Street Fighter Artist Akira “Akiman” Yasuda Talks Past, Future, and His Love for Overwatch

Akira "Akiman" Yasuda, known as the most influential artist behind the Street Fighter series, talks about his early days, his career, and his renewed love for games.

on February 1, 2018 9:10 AM

The name “Akiman” is well known among fans of fighting games. Artist and Character Designer Akira Yasuda is one of the most hands in the creation of the peculiar art style of the Stret Fighter series and worked on many other games like Final Fight, DarkstalkersPower Stone, Kikaioh, and more.

Today the Youtube channel Toco Toco TV released a brand new video interview with Yasuda, showing sides of him that many don’t know thanks to their usual intimate and nearly-poetic approach.

In the video, we hear how he started in the industry and how he ended up working in the United States on Red Dead Revolver,  which ended up making him hate games. We learn about him leaving Capcom and going to hunt for freelance work in Tokyo, until he discovered Blizzard’s Overwatch, that made him love games again.

Now, I’m not in a position to say that Blizzard should have him design a character or a costume pack (or anything really) for Overwatch but… scratch that. I’m saying exactly that.

Personal pipe dreams aside, you can check out the video below. If you want to see more by the same team, you can enjoy more of these lovely videos on Yoshitaka AmanoTetsuya MizuguchiSWERYGoichi SudaDaisuke Ishiwatari Keiichiro ToyamaUME, Katsura Hashino, Yoko Taro and Kazutoshi Iida.

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Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.