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April 29, 2010
Game: Street Fighter Alpha 2, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
Song: Theme of Sakura
Composer: Setsuo Yamamoto and Shun Nishigaki
Above: Sakura's theme from her debut in Street Fighter Alpha 2
While anyone can enjoy the universal appeal of Sakura's lively melody, it can be most truly be appreciated by those who love the character herself, because it fits so perfectly with Sakura's personality. Just like Sakura, her theme is energetic and sincere. It gives it 100%, without any gimmick or pretense. True fans know that what makes Sakura special is that there isn't anything special about her - she's just an average girl who fought her way to the top through pure hard work and determination.
Since Alpha 2, Sakura's theme has appeared in almost every game she's been in, from Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix to Street Fighter IV. The strong melody is what makes Sakura's theme stand out, so it's difficult to pick which particular arrangement is the best, but I fell in love with this song when I unlocked the vocal version from Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo.
Above: Vocal track from Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, "I Want You to Know" (lyrics and translation here)
Above: Sakura is a kind person, but she shows no mercy in battle. Also, Chun-Li is a crybaby
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