The fighting game community reacts to Blanka in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition

Smug is going to counter pick you, ChocoBlanka is ecstatic, and 'only Ono' wanted the character in Street Fighter 5

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • February 13, 2018 at 10 a.m. PST

Early yesterday morning, Capcom made their latest big Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition reveal. Though we already knew he was next in line for release, yesterday Blanka was officially showcased with a full-on gameplay trailer.

The electric warrior is an... interesting case in Street Fighter. His aggressive and tricky playstyle makes him difficult to fight and errs on the side of trolling in the eyes of a lot of players.

Because of this, Blanka is prone to a bit of dislike from competitors; people usually either love him or really hate him.

It's no surprise that finally seeing him added to the Street Fighter 5 roster and seeing him in action for the first time elicited reaction within the fighting game community.

The gameplay trailer gave us a great look at what the character can do this time around, and it looks like much of Blanka's core gameplay is still intact. So how does the FGC feel about Arcade Edition's Blanka?

Top player FOX|Justin Wong and CEO tournament organizer Alex Jebailey expressed excitement for Blanka, both showing interest in playing him when he is officially released next Tuesday. RISE|Smug also plans on picking up Blanka, but his goal is to simply counter pick people and make the salt flow.

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Others in the FGC weren't quite as thrilled with the newest roster addition. Players such as NASR|Big Bird and BX3|Phenom noted how annoying the character looks (based on his gameplay) and how "only Ono" wanted to see Blanka return.

Prominent commentator UltraDavid also shared a disinterest for Arcade Edition Blanka, however, he did congratulate Blanka players of the past for getting their character back.

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But perhaps the most excited by yesterday's news were long-time Blanka mains. FOX|ChocoBlanka took to Twitter to say that she was on the verge of tears (of joy) from seeing how the character looks in the latest Street Fighter installment, while Canada Cup tournament organizer Lap Chi Duong feels Blanka looks "OD" and is happy to see him retain his gimmicky nature.

Last, but not least, the east coast's PG|Coach Steve wished Blanka a happy birthday (born February 12th, 1966) and thanks his old friend for helping start his fighting game career. Also, Steve seems pretty stoked about Blanka's story costume, and I can't blame him for that.

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How do you feel about Blanka in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition? Let us know in the comments below!

Contributions to this story made by Nicholas "MajinTenshinhan" Taylor.

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