Ryoko Kano


Ryoko is a Judo prodigy who is proud of her family's history. One day, her father went missing, forcing her to carry on his wishes. She enters the Great Grapple tournament to prove to the world the strength of Judo. By the end of the second tournament, her father finally returns home. Her father congratulates her but states that she'll never surpass him. He then throws her and tells her that her real journey has just begun. Like Ryoko from World Heroes, she is based on the real life Judo world champion, Ryoko Tani. Her story also takes inspiration from the manga, Yawara!.


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Page Updated:  Feb. 24th, 2022

She's the other Ryoko... not the cute Ryoko from World Heroes... the other female Judo practitioner in an obscure 2D fighting game, named Ryoko. lol. "Me too" copy/paste 90's fighting games get confusing sometimes. Anyhow, the Ryoko from Fighters History is at least a character based on a real martial art / real-life martial artist. Judo is an awesome style for sure.

Ryoko has a few decent moves, but her posture and animations seem a bit off. Why is she so hunched in her stance? I know what they were going for, since a Judo practitioner's posture is slightly hunched when they're in close - going in for a throw. However, Ryoko's sprite looks particularly hunched - to the point where she seems uncomfortable. Her 2D sprite is weirdly small... is she 4 feet tall? IMO, her moveset is pretty boring. She also stole Ryu's crouching fierce punch (totally a copycat). Compared to the rest of the Fighters History roster (and most other fighting game characters from the era), she's not very memorable or exciting.

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