Eternal Fighter Zero/Sayuri Kurata

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Kurata Sayuri

Introduction

Despite having an unusual hover dash, Kurata Sayuri (倉田 佐祐理) is the closest thing EFZ has to a Street Fighter style footsies character. Her normals are some of the best in the game, while her mixups are fairly weak and straightforward, leading to a much slower paced fighting style based on poking and whiff punishing. Which is not to say that she completely lacks mixups, especially in the corner. Her hoverdash, although slow, can be used to crush lows and land an overhead, while with 2 super bars she gains a 1F super command throw. In terms of specials, she gets some slow moving projectiles to cover her approach, while her Magical☆Press gets her a corner knockdown from anywhere on screen. Defensively, she has a number of reversals, and one of her more unique specials, the counter move Ah, Got Your Skill. This move can counter any melee hit, regardless of whether it’s a high or low. Once a move has been caught, every time she blocks it she will flash white. Pressing a button during that flash will trigger a genocide cutter guard cancel/alpha counter.

Sayuri is a supporting character of Kanon, a visual novel produced by Key in 1999. She is a normal third-year student at the high school that Yuuichi goes to, and has been best friends with Mai since they first met during first-year. She is very polite and formal, but has a strange habit of addressing herself in the third person. During Kanon, Sayuri supports Yuuichi becoming Mai's friend and does what she can for them, and she stubbornly stays by Mai's side even as the strange incidents surrounding Mai continue to escalate...

Stage: Courtyard of the Lunch Break (昼休みの中庭)

BGM: The Girls' Opinions (彼女たちの見解)

Character-Specific Notes

  • Sayuri is able to air jump once, and air dash/backstep once.
  • Sayuri's ground dash is actually an air dash that moves forward-up at 45 degrees. Therefore, Sayuri does not have any dashing attacks. Any attacks she does during her "ground" dash will be considered jumping attacks.
  • Sayuri's ground dashes do not actually count as air dashes/backsteps, so she is free to jump or dash/backstep at the end of her "ground" dash.

Normal Moves

The notation for the movelists can be found under Controls.

Standing

5A
5A
Sayuri5a.png
Damage Guard Startup ¹ ² ³ Active Recovery Adv Hit Adv Block Cancel
200 Ground 4 5 3 +2 +1 N Sp Su J IC R

Sayuri does a horizontal chop.

5B
c5B
Sayuric5b.png
Damage Guard Startup ¹ ² ³ Active Recovery Adv Hit Adv Block Cancel
410 Low 6 2 19 +1 -1 N Sp Su J IC f5B 2B

Sayuri kicks her leg out at a downward angle, hitting the opponent as a low. Excellent move to catch opponents by surprise at max c5B range.

f5B
f5B
Sayurif5b.png
Damage Guard Startup ¹ ² ³ Active Recovery Adv Hit Adv Block Cancel
450 Ground 8 2 13 +1 -1 N Sp Su IC

Sayuri swipes with her magical wand. This move has incredible priority and can be used in a variety of ways. Perfect for harassing at a safe range and smacking people out of the air.

5C
5C
Sayuri5c.png
Damage Guard Startup ¹ ² ³ Active Recovery Adv Hit Adv Block Cancel
300+450 Ground 10 4 21 - +2 Sp Su IC

Sayuri's magic wand transforms into a piston which kicks twice. Second hit launches.

Crouching

2A
2A
Sayuri2a.png
Damage Guard Startup ¹ ² ³ Active Recovery Adv Hit Adv Block Cancel
200 Low 4 4 4 +2 +1 N Sp Su J IC R

Sayuri extends her arm while crouching. Hits low.

2B
2B
Sayuri2b.png
Damage Guard Startup ¹ ² ³ Active Recovery Adv Hit Adv Block Cancel
430 Ground 7 8 9 -1 -3 N Sp Su J IC

Sayuri's wand turns into a sword and she stabs it up and forward. Be wary that this will whiff on Neyuki and Ikumi when they are crouching.

2C
2C
Sayuri2c.png
Damage Guard Startup ¹ ² ³ Active Recovery Adv Hit Adv Block Cancel
600 Ground 9 9 19 -5 -7 Sp Su JH IC

Sayuri's wand turns into a mace and she swings it from her feet to above her head. Decent anti-air for opponents too close or too high to use f5B.

Jumping

j5A
j5A
Sayurij5a.png
Damage Guard Startup ¹ ² ³ Active Recovery Adv Hit Adv Block Cancel
200 High/Air 5 6 5 - - N Sp J AD IC R

Sayuri punches diagonally downwards.

j5B
j5B
Sayurij5b.png
Damage Guard Startup ¹ ² ³ Active Recovery Adv Hit Adv Block Cancel
430 High/Air 8 8 12 - - N Sp J AD IC

Sayuri extends her leg out in a jumping kick. Excellent priority. Her primary tool for dealing with opponents at the same height in the air. Decent as a crossup tool.

j5C
j5C
Sayurij5c.png
Damage Guard Startup ¹ ² ³ Active Recovery Adv Hit Adv Block Cancel
620 (3~12F=550) High/Air 10 12 11 - - Sp J AD IC

Sayuri's extends her wand diagonally downwards. One of Sayuri's best normals. Her main normal for getting damage from juggle loops. Your go to air normal when the opponent is below you. Incredible priority.

Grabs

Close 6C/4C
Ground Grab
Close 6C/4C
EFZ Sayuri GroundGrab.png
Damage Guard Property Startup ¹ ² ³ Active Recovery Adv Hit Adv Block Cancel
1150 Grab I: 5-5 5 1 24 - - None

Sayuri throws the opponent back over her shoulder. This can be both a blessing and a curse - she gets IAD j412C/jC mixups off this, but loses the corner.

Close j6C
Air Grab
Close j6C
EFZ Sayuri AirGrab.png
Damage Guard Property Startup ¹ ² ³ Active Recovery Adv Hit Adv Block Cancel
1200 Grab I: 3-6 (on whiff) 2 1 - - - None

Sayuri grabs the opponent by the neck and electrocutes them with magic. Sayuri's invulnerability frame during her air grab is one frame too late, making it possible for Sayuri's grab to trade. As player 2, Sayuri's grab trading can be beneficial thanks to a bug that can fix the opponent in place in the air. Sayuri can recover and follow up with a combo with ease. Grab trades act normally as player 1, making the opponent fall straight to the ground.

Special Moves

The notation for the movelists can be found under Controls.

Specials

236*
Magical☆Shot
236*
Sayuri236.png
Version Damage Guard Startup ¹ ² ³ Active Recovery Adv Hit Adv Block Cancel
A 400 Any 10 30 - -16 FIC

Sayuri shoots a slow moving star along the ground low.

B 400 Any 12 26 - -12 FIC

Sayuri shoots a slow moving star along the ground high.

C 400+400 Any 6 20 - -24~-6 FIC

Sayuri essentially does the A version and B version in quick succession.

Version Damage Guard Startup ¹ ² ³ Active Recovery Adv Hit Adv Block Cancel
jA 400 Any 14 30 - -16 FIC

Sayuri shoots a slow moving star directly forward.

jB 400 Any 14 30 - -16 FIC

Sayuri shoots a slow moving star angled slightly downwards. Thanks to a bug, this projectile does not interact with other projectiles.

jC 400 Any 14 30 - -16 FIC

Sayuri shoots a slow moving star angled more downwards than the j.B version. Thanks to a bug, this projectile does not interact with other projectiles.

623*
Magical☆Sword
623*
Sayuri623a.png
623A
Sayuri623b.png
623B
Version Damage Guard Property Startup ¹ ² ³ Active Recovery Adv Hit Adv Block Cancel
A 750 Any / 8 2 30 - -11 IC

Sayuri quickly slashes her wand (transformed into a sword) horizontally, moving Sayuri forward. This move is incredible, as it is quick and has good range. Her most common launcher when coupled with IC.

B 1008 Any / 10 1+3 41.66 - -5 IC

Sayuri slashes her wand (transformed into a sword) vertically up, and then back down. The first hit will not connect if the opponent is standing right next to you. Almost useless. It's a bit slower than the A version, and if the first hit is blocked, the second hit can easily be RGed.

C 1334 Hit 1 Any, Hit 2 High, Hit 3 Any I: 1-15 14 2+3+2 61.66 - -12 IC

Sayuri does 623B into 623A. The second hit is an overhead, and the third hit will wallbounce the opponent if they are knocked back to the corner. Has some invulnerability. Can be used as a risky reversal.

214*
Ah, got your skill~
214*
Sayuri214.png
Version Damage Guard Startup ¹ ² ³ Active Recovery Adv Hit Adv Block Cancel
All 600 Counter 3 21 20 - - None

Sayuri poses with her hand ready for a second. If Sayuri is attacked by a counterable move within a half-second of the start of the pose, she automatically catches the opponent and throws them. She will also remember the move used against her for her "Magical☆Cutter" move. Can be useful to add an extra layer of stress for the opponent, as capturing a move unlocks the following skill.

Magical☆Cutter
Magical☆Cutter
Any button
Sayuri214 2.png
Version Damage Guard Property Startup ¹ ² ³ Active Recovery Adv Hit Adv Block Cancel
All 300x3 Any I: 1-20 5 2+2+3 57 - -39 IC

If Sayuri blocks the move remembered by her "Ah, got your skill~" move, she will flash completely white while in block stun. Pushing any attack button during this time will cause her to perform a rising circular kick. Sayuri is completely invincible while rising up. Depending on what move is caught defines how good this is. Moves with quick recovery will recover in time to block the flash kick. Don't rely on this but use it as a trump card to keep your opponent on their toes.

Player 2 Sayuri has a bug that allows her to perform Magical☆Cutter during the captured move's startup if she is already in blockstun from another move. This makes the move much stronger as Player 2.

j412*
Magical☆Smash
j412*
Sayurij412.png
j412A/B
Sayurij412C1.png
Sayurij412C2.png
j412C
Sayuri does some sort of magical energy dive.
Version Damage Guard Property Startup ¹ ² ³ Active Recovery Adv Hit Adv Block Cancel
A 800 Any / 20 Until ground - - - IC

A version is next to useless. Looks like the first image.

B 941 Any / 24 Until ground - - - IC

B version can be used as a tech punish when you have used up all your aerial jump and dash cancels. Looks like the first image.

C 1104 Any I: 1-38 3 30+Until ground+3 - - - IC

C version is the most useful. It starts off with an energy ball where she is completely invulnerable for 38 frames. This makes it fairly decent for predicting wakeup invul moves as the invul in this will outlast the invul frames in other moves. After this initial invul, she has 5 frames of being vulnerable without a hixtbox to cover her. Due to the length of the initial invul and the comparatively shorter length of the vulnerable frames, punishing before the second hitbox comes out is more challenging than it seems. The second half is visually identical to A and B but has a much larger hitbox. When used as a crossup this move will automatically turn around to face the opponent, making it an excellent mixup tool that has lots of invul frames.

41236*
Magical☆Press
41236*
Sayuri41236.png
Version Damage Guard Property Startup ¹ ² ³ Active Recovery Adv Hit Adv Block Cancel
A 1000 Ground / 17 12 13 - -4 IC

Sayuri dashes forward a bit. If she catches the enemy, she slams them into the wall in front of her (regardless of how far away it is). Air unblockable. Incredible in blockstrings if mixed up with 236A/B and 623A. With how varied the timings for RG are for each move, it becomes much harder for the opponent to create a situation where the can escape the string.

B 1000 Ground / 17 18 13 - - IC

Same as A version but goes further. Less useful.

C 1350 Ground I: 1-20 21 24 14 - -18 IC

Goes further than the B version and will wallbounce if it hits.

Eternity Specials

236236*
Magical☆Agents
236236*
Sayuri236236.png
Version Damage Guard Startup ¹ ² ³ Active Recovery Adv Hit Adv Block Cancel
A 2074 Any 21 2x8 204 - -35.66 None

Sayuri's turns her wand into a gun and fires it down the stage. Excellent tool for Blue IC drain. Will combo from 5C against most characters. As it reaches across the entire stage, can be used to punish unsafe moves full screen with level 2 or 3.

B 2857 Any 16 2x12 192 - -14.66 None
C 3992 Any 10 2x23 221 - -22.66 None
2141236*
Magical☆Pressure
2141236*
Sayuri2141236.png
Version Damage Guard Property Startup ¹ ² ³ Active Recovery Adv Hit Adv Block Cancel
A 2221 Ground / 15 12 15 - -6 IC

A super version of 41236* - Magical☆Press. This is Sayuri's highest damage combo ender.

B 3163 Ground I: 1-13 11 18 15 - -12 IC

Same as A except slams the opponent into one wall, that back into the other.

C 4477 Ground I: 1-25 11 30 15 - -24 IC

Same as above, except 3 times.

6321463214*
Magical☆Thunder
6321463214*
Sayuri6321463214.png
Version Damage Guard Property Startup ¹ ² ³ Active Recovery Adv Hit Adv Block Cancel
A 2327 Grab I: 1-3 & 6 6 1 - - - None

Sayuri grabs the opponent by the neck and electrocutes them. Level 1 is jumpable post super flash and thus fairly useless.

B 3397 Grab I: 1-3 3 1 - - - None

Impossible to jump post super flash.

C 4384 Grab / 0 1 - - - None

Impossible to jump post super flash.

Final Memory

22A2S
Magical☆On Stage
22A2S
SayuriFM.png
Damage Guard Property Startup ¹ ² ³ Active Recovery Adv Hit Adv Block Cancel
- - I: 1-42 25 17 19 - - None

Sayuri teleports above the opponent and falls on top of them, feet first. Unblockable. You can avoid it if you jump or are in RG stun so this Final Memory has very little use.

Strategy

Sayuri's main gameplan is to abuse her obnoxiously large and high priority normals to poke, whiff punish and generally Street Fighter her way to victory. Sayuri will get most of her damage out of capitalising off the opponent's mistakes and abusing command grabs when the opponent becomes too respectful of her normals and pressure.

Footsies

Sayuri's normals are some of the best in the game. On the ground she has f5B for an excellent eye height level poke that can sometimes be used to smack people out of the air. 2B is another excellent tool which covers the area below that of f5B. 2C is a decent anti air for when aerial opponents get too close for comfort and leads easily into juggle loops if it connects. In the air she has jB which has incredible horizontal priority. jC trumps this however, in being her best aerial normal. Sayuri's can neutral jump jC to stuff ground and aerial approaches alike.
As for specials, her main tool is 623A. With 8F of startup and a huge hitbox that moves forward with Sayuri, this move has lots of uses. You can add it after f5B/2B pokes and be relatively safe on block/RG, or just use it as it's own neutral tool. Mixing it up with her other neutral tools can make for very surprising forward movements covered by a genuinely disgusting hitbox, leading into a knockdown. Speaking of knockdowns...

Blockstrings

If done correctly, Sayuri can have some seemingly endless blockstrings if she manages her meter efficiently. Her main blockstring tools are: 41236A, 623A IC, 236A/B, 236A/B IC to catch mash/reversals, c5B f5B .. c5B f5B frame trap, and generally using her pokes at a safe distance (f5B and 2B, occasionally cancelling into star or 623A).
Her simplest and most predictable string is 2AA 2B 5C 41236A. If not for Recoil Guard, this string would be inescapable. You can repeat this over and over and the only way to beat it is to RG the 41236A. This will be the basis of our blockstrings. From this, you can adjust the string and begin to vary the timing of the hits. For instance, instead of 41236A which is fairly slow, you can instead use 623A to try and catch your opponent off guard. In the same sense, you can do 2AA 2B 236A/B and even FIC into f5B to prevent the possibility of jumping out. Keeping your strings varied and unpredictable will make it harder for your opponent to Recoil Guard, giving them fewer chances to steal your turn.
Every 8 seconds you will get access to Red IC, allowing you to go for riskier setups using IC. One example is 236A/B IC IAD jAAA - this forces a mixup situation of how many highs, when will they stop and go low, will they go for a command grab after the star is blocked, etc etc. Another option is from the mixups listed in Okizeme: using 66jC j236B FIC overhead or c5B, and as another option using the insane priority and invulnerability on j412C to predict reversals.

Stored Momentum from Rising Dash

Sayuri's rising ground dash has a unique property - if she jumps after dashing, she will keep some horizontal momentum.
This momentum is stored until:
  • Sayuri uses the stored momentum (by jumping)
  • Sayuri moves left or right on the ground
  • She does a ground dash/backwards jump - the stored momentum has no effect on either of these but will still be used.
Doing a neutral jump after a dash will show you the amount of forward momentum that is stored. When doing a forward jump the stored momentum will be added onto the usual momentum of Sayuri's forward jump.
Doing a forward jump from the ground with the stored momentum is possible but requires forward and up to be pressed on the same frame. If 8 is pressed too early, you will get a momentum neutral jump. Pressing 6 too early will give you a regular forward jump. One trick to get a momentum forward jump from the ground is to make it impossible for air inputs to be executed, buffering a ground special during this time and buffering j9 during the ground special. The string will look something like 66 jB (whiff) j236B j9. During the jB (whiff) you buffer the 236B, and because you're already performing a normal j236B will not come out. Instead, you'll get 236B upon landing, allowing you to buffer the forward jump with ease. She can also do it after 66 j236A, buffering the j9 during the star. The jump wont come out until she hits the ground, even though Sayuri is capable of double jumping after 66 j236*.
Using the stored momentum on a double jump is much easier as there is no way of clearing the stored momentum in the air.
This has applications mainly in neutral, and especially after a ground star. The added momentum on Sayuri's forward jump allows her to keep just behind the star while it's travelling, and can be quite surprising if used sparingly.

Combos

Notation Help
Disclaimer: Combos are written by various writers, so notation may differ slightly from this notation.

For more information, see Controls

IC Input Instant Charge (22C) when you have the right amount of RF Meter.
FIC Input Flicker Instant Charge (22C) when you have the right amount of RF Meter.
{X/Y/Z} Move X or Y or Z can be used.
#* Indicates that any of A, B and C may be used with #. Example: 214*
[X]xN Loop the inputs in the square brackets as many times as N
jX Button X is input during your first jump.
djX Button X is input during your double jump.
X(whiff) Indicates that X is intended to whiff.
.. Indicates a short delay.
IAD Indicates an Instant Air Dash.
IABD Indicates an Instant Air Back Dash.
(X) X move is omittable from the combo.
tk.X Indicates the motion "X" is input immediately after leaving the ground. Stands for tiger knee.

Basic Combos

You can watch some of these combos (and a few more) here.

Meterless

Anywhere
  • 2AA 5BB 5C(1hit) 41236A. | Does about 1800 damage. If near the corner, you can do 5C(2hit).
  • 5ABC(1 hit) 2141236A | Does 2791 damage at level 1.
  • 5ABC(2 hits) 236236A | Does 2878 damage at level 1.
Corner
  • 236A/B 2B jC j66 jAC land 5AA 5BB 2C jAABC dj6C (whiff) | Does about 3540 damage. Useful if you hit an opponent with a standing 236A/B.

Red IC

Anywhere
  • 5ABB 623A IC 2B 236236B | Does 3717 damage. Level 1 will not work for this combo, only level 2 and 3.
  • 41236C jC j66 jAC 5AA 5BB 2C jAABC dj6C(whiff) | Combo from a reversal 41236C starter.
Corner
  • 2A 5BB 623A IC 5AA 5BB 2C jAABC dj6C (whiff) | Does roughly 3500 damage. Very stable combo with a stable tech punish.
  • 2B 623A IC 2B jC j66 jAC land 5AA 5BB 2C jAABC dj6C (whiff) | Does roughly 3850 damage.

Blue IC

Corner
  • 5AA 5BB 623A IC 2B jC j66 jC land c5B 2C jC j66 jAC land 5AA 5BB 2C jAABC dj6C (whiff) | Does about 5900 damage.
  • 5BB 623A IC 2B IAD jC land c5B 2C jC j66 jAC land 5AA 5BB 2C jAABC dj6C (whiff) | Does about 5560 damage.

On dj6C(whiff) Tech Punishes

The timing of your tech punish should always aim to grab the opponent after the earliest possible air tech, this timing will cover all possible tech timings. You can see the timing and some examples here, and an extremely late tech example here.

Advanced Combos

Meterless

Anti Air, Corner Facing Out
  • 2C jC j66 jC c5B 2C jC j66 jAC c5B j7 jAABC dj8 dj6C(whiff)
or
  • 2C jC j66 jBC c5B jC j66 jAC c5B j7 jAABC dj8 dj6C(whiff)
  • 5AA 2C jB .. jC j66 jAC c5B 2C 41236A
Anti Air, Mid Screen
  • 2C jC j66 jBC 2B jC j66 jAC 5AABB 2C jAABC dj6C(whiff)

Red IC

Anywhere
  • 2AA 5BB 5C 41236C IAD jAC 5BB 2C jABC dj6C(whiff) - Works on: Rumi, Mio, Neyuki, Shiori, Sayuri, Ikumi, Doppel, Nayuki, Mishio.
Corner
  • {c5B/f5B/2B} 623A IC 2B 2C jB .. jC j66 jAC 5AABB 2C jAABC dj6C(whiff)
  • 2A {c5B/f5B/2B} 623A IC 2C jB .. jC j66 jAC 5AABB 2C jAABC dj6C(whiff)
  • 2AA {c5B/f5B/2B} 623A IC 2C jC j66 jAC 5AABB 2C jAABC dj6C(whiff) - Difficult on small characters, see the combo below.
  • 2AA {c5B/f5B/2B} 623A IC 2C jB .. jC 5AABB 2C jAABC dj6C(whiff) - For use on small characters.
  • {2C/5C(1hit)} 623A IC 2C jB .. jC j66 jAC 5AAABB 2C jAABC dj6C(whiff)
  • 2A {2C/5C(1hit)} 623A IC 2C jC j66 jAC 5AAABB 2C jAABC dj6C(whiff)
  • 2AA {2C/5C(1hit)} 623A IC 2C jC j66 jAC 5AABB 2C jAABC dj6C(whiff) - Difficult on small characters, see the combo below.
  • 2AA {2C/5C(1hit)} 623A IC 2C jB .. jC 5AABB 2C jAABC dj6C(whiff) - For use on small characters.
  • 5C(2hit) 623A IC 2C jB .. jC j66 jAC 5AABB 2C jAABC dj6C(whiff)
  • c5B f5B 623A IC 2C jB .. jC j66 jAC 5AABB 2C jAABC dj6C(whiff)
  • 2A c5B f5B 623A IC 2C jC j66 jAC 5AABB 2C jAABC dj6C(whiff)
  • 2AA c5B f5B 623A IC 2B jB .. jC 5AABB 2C jAABC dj6C(whiff)
  • c5B f5B 5C(1hit) 623A IC 2C jC j66 jAC 5AABB 2C jAABC dj6C(whiff)
  • 2A c5B f5B 5C(1hit) 623A IC 2B jB .. jC 5AABB 2C jAABC dj6C(whiff)
  • c5B f5B 5C(2hits) 623A jC j66 jAC 5AABB 2C jAABC dj6C(whiff)
  • 66jC j236B IC jC 2C jB .. jC j66 jAC 5AA 5BB 2C jAABC dj6C(whiff) - Overhead route.

Blue IC

Corner
  • jC 2A 5BB 5C(1hit) 623A IC {f5B/c5B} 2C jC j66 jC c5B 2C jC j66 jAC 5AA 5BB 2C jAABC dj6C(whiff) - Also works from 2AA and 2A starters.
  • c5B f5B 5C(1hit) 623A IC {f5B/c5B} 2C jC j66 jC c5B 2C jB .. jC j66 jAC 5AA 5BB 2C jAABC dj6C(whiff) - Also works from f5B 5C(2hit) 623A IC and 5C(1hit) 623A IC starters.
  • 5C(2hits) 623A IC {f5B/c5B} 2C jC j66 jC c5B 2C jC j66 jAC 5AA 5BB 2C jAABC dj6C(whiff)
  • f5B 623A IC {f5B/c5B} 2C jC j66 jC c5B 2C jB .. jC j66 jAC 5AA 5BB 2C jAABC dj6C(whiff) - Also works from 2B 623A IC, 5C(1hit) 623A IC and 623A starters.
  • jC 2A c5B 236A 5A jC j66 jAC 5B 2C jBC IC jC j66 jC c5B 2C jC j66 jAC 5AA 5BB 2C jAABC dj6C(whiff) - Also works from 2AA c5B 236A starter.
Midscreen
  • 2AA 5BB 623C IC 44 6[6] jC j66 jC c5B 2C jB .. jC j66 jAC 5AA 5BB 2C jAABC dj6C(whiff)

Magical☆Shot Launch Combos

Sayuri is one of the few characters with the ability to launch into a juggle combo without having to use meter. If you have good reactions and timing, you'll be able to get 3k+ damage without having to spend any resources. The setups are character specific, and the most stable pickups are listed below. All combos are started from point blank, the 2A's are used for spacing and allowing you to hit confirm properly. Most combos leave out the enders, these are noted with [...]. For timing purposes and spacing purposes, microwalks are sometimes used - this is simply walking forward a very small amount. These are intended to be used as a starting point for learning star launches, as the situations where they can be used in matches are a lot more complicated - you are encouraged to experiment with their practical uses on your own.
Midscreen
  • Rumi, Akane, Misaki, Makoto, Shiori, Sayuri, Minagi, Ikumi, Doppel, Nayuki, Mishio, Kaori, Akiko - 2AA f5B 236B microwalk 5A jC j66 jAC[...]
  • Mizuka, Mio, Mai - 2AA f5B 236A microwalk 5A jC j66 jAC[...]
  • Misuzu - 2AA f5B slight delay 236B 5A jC j66 jAC[...]
  • Kano - 2AA f5B 236B jB j66 jAB[...]
  • Mayu, Ayu, Unknown, Nayuki (asleep) - Can't convert into juggles.
Corner 2AA Starter
  • Rumi, Akane, Misaki, Nayuki (asleep), Makoto, Shiori, Kano, Minagi, Ikumi, Doppel, Mishio, Akiko - 2AA f5B 236B 5A jC j66 jAC[...]
  • Mizuka, Mio, Mai, - 2AA f5B 236A 5A jC j66 jAC[...]
  • Misuzu - 2AA f5B slight delay 236B 5A jC j66 jAC[...]
  • Unknown - 2AA f5B 236B 5A jA..B..C land 5AA 2C jBC dj6C(whiff)
  • Nayuki - 2AA f5B 236B 5A jA..B..C land 5A 5BB 2C jAABC dj6C(whiff)
  • Mayu, Ayu, Sayuri - Can't convert into juggles.
Corner jC Starter
  • IAD jC 2A f5B 236A 5A jC j66 jAC land 5AA 5BB 2C jAABC dj6C(whiff)
Works on: Cello, Akane, Misaki, Mio, Neyu, Makoto, Shiori, Mai, Misuzu, Minagi, Mishio
Unreliable: Sayuri, Kano
Doesn't work: Rumi, Mayu, Ayu, Ikumi, Unknown, Nayuki, Kaori, Akiko

Other Combos

Looking for different routes? Something in the middle of Beginner and Advanced? Situational or character specific combos? Check the combo overflow page.

Okizeme

Compared to some characters in EFZ, Sayuri's okizeme is lackluster. Her main crossup oki tool is jB, which has a crossup hitbox to boot. Converting from hits using this is tough and Sayuri definitely has better, albeit more expensive, setups to use.

j412C/jC Which Way

j412C is absolutely incredible. It has 38F of invul at the start, with the only downside being 5F of vulnerability with no hitbox cover before the second half the the move. The initial hitbox is huge. Please check the move list above to fully appreciate the hitbox. This makes it an especially scary okizeme tool - while it is possible to punish, it is difficult to properly time a 4F 5A before the second half of the move starts.
Off a lot of midscreen knockdowns (most commonly being 623A) you can go for a same side jC or a crossup j412C option select. To do this, IAD (instant air dash) after the knockdown and as you crossup the opponent input j412C in the opposite that you are air dashing. Essentially, this makes the input j632C. The game will auto correct the direction and go towards the opponent. If you end up doing an IAD that's too low to crossup, your j412C will just turn into a jC allowing you to land and confirm into a regular ground combo. To see followups for the crossup version, please use this reference.

66jC Overhead/c5B Low

With 22F of startup, 66jC is the fastest Sayuri has for an overhead. She can combo from this easily with j236B FIC, which you can see here. Has the ability to stuff lows and leads to some nice damage. Your alternative option, which you'll be using more often, is c5B. This is a Sayuri's longest reaching low and can be tough to use at first, as it requires some knowledge of the range at which close normals activate. Hitconfirming c5B is made easier by the fact it has an extra 6F of special hitstop.
The distance you can use 66jC on a crouching character from varies depending on the matchup. Below gives a very basic indication of which characters 66jC'd at point blank and which cannot.
Point Blank
  • Akiko, Ikumi, Kaori, Mai, Minagi, Misaki, Mishio, Mizuka, Sayuri
Beyond c5B range (distance varies)
  • Akane, Ayu, Kano, Makoto, Mayu, Mio, Misuzu, Nayuki (asleep), Nayuki (awake), Rumi, Shiori, Unknown

236A IC IAD Which Way

Sayuri's star projectile can be used to create mixups on waking up opponents. Using 236A IC and instant air dashing over the opponent, with correct timing you can stay the same side of crossup. This setup is very easy to choose the side on, and if you choose crossup you can use j412A to convert from hits. You need to input this the same way you would the j412C crossup listed above, meaning you'll have to input is as j632A after you cross the opponent up.

41236C Which Way

After her RF Magical☆Pressure, Sayuri is capable of using a correctly timed 66jB .. jC 66jB(whiff) juggle combo to make a hard to see gap in the corner (or no gap at all), creating left/right opportunities. The 66jB(whiff) acts as your tech punish. You can see the setup in action here. The tech punish combo can be found here.

Magical☆Thunder

When your opponent begins being overly respectful, not mashing and just blocking, you can bring out the tool that makes Sayuri genuinely scary. Magical☆Thunder (6321463214*) is a command grab super that deals a lot of damage, especially compared to Sayuri's usual combo damage output. The only useful versions are Level 2 and Level 3, as Level 1 is jumpable post super flash rendering it next to useless. Level 2 and 3 cannot be jumped post superflash so they must be predicted or the opponent must be mashing or holding jump in order to beat them. These command grabs have decent range, you don't have to be standing right next to the opponent for them to connect, but you can be no more than a few paces away. I'd recommend testing out the ranges of Level 2 and 3 respectively to get a feel for their uses.

Win Quotes

Japanese English

佐祐理の射程と
攻撃範囲には

あいにく死角が
ありませんよ

でもその工夫は
評価されるべきですね

あははー

Unfortunately for you,
there is no blind spot

in the range of
Sayuri's magic.

I guess that's something
that should be applauded though.

Ahaha~

すみません

これも仕事なので
恨まないで下さいね

Sorry.

But this is work.
Don't hold a grudge against me.

あははー

佐祐理は
ちょっと頭の悪い

普通の
魔法使いですから

Ahaha~

Sayuri is just
a slightly dumb,

but normal,
magical girl.

ふぇー
このステッキですか?

この前、夢に出て来た
髭のダンディな
おじ様に
貰ったんですよ

あははー

Fwee?
You want to know about this wand?
You see, a
mustached dandy
appeared in a dream of mine
and gave it to me.

Ahaha~

テイルトウェイト
辺りを使えば
簡単に勝負が
つくんですが…

周辺の皆さんの
ご迷惑に
なりますからねー

If I could
use the Tiltowait spell,
this match would be
easy for me...

But I can't
cause trouble
for the neighborhood...

("Tiltowait" is a Level 7 Mage Spell from the game Wizardry. It is the strongest magic, causing a nuclear explosion and damages all monster groups.)

(To Mai)
舞にばかり
良い所とられるのも
寂しいんですよ

今回は許して
くださいねー

(To Mai)
It's a bit lonely,
always seeing you take
all the spotlight.

Please forgive me,
just this once.

(To UNKNOWN)
その力

佐祐理が貰い受けて
おきますねー

あははー

(To UNKNOWN)
Your power...

Sayuri will be
taking it now.

Ahaha~

(To Sayuri)
あははー

上手く
化けているとは
思いますけど

ちょっと相手が
悪すぎませんか?

(To Sayuri)
Ahaha~

You did
a good job
taking on my form.

But you choose
the wrong person to fight.

Colors

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In-game References

External References

  • Sayuri's "Magical☆Sword" move is based on Gambit's "Cajun Slash" move, from Marvel vs. Capcom 2.
  • Sayuri's "Ah, got your skill~" move is based on Chaka's "Okuetazo" move, from Jojo's Bizarre Adventure.
  • Sayuri's "Magical☆Cutter" move is based on Rugal's "Genocide Cutter" move, from The King of Fighters series.
  • Sayuri's "Magical☆Smash" move is based on Omega Rugal's "Gravity Smash" move, from the The King of Fighters series.
  • Sayuri's "Magical☆Press" move is based on Rugal's "God Press" move, from the The King of Fighters series.
  • Sayuri's "Magical☆Pressure" move is based on Rugal's "Gigantic Pressure" move, from the The King of Fighters series.
  • Sayuri's "Magical☆Agents" move is based on Bulleta's "Cool Hunting" move, from the Vampire Savior series.
  • Sayuri's "Magical☆Thunder" move is based on Benimaru Nikaido's "Electrigger" move, from the The King of Fighters series.
  • Sayuri's "Magical☆On Stage" move is based on Rugal's "Dead End Screamer" move, from the The King of Fighters series.


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