}} is a video game character
from the Street Fighter fighting game
series, introduced in Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike
. She is a Rindoukan karate
expert from Japan
Makoto's sole appearance so far in the Street Fighter series is in Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, but she has also appeared in the SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash series.
Makoto wears a white dogi
with a long, yellow scarf worn around her neck, the latter being a gift from her late father. She has a short hairstyle and has a generally boyish appearance. She is a generic Tomboy
or Japanese "martial arts girl" stock character
, even having a gender-neutral name, and thus resembles many different Japanese anime
and fighting game
characters. Though her outfit is similar in appearance to Ryu
, she does not practice the same style, and does not have a projectile. Makoto's karate style is Rindoukan
; her in-game fighting style strongly resembles Shotokan
karate (much like how Ryu, Ken, and Akuma's style resemble Kyokushin karate), with her signature move "Hayate", and in general, with her straight, linear techniques.
When Makoto's father, Masaru, died, she inherited the Rindoukan Dojo
. With her brother choosing a career of buisness and her grandfather too old to practice karate, she takes on the responsibility of restoring the dojo to its former glory. She travels around the world trying to promote the dojo, and (in her ending) eventually she finds and fights Ryu
, defeats him, and brings prestige back to the dojo.
Makoto was originally intended to be Ryu's sister, but the idea was scrapped when that was deemed to be incompatible with the canon of the series.
Most of Makoto's normal attacks can be modified by inputting "forward" at the same time, meaning she has around 12 standing attacks instead of just six. Makoto is generally recognized as the fourth best character in tournament play due to her high damage, specials that inflict much stun damage and her throw move Karakusa
, which grabs the opponent and is an easy setup into super combos.
Makoto has a unique Super Art called the Tanden Reiki, which when activated increases the amount of damage all of her attacks inflict to 175%, but with the penalty of not being able to block at all during the duration of the super.
Promotion and Reception
To celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Street Fighter
series, Capcom released several items of merchandise, amongst them a bust
IGN ranked Makoto at number twenty-three in their "Top 25 Street Fighter Characters" article, praising the degree in motion and detail in the character's animation. Retronauts in their podcast about the Street Fighter series highlighted Makoto when the discussion turned to Street Fighter III, describing her as "pure Street Fighter" in relation to the rest of the new cast introduced in III and the difference in their style to Street Fighter II.