Things follow pretty much the same direction here – The artist Arman Akopian played with the bellowed Street Fighter characters and imagined how Life After Street Fighter looks like. Cammy White, Chun Li, Guile, Blanka, Honda, Fei Long, Ryu, Sagat, Vega and Zangief are pictured in various “real-life” illustration.
The author’s comments about each character’s life path are embedded in each photo. I took the liberty of pasting them below each pic to help you get the most out of them …
Hats-off to Arman Akopian for the cool mockups. We’re looking forward to see more!!!
“Zangief has found God. Or, for one thing that is certain, he went looking for one. What was the strange turn of events that pushed the “Red Cyclone” to start looking for spiritual enlightenment? Was it his recent encounter with Dhalsim, who finally, through his Yoga powers, was able to reach Nirvana? Or that he might have realized that there is more to life than fighting? No one knows for sure, what was it that made this Russian Giant disappear in the vast wilderness of Siberia. However, it seems that Zangief is at peace with himself and passes his time chopping wood, praying and wrestling an occasional unlucky bear that would cross his path in the forest.”
“After suffering a crushing and humiliating defeat at the hands of Cyber Vega, and barely escaping with his life, Fei Long disappeared from the fighting scene and off the screens of movie theaters. For 3 years there has been no news of him until his recent reappearance in one of the street fighting tournaments of Hong Kong where he displayed amazing fighting skills, unparallel to the ones he used to have before. It turns out that for the past 3 years he has been at the Shaolin Temple, re-learning the true ways of Kung Fu from the Grand Masters in the temple. Fei Long is back like never before and is looking for a rematch with Cyber Vega.”
“Cammy White as become Killer Bee once again. This time permanently it seems. The reasoning behind her decision is unclear. But the recent few murders of some top officials from different countries around the world that were most active in their fight against Shadaloo has shown that her new found loyalty to Bison is beyond measure. Could this be another brainwash? Or has Cammy switched sides on her own free will?”
“One can only imagine what sort of dark thoughts were going through Chun-Li’s mind, when she discovered that the person who betrayed her father and made it possible for Bison to kill him, was an Interpol high ranking officer. She found the traitor and dealt him his fate, but her trust in the organization was irreparably broken. It was during this crisis, that an old friend of her father’s from the MSS (Ministry of State Security) approached her and offered her an officer’s rank in an elite Chinese counter-intelligence squad. Realizing that she will be serving her country while being able to battle Shadaloo and other external threats to her motherland, she gratefully accepted. And now she stands proud and strong, ready to defend the People’s Republic of China from any foe!”
“Blanka was overblown with joy after reuniting with his long lost mother. Seeing that she was always anxious and concerned for his well being, due to his street fighting life style, he decided to make a few changes. With the help of his mother’s boyfriend, who was a manager at the Brazilian division of Hydro Quebec, Blanka got himself a job as an emergency power generator for some of the hard to reach areas of the Amazon River. It was work perfectly suited to his profile. While buzzing out voltage he casually sips on margaritas and has been known to indulge on the occasional joint or two. Watching the local soccer team play as he powers up the beam lights of the field late in the evening he feels happy and at peace.”
“All of Japan’s underworld has to pay heed to the new Oyabun. For the Yakuza clans have been all united under the heavy palm of Edmond Honda. Frustrated at the inability of the police and the military to prevent Shadaloo’s expansion in to his beloved country, Honda decided to take matters into his own hands. But in doing so, he chose to approach the problem from a different direction. The Japanese Yakuza, an ancient and powerful organization, with a vast arsenal of quick and efficient methods of solving any problem, seemed like a worthy opponent to Bison’s criminal might. And so, Honda joined one of the clans, and quickly rose through the ranks to a boss position. Eventually he managed to unite all the Yakuza under his iron rule. And now he reigns supreme as the sole leader of all the clans.”
“Fate, it would seem, has played a cruel joke with Col. Guile. One of his signature and most fearsome attack moves, the “Sonic Boom” became the reason for his complete loss of hearing. As a result of that Guile got discharged from the Air Force. And to make matters worse, during the process of the medical exam, over-flown with emotions, he lost control over his temper and knocked a military official into a permanent coma. For that reason he got discharged with dishonor and lost all his privileges as a veteran officer. After doing 2 years in prison, his life went downhill. At this point all we know about him is that he is smuggling illegal immigrants over the border somewhere between Mexico and the state of Texas.”
“The man known as Ryu no longer exists. The power of the Dark Hadou has detroyed the soul of the ultimate street fighter leaving behind a demented empty shell that rages with uncontrolled ferocity, making it the perfect vessel for Akuma’s evil spirit. Knowing that, Ken Masters has hidden what was left of Ryu in one of the mental institutions that belong to his company. With the help of Dhalsim he has created spiritual barriers that prevent Akuma from possessing Ryu’s body in the hopes to somehow find a way to bring the consciousness of his best from back into this world.”
“After he learned of Ryu’s condition Sagat was furious and frustrated. He felt cheated out by fate of the chance for a rematch with his most fearsome opponent and there was nothing he could do about it. For a while he left the Thai Boxing and street fighting scene, since there was no opponent strong enough to oppose him. But after hearing rumours that there are still some far to reach corners of the vast Asian jungle where warriors fight in the ancient and brutal style of Mui Thai that was practiced during times of war and combats to the death, he decided to seek them out and be part of those ferocious tournaments. Each fight would leave only one man breathing, and those were the kind of odds that made Sagat feel alive again.”
“It was the end of Vega as we knew him when he crossed paths with the rampaging Ryu. The mad warrior simply ripped apart the narcissistic Spanish matador leaving behind a smoldering carcass of what once used to be Bison’s right hand man. But Bison saw this as an opportunity to test his new tech of creating cyber-warriors. After a while Vega emerged from the Shadaloo bio lab as Cyber Vega. Improved an deadlier than ever he is the prototype of the thousand cyber- clones that Bison intends to build on the road to his conquest. As for Cyber Vega himself, he is consumed with the wish for revenge and destroying everything that was once dear to Ryu.”