Zenpou Tenshin (前方転身 Zenpō Tenshin?, "Forward Turnover"), also known simply as Roll, is one of Ken, Sean and Akuma's special attacks. It is a tactical-evasive move introduced in the Street Fighter Alpha series.
|Street Fighter Alpha series|
Street Fighter EX series
|Street Fighter III series||Sean||Special Attack||+|
|Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact||Akuma||Special Attack||+|
The move is self-explanatory; the user rolls forwards, how far depending on the strength of the button pressed. Ken first used this move, and Akuma is also able to use it, the major difference being that Ken's roll happens on command but Akuma will take a slight hop before rolling forward. This move is also used by both Ken and Akuma in the Street Fighter EX series, and it is also copied by Cycloid Beta in Street Fighter EX Plus and by Ace in Street Fighter EX3.
This is an excellent and quick move for countering an approaching opponent, throwing off the aim of their attacks, or simply messing with them. This attack oddly does not fill up the Super Combo Gauge at all.
|Street Fighter Alpha 2|
Street Fighter Alpha 3
In this, he will roll forward, fall down, and get up. This is good for mindgames, but one must remember Ken is fully vulnerable during it.