The Tenmakujinkyaku (天魔空刃脚, Tenma Kuujinkyaku, "Sky Demon Air Blade Leg") is one of Akuma, Evil Ryu, and Gouken's Unique Attacks. It is also one of many techniques copied by Seth in the Street Fighter IV series.
|Most appearances||Unique Attack||Akuma|
Street Fighter IV series
|Unique Attack||Seth||(forward) +|
|Marvel vs. Capcom series||Special Attack||Akuma|
Complete Change Ryu
The user jumps, landing with a strong kick that inflicts high damage with the outer metatarsal portion of his leading foot; if successful, he can follow up with any other attack, making this a good combo starter. In the case of Akuma and Gouken, it can also be performed via Hyakkishu as an alternate version, albeit with the addition of a low kick.
This attack can beat out a Shoryuken if both are executed at the same time, but it cannot cancel Sakura's Shououken and Dan's Koryuken. This move, due to its speed and codifying as a dive kick, can also be used to crossup due to how fast the user can get to the ground as he hits his opponent (if positioned well enough that is), but however, some moves like Yun and Yang's Raigeki Shu can perform this task better due to better steep angle control.
Another notable weakness is the height restriction; since it must be used at the apex of a forward or neutral jump (depending on the game), it's often very difficult to use it consistently if not trained well enough of its nature.
In the Marvel vs. Capcom series, the move is a special attack, and its input was changed to a quarter-circle forward motion. However, in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, it was changed back into a command normal. Of course, barring MvC3, the move tends to be more slower on startup and also does multiple hits, and has a knockdown effect. As a bonus however, even though it still has a bit of a height restriction, though it can be done during more periods in the air. This also applies to its MvC3 version, where jump direction hinders it little.
- This move made its very first appearance in X-Men: Children of the Atom, where Akuma was a hidden bonus character image.
- In the Special Edition of Devil May Cry 3, Vergil possesses his own version of the Tenma Kuujinkyaku, called Starfall. The Level 2 of this move sees his legs glowing brightly, referencing its name. Dante also has his own version called Killer Bee, referencing Cammy's old codename.
- Magma Dragoon, one of the bosses in Mega Man X4, possesses a fire-elemental version of this move, dubbed as the Enkoukyaku ("Blaze Descending Leg"). This move also returns in Mega Man X8 as one of the special attacks Zero can use when equipping the K-Knuckle.