The man who drew Street Fighter; Akira 'Akiman' Yasuda talks about illustrating fighting games' most iconic characters

An absolutely gorgeous snapshot of FGC history

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • February 3, 2018 at 11:01 a.m. PST

As much as we see characters like Ryu and Chun-Li here in the fighting game world, it's easy to take them for granted almost as though they've just always been around, but someone had to invent them.

That someone was Akira 'Akiman' Yasuda, Japanese animator, character designer, game designer and mecha designer. Brought on by Capcom back in 1985, Akiman would eventually be responsible for illustrating figures from 1989's widely successful Final Fight.

Final Fight's popularity helped earn Akiman a position on the Street Fighter 2 team, where he would create the appearances of characters like Chun-Li, Guile and Cammy.

Toco toco has produced a video wherein the famous illustrator shares his story, offering up his motivations, inspirations and more during his 30 year career as an artist.

Yasuda's credits are jaw dropping for any fighting game fan, as his resume includes the likes of not only Street Fighter 2, but also Darkstalkers, X-Men vs. Street Fighter, Alpha 3, Third Strike and many, many more famous titles.

Continue on to learn about one of the people responsible for a massively significant piece of the history and foundations of fighting games as we know them today. Be sure to turn on closed captioning for English subtitles.

Thanks to triplefierce for the tip.
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