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!.


Fighter's History



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Page Updated:  Sept. 3rd, 2022

She's the other Ryoko! Not the "cute" Ryoko from World Heroes... the more serious badass female Judo practitioner in a 2D fighting game named Ryoko! lol. Street Fighter 2 copycat fighting games in the 90s can get confusing sometimes. Anyhow, Ryoko from Fighter's History is indeed based off of a real life Judo champion, so that's cool.

Ryoko has a few decent moves, but her posture and actual animations in the game seem off. Her hunched stance looks weird, even if it's a normal Judo position. She seems unbalanced and uncomfortable during most of her movements and attacks. Her 2D sprite is also freakishly small... I can hardly see her on the screen at all. IMO, her moveset is pretty boring. She also 100% stole Ryu's crouching fierce punch (totally a rip-off)! Compared to the rest of the Fighter's History cast (and other fighting game characters of the time), she's a bit boring and forgettable. Otherwise, she's not too bad! 

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