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Zenpou Tenshin (Roll)

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Zenpou Tenshin (前方転身 Zenpō Tenshin?, "Forward Turnover"), also known simply as Roll, is one of Ken and Akuma's special attacks. It is a tactical-evasive move introduced in the Street Fighter Alpha series.

Appearance User(s) Function Input
Street Fighter Alpha series
Street Fighter EX series
Special Attack Arcade Stick QCB + Arcade Button Punch
Street Fighter III series Sean Special Attack Arcade Stick QCB + Arcade Button Punch
Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact Akuma Special Attack Arcade Stick HCF + Arcade Button Kick


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.

Sean's version in the Street Fighter III series is known as Zenten (前転 Zenten?). Akuma can also use the Zenten in Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact, but not in Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike.

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.


Appearance User(s) Function Input
Street Fighter Alpha 2
Street Fighter Alpha 3
Ken Special Attack Arcade Stick QCF + Arcade-Button-Start

Ken can also perform a "fake" version, the Zento (前倒 Zentō?, Front Drop), in Alpha 2 and Alpha 3. It is similar in concept and input to Ryu's Hado no Kamae.

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.

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