Asura / Asra
 
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BIO:

The main protagonist of the storyline of Samurai Shodown 64, Asura fell in love with Shiki and they had one daughter (Mikoto). He is in a long-running conflict with Yuga, who wreaks havoc in order to bring about "the unification of this world and the Netherworld". Yuga imprisoned Asura in the Netherworld and he subsequently escapes when it is defeated during the events of Samurai Shodown 64. When he confronts Yuga, his clone, Shadow Asura, assists him in slaying the fiend. They fuse themselves together so that his clone could survive.

Later, in Samurai Shodown: Warriors Rage, Asura is revealed to be a shade of the real Asura. Yuda was the product of Asura merging with "Shadow Asura". His clone was the one who retained the original's memories; this Asura only kept the original's abilities and his animosity for Yuga.
 
                   
 

ORIGIN:
Samurai Shodown 64: Warriors Rage

 
                   
 

OTHER APPEARANCES:
Samurai Shodown 2 Pocket, Neo Geo Battle ColiseumCard Fighters Clash DS

 
                  

              
  

Page Updated:  June 28th, 2018

I love this design. Like most people in the West, I never got around to playing the SS64 games. Even so, I always thought Asura's design was badass and fitting for the series. Asura is kind of like an evil samurai with summoning abilities mixed with... Marilyn Manson. >:) Asura also makes a badass appearance in the opening scene for Samurai Shodown Asura Zanmaden OVA (a must-watch for any Samurai Shodown / SNK fan).

Thankfully, SNK finally brought Asra to NeoGeo Battle Coliseum, giving overseas fans of the design a chance to actually use Asura in a game! His 2D incarnation is incredibly well done in NGBC... and actually some of SNK's best 2D spritework in my opinion. Although his fighting style in NGBC can be a bit "cheap" at times, Asura definitely has style and hits hard. If SNK ever reboots the Samurai Shodown series, they NEED to put Asura in the game. ;)

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