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Rainbow Mika RMika
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R. Mika, as she appears in Street Fighter V.
Rainbow Mika
Birthdate Unknown[1]
Birthplace Japan Japan[1]
Height 5'6" (168 cm)[2][3]
Weight 154 lbs (70 kg)[2][3]
Eye color Blue
Hair color Blonde
Blood type O[1]
Fighting style Pro wrestling[1][2]
Likes Zangief's wrestling style[1], special training[3]
Dislikes Rude youngsters[1]
Rival(s) Karin, Zangief
Skills Theatrics[1], overeating[2], running on sandy beaches, finger push-ups, neck bridge, wrestling
Moveset Flying Peach, Shooting Peach, Rainbow Sobat, Rainbow Suplex, Paradise Hold, Daydream Headlock, Wingless Airplane, Rainbow Typhoon, Brimstone, Mic Performance, Rainbow Hip Rush, Sardine Beach Special, Heavenly Dynamite, Peach Assault, Nadeshiko
First game Street Fighter Alpha 3
English voice actor(s) Bonnie Gordon (Street Fighter V)
Japanese voice actor(s) Junko Takeuchi (Street Fighter Alpha 3)
Hiromi Igarashi (Street Fighter V)
"The superstar of the ring... That's what I wanna be!"
—R. Mika
"I'll kick your ass! All right! Let's begiiiiin!!!
(かましたれえ!! おっしやいいいくそぉぉぉ!!! Kama shitaree!! Osshi yai ī kusoooo!!!?)
"
—R. Mika (Street Fighter V)

Rainbow Mika (レインボー・ミカ Reinboo Mika?), often shortened to R. Mika, is a video game character from the Street Fighter series. Her true name is Mika Nanakawa (七川 美華 Nanakawa Mika?), and she is a professional wrestler trained by her tag-team partner: the big, domineering, shinai-sporting, Honda Canopy-riding Yoko Harmegeddon. She first made her debut in Street Fighter Alpha 3 and will return in Street Fighter V.

BiographyEdit

AppearanceEdit

Mika has long, blonde hair with bangs that is tied in two geometrical pigtails. Her attire is a revealing blue and white leotard with ruffles around the collar, sleeves, and the leg holes, meant to be flamboyant, so as to stand out from the more experienced wrestling pools and circles. On her chest are blue hearts, one on each breast. Being a Japanese blonde has its way of hiding her devotion and sincerity to her sport, as does her mask, and she possibly aims for making her arm joints less constricted due to the exposed portions of her uniform around her elbows and shoulders. She also wears tall, white, lace-up boots with white stockings.

In Street Fighter V, her appearance remains largely the same, except the blue hearts on her chest were removed. Because of the shift from sprites to 3D models, her pigtails are animated more realistically.

PersonalityEdit

Mika is a sprightly, beautiful girl who prides herself on going all out and wowing the crowds with her wrestling moves. Her performances can be a little rough around the edges, but she definitely has the potential to enter the pro circuit. She idolizes Zangief and considers his way of fighting as the ideal route for herself. The mask she wears around her eyes can sometimes make it difficult to tell what Mika is thinking or feeling, but she is very open about about her emotions and speaks in a distinctive manner.

Concept Edit

Mika was created to introduce a "tricky and technical character" into the series, though she was not a female wrestler in the beginning. After her development, the team introduced Karin to provide a contrast to her.[4]

StoryEdit

Street Fighter Alpha 3Edit

After graduation from a local junior high school, a woman by the name of Nanakawa Mika begins her plans to become a female wrestler as the pupil of Harmageddon Youko. By way of a several year-interval training period, Rainbow Mika was ready to make her debut as a pro wrestler. She thought of the perfect marketing gimmick to promote her name-- traveling the world and engaging in random matches with street fighters. Through this publicity journey, R. Mika meets the great Zangief and cooperates in some way with his mission to destroy the Psycho Drive, though they end up rescuing people with E. Honda as well (specially noted in AAC). Afterwards, Mika continues to train as a pro wrestler so that she can finally meet him (Zangief) again later on.

At some point in the story, Mika meets Karin, and the two fight. Karin is so impressed with Mika’s fighting ability that she promised that the Kanzuki Zaibatsu would become her sponsor if/when she becomes a first-class wrestler. Six months after the Psycho Drive was destroyed, Zangief finally met R. Mika at her home stage for a public bout. In just under 20 minutes, Zangief finally trounces Mika with a Final Atomic Buster; despite the devastating loss, she still has nothing but respect for him afterwards. Zangief remarks that she's got a high wall to climb, but she is well underway.

Karin's sponsoring R. Mika is confirmed in Street Fighter Eternal, since Mika did later on become a reputable pro wrestler.

Street Fighter V Edit

R. Mika will return in Street Fighter V, making her first playable appearance since her debut in Alpha 3.[5]

StoryEdit

R. Mika finally reunites with her master, Zangief as he wants to tests her in-ring strength after they did not met each other. After Zangief was defeated, he decides to be acquainted with her in a journey of training to attain her muscle spirit when he gives her an advice. At Brazil, she encounters Birdie who became angered for his crimes of getting too much food without paying. After defeating Birdie, she tells him that he was not near towards Zangief in strength and also he has no muscle spirit which Birdie could not understand her words. To Mika's confusion, Birdie leaves the scene as Zangief watching her leave. Back at the wrestling ring, R. Mika was confronted by Laura as Zangief watches them outside the ring. After Laura was defeated, Laura was amazed to her tougher attitude which she replies that she is okay and Zangief was on her side who taught her so much. Zangief steps in to fight Laura as both are ready to face off. To Mika's dismay Zangief's fight with Laura was interrupted by a large bear as Mika attempts to fight off the bear but to no avail as Zangief saves her by lifting and throws the bear outside of the wrestling ring. Mika tells him that her skills are developed yet and Zangief happily compliments her that she had already gained her passionate spirit from him and remarks her that she is fearless when she tried to stop the large bear and spirit feels with burning passion much to Mika's surprise. Zangief also tells her about the fusion between a muscle and a spirit was a Muscle Spirit and gives her an advice to continue her muscle training and Mika was happy by it. Zangief considers her as his comrade and he wants to fight side by side. It soon changes outside the Kanzuki Estate where Mika is acquainted with Ibuki. She wants to travel the world and teach them about muscle spirit. Ibuki rejects her offer stating that she can't anything from someone like Mika who is passionate and bossy. This angers Mika which she realizes that Ibuki did not listen to her words at all and Ibuki replies that she was shouting at nothing which is why she rejects her offer. Mika becomes enraged by Ibuki's words causing an argument between both of them and she challenges her in a fight which Ibuki shuts her up if she wins Mika will leave her alone as Mika rants her for picking up a fight and calls her arrogant while Ibuki calls her a bossy.

At some point in the game's story, she and Zangief (as tag team partners) are in a wrestling match.

Other appearancesEdit

UDON comicsEdit

R. Mika also appeared in UDON's Street Fighter II: Turbo comic, Street Fighter Legends: Sakura comic, Street Fighter IV comic and in Super Street Fighter: New Generations comics.

El Fuerte is also shown to be a huge fan of R. Mika in the comics. In the Street Fighter IV comic, one of her matches is being shown on TV at a restaurant. T. Hawk, watching, requests that the channel be changed, since he can't stand pro wrestling. After hearing T. Hawk badmouth both pro wrestling and R. Mika, El Fuerte bursts from the kitchen and yells at T. Hawk. R. Mika's image adorns every piece of El Fuerte's cooking attire.

Later on, El Fuerte befriends Sakura while they are in the backstage of a game show in Japan, after she mentions that she's a personal friend of R. Mika (something that was shown in Street Fighter Legends: Sakura), and at the end of the Street Fighter IV mini-series, Sakura brings R. Mika in person to El Fuerte's restaurant in Mexico, much to his amazement.

Cameo Appearance Edit

R. Mika made a cameo appearance in Felicia's Capcom Fighting Evolution ending.

Gameplay/Fighting styleEdit

Mika is primarily a grappling character, whose main weapons are high-priority command throws. Unlike most grapplers in the Street Fighter series (and fighting games in general), who are slow and heavy, Mika is fast and agile. She has a fairly high and quick jump, and walks quite swiftly. Mika's normal attacks are diverse and useful, but aside from two command throws, her specials are none too impressive, so they must be used as a vital part of play strategy.

Like Dan, some of Mika's special attacks are rather comical. In her Flying Peach and Shooting Peach specials, she flings herself into her opponent buttocks-first, and mostly falls on it and has to rub it due to recoil. For her opening taunt and Beach Special Super Combo, she uses the top turnbuckle of a wrestling ring that appears from the side of the screen. The sudden appearance of a turnbuckle is amusingly redundant when Mika is fighting on her own stage at a beachside wrestling ring.

In Street Fighter V, Mika gains more wrestling moves such as a Frankensteiner, a Stunner, and a Giant Swing. Her V-Trigger enables her to be aided by her tag-team partner Yamato Nadeshiko as seen in some of her special attacks and her Critical Art.

Stage ThemeEdit

QuotesEdit

See R. Mika/Quotes.

TriviaEdit

  • Nanakawa in kanji means "seven rivers," and her first name Mika means roughly "beautiful blossom".
  • R. Mika's measurements (Bust, Waist, Hip) are 38" (97 cm), 28" (72 cm), and 36" (93 cm).
  • R. Mika is the only playable female wrestler on the Street Fighter universe.
  • The All About Street Fighter Zero 3 guidebook states that R. Mika's hobbies are running on sandy beaches, push-ups, and wrestler's bridge. It also states that her special skill is gluttony.
  • On the cover of the Capcom Secret File from the arcade version of Alpha 3, R. Mika is teamed up with a black haired fellow female wrestler named Yamato Nadeshiko (her name is a phrase which actually means the Japanese concept of the "perfect" woman), who works for the same wrestling organization as R. Mika and is also her tag-team partner (as seen in gallery below). Yamato appears as R. Mika's V-Trigger in Street Fighter V, every special attack has its own version with Nadeshiko while during the activation of the V-Trigger.
  • Junko Takeuchi, R. Mika's voice actress in Street Fighter Alpha 3, is known for voicing the protagonist Naruto Uzumaki in the original Japanese language version of the Naruto and Shippuden anime, even though her role as R. Mika predates it.
  • Mika's blue eyes are likely due to contact lenses. In her alternate colours, her eyes always match the colour of her outfit.

GalleryEdit

R. Mika/Gallery

SpritesEdit

R. Mika/Sprites

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Street Fighter: World Warrior Encyclopedia Hardcover
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Street Fighter V Stat Card
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 http://www.capcom.co.jp/sfv/chara_mika.html
  4. Staff (February 1999). "An Interview with Noritaka Funamizu". Game Informer (70).
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAMjim8R2-U
  6. http://addicted-gamers.com/2011/11/17/street-fighter-x-tekken-alternate-costumes-screenshots/
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Champion Edition Balrog · M. Bison · Sagat · Vega
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Alpha 2 Evil Ryu · Gen · Rolento · Sakura
Alpha 3 Cody · Juli · Juni · Karin · R. Mika
Alpha 3 MAX Eagle · Ingrid · Maki
Street Fighter III New Generation Alex · Dudley · Elena · Gill · Ibuki · Necro · Oro · Sean · Yang · Yun
2nd Impact Hugo · Urien
3rd Strike Makoto · Q · Remy · Twelve
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Super Hakan · Juri
Arcade Edition Oni
Ultra Decapre · Poison
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Portable Eagle · Ingrid · Maki · Yun
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