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Ryu Hayabusa
 
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BIO:

The main protagonist of the Ninja Gaiden series, Ryu Hayabusa is a modern super ninja and the best friend of Kasumi's brother. Being a super ninja, he has the responsibility to confront Bankotsubo, the Evil Tengu, who came from the dark world into human existence. to face the Evil Tengu would be a suicidal act for any human being but Hayabusa owes it to himself and to mankind to confront his fate.
 
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FIGHTING GAME ORIGIN:
Dead or Alive

 
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OTHER APPEARANCES:
Dead or Alive 2, Dead or Alive 2: Hardcore, Dead or Alive 3, Dead or Alive 4, Dead or Alive 5, Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Dead or Alive 6, Dead or Alive: Dimensions

 
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Page Updated:  Oct. 11th, 2018

In the first couple DOA games, it was pretty epic to see the original star of Ninja Gaiden reimagined and appear in a next-gen 3D fighting game. Overall, Hayabusa's fighting game incarnation in DOA is well done... but I've seen better, more exciting ninjas in other fighting games. Also, the rendering of his "baby face" in the first few games is awkward (is he a model for acne medicine?)... and it doesn't really sell the design for me. He looks like such a friendly fellow without a mask. He looks like a barista at Starbucks. Seriously though, the DOA designers obviously spent too much time rendering soft-looking women with big breasts, that they forgot to make Hayabusa look even halfway tough.

Hayabusa's fighting style in the later DOA games strikes me as mediocre, right along with his personality, animations, and modernized ninja attire. He's acquired some cool moves over the years, but most of which I've seen other fighting game ninjas perform with more finesse and "oomph". Furthermore, I don't find many of Hayabusa's animations in DOA (and the newer NG games) to be very "ninja-like"... he does quite a few things rather sloppily, to be honest. While he's a cool design in some ways, I think he's slightly overrated as a design. Even when I played the retro NG games as a kid in the 90's, I always found him to be pretty generic ninja... but at least he's evolved a bit since then.

Fighting  Style  /  Moveset
Personality  /  Charisma
Outfit(s)  /  Appearance
Effectiveness  in  series
Overall Score

 
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Hayabusa Animations