A.K.I. is the latest combatant to join Street Fighter 6’s roster. Though many high level players believe that A.K.I. is quite weak compared to the rest of the cast, it’s undeniable that Capcom did a good job of designing an interesting and unique character within the Street Fighter lore.
Though A.K.I. learned her techniques from F.A.N.G, she’s thematically a creepier character compared to her goofball master. Needless to say, it takes some degree of skill to truly pull off A.K.I.’s mannerisms in real life.
Some time ago, it was revealed that A.K.I. was essentially designed to be a “white snake that carries poison” during her development process. White snakes are typically supposed to be nonvenomous in real life, but A.K.I.’s pale complexion is meant to be a deception in this way.
However, A.K.I. also sports a black, open-backed cheongsam (Chinese dress) with black, skintight pants. The black portions of A.K.I.’s clothing are intended to represent a black mamba, and even the design of the front of her outfit resembles the serpentine patterns of a snake.
Unlike white snakes, the black mamba is thought of as one of the deadliest snakes in the world. Without treatment, a bite from a black mamba is said to be 100% fatal against humans.
Of course, A.K.I.’s snakelike qualities aren’t just limited to her appearance. During gameplay, she’ll also exhibit creepy snake mannerisms such as slithering along the ground.
From her Sinister Slide stance, A.K.I. can choose to cancel the stance to stand up, use Venomous Fang, Heel Strike, or Entrapment. In particular, her Entrapment command grab has her constricting the opponent similar to how a snake wraps itself around its prey.
As one could probably imagine, it would be rather difficult for a human to actually slide along a flat surface like this in real life. However, Akemikun has approached the problem with a unique solution with her A.K.I. cosplay.
First off, it should be mentioned that she replicated A.K.I.’s appearance quite well. In addition to the aforementioned pale complexion and black cheongsam, Akemikun has also recreated A.K.I.’s nails in which she uses to inject poison against opponents or assassination targets.
To pull off the slide, she actually has a little help from a friend. While lying on the floor, she has someone else pulling the towel that she’s lying on while pulling off the movements that A.K.I. is known for.
Check it all out below:
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