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Could it finally be time for Goutetsu to return in Capcom's next Street Fighter project?

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • January 8, 2022 at 10:11 a.m. PST • Comments: 20

Capcom has already confirmed that Luke will be playing an important role — most likely the protagonist — in the next Street Fighter project. Being that we're expecting this next project to be Street Fighter 6, there will probably be plenty of newcomers added to the Street Fighter lineup.

In previous articles, we've already considered "apprentice" characters like Phantom and Gen's unnamed scrapped disciple. How about a "master" type character? Could it finally be time to bring back Goutetsu, the original Ansatsuken master to Gouken and Akuma?

Although Akuma and Gouken are both among Goutetsu's likes, Goutetsu ended up being the first victim to Akuma's Raging Demon technique. Just before his death, Goutetsu actually felt proud of Akuma for surpassing him.

Goutetsu is particularly noteworthy within Street Fighter canon as he is currently the only known character that's been able to use the Satsui no Hado without succumbing to its corruptive nature. This is apparently possible because Goutetsu always used this power wisely and sparingly.

Unique to Goutetsu is a series of Ansatsuken techniques that he never taught to his students. The Goushoken is noted as being a wave repeatedly generated from an underhand palm. Meanwhile the Sensoshippukyaku, also known as a "Flash Twin Hurricane Leg," is said to be a keen horizontal jump kick.

On the surface, Goutetsu might just seem like yet another Shoto type character, but he actually has a unique gimmick to work with. In addition to being a master practitioner of Ansatsuken, Goutetsu is also indicated to be a master of Bōjutsu.

Bōjutsu in Japanese translates to "staff technique." Essentially, Goutetsu would fight using a staff. There are notably very few weapon fighters in the Street Fighter series.

Another Bōjutsu user actually exists in Street Fighter 5 with Falke. However, Falke is designed to be more of a zoner rather than a mid-ranged footsies type character. One of her main gimmicks has her pointing her staff like a rifle or shotgun before shooting psycho projectiles thanks to her ability to infuse objects with psycho power.

Needless to say, Goutetsu's depiction of Bōjutsu would have to work very differently from how it's portrayed by Falke. In addition to having techniques typical of a Shoto, Goutetsu could also have a very strong mid-range presence by utilizing a staff when attacking with his normals.

Of course, bringing back Goutetsu does present a problem for Akuma's backstory since characters keep surviving his Raging Demon technique, an ultimate attack of sorts that's supposed to be extremely fatal against its intended target.

Based on where the story is likely heading considering Luke, the next Street Fighter project will probably be taking place after Street Fighter 5 timeline wise. At the very least, it's not going to be a prequel to the original Street Fighter since Luke probably wasn't even born by that point based on how Luke's prologue worked in Street Fighter 5.

Perhaps Goutetsu could be a "flashback" character. He'd have a presence in the roster and would be talked about in the story, but he wouldn't be able to have an impact on present events in Street Fighter lore due to his demise at Akuma's hands.

It's entirely possible that Goutetsu might never become a playable character as Capcom may have intended for him to only be an element for Akuma's backstory. Still, things could get interesting if Goutetsu were to ever return in some form. We'll just have to wait and see if "Street Fighter 6" is the game to finally do this.

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