You all know that you at least once loved a video game character. From ditsy and hyper-active characters like Princess Peach from Mario Bros. or Zidane from Final Fantasy IX, to cool, calculated, cold-as-ice characters like Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid or Laura Croft from Tomb Raider, there is always one character always sticks out to you like a sore thumb and you have an uncontrollable infatuation with them.

Over the years, video game characters came in and out of my life, each distinguishing from other characters I came upon. But, none of them stands out more to me that my favorite character of all time, Sakura Kansugano, from the Street Fighter franchise, and this is a small auto-biography on how I started my infatuation with Sakura

Let's start back about 3-4 years ago shall we? This was about when I was about 15 years of age, and I have really fallen out of the fighting game community. I felt like I need that rush of nostalgia again trying to remember how it felt like when I used to play Street Fighter II, that pure adrenaline of having One on One fights, and just the thrill of playing fighting games once more. I started looking through the Internet and see how the Street Fighter game evolved since the Street Fighter II days. That's when I stumbled upon one particular video on It was SF vs. MK 2. I was amazed by Proxide's amazing choreography, and there was one particular character that I haven't noticed before in a Street Fighter game. This was my first introduction of Sakura. Somehow, for some reason, I felt so attracted to her. I've never felt this attached to a video game character this much, and I barely even knew who she was.  This was also around the time I picked up the Street Fighter Alpha Anthology for my PS2. I was confounded when I saw that she was in the Alpha Anthology. I did more and more research to find out who this sailor-fuku wearing girl was and learn everything about her. I researched the heck out of her, to learn every small detail about Sakura. I guess I was obsessed with her, you could say, and the research that I have done, make me fall more madly in love with her.

When I started researching, I started falling deeper and deeper in love with Sakura. She has a head-strong determination to follow in the footsteps of Ryu, the one that got her into street fighting. She believes that the reason that she street fights is to get closer to the man who saved her from the clutches of M.Bison. Her determination that she had to follow something that she deeply believed in made me venerate her even more. Also, her laid-back, easy-going attitude with her determination, enthusiasm and albeit of her tom-boyish personality made me feel so, inferior, and I feel like I need to step into her shoes. She taught me that you can never reach your goal if you are not determined to give your goal 150%. I feel that the mentality that I have I have right now, is because of her. Deep down, this one character, taught me one of the most valuable lessons in life. She kicked me from being a totally lazy, half-@$$ hermit that had no interest in anything beside gaming, to someone who started getting straight A's through high school, getting a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a person that still love video games.

I don't care if she was created by a figment of imagination, that imagination, that sailor-school girl means the world to me. Sakura taught me to "Ganbaru! (Do your best!)" and that you should live life at full speed ahead to reach your destination. And even though I might start liking other characters for each of their uniqueness, Sakura holds a very special place in my heart and mind, as she is a reminder of a change in me that will never be forgotten.

Somewhere out there, there is a special character that shaked the foundation in your life, rather it may be a video game character, or someone real in you life, you should always keep the experiences that you will find that you get from each individual, learn it, and embrace it, you'll never know what good it will bring you.

Thanks for taking the time to read and I hope to see you guys next blog.

'Till next time