was formerly the 38th grandmaster of the school of Bushinryu Ninjutsu. After
being succeeded by his pupil Guy,
he set out on a journey of self-discovery. In
series lore, Zeku
appeared in Street Fighter Alpha 2
during Guy's ending.
He made his first playable appearance in Street Fighter V.
Zeku became the
Grandmaster after defeating his former teacher Genryusai, but refused to kill
him as the Bushinryu commandments deemed because he saw him as a father.
Although the Genryusai focused on Ninjutsu, Zeku improved the style by
incorporating a variety of Taijutsu techniques on it. Master Zeku then became the
teacher of Guy, and taught the young Japanese-American ninja all he knew.
Eventually he and his student would battle to see if Guy was worthy of being
the 39th Successor of the Bushinryu school. Guy won, but like Zeku before him,
he didn't kill him. Zeku was proud of his disciple and ordained him the 39th
Successor of Bushinryu Ninpo. He then disappeared.
Zeku's SFV design (younger version) bears a strong resemblance to Strider
Hiryu. Some of Zeku's attacks, animations, and part of his musical
theme feature Strider references. In SFV, Zeku's bio mentions
that he plans to start a new ninja organization. This has lead some fans to
speculate that Zeku actually started the Strider organization, or is possibly the first
Strider. The Strider series takes place in 2048, many years after the Street
Fighter series - so its possible and suggested that Strider Hiryu is a descendant of Zeku.
Updated: Feb. 6th, 2022
Zeku is yet
another fan-service character for old school Street Fighter fans and
players. First introduced in SFA2 as Guy's master, those who remember
seeing Zeku in character endings and promotional artwork can fully appreciate
his epic fighting game debut in SFV. This is one of Capcom's specialties
as of late, especially with SFV... they certainly know how to resurrect classic,
underused characters and reintroduce them in epic ways.
Zeku's SFV fighting style and personality is well done, although I kinda wish Zeku was a bit more "serious" than how he turned out. However, I love his SFV Strider Hiryu tie-in element. So... Zeku wants to start up a new ninja organization. The Striders are a ninja
organization in 2048... so perhaps Zeku truly is the originator of Striders. Even back in the day, I always thought Guy and Strider Hiryu had some unmistakable similarities. It was cool to see Capcom finally acklowledge this in SFV. This is a cool story element that Capcom better utilize and expand upon in future Street Fighter / Strider games.
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