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E. Honda, as seen in the UDON comic series
|Full Name||Edmond Honda|
|Birthdate||November 3, 1960|
|Weight||137kg (302 lbs)|
|Likes||Baths, chankonabe, Sandwich, Noodles, Sakura, Ryu, his students, Karin|
|Dislikes||Indecisiveness, chocolate cookies, rice vermicelli, evil|
|Measurements (Bust, Waist, Hip)||212cm (83"), 180cm (70"), 210cm (82")|
Edmond Honda (エドモンド本田, Edomond Honda), more commonly known as E. Honda, is a character originating in the Street Fighter series of fighting games. Introduced in Street Fighter II as part of the starting lineup, he has appeared in Street Fighter Alpha 3 and the Capcom vs. SNK series, as well as several cameos and mentions. His shikona for sumo is mentioned as "Fujinyoma", and he has attained the sumo rank of "Ozeki".
Honda's signature move is the Hyaku Retsu Harite (lit., "Hundred Violent Sumo Hands"; commonly referred to as the Hundred Hand Slap, or, incorrectly, the thousand hand slap).
In initial designs for Street Fighter II, Honda was dubbed simply "Sumo", and it was stated that he would be a character recognizable by Americans and popular in Japan.
Edmond Honda is an obese but very muscular Japanese man in his seemingly late 30s to early 40s. While not having the same height as T. Hawk, Sagat or Zangief, Honda is notably tall, despite not looking so due to his knees semi-folded during his hunchback fighting stance. He has black hair in a chonmage hairstyle and wears only a blue yukata with a striking red fundoshi underneath. His face is painted in the kumadori style of makeup used in kabuki. As a sumo wrestler he always fights barefoot, though many artworks depict him wearing a pair of geta (traditional Japanese wooden sandals).
Edmond Honda is a very honorable and friendly man who warmly welcomes people he sees as good and constantly laughs upon relating to those he likes and befriends, always considering the best feelings on others such as loyalty and friendship. He takes both his sumo art and his "Rikishi" title very seriously, considering it a sacred martial art just like any other. Despite his lack of agility and being sometimes ported in several other media as clumsy or silly, Honda is a very powerful sumo grandmaster who can easily make short work of other thinner, more agile fighters with his devastating close-range techniques if he manages to approach his opponent effectively. Even when it seems that he is pushing over a fight, Honda always gives all of himself during his training and fighting regimens, fueling his ambition to show for all world the strength of sumo. Honda also praises steamy hot baths before and after every hard effort dispended.
Honda appears here as more of a cameo - though a significant one - in Sodom's storyline and a bit to his own in the next game. Sodom, obsessed with both Japanese culture and trying to revive Mad Gear, attempts to recruit sumo wrestlers, citing them as strong warriors. To achieve this he enters a sumo wrestling competition and faces Fuji-no-miya, who is revealed to be Edmond Honda. Agreeing to join Mad Gear if Sodom wins, Honda gives the match a go and defeats Sodom, though he is impressed by his effort nevertheless, according to their dialogue in Alpha 3.
His storyline in this game serves more of a prologue to his appearance in Street Fighter II, with him traveling the world looking for strong opponents and to show the strength of sumo wrestling. Along the way, he meets Ryu and has a sparring match with him, and tells Sakura later on where she can find him. About this time, he fights Sodom again in a friendly match as well. His wanderings lead him to Shadaloo's base, where he meets Zangief, and while the actual extent of which is unknown, the two are confirmed to have worked together to help destroy the base. In the aftermath, he took in a few of M. Bison's the Dolls to give them somewhere to stay until they could regain their memories (which ones in particular is never exactly certain, due to Capcom reusing sprites in his ending for the girls).
In his back story, E. Honda is mentioned to have began his training as a child, singularly focused on becoming the greatest sumo wrestler of all time. He would eventually achieve the highly-revered titled of "Ōzeki" (in the English localization, he was incorrectly stated as having achieved the title Yokozuna, though his recent appearance states that he's generally considered good enough for that title). E. Honda became upset that the rest of the world did not view sumo wrestling with the reverence of the Japanese. He entered into the second World Warrior tournament, intent on showing everyone that sumo wrestlers rank among the greatest fighters in the world. Beyond this, he yearns also to improve and prove his own strength, as well as earn the title of Yokuzuna.
His involvement with the second tournament is also part of him investigating the Shadaloo organization in response to sumo wrestlers taking biochemical drugs, and learning of their involvement after capturing some of the dealers. His face painting and dual-nationality name assisted him to an extent with remaining covert during this. This aspect of his character was conceived well before Street Fighter Alpha 3 and his storyline there.
After the tournament and the fall of Shadaloo, Honda returned to Japan where he continued engaging in sumo wrestling and continuing to run his bath house and training his disciples.
Honda is not back in Japan for long - he soon joins another international fighting tournament. However his goals have apparently not changed much at all, as he is once again fighting to prove the strength of sumo to the world. During the tournament, he meets up with his old friend Hakan, but loses his match against him. They later agree to meet again in Japan, but Honda warns him not to expect him to lose. He also encounters El Fuerte, and helps the aspiring chef by telling him about Japanese food. After the tournament he exclaims "Look out Olympics, here I come!". However, while on a plane, he comes to the conclusion that in order to get sumo into the Olympics, he will have to join the IOC himself.
Capcom vs. SNK seriesEdit
E. Honda appeared playable in Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fight 2000 and Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium 2001. Honda's appearance in the Capcom vs. SNK games is token at best, continuing his Street Fighter II storyline of proving to the world the strength of sumo. Given that it mentions his disciples in his ending, his story is mostly unchanged from Street Fighter II.
Cameo Appearances Edit
E. Honda makes a cameo in Capcom Fighting Evolution, at the Japanese Street stage, in which he stands on the sidewalk cheering on the fighters.
Fighting style and abilities Edit
Honda's fighting style, as already mentioned above, is based on sumo wrestling. In his first appearance in the original Street Fighter II, he has two special attacks, the Hundred Hand Slap and the "Super Zutsuki" (commonly referred to as the Flying Headbutt). In Hyper Fighting, Honda gains a third special attack, the Flying Sumo Smash, as well as the ability to move while performing his Hundred Hand Slap.
In Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Honda gained a fourth special move, the Smashing Oak Tree Throw, and his first super combo, the Super Killer Head Ram (also known as the Oni-Mu-Sou), a powered-up version of his Flying Headbutt.
In Street Fighter Alpha 3, Honda gains two additional super combos, the Fuji Drop, and the Orochi Crush. In Street Fighter IV, he gains a new "Ultra Combo" called the Ultimate Killer Head Ram, in which he does a Sumo Headbutt with so much force that he pushes the enemy to the other end of the stage. After the enemy is cornered at the other end of the stage, Honda uses his Hundred Hand Slap many times until he does one final slap against them causes them to crumple.
- E. Honda is the only one of the original World Warriors not to appear as a playable character in the Street Fighter EX series.
- Honda is also the only one of the eight world warriors to not appear in Street Fighter X Tekken.
- In fact, Honda has the least crossover appearances of the original world warriors.
- Ganryu from the Tekken series and Taka-Arashi from the Virtua Fighter series bear a striking resemblance to E. Honda, but this is due to the archetypal outfit and haircut worn by many Sumos in fiction.