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Nanase was born to the main house of the Mizukami family, growing up with her beloved elder sister and role model Hokuto. Although born to a family of kobujutsu masters, Nanase only trained to maintain the tradition and actually dislikes her training, slipping out whenever she gets the chance. However, Nanase avoids cutting training as much as possible in order to not upset her sister. In spite of her reluctance to train, Nanase is a skilled master of bojutsu.

One day, Nanase was surprised by Hokuto's sudden decision to forsake the title of Seiden of the Mizukami Ancient Art of Jujutsu and handed it down to her. Not long afterward, Hokuto disappeared and set off on a journey to fight a new enemy. Nanase later learned that Hokuto was in fact, searching for their long-lost elder brother Kairi, and went on a trip to prevent the two from fighting each other. In Fighting EX Layer, a new female character named Sanane shares some of Nanase's attacks and special moves.

Street Fighter EX2



Street Fighter EX3

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Page Updated:  Jan. 22nd, 2023

Nanase fights with a "growing staff". I'm not sure such a silly, fictional weapon really belongs in Street Fighter? But considering the history of "silly" special moves in the franchise, I guess the Capcom designer who came up with Nanase thought they could get away with this one. I dunno... it still seems weird to me.

When I first played SFEX2, I didn't really like Nanase all that much... and preferred many other characters in the game. I suppose Sakura fans might like Nanase. In some ways, her design is a bit plain... but her traditional-esk outfit mixed with Japanese schoolgirl attire isn't bad. I like her color scheme. At the least, Nanase brought a unique playstyle to Street Fighter.

On a side note... shoutout to Son Son and Hua Lin!

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