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Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki is the title of a four-volume mini-series based on Ibuki and her storyline in Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, released by UDON Entertainment. Each volume was collected into a single book for Street Fighter Legends, a sub-series in UDON's Street Fighter comic book series. Ibuki herself appears in volume 3 of this series, preceded by Chun-Li and Sakura.

SynopsisEdit

Years ago, when the Geki clan discovered an abandoned baby girl in the forest, they decided to raise her to be the perfect ninja, untouched by the impurities of modern life. However Enjo believed she should have a choice and left the Geki, burning down their village to cover his escape with the girl in tow.

Enjo established his own village called the Glade of Ninjas and Ibuki was raised there, but allowed to also live normal life and attend school, with the promise that she could decide what life she wanted once she graduated from high school.

Ibuki and her non-ninja friend Sarai begin their senior year in high school when Makoto transfers to their school; when Makoto gets into a fight with bullies, Ibuki intervenes to help her but all this does is gain her attention and Makoto challenges her to a fight after school, assessing Ibuki to be a tough opponent to challenge.

However before the fight can take place, Ibuki is attacked by a Geki ninja who has finally found the Glade of Ninjas, and she knocks him to the ground in front Makoto, who is shocked to learn Ibuki is a ninja. Before she can finish the Geki off, another ninja appears from nowhere and knocks him out and runs, saying that he'll explain the next time they meet. Ibuki gives chase leaving Makoto and the unconscious Geki behind, but is unable to catch him.

Ibuki then returns to Makoto at her dojo, and Makoto attempts to fight her but Ibuki says that after such an ambush, she has to focus on maintaining her cover and figuring out who the ninja was (Enjo has not told her of her origins), promising that they can fight later. The two become friends, and when they return to school they discover that their school has another new transfer student: Elena. Ibuki befriends her too and Sarai becomes jealous that as a non-martial artist she isn't interesting enough for Ibuki anymore, and the two have a falling out. Ibuki's life becomes far more hectic as she tries to juggle her remaining friends, her studies, her search for a good university (which she eventually decides will be Sarusuberi University, and is even more certain after being charmed by a handsome Sarusuberi student), her ninja duties (which her elders increase to challenge her more) and her attempts to figure out who her assailant was.

Eventually Sarai comes to aplogize for her jealousy but surprises Ibuki, who throws four kunai at the approaching presence by reflex. Sarai blocks all four with her schoolbag and after the two apologize to each other, Ibuki expresses amazement that Sarai had been able to block all four kunai completely without training, and says that after she completes her own secondary ninja training, she will suggest Sarai to her elders as a new ninja student.

Her elders, impressed with how she has managed every duty that has been thrown at her even while balancing her school life, tell her she is ready for her final ninja exam: to challenge the ancient master, Oro. They warn her that in addition to being too powerful to defeat head-on, his extraordinary senses make him impossible to catch by surprise.

Ibuki redoubles her martial arts training and spars against Elena with coaching from Makoto, however Elena managing to dodge all her attacks and Makoto's insistence that defeating Oro will be nigh-impossible only serve to demoralize her. Finally, after her teacher tells her to shift her weight further into her punches, Ibuki - overwhelmed by everything expected of her - very nearly gives up and runs away from the Glade of Ninjas, but decides to stick with it and refocuses her mind totally on the most immediate challenge in front of her.

Together with her friends, she goes to the shrine on Mt. Atago, where Oro has travelled to meditate. There she challenges him to fight, and Oro expresses disappointment since he thought she was here to ask him on a date (although this is probably facetious). Oro, with one arm bound, blocks, dodges or counters every attack she throws at him, and goads her to show him her true power. She responds with a Yoroitoshi, which Oro also blocks - barely. However, he exclaims that she actually made him think about using both hands, and tells her that although the fight is over since he doesn't want to hurt her, he commends her on an entertaining challenge. He finishes by saying that she has dug deep, faced her fears and discovered new power, and that there is nothing more for her to do: that she has succeeded.

On their way home, the girls encounter the ninja who had helped Ibuki before, who tries to warn her that the Geki have found her and that they are coming. However, he is too late and they are caught in a net. They fight their way free and defeat their ambushers, then rush to the Glade of Ninjas which more of the Geki have set on fire. They fight off the Geki and save Ibuki's clanmates, but Alpha, the leader of the Geki clan, surprises and captures Ibuki again and confronts Enjo while an underling holds her hostage, revealing to Ibuki her origins and the plans the Geki had for her. However Enjo helps her free herself by throwing some shuriken in her captor's arm, and he and Alpha attack each other, impaling one another on each other's weapons. Ibuki helps Enjo out onto the field of battle and he tells the Geki that their leader is gone and that as they are all ninja, they need not stay divided. At this, the Geki kneel to Enjo and the battle ends.

Ibuki graduates from high school and as she heads to university for her first day, she is congratulated by her clanmates, including new recruit Sarai who thanks her for everything. Ibuki counters that Sarai earned her place.

Once Ibuki reaches university the handsome student who helped convince her to choose Sarusuberi tells her that she should join his club. She agrees and goes with him, only to be shocked to discover that his "club" is the next stage of advanced ninja training, and that he was the mysterious ninja who had helped her.

After a while Makoto and Elena visit her on campus and Makoto says Ibuki's probably gone soft. Ibuki performs a quick-change into her ninja uniform and responds that she's ready for their fight whenever Makoto is. Makoto, delighted, begins immediately.

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Street Fighter series
Video games (Full list)
Main games Street Fighter · Street Fighter II (Champion Editon · Hyper Fighting · Super · Turbo · Hyper · HD Remix) · Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors' Dreams (Alpha 2 · Alpha 3) · Street Fighter III (2nd Impact · 3rd Strike) · Street Fighter IV (Super · Arcade Edition · Ultra) · Street Fighter V
Spinoffs Street Fighter EX (EX2 · EX3) · Street Fighter: The Movie (Arcade version · Home version) · Street Fighter II: The Interactive Movie · Street Fighter: The Storytelling Game · Chun-Li ni makase China · Street Fighter: Puzzle Spirits · Street Fighter: Battle Combination · Super Street Fighter IV: PachiSlot Edition
Crossover Marvel vs. Capcom series · SNK vs. Capcom series · Namco × Capcom series · Taisen Net Gimmick Capcom & Psikyo All Stars · Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo · Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix · Capcom Fighting All-Stars · Capcom Fighting Jam · Cannon Spike · Tatsunoko vs. Capcom · Street Fighter Online: Mouse Generation · Street Fighter × Mega Man · Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U · Street Fighter × All Capcom · Japan Sumo Cup: Yokozuna vs. Street Fighter
Compilation Street Fighter Anniversary Collection · Street Fighter Alpha Anthology · Street Fighter Collection · Street Fighter Collection 2 · Marvel vs. Capcom Origins · Capcom Classics Collection · Capcom Puzzle World
Other Related Final Fight series · Slam Masters series · Rival Schools series · Street Fighter 2010 · Onimusha: Soul · Monster Strike
Miscellaneous List of games · List of playable characters · List of non-playable characters
Other media
Film/Television Future Cops · Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie · Live-action film · Street Fighter II: Yomigaeru Fujiwara-kyō · Street Fighter II V (List of episodes) · US TV series (List of episodes) · Street Fighter Alpha: The Animation · Street Fighter Alpha: Generations · Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li · Street Fighter IV: The Ties That Bind · Super Street Fighter IV OVA · Street Fighter - Round One: Fight! · Balrog: Behind the Glory · Street Fighter: Legacy · Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist · Street Fighter: World Warrior · Matador · Street Fighter: Resurrection
Comics Street Fighter II (manga) · Street Fighter Gaiden · Street Fighter (UDON) (Legends: Chun-Li · Legends: Ibuki · Issue 0 · Issue 2 · The Life and Death(s) of Charlie Nash) · Street Fighter Alpha (manga) · Sakura Ganbaru! · Cammy Gaiden · World Warrior Encyclopedia (Hardcover) · Ryu Final · The Twin Dragon · Street Fighter Zero (HK comic) · Street Fighter (Brazilian comic series) · Street Fighter Zero (Brazilian comic) · EX2 Plus (comic) · Street Fighter (Malibu comic) (Issue 1 · Issue 2 · Issue 3)

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