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The Sakura Otoshi (さくら落とし Sakura Otoshi?, "Sakura Drop") is one of Sakura's special attacks, introduced in Street Fighter Alpha 2 Gold.

Input (all appearances)
Initial: Sakura Otoshi Arcade Stick S + Arcade Button Kick
Followup Arcade Button Punch (up to 3 times)
Cancel (Capcom vs. SNK 2 only) Arcade Button Kick



"Here I come!"

Executed by performing a Shoryuken motion? and pressing kick, Sakura will leap forward with her fists held over her head (and slightly behind). How far she jumps is determined by the kick button pressed, although the difference between the 3 normal versions is minimal. The EX Special version introduced in the Street Fighter IV series takes her exactly to her opponent.

When she lands, she loses her balance. This leaves her extremely vulnerable, and should be avoided by completing the rest of the move: during the jump, if punch is pressed, Sakura will bring her fists downward in a hammerstrike that can send a foe flying. If successful, Sakura can follow up with two more mid-air hammerstrikes to the opponent by continuing to press punch.


Even if the initial hammerstrike misses, Sakura will not lose her balance on landing, which is a good technique to avoid punishes, especially if the opponent dodges quickly.


Street Fighter IV seriesEdit


SF4 Combo Challenge 08 Variance Sakura response00:13

SF4 Combo Challenge 08 Variance Sakura response

A combo against Gouken, started with a jump-in fierce punch and finished with a full Otoshi.

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