Ryu and Junpei Picture

Yes, you guessed it; it's another comparison meme I just had to get out of the way. And for this one, I have decided to compare Ryu Hoshi as he appeared in the anime TV series know as "Street Fighter II V" (pronounced "Two-Vee"), to Junpei Ryuzouji from another anime TV series known as "Those Who Hunt Elves". Now, what brought this on, might you ask? Well, it's quite simple. Though these are two different characters, they do share a few things in common. One of them being that they both wear white, they're both masters of martial arts, and they both have the exact same hairdo. though there are some notable differences. One of them is that Ryu often wears a karate gi, while Junpei wears what looks like a biker suit with exaggerated shoulder pads. The major difference between Ryu and Junpei are their personalities. Though, just for the record of it, I think Ryu has a more likable and tolerable personality. Sure, he may be cocky to a certain extent. But he is also warm, compassionate, and caring towards his friends. But when provoked, he is a force to reckon with. Junpei on the other hand is a bit of an arrogant jackass. And not only that, but he's also a bit of a pervert and a dumb shit. The only redeeming quality that he has is that he's a great fighter. But that is all there is to him. So ultimately, I find Junpei to be rather unlikable. He doesn't have Ryu's charm. And while Junpei serves as the powerhouse in Those Who Hunt Elves, and has been shown to beat up enemies with great ease, I'd like to think that Ryu would wipe the floor with him any day of the week. In fact, I can imagine these two going at it while saying to each other "YOU STOLE MY HAIRDO!!!" seeing as they both have the same hairdo. I mean there's so much of a resemblance that it's kind of scary.

Street Fighter II V was originally released in Japan and America in 1996. It was directed by Gisaburo Sugii, the same person who gave us "Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie", which was released in 1994, and was a faithful adaptation of the video game series it was based on. Street Fighter II V on the other hand was fairly different. The story circled around Ryu and Ken in their adolescent years as they travel around the world in search for opponents to fight so they can better perfect their skills. However, in this show, they look more like full grown adults than teenagers. especially if you count their muscular bodies and all. And not only that, but certain other things were changed as well. It appears that rather than learning Hadoken from their sensei Gouken, Ryu learned the technique from Dhalsim, and Ken later mastered Shoryuken, although it was called "Hado-Shoryu" in this show. And also, this was the second show following the American Street Fighter cartoon in which Zangief was depicted being a minion working for Bison rather than being a neutral character. And it's also worth mentioning that there are certain characters who are completely absent from this series. And those characters include Honda, Blanka, DJ, and Thunder Hawk. However, Guile, Cammy, Fei-Long, Zangief, Dhalsim, Sagat, Balrog, Vega, and Bison show up in this show. And it's also worth mentioning that Akuma appears in the series two. Although he doesn't serve any importance to the show other than making random cameo appearances in certain episodes. Street Fighter II V lasted one season, but at least it ran for a decent number of episodes before it ended. It lasted for a total of 29 episodes.

Those Who Hunt Elves is based on a manga series by Yu Yagami. It started back in 1994, and ended in 2003, lasting for a total of 21 volumes. The manga was then adapted into a TV series in 1996, the same year when Street Fighter II V and Road Rovers aired. The show follows the adventures of Junpei, Ritsuko, Celcia, and Airi, as they venture through a mystical fantasy land that is inhabited by orges, elves, and all kinds of mythological creatures. Their goal is to seek out five spell fragments that have been placed on the skin of elves, similar to tattoos, throughout the magical world they have been transported to. When they find them, they will be able to return to Japan. During it's run, Those Who Hunt Elves only ran for a total of 12 episodes. However, it was soon backed up by a sequel series in 1997 titled "Those Who Hunt Elves 2", which picks up from where the first series left off. And it also introduced characters like Mihke and Pichi.

Ryu belongs to Capcom.
Junpei belongs to Yu Yagami and Group TAC.

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