a school girl is not normal for any age, just for one especific group, young girls, which Sakura is not anymore

#36
HooliganComboFTW said on April 13, 2017 at 9:17 a.m.

Your changing your argument between "normal" and what "can be done".

Yes Sakura wearing a school uniform her age is not "normal" but so is Ryu wearing rags his age wandering the planet when most people would actually be involved in society like Ken or Dan.

Yes people can technically just wear a potatoe sack and wander the planet on foot just like people can technically wear school uniforms regardless of age. If anything Sakura's situation likely occurred way more in reality then Ryu's.

#37
liquidfkinfire said on April 13, 2017 at 9:18 a.m.

The shot for CvS isn't real, I believe it's from mugen.

#38
Klinguskong said on April 13, 2017 at 9:22 a.m.

I was gonna say, I didn't remember Alex's subway being in CvS1 lol

#39
Koldvlud said on April 13, 2017 at 9:22 a.m.

So, two guys walk into a bar. Guy#1 says to Guy#2:
--------------------------------------------------------------------

Guy#1: Hey, CAPCOM Rep, Is Sakura legal yet?

Guy#2:(Raises mobile phone, blaring music)
🎼Forever Young, I Want To Be..🎼

Guy#1: It'd be a Lot COOLER if you did.

#40
AngriestAngryArtist said on April 13, 2017 at 9:27 a.m.

...Let's be fair here. Dan does wear his Pink Gi most of the time similar to Ryu. Except Dan runs a dojo :P

Honestly the argument here is just that people associate that sailor school uniform for teenagers and not for growing young adults.

Thank god for alt costumes eh?

#41
Twinblades said on April 13, 2017 at 9:27 a.m.

Missing the point.

Also

"Ryu hasn't changed since Alpha. He is still largely the same homeless wanderer hoping to be strong while suppressing his dark power"

See SF3 and V. He's not suppressing anything anymore.

Ryu still finding his self worth through fighting is his staple but his visual design has changed.

Sakura has not changed at all.... like not even a little bit lol

#42
Koldvlud said on April 13, 2017 at 9:29 a.m.

+Infinity & BEYOND! Thanks El Dude-a-rino. Seems you cut through my schlocky BS just fine haha.

#43
Twofour said on April 13, 2017 at 9:29 a.m.

I think you're missing the point or simply not listening Idk....sure Ryu is still basically the same wanderer he always was, which is fine but there have been subtle hints that he has indeed aged if even just a little bit with new moves as well as changes to his headband and hair color. As far as Sakura there's been none of that, alternate costumes excluded She has maintained the same look and has been in high school since her debut. Someone above even stated that Karin who indeed was her H.S. rival appears to have aged yet Sakura has not, I get not many care about the lore or the story as it can be a mess in itself, but small inconsistencies like that are kinda awkward lol. No one is saying she should be a 40yr old milf or anything ( I don't think ) but just something small maybe change up the costume, grow her hair out ( I think one of the endings in another game showed her this way ) even a change in move sets could signify some form of growth. I think it would be pretty cool to see something like that done with her.

#44
Twofour said on April 13, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

Exactly

#45
Galletano said on April 13, 2017 at 9:33 a.m.

It'll be funny when Mel becomes a playable character and she stays the same.

#46
LouieKablouie said on April 13, 2017 at 9:38 a.m.

I always assumed she just found her high school uniform the most comfortable fighting attire. Kind of funny when you think about it actually, a 20 something year old woman in a school uniform partaking in street fights.

#47
Heta said on April 13, 2017 at 9:42 a.m.

Adorable energetic girl. I'm confident that she'll return in S3. Sakura and Oro are my safe bets. They all look good but I like awakened Sunburned Sakura the best.

#48
FightDirty said on April 13, 2017 at 9:47 a.m.

Simple, all they have to do is give Sakura an improved design with proper fight clothes and then they can sell her nostalgia costume later for $5 - or have it as her story mode costume. Everybody wins!

#49
Shredded said on April 13, 2017 at 9:57 a.m.

In SFIV, Sakura is a gym teacher or something. You can see her wearing the outfit in her arcade mode ending and it was added as one of her alternate outfits as DLC. The schoolgirl clothes was just her main look because she isn't really as recognizable without them, I guess. But she definitely DID age lol. Capcom just didn't do a good job at making this known.

#50
Shinkutatsumaki said on April 13, 2017 at 10:25 a.m.

http://orig00.deviantart.net/bc42/f/2...

This is what needs to happen to Sakura. Or at least something like it. Along with some new moves and a tweaked sense of maturity. It's so easy, even I could probably advance her character without destroying it. I agree with most of the comments here. Capcom really needs to stop being lazy with this.

#51
AngriestAngryArtist said on April 13, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

Ok, she can do BODY BODY BODY BODY UPPA!

#52
Shinkutatsumaki said on April 13, 2017 at 10:36 a.m.

Lol I didn't even realize there was a character with such a similar design. But it doesn't necessarily have to be that. Just something anything different would be nice.

#53
omnomnom said on April 13, 2017 at 10:53 a.m.

Giggity...

#54
GamerBear said on April 13, 2017 at 11 a.m.

SFVI where Mel is a fully grown man and Sakura's still the same. :P

#55
Cliffisntachair said on April 13, 2017 at 11:56 a.m.

I still hold to the idea that Sakura isn't in SFV yet because Capcom is thinking of unique things to do to her. People need time to make unique characters, and next year I guarantee we'll be playing as a 20 something Sakura with a new look and new attacks, similar to what they did to Karin. Either way, she'll probs have a different outfit, at least, since Capcom loves making nostalgic costumes.

#56
jgt4242 said on April 13, 2017 at 12:15 p.m.

Please Capcom don't pu Sakura in SF5 unless you overly change all her gameplay and her appearance. Thank you.

#57
Alouroua said on April 13, 2017 at 12:44 p.m.

Ryu is the face of Street Fighter though. He is the iconic main character of the franchise, so of course his changes are never drastic. Given that, he still has had small visual design changes.

I think the problem is that Sakura doesn't have much of an identity outside of being a schoolgirl that admires Ryu, hence, this is why Capcom hasn't altered her design. Sakura technically shouldn't be a schoolgirl anymore, whereas Ryu really is a wandering, homeless karate man. Zangief really is a wrestler, which is why he keeps his wrestling attire. Sakura is no longer a schoolgirl, so there is an unintentional disconnect in character design there.

The whole "she considers it to be her training outfit" defense is a bit of a cop out. The fact is that the timeline progressed, but Sakura didn't have an identity outside of being a schoolgirl, so Capcom came up with that excuse to keep the character intact.

#58
Le_Perique said on April 13, 2017 at 12:59 p.m.

Im tired of her Schoolgirl look. Please change her outfit at least.

#59
AngriestAngryArtist said on April 13, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.

"The whole "she considers it to be her training outfit" defense is a bit of a cop out. The fact is that the timeline progressed, but Sakura didn't have an identity outside of being a schoolgirl, so Capcom came up with that excuse to keep the character intact."

The reason why they kept that thing on her is because there's a huge chunk of people who actually like that sort of stuff. I believe that's the big reason why Capcom doesn't want to change too much. When they do, the whiny fans will b*tch non stop LOL

#60
Phtm_Miria said on April 13, 2017 at 1:44 p.m.

I'm firmly in the "keep the schoolgirl outfit" camp, you shouldn't mess around with the look of iconic characters like Sakura.
Wasn't Akuma already enough?

And who cares if she has aged. Maybe she's really bad at school and she still hasn't finished high school at 25, maybe she just uses that outfit because she likes it, maybe time in the Street Fighter universe only passes for Mel while everyone else is frozen in time. Pick any, they all work.

Also, people in this thread saying that Karin has aged...
Really? She doesn't seem aged, just in a different outfit to make her more distinct. Karin's character was never centered around her being a schoolgirl
anyway, so a change in outfit isn't as big of a deal for her compared to Sakura.

#61
danny2times said on April 13, 2017 at 2:06 p.m.

Nah and I agree. She's probably my favorite female game character and I hope she stays the same.

Alternate outfits are fine but c'mon! She's the fighting school girl after all!

#62
StarOcean_3 said on April 13, 2017 at 2:15 p.m.

My favorite Capcom Fighter and no she does not stay the same age either. What she wears is her battle uniform, that does not mean she is still in school. My favorite look of her is from the Alpha series,SF4,SFxT and MSHxSF.

Even though her age isn't visibly shown in her portraits, she has still aged according to the SF timeline. Like how it is with Ryu, they just haven't put in the effort with the other characters like they have with him.

#63
Gailim said on April 13, 2017 at 3:31 p.m.

something to ponder, Sakura and Cammy are the same age

#64
kaka said on April 13, 2017 at 4:22 p.m.

the school girl outfit just seems dated to me. look at most fighters like killer instinct, tekken, virtua fighter even street fighter v. those characters changed and are still recognizable to the majority of fans. i guess some of us want an 'official' look.

#65
Zephyrus said on April 13, 2017 at 4:36 p.m.

make her P.E outfit her default one and her story outfit her school outfit. Win-win.

#66
J said on April 13, 2017 at 4:46 p.m.

Calling someone a troll just because they have a different opinion is obnoxious.

#67
Aarogoth said on April 13, 2017 at 5:14 p.m.

Well Ryu was purposely left alone due to being the face of sf. His alt is basically a "what if we did update his look like ken". Kind of a cheat if u ask me but its fine, whatever. I just find it weird that some characters got an update if even slightly (r.mika) and others didnt at all. (zangeif).

At least have it as a story costume but some updates would be appreciated.

anyone else notice the use of fan art. that is not her marvel super heroes art.

#68
masquedmonk said on April 13, 2017 at 5:18 p.m.

The pic in the Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter section (upper left) isn't official Capcom art for the game...it's Omar Dogan's rendition of Sakura for Udon's SF Legends: Sakura comic series. I'm having trouble placing the right most art in the Rival Schools section as well, certainly not Edayan's.

#69
irrenmann said on April 13, 2017 at 6:29 p.m.

Why do people think Sakura is or should be 25? She's probably 15 or so in Alpha and could easily still be in high school in SFIV, which follows quite soon after SFII in the chronology. It isn't like many years passed between Zero/Alpha III and SFII. The characters don't fight or look all that different, especially from Alpha III --> Street Fighter --> SFII.

An ending in Super Street Fighter IV shows Sakura grown and years later (origin of the "gym teacher" outfit) and Ryu returns after not having seen her for a long time. This represents a future in which she is suggested to be out of high school and working.

#70
Thesupernintendokid said on April 13, 2017 at 8:38 p.m.

I really like the schoolgirl outfit, though I wouldn't mind a new look either.

#71
Aensland said on April 14, 2017 at 1:20 a.m.

Well canonicall, Sakura actually isn't that old. She made her first appearance in Alpha 2 (the entire alpha timeline took place between the timeline of SF1 and SF2; and during the timeline of SF2). You could say that Alpha 3 is the true, more complete version of the SF2 saga.
Then almost immediately, the SF4 timeline steps in. In the chronology, the SF3 series is actually the latest canonically. So it actually makes sense if she is still in uniform all these while. However, if they are to bring her in SFV, they might consider making her a bit older since SFV events happen between SF4 and SF3.

Either ways, they could give her a new costume and then a nostalgic one like they did with Guile.

#72
Kamew said on April 14, 2017 at 4:10 a.m.

how is super gem fighter mini mix not a fighting game?

#73
GD00XX0 said on April 14, 2017 at 6:41 a.m.

Kyariaūman Sakura

#74
VanCityPlayboy said on April 14, 2017 at 7:30 a.m.

This but I am kinda interested in seeing a grown-up Sakura

#75
wyzeman30 said on April 14, 2017 at 9:49 a.m.

People on here comparing Sakuras lack of change to ryus to justify not aging her are beyond stupid. She's been wearing a HIGH SCHOOL uniform since 96! She was 16. She's 37 now. It's beyond ridiculous at this point. Capcom needs to age her already and just keep the sailor suit as her nostalgia outfit just bigger for her more grown physique. This keeping her young crap needs to stop. Even Karin looks older now and that's her rival.

#76
Rave_Zero said on April 15, 2017 at 10:36 a.m.

it's a game, leave the character looks as they are, alternative costumes are providing enough variety.

#77
AegisG said on April 15, 2017 at 12:31 p.m.

Doesn't she eventually get a training outfit that looks like Ryu's just without pants? Thats when she actually gets older and starts doing stuff on her own, sorta.

#78
AegisG said on April 15, 2017 at 12:35 p.m.

Street Fighter doesnt take place in present day, you know that, right? Like, SF3 takes place around in 1999-2000 or something. And SFIV is like, months after SF2. Alpha was before 2, and sometime after 1. If anything, shes probably 19 at the least, which wouldnt be so abnormal to be still in school, just very less common.

#79
Endless_X_Chaos said on April 22, 2017 at 6:40 p.m.

that very last pic, is that dark sakura returning from VS games?!?

#80


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