Josie Rizal (ジョシー・リザール Joshī Rizāru?) is a character in the Tekken series who is introduced in Tekken 7 as one of the new playable characters. She was first seen as one of the four fighters (the other three being Jin Kazama, Devil Jin and the large red behemoth fighter named Gigas) whose in-game character models were leaked online in March 2015. She later became playable in the arcades' time release on April 21.
Josie has been described to be bright, cheerful and quite energetic, but she has become more prone to crying because of something that happened in the past. It later reveals in her backstory that she was a big crybaby at the young age and is unable to ease it. During her training course and confrontation against Kuma, Josie was revealed to be afraid of bears and makes her flee in tears when it was encountered as well as being interrogated by it which caused her to faint.
Unlike most characters that speak in their native tongue, Josie speaks English with a local accent rather than Filipino (although, English is an official language in the Philippines).
Having been a big cry baby since she was very young, her parents who were big fans of martial arts insisted that she train martial arts. Despite her reluctance at first, she later became accustomed to training kick-boxing to live up to her parent's expectations although it hasn't cured her from being a cry baby.
Making a living by being a kick-boxer and a model, she was on track to helping the household until a large typhoon in the country ravaged her home and creating widespread damage.
To offer aid relief to the ravaged country, the Tekken Forces from Mishima Zaibatsu came to help out those affected and Josie was inspired to become a Tekken Force member. After that, she set out to join the Tekken Forces by taking their employment examination.
Character Episode Prologue: Josie Rizal tried her best to support her family by balancing two jobs; one as a model, and one as a professional kickboxer. One day, while she was out running on her usual training course along the mountain roads, she was suddenly confronted by an enormous, hairy creature!
Josie screamed, and then fled half in tears, but the creature remained hot on her heels. Realizing she had little chance of escape, Josie abruptly came to a halt, then turned trembling, to face her feral foe...
Ending Description: Josie finally defeats Kuma as she cries in relief. To her surprise, Kuma barely wakes up as he only returns her earring back which Josie noticed her earring was missing during their fight. Josie thanked the bear for retrieving it but Kuma then faints and Josie tries to wake him up.
In Kuma's ending, she was finally awakened after being defeated by Kuma which she screams in terror. She thinks he's going to eat her but Kuma replies that he's not gonna eat her by roaring which causes Josie to faint. Kuma tries to wake her up and realized that she had failed to be enlisted into the Tekken Force despite her fighting skills.
Fundamentally, Josie plays very similarly to Bruce, sharing some of his assets, such as his Cyclone Kick (3+4), Ducking Low Kick (f,N,d,df+3), Shotshell (3,2~F), Pasart Stance and Dteh Kao Pa Jong (uf+3+4) (Respectively the Spinning Scythe, Slide-in Low Kick, Hollow Point to Slide In, Switch Stance and Rapid Double Knee in her Move List), but with some new assets as well, namely her Intercept Kick (3,3), Intercept Cannon (3,f+3) and Lexias Chain (db+4,2,3). She also resolves Bruce's weakness of not having a ground hitting middle attack by having Full Blast Kick (d+3+4), effectively making her better than Bruce when it comes to ground game. For veteran Bruce users, Josie is the character that best emulates him in his absence in Tekken 7 because of these similarities.
She is also a very easy character to pick up and play with for first time users, being a very agile and fast character with an overall high damage output. One thing to note, however is that unlike most female characters in the series (i.e., Nina, Lili, Asuka/Jun or Master Raven) she is incapable of performing a Back Handspring (ub,b) so it is advised to Back Dash Cancel (b,b,db) if one wishes to give themselves space while being pressured by their opponent.
Josie fights using Eskrima-based Kickboxing (エスクリマをベースとしたキックボクシング Esukurima wo Bēsu to shita Kikkubokushingu?). Eskrima is a style of combat that emphasizes on weapon-based combat that generally involves sticks and knives. Eskrima is officially called Arnis, the formalized umbrella name of the style in the Philippines, though this name and Kali are also used. Josie uses the unarmed variant of the style that focuses more on defensive techniques, grappling and weapon disarming as opposed to the more offensive armed variant.
Unarmed Eskrima focuses much more on reacting to and countering an attack rather than offensive striking. However, vicious strikes and kicks are still used. Her take of Eskrima with boxing makes her style more similar to a real-life Eskrima variant called Yaw-Yan also known as the Dance of Death or Sayaw ng Kamatayan in Filipino. She also uses various elbow and knee techniques along with various combinations that are reminiscent of Muay Thai.
- Her name is inspired by the Filipino National hero, José Rizal.
- Her surname Rizal is from the Spanish word "Ricial" meaning "the green of young growth" or "green fields."
- She is the first Filipino fighter in the Tekken series, predated by sister series Soul Calibur series' Talim back in Soul Calibur II, and most recently, Soul Calibur VI.
- Her Rage Art animation, especially the finisher, used to resemble Xiba's Critical Edge move from Soulcalibur V.
- The white flower designs on Josie's midriff is based on the "Sampaguita", the national flower of the Philippines.
- According to Mari Shimazaki's concept artwork, it is called "Sumpa Kita" design which means "I promise you" and is the origin of the name of the flower.
- Some of Josie's moves take their names from places in the Philippines such as Lingayen Stomp (リンガエンストンプ Ringaen Sutonpu), Switch Iligan (スイッチイリガン Suicchi Irigan), Switch Ormoc (スイッチオルモック Suicchi Orumokku), Subic Ring, Panquil Ring, and Kawasan Falls.
- Two moves are references to Philippine National symbols: Carabao Horn (カラバオホーン Karabao Hōn) and Reverse Sampaguita (リバース・サンパギータ Ribāsu Sanpagīta).
- In Josie's unveiling event, she was cosplayed by Yuriko Tiger.
- Josie stands as "MUT" (" Muai Thai") in the game files.
- After unveiling her playable debut, Josie's introduction to the game has allegedly resulted in a controversy between the NCCA and the Philippine Government, mainly due to her name being a reference to the country's national hero, José Rizal. This led to rumors that her character was an affront to Philippine culture and would be ordered removed. NCCA legal counsel Trixie Cruz-Angeles clarified that the agency had yet to issue any position on that matter stating that the NCCA was not asked to delete the character and have not taken by this issue or being issued an opinion. It was later learned that such petition was the result of a satire website article and a wrongly-interpreted news article.
- Josie can use her rage drive (f,n,d,d/f+3+4) after landing a Flying Elbow (f+1+2) or a counter hit with Slide-in Low Kick (f,n,d,d/f+3, but only in certain situations) to launch her opponent into an aerial combo. This makes her, Master Raven, Kuma and Panda the only characters who are able to launch off moves that would otherwise only give guaranteed ground hits when rage is active.
- Josie can be customized to resemble Alexandra known as Alex in the Totally Spies series as the catsuit she wears resembles the catsuit worn by the villain, Geraldine Husk.
- Alex shares Josie's eyes and her tan skin with the exception of their hair color as Alex's hair is black while Josie's hair is dark brown.
- Josie's catsuit customization can be recolored to yellow and gold to make it resemble Alex's main catsuit.
- She can also be customized to look like Blake Belladonna from Rooster Teeth's RWBY, Stella from Nickelodeon's The Loud House and Janna Ordonia from Disney's Star vs. the Forces of Evil. As for the latter two, they are Filipinos like her.
- Josie’s Character Episode is based on a Japanese children’s song titled “Mori no Kuma-San” (Bear in the Woods) where a girl meets a bear, gets chased by it, and turns out only wants to return an earring she dropped.
- During the REV Major 2019, a joke commercial featuring her called "Josiebee" was made featuring Filipino players, AK and Doujin eating hamburgers. This is a reference to the popular local fast-food chain, Jollibee. The parody greatly amused Katsuhiro Harada, the game producer, who was in the event.
- ^ http://www.tekken-official.jp/tk7ac/character/josie.php
- ^ https://twitter.com/Harada_TEKKEN/status/582174887525011458
- ^ http://www.avoidingthepuddle.com/news/2016/9/8/tekken-7-famitsu-site-opens-story-background-for-new-charact.html
- ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6hUDW0x4tw
- ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_RvGUkbEv0