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Asuka Kazama (風間 飛鳥 Kazama Asuka?) is a character in the Tekken series who was first introduced in Tekken 5 and she has returned for every subsequent game in the series. While she was originally purported to be the cousin of Jin Kazama and the niece of Jun Kazama, it has later been stated by Katsuhiro Harada (see below) that their relationship is more complicated than that.

Biography

Personality

Asuka has a tomboyish personality and is quite brash and arrogant. Although her profile states that she breaks up fights regularly, she seems to have no qualms about fighting and seemingly revels in it. In her story mode, after defeating her target, Feng Wei, she decides to remain in the tournament in order to "have fun". Her pre and post-match quotes also demonstrate her confidence. As stated in her Tekken 5 / Dark Resurrection prologue, Asuka is also known as being a "nosy kid" who likes to solve other people's problems, "usually by knockout". According to her Tag 2 ending, she often goes around looking for gang fights to stop in Shinsekai, which is known as Osaka's most dangerous neighborhood.

Asuka speaks in Kansai dialect (Kansai is a region of western Japan encompassing major cities such as Kyoto, Osaka, and Kobe).

Asuka is somehow related to Jun Kazama (Jin's mother) and is the rival of Emilie "Lili" De Rochefort.

Appearance

Asuka has short, Japanese street style hair and wears clothing that is often associated with motorsport culture in Japan, although she is not a race queen in the Tekken storyline. Asuka also has an alternate look where she has traditional Japanese martial arts attire.

Outfits

Asuka Kazama/Outfits

Story

Tekken 5

Tekken 5 Manual Version
Ever since she was a child, Asuka received training in Kazama Style Traditional Martial Arts from her father. One day, Asuka's father was roughed up and sent to the hospital. A police detective told Asuka the perpetrator was likely to enter the tournament, so she decided to enter as well.

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Tekken 5 Asuka Interludes

Official Version
Ever since she was a child, Asuka had received training in Kazama Style Traditional Martial Arts from her father. Born with a strong sense of justice, Asuka was well known around Osaka for breaking up fights in the neighborhood.

Upon returning home one day, Asuka found pupils of her father had been roughed up. She learned from her father's pupils that an unknown Chinese man showed up at the dojo, severely beat them, and put Asuka's father in the hospital.

Several days later, an Interpol detective from Hong Kong came to investigate the incident, mentioning that the suspect is most likely planning to enter The King of Iron Fist Tournament. Upon hearing this, Asuka decides that she will also enter the tournament.

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Tekken 5 Asuka Epilogue (Subtitled)

Ending Description: Asuka defeats Jinpachi Mishima, who dissolves into dust. Meanwhile, the advanced effects of Devil Jin's transformation disappear (the horns and wings are gone), leaving a half-transformed Jin. Asuka rushes to Jin and tries to revive him, wondering what she should do.

Though she is unaware of it, her touch undoes the final remnants of the Devil Jin transformation, and Jin awakes in his human state. Alarmed at his unfamiliar surroundings, Jin tries to stand up quickly, tripping over Asuka and landing face-first between her breasts, which make a "boing" sound. Enough time passes for a small rock to roll on the ground before Jin finally sits up. Asuka, embarrassed at first, immediately gets angry and demands Jin to explain himself. Jin, however, seems to be completely oblivious to the moment and continues to wonder where he is. Believing this to be a front, Asuka angrily power-punches Jin into a large rock, calling him a pervert and then stomping away angrily, leaving Jin asking, "What was that all about?" in utter confusion. Immediately after, a tiny rock ironically falls on top of his head and knocks him back out.

Tekken 6

Asuka entered The King of Iron Fist Tournament 5 in order to avenge her father, who was injured by Feng Wei, but to her dismay, he was nowhere to be found, and, as the tournament ended, she returned to her calm and normal life disappointed.

However, her life didn't stay peaceful for long, as Asuka discovered that Jin Kazama was the man responsible for the terrible war going on all over the world. She enters The King of Iron Fist Tournament 6 in order to capture Jin Kazama.

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Tekken 6 - Asuka Kazama Ending

Ending Description: Asuka is hastily peddling her bike. She cries out that she's going to be late for school. As she is about to seemingly careen into the place (which may or may not be Mishima High), Lili's limousine appears out of nowhere. Asuka yells in surprise, and crashes her bike, making her lunch fall to the ground. Lili gets out of the limo in her school uniform, and states that her first day at school is completely ruined. Asuka angrily yells at her, "Are you some sort of idiot?!" Then the two of them engage in a fight, exchanging powerful blows with each other. Lili's driver quickly gets out of the limousine while this happens.

Tekken 7

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TEKKEN 7 - Asuka Kazama Ending & Intro (TEKKEN 7 Character Endings)

Since they first fought at the King of Iron Fist Tournament, Asuka felt that Lili was taking the whole rivalry nonsense a little too seriously. Asuka recalled Lili's phone call out of the blue a few days earlier: "Hello, Asuka. I am sure you have heard the news that the King of Iron Fist Tournament is starting again soon. Worry not, I have already been gracious enough to register you for the competition. No trying to weasel out of it, you hear? I am ever so looking forward to fighting you."

As Asuka let her rage toward Lili's presumptuousness fly down the phone, Lili hung up. Fed up of being treated like a rich girl's plaything, Asuka thought that maybe if she beat Lili, the conceited little princess would leave her alone. Then again, maybe not...

Asuka wondered how she could resolve the situation but came up with nothing. Eventually, she decided to go along with Lili's plan and enter the tournament.

Ending Description: After defeating Lili, Asuka is shocked to find that her rival is planning on moving to her own home. As Asuka shouts at her to explain herself, Lili waltzes around saying that she will learn the Kazama Style Traditional Martial Arts and rebuild the dojo to its former glory. Asuka can only shout in protest, demanding an explanation, and chase after Lili as they leave the arena.

Other Appearances

Street Fighter X Tekken

Asuka appeared in the crossover game Street Fighter X Tekken as a playable character, her partner is Lili and their rivals are Chun-Li and Cammy. She is referred to as the "Kansai Peacemaker" in her character description.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Asuka is featured as a playable character in Tekken Tag Tournament 2. She has her original moveset from Tekken 6 with a few new ones added and a wide range of special team alliances.

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Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Asuka's Ending

Ending Description: Two gangs are having a problem. They keep on bickering and babbling until Asuka comes and reconciles both sides of the argument. When Asuka encourages them to apologize to each other, she moves and her breasts shake accidentally. Both gangs leaders stare at them but Asuka yells at them and sends them flying. As she goes to leave, one of the members says "She is an annoying gang mediator!" When Asuka hears him, she kicks him in the face, saying "I don't appreciate being called annoying". She then hears another argument taking place nearby and runs to intervene while telling the gang members "Remember, make peace!" They immediately respond "Yes, ma'am!"

Special Alliance Partners:

Tekken Card Tournament

Asuka appears as a playable character in Tekken Card Tournament.

Tekken Revolution

Asuka appears in Tekken Revolution as a playable character.

Gameplay

Asuka is mostly a defensive character. She has one of the best keep-out games thanks to moves like ss2, d3+4 and many more, and her f2 is one of the best whiff punishers in Tekken. She also has the best reversal (arguably) and has a larger active window for reversal than other characters with reversals who require much better timing, such as Dragunov or Paul. On the other hand, the other characters reversals don't leave them open for long if they miss the timing while Asuka's reversal leaves her open for a significant amount of time if it's poorly timed. Her reversal also has the same weakness as all other reversal in that it is only effective against punches and kicks while other types of attacks such as elbows, knees, headbutts, shoulders and weapon attacks will go through. In Tekken 7, Asuka gains new moves to her arsenal and some of her punches and kicks are more involved on brawling than an actual fighting style that she currently uses such as Kagamino, Enchanted Circle, Burning Lantern, Yata Kagami and her Rage Drive.

Her Rage Art has her performing both White Heron Dance and a Windmill Kick to knock her opponent in mid-air as Asuka rolls her right arm and immediately knocks her airborne opponent with a powerful punch before she puts both her hands on her hips afterwards.

Fighting Style

Asuka fights using the Kazama style martial arts, same as her relative Jun and while they share some moves, they have a lot of differences, to the point that one can't learn one and assume they can play the other. Asuka's style is more unorthodox and includes some street fighting elements while Jun's style is more by the book.

Moves

Asuka Kazama Moves

Quotes

Character Relationships

  • Mr. Kazama - Her father. She entered the fifth Iron Fist Tournament solely to avenge him. She intended to seek out the one who assaulted him.
  • Jin Kazama - A presumed relative. With this believed knowledge, she entered the sixth Iron Fist Tournament in order to apprehend and capture him as the initial drive in her story. It is unknown whether or not she is still searching for Jin.
  • Devil Jin - In her (non-canon) Tekken 5 ending, Asuka subdues Jin's devil form. In Tekken 6 scenario campaign, encountering Asuka seems to cause Devil Jin to experience pain in his head.
  • Jun Kazama - A presumed relative. They share the same Kazama Style martial arts background, but have opposite personalities. They also share a mysterious power that seems to be able to dispel the power of the Devil Gene. Asuka is unaware that she has this power, and so far it has only been witnessed in her (non-canon) Tekken 5 ending.
  • Emilie "Lili" De Rochefort - Her self-proclaimed rival after Asuka defeated her in Dark Resurrection. They fight again in Tekken 7. Asuka cannot stand Lili's conceited and stuck-up personality as well as her whimsical attitude. The two seem to be polar opposites: Asuka coming from a rather poor family, while Lili comes from a wealthy family; Asuka was trained in martial arts by her father since childhood, while Lili was self-taught in street fighting; and Asuka has a more rash, yet selfless personality as she fights for justice, while Lili has a rather graceful, yet spoiled personality as she fights for attention or personal interests. Lili is her rival and companion in the (non-canon) Online Tekken Comic , and also her partner in Street Fighter X Tekken.
  • Feng Wei - Her arch-enemy and the culprit behind her father's hospitalization prior to the events of Tekken 5. Asuka holds a grudge against Feng Wei for destroying her father's dojo and putting him in the hospital.
  • Lei Wulong - The cop working on bulding a case against Feng, who informed Asuka of Feng Wei's participation in Tekken 5.
  • Ling Xiaoyu - An acquaintance met in Tekken 6. Xiaoyu was unsure of Asuka's intentions regarding Jin, initially thinking of Asuka as a love rival.
  • Raven - Her opponent in the Tekken 5 demo.
  • Alisa Bosconovitch - Alisa tried to kill Asuka in the (non-canon) Online Tekken Comic, later she makes up with her and tells her the real purpose of her mission, cheerfully apologizing for the troubles she caused.
  • Bob - He saved her from being killed by Alisa in the (non-canon) Online Tekken Comic.
  • Leo Kliesen - Her friend in the (non-canon) Online Tekken Comic.

Etymology

  • The name Asuka means "to fly" (飛) (asu) and "bird" (鳥) (ka).
    • It was named after the Asuka river in Nara prefecture of Japan and this is because Katsuhiro Harada's parents live near there [1].
    • Fittingly, her default outfits feature a flying bird, her original outfit on the back and her Tekken 7 outfit on the left chest.
  • Asuka's surname Kazama means "wind" (風) (kaza) and "interval" (間) (ma).

Trivia

General:

  • Before releasing the game in the arcades, franchise developer Namco released images of three new characters as part of their Tekken 5 promotions back in 2004. Amongst the new characters were Asuka, a Chinese martial arts master named Feng Wei and a mysterious ninja named Raven.
    • Immediately afterwards, speculation began to spread about Asuka's role in the story and her possible relation to Jin Kazama.
  • Asuka's voice actress, Ryoko Shiraishi shares the same name with the singer who sang "Landscape Under the Ghost", the song that plays during the Tekken 2 credits roll, and the rearranged re-recorded version used in Tekken Tag Tournament 2.[2]
  • Asuka speaks with a Kansai dialect. When she is annoyed she commonly uses the words ドアホ (Do-aho meaning "super idiot") and しばいたる (shibaitaru which in kansai dialect means "to beat-up").
    • Harada said "She is typical of 'Japanese Osaka-city girl'."[3]
  • Until Tekken 7, Asuka was featured in the opening intro of every Tekken game since her debut and wore a different costume in all three openings.
  • It was revealed in Alisa's journal that Asuka is a substitute teacher at her father's dojo.
  • In the Scenario Campaign mode, if playing as Alisa on Asuka's stage in said mode, Alisa will theorize that Jin and Asuka might be brother and sister.
  • Asuka is the fourth character to appear as a student, and is the first one that isn't a student at Mishima High (though there is some debate over this).
    • In Tekken the Pachislot 2nd, however, she and Lili are in Mishima High along with Ling Xiaoyu, this isn't canon, however.

Tekken 5 and Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection:

  • Asuka's sub-boss is Feng Wei.
  • Asuka has two alternative costumes. Both of them are bought separately for 500,000 gold. One is a schoolgirl uniform, selectable by pressing the "Triangle" button, and the other is a geisha-like outfit, selectable by pressing the "Circle" button. In Dark Resurrection, these costumes are available from the start of the game, without having to purchase them.
    • Asuka's geisha-like outfit also gives her a tattoo on her inner left thigh that says 通天閣 (Tsūtenkaku). "Tsuutenkaku" is the name of a famous tower in Osaka, Asuka's hometown, and it may have been the one that Asuka jumped off of during the Tekken 5 opening.
  • In Dark Resurrection, one of Asuka's customization items is Jun Kazama's hairstyle. She also has knee-high socks that are very similar to the ones that Jun wears with her Player One costume, with the only difference being that Asuka's are navy blue, while Jun's are pale blue.
  • It is implied that Asuka has the same ability as Jun to undo the devil gene as seen in her ending when she tries to wake Jin up and his devil markings disappear.

Tekken 6 and Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion:

  • She retains her Player One and Player Two outfits from Tekken 5. Her schoolgirl outfit has also returned, but as a customization item. She also gains a Matsuri outfit that is traditionally worn at Japanese festivals as a customization item. It consists of a vest with cords tied on the sleeves and the back, with a bra top underneath, shorts, and knee-high, boot-like, open-toed sandals. Several customized versions of the vest have been seen with different colors and designs.
  • Asuka's 3rd outfit was designed by mangaka, Mamoru Nagano.
  • Asuka's Item Moves are a giant white paper fan and a bow and arrow.
  • Asuka is a boss at Kazama-Style Traditional Martial Arts Dojo.
  • On the official North American Tekken 6 website, Asuka was incorrectly stated as being Jin's half-sister, despite them not sharing a biological parent. While they are related, at that time they were thought to be cousins. Harada revealed much later that they were not siblings of any sort, nor cousins. But in some manner, they are related, as they are part of the same clan, evidenced by the last name. This has since been corrected on the North American website, but the error is still present on the European website.
  • In the Tekken 6 art book showing her 3P costume (the geisha-like outfit), she is seen choking Paul Phoenix with her scarf.
  • Her Stage 1 and Stage 2 opponents in the Arena mode are Lei Wulong and Feng Wei.
    • She is an opponent to Feng Wei (stage 2) and Ling Xiaoyu (stage 1) in the Arena mode.
  • If the player plays as Jin Kazama in the Scenario Campaign mode and plays in her stage, Jin says: "Asuka Kazama? So, that would make you my cousin, and a particularly loud and annoying one at that". Nevertheless, this clearly does not prove their relationship.
    • However, If Lars is played in Scenario Campaign on Asuka's stage, Alisa will state that a sibling of Jin's mother has opened the dojo. This means that Asuka or her father could be a sibling of Jun. Despite these facts, Harada has stated (as explained above) that they were not cousins but only relatives.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2:

  • If the player pairs up Asuka and Jin, a special win pose shows Asuka offering a kind of "good teamwork" hand but Jin, instead of answering with shaking her hand, does not respond to her and walks away. She then glares at him.
    • Another win pose shows Asuka pointing at him accusingly but Jin walks past her. She, however, keeps glaring at him.
  • Asuka also shares a win pose with Lili, where they high-five each other too hard and hurt each other. They also share a "Continue?" cut scene where both girls keep slapping each other until Asuka finally knocks her down.
  • Asuka's partners in the Ghost Battle (in order from lowest to highest rank) are Feng Wei, Jun Kazama, Miharu Hirano, Emilie De Rochefort and Jin Kazama.
  • Her ending is the first scene of the connected endings between, Lili, Miharu, Kuma, Panda, Alisa, and Xiaoyu.
  • Asuka is portrayed by Vivian Nguyen in the "Girl Power" trailer.
  • Her item move has her swing a hammer downward to smash the opponent. If the opponent is not in range, they will still be stunned by the attack's shockwave.

Tekken 7 Tekken 7: Fated Retribution:

  • One of her default win animations has been revamped as Asuka is shown to remove the dust from her hands while putting both hands on her hips before walking away satisfied as a close-up of her face is shown smiling while walking away on her defeated opponent.
  • In the early versions of Tekken 7, there was a glitch where if Asuka performed Falling Rain followed by a Rage Art while her opponent's life was depleted by Falling Rain's fall damage, the round will still continue as normal with the exception that both the opponent and Asuka will no longer take damage, and that Asuka will still be guaranteed as she will still have more life by the end of the round's timer.

Other:

Gallery

Asuka Kazama/Gallery

See also

References

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