Master Street Fighter player Tokido pulls off the ultimate Raging Demon win

Fighting game tournaments are hotbeds of drama, tension, and all-around crazy antics. There’s a reason why “getting hype” is a catchphrase in the community: because people playing and watching tournaments tend to go nuts with energy and excitement. And hype-getting was plentiful at the SoCal Regionals tournament this weekend, especially after one particularly crazy match.

Tokido is a young but exceptionally accomplished player of numerous fighting games in Japan, but he is perhaps best known in the West for his adept use of Akuma in Super Street Fighter IV. He’s also known for being something of a showman. Along with fellow Japanese legends Daigo “The Beast” Umehara and Sako, as well as Taiwanese up-and-comer GamerBee, he was one of the international headliners playing in the tournament. As many had anticipated, he placed within the top 8, allowing him to make a run for the championship pot. Little did the people watching the SoCal Regionals tournament suspect just how willing Tokido was to get into character.

Every Street Fighter fan worth their salt is familiar with Akuma’s Shun Goku Satsu (Raging Demon) attack – Akuma grabs the opponent, the screen goes dark, a flurry of hits are heard, and the unfortunate victim is floored while Akuma poses stoically, a flaming kanji of “ten” (meaning “heaven”) glowing on the back of his gi.

One of Tokido’s bouts was against ace Ibuki player ClakeyD. Before the fight, he took off his jacket – a move that didn’t initially seem to have much significance. But after coming back from behind during the deciding round and finishing off ClakeyD with a well-planned Shun Goku Satsu, Tokido ran up to the main projection stage – leaving everyone confused for a few seconds – until this happened:

Above: How to make yourself into a living diety among Street Fighter nerds (Photo by Kapwan - see more here!)

With perfect timing and poise, Tokido mimicked Akuma’s stance, allowing the projection to flash the kanji on his back just as it’s seen in the game.

Above: Hand-cam footage of the act

While Tokido didn’t go on to win the tournament – he placed third after a loss in the loser’s bracket to Daigo Umehara – his inventive victory celebration made him number one in the hearts of many of the tournament attendees.

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  • Sy87 - November 10, 2010 7:06 p.m.

    Ok honestly that looks stupid how he just walks up there. Its funny what they don't show is how they cry when they lose. Hahaha
  • Zerochantista - November 9, 2010 3:59 a.m.

    Kapwan, your image is certainly getting around - I originally found it linked from Twitter on a Japanese server! Kind surprised how little good images/footage of the act there is...
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - November 9, 2010 3:17 a.m.

    Hey Kapwan, apologies for not properly attributing the image the first time, I'll add in a link to your site!
  • therawski - November 9, 2010 2:31 a.m.

    I saw this and it was epic, if you watched this tournament for more than 5 minutes you actually would get into it, just like watching maybe ufc except much better and more epic, it was like the touchdown dance with the pose, it was most epic.
  • Teh_Ty - November 9, 2010 1:57 a.m.

    I watched that battle on the stream. One of my favorites.
  • NocturnalRight - November 9, 2010 1:49 a.m.

    That was beastly. That was so awesome it blew my mind. Too bad he didn't make first place.
  • Kapwan - November 9, 2010 1:34 a.m.

    Hey I took that picture. It was a great moment, everyone in the venue just lost it. I took a bunch more pictures of the event which you can see here.
  • Tenfey - November 9, 2010 1:23 a.m.

    I guess he died one thousand deaths.
  • Crimmy - November 9, 2010 1:19 a.m.

    And epic wins like that are why I don't even dare to go online with this game.
  • ACGUY - November 9, 2010 1:01 a.m.

    MyNameIsMyName was the victim of that awesomeness of SF god display.
  • Turboash - November 9, 2010 12:48 a.m.

    I don't know shit about SSF4, but that was pretty damn cool!
  • bonerachieved - November 9, 2010 12:37 a.m.

    That is sooooo epic. He deserves that for sure.
  • batman5273 - November 9, 2010 12:35 a.m.

    I was watching these last night. Very cool to watch!
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - November 9, 2010 12:21 a.m.

    @MyNameIsMyName I think everyone's a good sport, and the showmanship is just an understood part of the fun. He shook his opponent's hand afterward, no hard feelings.
  • MyNameIsMyName - November 9, 2010 midnight

    That's a little dickish, you won this isn't the NFL no need to show off.
  • elpurplemonkey - November 8, 2010 11:48 p.m.

    That's the coolest geeky thing one could hope to do.
  • sofaku - November 8, 2010 11:32 p.m.

    i wish i was good at anything but shooters
  • SamuraiGuy7 - November 8, 2010 11:31 p.m.

    These fights were so mind shattering, to the point were most of us could only dream of being that good.
  • smloveskittycats - November 8, 2010 11:30 p.m.

    I would rather see video of how awkward the pose was at first.

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