Kasugano Sakura Profile
Sakura Kasugano, commonly known simply as Sakura, is a video game character in the Street Fighter series of fighting games. She is a Japanese schoolgirl and is 16 years old during the Street Fighter Alpha series. Sakura has an intense fascination with Ryu, and has managed to copy and learn some of Ryu's techniques, but really wants him to train her personally.
Sakura typically fights in her school uniform; a short-skirted sailor fuku (seifuku) with the collar popped and red bloomers underneath. She wears a red top under her uniform, sparring gloves, a white headband and a pair of red high-top sneakers.
Following her appearances in the Street Fighter Alpha series, Sakura has also appeared as a playable character in Rival Schools: United by Fate, the Street Fighter EX series (in Street Fighter EX Plus ? and Street Fighter EX3), the Capcom vs. SNK series among other games. Sakura makes an appearance as a hidden character in the home version of Street Fighter IV.
Sakura first appeared in Street Fighter Alpha 2, where she had begun to participate in street fighting after watching Ryu win the first World Warrior tournament. She was searching for him and wished for him to train her to be a better fighter. She met up with many interesting people along the way, and eventually came across Ryu, who was still stressed over the Satsui no Hadou that had corrupted him—he told her he could not train her as he still had much to learn himself. He sparred with her for a bit and as he began to leave, she took a picture of him to remember him by.
In Street Fighter Alpha 3 Sakura decided to travel the world to find Ryu. She started off in her native Japan and fought the sumo wrestler E. Honda, who mentioned that Ryu went to India and Thailand. She also fought a rematch with her rival Karin Kanzuki, and though Karin won the fight, she admitted Sakura was better and she had learned winning was not everything. Thereafter traveling with her self-proclaimed sensei, Dan, she met his friend Blanka along the way and was promised a match with him. She continued to search the world for Ryu, eventually ditching Dan and finding Ryu's friend and rival Ken. She tells him how she loves to fight to better herself, and finding inspiration in those words himself, Ken joins her. Sakura eventually finds Ryu in Thailand, where he is actually being brainwashed by M. Bison. Sagat is also present and he fights Ryu while both Ken and Sakura take on Bison. Sakura is injured by Bison and this combined with Sagat's attempts to reach Ryu finally release him of his mind control. Ryu then attacks Bison who is now forced to retreat. Ryu tells Sakura that he is not ready to train her and fight a rematch with her yet, and walks off, with Sakura watching as he leaves.
In Street Fighter IV, the events of Street Fighter II's World Tournament have ended. Years have past since Sakura last saw Ryu, so she decides to find Ryu again for a match. She ends up joining the new World Tournament sponsored by S.I.N., an organization collecting street fighter data from around the world. In her ending after completing arcade mode, Sakura sees Ryu trying to stop the explosion of the machine holding all of the fighter's data and attempts to help him. Instead, she gets in the way, and Ryu must stop the machine with a Shoryuken since he is worried about Sakura causing the machine to explode and release energy all around. Sakura is engulfed by a red energy and faints, and Ryu carries her to safety.