Blanka by Joe Vriens
|Full Name||Blanka (Jimmy, before the accident)|
|Birthdate||February 12, 1966|
|Birthplace||Unrevealed (grew up in Brazil)|
|Height||192 cm (6'3")|
|Weight||99kg (218 lbs)|
|Likes||Arapaima (a kind of fish native to Amazon Jungle, known there as pirarucu"), his mother, Dan, Sakura, the jungle|
|Dislikes||Army ants, people who wear a mask|
|Measurements (Bust, Waist, Hip)||198cm (77"), 120cm (47"), 172cm (67")|
|Fighting Style||Self-taught savage fighting|
James "Jimmy" Blanka (ブランカ, Buranka) is a video game character from the Street Fighter series. He is one of the original eight characters featured in the first version of the Street Fighter II games. His prototypical name was "Big Dean Caves".
Blanka is generally passive and docile, and is fond of family connections and friendships as well as children, as seen in the animated series. Yet, when angered, Blanka attacks like a wild animal let loose from a cage, ferociously attacking his opponents with predatorial rage.
Blanka was originally going to look more like a caveman and there are rumors that the design for King Rasta Mon from Saturday Night Slam Masters was one of the early Blanka character models. In Street Fighter Alpha 3, his character design was again changed to make him less ferocious-looking, due to complaints from parents.
Blanka's most apparent characteristic is his green color. His in-game storyline states that he was once extremely pale and was once known locally as the "hombre blanco" (white man) and adapted the blanco into his name Blanka. This is a strange storyline point because the language spoken in Brazil is not Spanish, but Portuguese, in which that expression would be "homem branco" and in any case, the words blanca and branca in either language are feminine. On the other hand, Blanka is pronounced Buranka in Japan.
His green skin color in the games is attributed to his constant use of chlorophyll from plants to better blend in with the jungle environment, a color change that eventually became permanent. His coloring changed in later games, making him bright green with vivid orange hair as opposed to the yellowish green skin he had in Street Fighter II. Blanka's style of fighting in the games is a self-taught savage fighting style; however, Capcom's USA division depicted it as a Capoeira technique.
In the non-canon Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, Blanka appears in the ending of another green-skinned powerhouse, The Incredible Hulk. In the ending, Bruce Banner theorizes that gamma radiation caused Blanka's mutations, as they did his. He is also seen in the background of one stage, sitting in front of a campfire, in a crouch and face affixed in a snarl, across from The Beast, who mirrors his expression.
A feral man from the Brazilian jungle with green skin and the ability to generate electricity, he is a childhood friend of Dan Hibiki.
His in-game story, just like the in-game stories of the other characters in the series, serves as a precursor to the events of Street Fighter II. The game tells a tale of how Blanka ate a melon on a poacher's truck and unwittingly traveled to civilization for the first time. Playing the game as Blanka, the player eventually faces Dan Hibiki as one of Blanka's mid-bosses. It is then revealed through in-game dialogue that the two know each other and that Blanka had once saved Dan's life. Dan addresses Blanka as "Jimmy", and tells him that if ever he needs help, he can ask Dan.
Blanka faces Zangief as his second mid-boss, and unwittingly prevents Zangief from helping to destroy the Shadaloo criminal organization. He then faces Shadaloo member Balrog before facing M. Bison. After Bison is defeated, Blanka, Dan, and Sakura work together and destroy Bison's Psycho Drive. It should be noted, however, that since many characters' endings in Alpha 3 each depict a different destruction of the Psycho Drive, Blanka's ending might not be canon.
In Street Fighter II, Blanka has apparently developed a taste for street fighting and competes in the second World Warrior tournament. In his ending, he reunites with his mother, who recognizes him on televised broadcasts of his matches by the anklets he wears. She addresses him by his birth name, Jimmy, and reveals that she gave him the anklets before he was in a plane crash as a little boy. This crash caused him to grow up in the wild, although he has connections to a local village. Ever since the crash, Blanka/Jimmy had been separated from his mother.
Blanka leaves his mother because people kept staring at him, and goes to Hong-Kong with Dan. Dan quizzes him on what the second World Warrior tournament was like. He, Dan and Sakura then decide to enter the S.I.N. tournament, each for their own reasons, with Blanka himself wanting to win and earn people's respect.
After he loses in the final stages, he is wandering through S.I.N.'s HQ. There he bumps into Dan only to see flames heading towards them. The flames die before they can reach them, however, as they are extinguished by Sakura's and Ryu's Hadokens. It is revealed that his mother went looking for him and they are reunited, with Blanka resolving not to be concerned by the staring faces, since everything will be okay as long as he's with his "mama". He goes home, but isn't there long before he finds out that local visitors have arrived at his home to meet him and that he now has many new friends in town.
Blanka has also made appearances in several spin-off titles.
Street Fighter EX gamesEdit
Blanka is available as a playable character in the later games of the Street Fighter EX series, Street Fighter EX 2 and Street Fighter EX 3.
Capcom vs. SNK seriesEdit
He also made appearances as a playable character in Capcom vs. SNK and Capcom vs. SNK 2. According to his ending in Capcom vs. SNK 2, he thought he was flown home, but when he got off the plane, he ends up in a zoo instead.
Street Fighter cartoonEdit
He was voiced by Scott McNeil. In the 1995 cartoon, Blanka was portrayed as the protector of a small Brazilian village who eventually "rejoined" the Street Fighter team. Blanka appears as one of the more recurrent characters in the U.S. cartoon, acting as a scout gathering information for Guile and his friends on various missions.
Blanka appears as a playable DLC character in Street Fighter X Tekken, his tag partner is Sakura.
Blanka's fighting style is based on speed and unpredictability. His unusual appearance and movement mean he can often surprise opponents with the range and sudden ferocity of his attacks, most of which are various incarnations of his Rolling Attack. His jump is very fast, allowing him to quickly hop over projectiles and attack opponents before they can recover.
In addition, his bestial characteristics allow him to counter moves in unusual ways - for instance, in the Street Fighter II series, Blanka can avoid a High Tiger Shot from Sagat by simply walking forward, allowing it to pass over his head. Later games modified the Rolling Attack so that the weaker versions of the move stopped short, allowing him more tactical capability, as well as introducing other variants of the move to increase the player's options for approaching opponents.
The series, as well as later games, grant Blanka moves that allow him to rush backwards and forwards quickly to surprise opponents, and sliding moves such as the Amazon River Run that allow him to slip under projectiles and attack an opponent's legs.
- Blanka is Yoshinori Ono's favorite Street Fighter character, and he is often seen with a Blanka toy that he uses to hide spoilers.
- According to an interview with Nintendo Channel, Ono obtained this toy along with a few extra, from a McDonalds Happy Meal set in the Phillipines. Currently one of them is broken and Ono keeps the other close to him.
- Blanka shares a birthday with the Naturalist Charles Darwin who postulated evolution by natural selection. Many of Darwin's facts were collected during his expedition of South America. Darwin has been depicted as a monkey-man (like Blanka) due to the implications of his theory on man's evolution.
- Blanka has a cameo in the downloadable title Flock.
- Early art of Blanka showed him having pure green skin, despite in-game renders showing him yellowish skin color. However his Street Fighter Alpha 3 design is much closer to this design.
- His 10th alternate color bears a striking resemblance to his original color scheme in Street Fighter II: The World Warrior.
- Blanka and Adon share some similarities with each other: they have orange hair, they are both voiced by the same person in English (Taliesen Jaffe), and their 10th alternate colors represent their former color schemes from when they first debuted. Adon first appeared in Street Fighter, and Blanka first appeared in Street Fighter II.
- In the UDON comics, the reason for his skin color and electrical abilities is due to Shadaloo experimentation, like in the movies.
- The ending of Eyedol in Killer Instinct is a parody of the Blanka's ending in Street Fighter II, where Eyedol finds his mother but he kills her.
- In Felicia's ending of the original Darkstalkers, she says she wants Blanka as her co-star.
- When Rio de Janeiro was declared the site of the 2016 Olympic Games, pictures of Blanka drawn as the unofficial Olympic mascot began to spread.
For more images of this character, see their Gallery.