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Kyosuke Kagami (鑑 恭介 Kagami Kyōsuke ) is a fighting game character from the Rival Schools series of 3D fighting games.
Kyosuke, the "Mysterious Public Man"
Although his last name is Kagami, he is actually the twin brother of the fallen Hyo Imawano.
His personality is the opposite of Batsu's; being cool and calculating, almost never showing emotions of any sort. Every pose he takes stands out with his coolness, and he has a habit of adjusting his eyeglasses whenever he poses. He never shows it, but he really has a strong sense of justice.
Kyosuke has short orange hair, brown eyes and he wears eyeglasses. His primary outfit is a white school jacket under a black long sleeve v-neck shirt with a Taiyo emblem on both on his white collar, white pants and white, black and yellow shoes. The interior of his jacket is red.
Kyosuke is a student of Taiyo Gakuen who volunteers to help Batsu find his mother. It is later revealed that Kyosuke was behind the kidnapping, working for his twin brother, Hyo Imawano. Ultimately, Kyosuke changes allegiances, and helps Batsu and Hinata defeating Hyo, while convincing his brother that force was not the way to achieve their dreams.
In his individual ending, Kyosuke wants Hyo to change his ways and to make friends with other people. This is also shown in the game's first ending where Kyosuke convinces his brother to make peace with everybody.
In Project Justice, Kyosuke becomes concerned when he meets Kurow and senses the power helping him. After Batsu saves Hinata from a disguised Kurow, they followed him through the mountains where he reveals his disguise to them. Kurow then sends Hyo to deal with them as Kyosuke senses that Hyo is back for being evil. Hyo eventually does not cooperate with Kurow as he was not affected from being brainwash much to Kyosuke's relief. Kurow angrily fights the trio and later Hyo but is defeated.
When Hyo is later possesed by the spirit of the brothers' evil father, Mugen Imawano, Raizo arrives, after having being attacked previously by Kurow, telling him and his son Batsu to deal with Hyo. Therefore, Hyo briefly regains control of his body and tells Batsu and his brother to kill him as an order of the Imawano family before his father's spirit controls him again. Kyosuke could not bring himself to kill his brother but Batsu tells him there's no other choice and he does not want the Imawano's family name to be dishonored. Kyosuke reluctantly joins, stating that there's another way to save his brother. After Kyosuke defeats Hyo, the latter dies in the ordeal much to his sorrow as Kyosuke mourns at the death of his brother.
After the incident and his brother's death, Batsu and the others are talking about Kyosuke's disappearance. Ran was also disappointed after she took a photo of him mourning of Hyo's death (the main reason why he's not in school), Batsu states that Kyosuke will be back to school someday.
Arsenal, combat style, and fighting strategy Edit
With lightning-fast uppercuts and fast combo starters, Kysosuke can handle just about any match-up. The key to winning with Kyosuke is to abuse his Light Punch Cross Cutter. At about three to five character widths away from an opponent, Kyosuke can annoy his foe all day long. If the player manages to get the Cross Cutter projectiles to hit consecutively, they can immediately dash in and begin a Textbook Combo with a jab.
Two of his Burning Vigor attacks can be used in indirect sequence. Kyosuke can launch his opponent high into the air with a Super Raijin Upper, perform an Air Combo, and finish the Air Combo with a Double Mirage Kick.
Kyosuke's Team-Up Technique is yet another of his moves. Because it initiates so quickly, the player can do it just about any time the opponent throws out a Burning Vigor attack or even a slow-executing normal move. The attack is actually the second weakest Team-Up technique in the game.
Most players using Kyosuke in Project Justice utilize a glitch that makes Kyosuke levitate--considered by many to be a cheap tactic.
- Cross Cutter (クロスカッター) - Kyosuke fires two converging crescent-shaped projectiles. Hits twice at close range, but only once at the point where the two projectiles converge. Evading this move by jumping is difficult; sidestepping it is a simpler way.
- Mirage Kick (幻影キック Gen'ei Kick ) - Closely similar to his twin brother's Phantasm Kick. The only difference is that Hyo's attack is a slash; Kyosuke's is a kick. Like the Phantasm Kick, this has poor recovery time if blocked. While landing to the ground as a result of recovery, he is completely vulnerable to several downward-aimed attacks, ranging from projectile/blast to diving kick attacks. This attack is also usable in the air, but is less damaging if done in the air.
- Mirage Wave (幻影ウエーブ Gen'ei Wave ) - An air-only attack. Kyosuke does a Cross Cutter-like attack, only with shorter range. The player can quickly follow with a Mirage Kick for good measure.
- Raijin Upper (雷神アッパー Lightning God Upper ) - A bolt of lightning rises from the ground, launching the opponent into the air. It has considerable recovery delay if blocked.
- Mirage Breaker (幻影ブレーカー Gen'ei Breaker ) - Kyosuke does an overhead leaping punch that stuns the opponent in sparks. Even if blocked, Kyosuke will be able to attack even before the opponent can, since this attack has no recovery delay whatsoever.
- Aerial Float (空中浮き Kuuchuu Uki ) - This is the well-known game bug utilized by many players in Project Justice. While in the air, the button combination is input, making Kyosuke stay airborne. He is invulnerable to almost all sorts of attacks while airborne, and all the attacks he delivers are at ground-level, despite his altitude. He can even execute Team-Up and Party-Up attacks while airborne. The only tactic that can foil this is a throw maneuver.
Burning Vigor AttacksEdit
- Diffusion Cross Cutter (拡散クロスカッター Kakusan Cross Cutter ) - The powered version of the Cross Cutter, wherein Kyosuke fires five converging projectiles. Contrary to the Cross Cutter, this is best done from a distance, where this attack deals more hits and (very obviously) more damage. The downside to this attack is its long recovery delay.
- Double Mirage Kick (ダブル幻影キック Double Gen'ei Kick ) - Actually, he does more than just two Mirage Kicks, since a four-hit Mirage Wave follows. This is also usable in the air, and makes a good Air Combo finisher. As with the Mirage Wave, a Mirage Kick can be executed immediately afterwards for an extra hit.
- Super Raijin Upper (スーパー雷神アッパー Super Lightning God Upper ) - Powered version of the Raijin Upper, wherein this move launches the opponent high into the air. Startup is fast, and is an excellent Tardy Counter. It can even completely foil dash-type Burning Vigor attacks from the opponent if this is done as a well-timed counterattack.
- Last Symphony (ラストシンフォニー) - Kyosuke and the active character execute a fast barrage of blows to the opponent.
- Kyosuke does the Final Symphony.
Other appearances Edit
Kyosuke made a small cameo appearance in UDON's Street Fighter Legends: Sakura comic.
Kyosuke also appeared as a card in the Heroes and Heralds mode of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
- His officially-credited last name, Kagami, can also be written as the Kanji character 鏡 (also read kagami on its own) which means 'mirror'. If seen as so, it makes sense why Kyosuke spends a lot of time looking in the mirror every day.
- Given the fact that Hyo is his twin brother and Raizo is their uncle, it means that the twins are actually cousins of Batsu.
- The following details on Kyosuke's life is as described.
- He lives alone in a mansion near an unnamed college campus.
- Academically, he excels in math and science, and apparently has no subject where he fares poorly in.
- As of Project Justice, he is the Chairperson of the school's morals committee.
- Kyosuke actually knows how to play the saxophone, as indicated in the ending photo of the board game of the Japanese version of Project Justice.
- He is voiced by Isshin Chiba.
- In Project X Zone, Kyosuke is referenced by Batsu during Jin Kazama's fight against the latter ("Give me a break! You sound like my school’s moral committee"). Kyosuke and Jin are both voiced by the same actor (Isshin Chiba).
- Kyosuke is the first character who originally worked with a antagonistic sibling but changes sides later to stop them. He was later followed by Yurika Kirishima.
Game and Character InformationEdit
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