E. Honda

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E. Honda (Edmond Honda)
(エドモンド 本田)
Street Fighter character
Super Honda.png
Edmond Honda in Super Street Fighter II. Drawn by Bengus.
First game Street Fighter II (1991)
Created by Akira Yasuda
Voiced by (English) Richard Epcar (Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie)
Paul Dobson (Street Fighter animated series)
Ivan Buckley (Street Fighter IV)
Voiced by (Japanese) Masahiro Anzai (VHS/DVD dub of the Street Fighter film)
Yasushi Ikeda (Real Battle on Film)
Nobuaki Fukuda (TV Asahi dub of the Street Fighter film)
Daisuke Gōri (Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie)
Masashi Sugawara (Street Fighter Alpha 3, Capcom vs. SNK series)
Yoshikazu Nagano (Street Fighter IV)
Motion capture Peter Tuiasosopo (The Movie games)
Portrayed by Peter Tuiasosopo (Street Fighter film)
Fictional profile
Birthplace Japan
Nationality Japanese
Fighting style Sumo[1]

Edmond Honda (エドモンド 本田 Edomondo Honda?), more commonly known as E. Honda, Killah Guindeau, and Black Buddha is a video game character created by Capcom for the Street Fighter series of fighting games. Introduced in Street Fighter II as part of the starting lineup, he has appeared in Street Fighter Alpha 3, Street Fighter IV, and the Capcom vs. SNK series, as well as several cameos. Honda is a professional sumo wrestler. He is one of the original eight playable characters in Street Fighter II, representing Japan alongside Ryu.

Conception and design[edit]

Designed by Akira Yasuda, the character was initially named "Sumo". As his initial name implies, Honda is meant to have above average strength, but below average speed. The developers intended for the character to be popular in Japan, but to also make Japanese fighting styles appeal to foreigners.[2] Honda's shikona for sumo is mentioned as "Fujinoyama."[1] He wears his black hair in a chonmage and wears only a blue and white mawashi. His face is painted in the kumadori style of makeup used in kabuki. Honda's signature move is the Hyaku Retsu Harite (lit., "Hundred Violent Sumo Hands"; commonly referred to as the Hundred Hand Slap).

Appearances[edit]

In his backstory in Street Fighter II, E. Honda is mentioned to have begun his training as a child, singularly focused on becoming the greatest sumo wrestler of all time. He would eventually achieve the highly revered title of "Ōzeki" (in the English localization of the early Street Fighter II ports, he is stated as having achieved the title, Yokozuna[3]). Honda became upset that the rest of the world did not view sumo wrestling with the reverence of the Japanese. He entered into the second World Warrior tournament intent on showing everyone that sumo wrestlers rank among the greatest fighters in the world.[4] Beyond this, he yearns also to improve and prove his own strength, as well as earn the title of Yokuzuna.[1] His involvement with the second tournament is also part of him investigating the Shadaloo organization in response to sumo wrestlers taking drugs, and learning of their involvement after capturing some of the dealers. His face painting and dual nationality name assisted him to an extent with remaining covert during this. This aspect of his character was conceived well before Street Fighter Alpha 3 and his storyline there.[5] After the tournament and the fall of Shadaloo, Honda returned to Japan where he continued engaging in sumo wrestling[6] and continuing to run his bath house and training his disciples.[7]

Honda appears in Street Fighter Alpha 2 as more of a cameo, but a significant one to Sodom's storyline and a bit to his own in the next game. Sodom, obsessed with both Japanese culture and trying to revive Mad Gear, attempts to recruit sumo wrestlers, citing them as strong warriors. To achieve this he enters a sumo wrestling competition and faces "Fujinoyama", who is revealed to be Ercan Honda.[8] Agreeing to the match, Honda defeats Sodom but is impressed by his effort nevertheless according to their dialogue in Alpha 3.[9] In Street Fighter Alpha 3, his storyline in this game serves more of a prologue to his appearance in Street Fighter II, with him traveling the world looking for strong opponents and to show the strength of sumo wrestling. Here he meets Ryu and has a sparring match with him, and tells Sakura later on where she can find him. About this time he fights Sodom again in a friendly match as well.[10] His wanderings lead him to Shadaloo's base where he meets Zangief, and while the actual extent of which is unknown the two are confirmed to have worked together to help destroy the base.[11][12] In the aftermath he took in a few of Bison's Dolls to give them somewhere to stay until they could regain their memories (which ones in particular is never exactly certain due to Capcom reusing sprites in his ending for the Dolls).[13] According to this game's ending and supported by his card profile in SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DS he may additionally have given them training in sumo during their stay, though none of his pupils in other games are female leaving this definitely up to question.[14]

Honda returns for Street Fighter IV, which is set shortly after the events of the second World Warrior tournament. His goals have not changed, as his bio states he is fighting to promote the technique of sumo. To this end, he goes on a world tour.[15] While he is just below the Yokuzuna in terms of sumo rank (now a Haridashi-Yokozuna), Honda's ability is known to be Yokozuna-class regardless. His rival fight is against El Fuerte, followed by a meal.[16]

Honda has had a few appearances beyond the main Street Fighter series, though save for two major ones these appearances have been nothing more than cameos for the character. His appearance in SNK vs. Capcom series is token at best, continuing his Street Fighter II storyline of proving to the world the strength of sumo. He mentions his disciples in his ending, placing this version of him closer to his SFII counterpart in terms of continuity. A stage titled "Honda's Bath House" however makes an appearance in Marvel vs. Capcom, looking drastically different compared to the Street Fighter II incarnation of the stage. He also has a cameo appearance in Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix, in the bar stage, sitting next to Cammy and being served by Dee Jay.

In other media[edit]

Honda as he appeared in the live-action movie

In the 1994 motion picture based on the Street Fighter franchise, the role of Honda is played by Peter "Navy" Tuiasosopo. In the movie, Honda is portrayed as a close associate of Chun Li, serving as her news crew technician and aiding her on her quest to avenge her father's death alongside Balrog. Like Balrog, he has a personal grudge against Shadaloo, who ruined his reputation as a sumo (though no details on how are given). In the film's climax he battles Zangief, smashing through Bison's base. Unlike the games where Honda is Japanese, he appears to be a Hawaiian. His personality is rather laid back compared to his video game counterpart, and is shown to have a near immunity to pain when one of Bison's goons attempts to torture him, something he attributes to his discipline in sumo when Balrog asks about it. He does seem to enjoy fighting when he gets a chance to with Zangief, despite the degree of damage that it causes. This version of Honda appeared in both the arcade and console games based on the film. In his arcade ending it states that he returned to the world of professional sumo and regained the title of yokuzuna.[17] The console game took this and expanded upon it, stating that he and Zangief had formed a friendship and had practice matches with Honda only having one win over Zangief. The outcomes of said matches however seem to be just as calamitous as their original bout, resulting in the destruction of five sumo dojos.[18]

Honda appears as one of the more prominent characters to appear in the second half of Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie, unlike a majority of the characters that were not heavily involved in the backstory of the game. His personality is relatively unchanged from that in the games, however his goal is shown to be to fight for cash compared to his in-game goal of proving the strength of sumo to the world. Several aspects of his character appearance here saw usage in the Street Fighter Alpha series much like many other characters, but more so in the Capcom vs. SNK games, where outright nods (such as his run animation being a direct copy of his attempt to charge into Bison) were included in the game. He is first seen wrestling with Dhalsim in Calcutta to win prize money. Dhalsim manages to slip away from his grip however, and attempts to mentally subdue Honda. Ryu's presence however distracts Dhalsim enough for Honda to regain control of the match and win due to forfeit. Honda catches up with Ryu, recognizing he helped him win and the fact Ryu is a fellow Japanese fighter, giving him half the prize money as well as a place to stay for a while. Near the movie's climax, Guile and Bison find Ryu while he is with Honda in the mountains. While Ryu tries to deal with a brainwashed Ken, Honda charges forward to take on Bison, only for Bison to teleport out of his path and Ken strikes him which sends him stumbling forward, straight into Balrog. He and Balrog end up fighting, eventually with both of them falling off a nearby cliff. However Honda seems to recover quickly enough, seen lugging both the unconscious Balrog and Guile (who was knocked out by Bison) back just as Ryu and Ken apparently defeat Bison.

Paul Dobson voices Honda in the animated series, where he works for the team as a computer whiz.

Merchandising[edit]

Honda was the seventh action figure made in a series for the 1993 G.I. Joe Street Fighter line. The figure is actually unique compared to the others: no parts were reused to make it,[19] requiring a unique mold needing to be made due to his size.[20] The character's legs could be squeezed together to have the upper body bend down in a headbutt motion, and was jointed to allow for the Hundred Hand Slap move. The toy was discontinued in 1994.[19] A variant of it was later released in 1994 for the Street Fighter live action movie line of toys by Hasbro, a tweaked version of the previous action figure (complicating a bit, as the toy resembled the actor in the film very little and more the video game counterpart). Like all toys in the line, both came with attachable weapon pieces despite the fact the character did not use any in the game or film. Another action figure was released much later on as part of SOTA's Revolutions Series 1.[21] The figure featured a positionable waist, arms, and legs, and an alternate head for different facial expression. A limited edition version of the figure using Honda's default Street Fighter II Turbo colors is to be released in the second quarter of 2008, with only 504 of said action figures to be made.[22]

Reception[edit]

In 1992, E. Honda ranked at number eight on the list of Best Characters of 1991 by the Gamest magazine in Japan.[23] IGN ranked Honda at number 14 in their list of top Street Fighter characters, citing his role as one of sumo's few representatives in fighting games, though complained about his gameplay similarities to Blanka.[24] GameDaily listed him at number 11 on their list of top Street Fighter characters of all time, stating "We have a fondness for sumo wrestlers, and E. Honda is one of the best."[25] In a comparison piece between the characters of Street Fighter II and their appearance in Street Fighter IV, they noted he had changed little, though added "he didn't need to".[26] GameSpy named him one of the 25 "extremely rough brawlers" in video gaming, citing the use of his weight in his fighting style.[27] GamesRadar editor Chris Antista listed him as one of "gaming's greatest fatties".[28] GamesRadar said "E. Honda's signature Hundred Hand Slap has become one of the most feared and iconic moves in beat-'em-ups", however included him in a list of "Gaming's fittest fatties", saying he could not be so fast with his size and he "would have a heart attack half way through the first round" against the game's "fitness freaks".[29] They listed a matchup between him and Ganryu as one of the ones they wanted to see in Street Fighter X Tekken.[30] 1UP.com included E. Honda as one the characters they wanted to see in Street Fighter X Tekken, commenting "If a sumo wrestler is going to be in the game, I would like to see E. Honda over Ganryu make the cut".[31]

E. Honda's image was barred from display at a Street Fighter II Turbo tournament held at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan because, according to a report in Electronic Gaming Monthly, "his painted face was considered a sacrilege to the Japanese national sport."[32]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c ALL ABOUT カプコン対戦格闘ゲーム 1987-2000 (All About Capcom Head-To-Head Fighting Game 1987-2000), ISBN 4-88554-676-1
  2. ^ Capcom Sound Team Alph Lyla (1992-11-15). "Making of Street Fighter II". Capcom-004: Street Fighter II Complete File (CD/booklet). Capcom. p. 3. 
  3. ^ "Upon receiving the title of "Yokuzuna" or grand champion, Honda was shocked to learn that the rest of the world did not consider Sumo wrestling a true sport." Street Fighter II SNES instruction manual, pg. 18
  4. ^ Street Fighter II bio
  5. ^ Hadouken no Nazo as referenced in Tiamat's Street Fighter guide
  6. ^ Translation of caption for Black and White Street Fighter II artwork, original text and image courtesy of [FightingStreet.com]
  7. ^ Street Fighter II ending and ending artwork
  8. ^ Sodom: "I am Sodom. I've come to recruit Sumo wrestlers. I'm interested in only the strongest. Are you up for the challenge" / Honda: "You don't know me little man. I welcome your challenge!"Sodom's SFA2 ending, courtesy of VGMuseum
  9. ^ Sodom: "What the...! Hey!! Do you remember me?!" / Honda: "You're the one who volunteered to fight at that Senshuraku! Have you improved since then? Want to try your Tsuppari on me?" / Sodom: "DOSUKOI!! Uhh...I mean GO FOR IT!!" Honda and Sodom match dialogue in SFA3
  10. ^ Honda's Street Fighter Alpha 3 storyline
  11. ^ "Zangief's Street Fighter Alpha 3 ending, courtesy of VGMuseum". Vgmuseum.com. Retrieved 2014-05-22. 
  12. ^ Street Fighter Eternal Challenge
  13. ^ "Honda's SFA3 Ending, Courtesy of VGMuseum". Vgmuseum.com. Retrieved 2014-05-22. 
  14. ^ "He looks like a traditionalist but coaches ladies member of the Dolls in Sumo Art. That's just not kosher!" SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DS card profile for E. Honda
  15. ^ Famitsu February issue, pg. 163
  16. ^ "Translation of the Famitsu article". Snk-capcom.com. Retrieved 2014-05-22. 
  17. ^ "With Bison and his plans foiled, Honda is free to rejoin the sport of Sumo in Japan. He quits his job as GNT News tech and rejoins and dominates the world of sumo, regaining once more the title of True Yokuzuna." Arcade ending for Street Fighter: The Movie
  18. ^ "Currently ahead by only a single match, Honda's record against Zangief is 86 wins, 85 losses, 27 ties and 5 destroyed Sumo dojos." Console ending for Street Fighter: The Movie
  19. ^ a b "Ercan Honda". Yojoe.Com. Retrieved 2014-05-22. 
  20. ^ "The Asian Pacific American Toy Chest: Capcom". Lorenjavier.com. Retrieved 2014-05-22. 
  21. ^ Street Fighter Revolutions Series 1 :: Action-Figure :: Toy, Collectibles and Action Figure News and Reviews from across the Globe
  22. ^ "Street Fighter Revolution Red 'Turbo' E. Honda Variant Exclusive - Video Game Figures". ToyNewsI.com. Retrieved 2014-05-22. 
  23. ^ 第5回ゲーメスト大賞. GAMEST (in Japanese) (68): 4. 
  24. ^ Top 25 Street Fighter Characters - Day III. IGN. Retrieved on 2008-08-15
  25. ^ "Top 20 Street Fighter Characters of All Time". GameDaily. Archived from the original on December 5, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-12. 
  26. ^ Workman, Robert. "Then and Now: Street Fighter Characters". GameDaily. AOL. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  27. ^ Staff (2009-08-11). "25 Extremely Rough Brawlers". Gamespy. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  28. ^ "Page 5 - Gaming's greatest Fatties". GamesRadar. 2008-02-22. Retrieved 2012-07-29. 
  29. ^ "Gaming's fittest fatties". GamesRadar. June 23, 2012. Retrieved July 30, 2013. 
  30. ^ "Page 2 - 12 matchups we want to see in Street ...". GamesRadar. 2010-08-03. Retrieved 2012-07-29. 
  31. ^ Crisan, Neidel (2010-07-30). "Street Fighter X Tekken Preview for PS3, 360, Vita from". 1UP.com. Retrieved 2012-07-29. 
  32. ^ "International News". Electronic Gaming Monthly (51) (EGM Media, LLC). October 1993. p. 74.