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Karin Kanzuki KarinProfileSFA3Max
Karin, as she appears in Street Fighter Alpha 3.
Karin Kanzuki
Birthdate Unknown[1]
Birthplace Japan Japan[1]
Height 5'4" (162 cm)[1]
Weight 106 lbs (48 kg)[1]
Eye color Brown
Hair color Blonde (styled into Victorian Europe-era ringlet curls)
Blood type B[1]
Fighting style Kanzuki style martial arts[1]
Likes Absolute victory[1]
Dislikes Middle-class ideals[1]
Rival(s) Sakura, Ken (Friendly), Blanka, R. Mika, Guy
Hobbies Secret techniques of the Kanzuki household [2]
Moveset Guren Ken, Hou Shou, Mujin Kyaku, Ressen Chou, Ressen Ha, Yasha Gaeshi, Arakuma Inashi, Kanzuki-ryuu Kou'ou Ken, Kanzuki-ryuu Shinpikaibyaku
First game Street Fighter Alpha 3

Karin Kanzuki (神月かりん, Kanzuki Karin) is a character from the Street Fighter series. She was originally a character from the 1996 Street Fighter manga Sakura Ganbaru! authored by Masahiko Nakahira. Her character would be integrated into the video game series in Street Fighter Alpha 3, where she appears as a playable character.


Karin is the daughter of Daikenjuro and Nadeshiko Kanzuki; their butler is Ishizaki‎, and Shibazaki is the family steward. The wealthy Kanzuki family's mottos are "All you need is victory" (also interpreted as "Be the winner in everything") and, alternately, "The worst we'll ever be is the best". Her family's private estate covers 200 acres of land, and not only has its own geographical features, but its own climate. The Kanzukis are even wealthier than the Masters, so rich that they have their own satellite called "Red Spider Lilly".


As a self-styled rival of Sakura, Karin naturally has a similar outfit, complete with sailor fuku, except hers is predominantly red and white with a blue bola tie. She stylises her blonde hair into long, oversized ringlet curls in a Victorian Europe-era fashion with two small forelocks, and occasionally wears a blue bow in the back. She appears to wear underwear on the outside of her black shorts and completes her outfit with matching black socks and short, red boots.


Karin's laugh and mannerisms are derived from the unpleasant "ojou" stereotypes common in anime and manga; while she commonly remains snobbish and haughty as the "ojou" stereotype, other aspects of her personality can vary wildly in other media. In Namco X Capcom, Karin is calmer, more level-headed and cynical, and serves as the voice of reason for the impulsive Sakura. In the UDON comics, on the other hand, she is extremely hateful and competitive the point of obsessiveness, making her much more of an antagonist.

Karin usually refers to other people as "commoners", or inferiors. She lives by her motto more than the rest of her family, as she takes majority control of her father's company from under his nose in a hostile takeover (ironic, since he was the one to drive that philosophy into her).

After Karin finds and eventually defeats Sakura in a rematch, she feels that she won only "by chance" and finally admits that Sakura is actually the best of them. Karin then decides to ditch her family's motto of "always winning" (at least when concerning martial arts) and starts to praise fighting itself as more importantly than victory or defeat, showing a bit of humility.



Karin considers herself a rival of Sakura, who defeated her when challenged.

Street Fighter Alpha 3Edit

The Kanzuki corporation is threatened by Shadaloo, which makes demands of the dynasty. She uses the family fortune in an attempt to track down Shadaloo, as well as confronting a roving Sakura to challenge her again. Along the way, she encounters Blanka and defeats him in a friendly match, musing that "the world is so vast" for such a beast to exist. She also encounters R. Mika and battles her, and is so impressed by Mika's ability that she offers the wrestler her sponsorship. Karin eventually finds and defeats Sakura, but realizes the victory was a fluke, and that the fight itself is more important, not winning or losing (as Ken Masters told her this previously).[3]

Comics and MangaEdit

Sakura Ganbaru!Edit

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UDON comicsEdit

Karin appeared in UDON's Street Fighter Legends: Sakura comic. In it, she is portrayed in a considerably less honorable light, using questionable methods to gain underhanded advantages over Sakura, such as rigging a hot-dog eating contest in which Sakura took part just so Karin could challenge her later when Sakura was stuffed full of food, and thus in no real condition to fight.

Crossover appearancesEdit

Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street FighterEdit

Karin may have been intended to appear in Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter; her sprite, based mostly on her Sakura Ganbaru! appearance (i.e. the same school outfit as Sakura with boots instead of sneakers, as shown below) exists somewhere in the ROM data, near Dan's sprites.[4]

Capcom Fighting EvolutionEdit

Karin also appeared in Capcom Fighting Evolution as a playable character.

SNK vs. Capcom: Match of the MillenniumEdit

Karin appeared in Match of the Millennium as the Capcom guide character for the game's Olympic Mode.

Gameplay and fighting styleEdit

Though she styles herself as a rival to Sakura, she uses the martial art style Kanzuki-ryū kakutōjutsu, a style she created herself, instead of the "original" style Sakura uses. Karin has a wide array of strikes, throws and potent reversals, and she prides herself on being able to handle any opponent she faces. She prefers to keep her opponents guessing by varying the speed of her attacks, and also makes them second-guess their own choice of moves for fear of her powerful counterattacks.

She is well versed in various forms of Bushido, military arts, and "combative sports". This was probably mistranslated from a term that meant "combat sports", which includes various events (e.g. Japanese pro wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts groups). The sum of all her accomplishments in the field of martial arts is equivalent to 100 dan and 8 kyu (the Japanese ranking system for martial arts, among other things).[citation needed]

Karin's overall style focuses on pacing, dashing strikes and counters, and aerial attacks. Karin's fighting versatility allows her to stay on the move while setting up crushing counters. However, she has a moderate lag time between her attacks, and can be thwarted by an opponent that jumps over her and attacks. Her style can be seen as a mix of Fei Long and Chun-Li, as both utilize pacing and speed. Utilized correctly, Karin is not one to be taken lightly and can have her opponent falling for a perfectly-timed counter.

Quotes Edit

See: Karin/Quotes


  • Although Karin is usually depicted as an only child of the Kanzuki family in most Street Fighter media (this is even stated as much in Sakura Ganbaru!), in the Ryu Final manga, she has three unnamed sisters.[citation needed]
  • Emilie "Lili" de Rochefort from the Tekken series is often compared to Karin, since the former bears many similarities to her.
    • Karin and Lili both have schoolgirls (Sakura and Asuka Kazama respectively) for rivals, and declared them rivals so after they were defeated by them; Karin was defeated by Sakura after a challenge, while Lili was defeated by Asuka at the fifth King of the Iron Fist Tournament.
    • Each developed their own fighting styles, and enjoy the prospect of victory.
    • Both are somewhat selfish and stuck-up rich girls who come from wealthy families with companies/businesses being threatened in their main storylines.
    • Their butlers are present during their winning poses; Karin is shown with her butler, Ishizaki, while Lili asks her butler Sebastian if he can find a better person to fight than the person she defeated.
    • The comparisons come full circle in Street Fighter X Tekken, wherein Sakura compares Lili to Karin in the former's winquote against the latter.
  • Karin also has a similar personality and background to Nanami Kiryuu from Revolutionary Girl Utena. Karin's laugh is also similar to Nanami's.
  • Karin also shares similarities to a character in the Naruto series who also shares the same name with Karin.

Stage ThemeEdit


Street Fighter Alpha series Edit

Capcom Games Edit

Namco's X series Edit

Other Artworks Edit



See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Street Fighter: World Warrior Encyclopedia Hardcover
  2. Street Fighter: World Warrior Encyclopedia

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