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Chun-Li VS Mai Shiranui
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Overall Episode 16
Season Episode 16
Air date August 30th, 2011
Written by Ben Singer
Animated by Ben Singer
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Chun-Li VS Mai Shiranui is the sixteenth episode of the series. It was sponsored by the National Campaign Against Drunk Driving. It featured female fighting game icons Chun-Li of Capcom's Street Fighter and Mai Shiranui of SNK's Fatal Fury and King of Fighters.

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Episode 16 - Street Fighter VS King of Fighters! Legs VS boobs! The legendary Chun-Li duels the voluptuous Mai of SNK's Fatal Fury to end the arcade era's hottest rivalry!

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Episode 16 - Street Fighter VS King of Fighters! Thighs VS boobs! The legendary Chun-Li duels the voluptuous Mai of SNK's Fatal Fury to end the arcade era's hottest rivalry!

Interlude

(*Cues: Invader - Jim Johnston*)

Wiz: When it comes to fighting, combatants come in all shapes and sizes.

Boomstick: And I'm liking the shapes and sizes on these two.

Wiz: Chun-Li, the strongest woman in the world.

Boomstick: And Mai Shiranui, the queen of fighters.

Wiz: He's Boomstick and I'm Wizard and it's our job to analyze their weapons, armor, and skills to find out who would win... a Death Battle.

Chun-Li

(*Cues: Street Fighter II - China Street Beat: OcRemix*)

Wiz: Chun-Li, first lady of the fighting game.

Boomstick: Famous for abusing the Thigh Master.

Wiz: Chun-Li is a detective for Interpol, and has gone through a rudimentary police combat training.  She has also trained with Gen, a friend of her father's and legend of the Chinese Fighting Underworld.

Boomstick: But she never did finish her training with him. Does anyone ever finish their training? Seriously! Well, I guess it's not totally her fault, after Bison killed her dad, Gen just kinda disappeared on her. What a dick!

Wiz: Since then, Chun-Li's been chasing after Bison for vengeance. She has trained in defense of Tai Chi, and is skilled in a fast-paced kickboxing variant of Kenpo. She prefers speed over strength, using a combination of rapid strikes to pressure an opponent.

Boomstick: And if you can't tell by looking at 'em, her legs are pretty damn powerful. She can even kick people through solid brick. Still, her strength doesn't just lie in those legs. She's strong enough to toss things around as big as a couch.

(*Cues: Chun-Li's Theme - Steet Fighter Third Strike China*)

Wiz: Her main attacks include the unbelievably fast Lightning Legs, the unpredictable Axe Kick, and the physics defying Spinning Bird Kick.

Boomstick: I wouldn't mind taking a ride on that helicopter!

Wiz: She can also focus her natural Chi energy to create the Kikoken, a slow, limited ranged attack.

Boomstick: And the Kikosho is basically a super version of that: an enormous ball of energy strong enough to stop a speeding car.

Wiz: Her detective skills were instrumental in taking down the criminal organization, Shadaloo; and after the tournaments, Chun-Li became a martial arts teacher. However, she has yet to win any major tournament, and failed to kill Bison to avenge her father. She was able to rescue one of her students from Urien, but turns out Urien let her win, wanting only to test her skills.

Boomstick: Also, it seems Chun ends up having to be rescued a lot, usually by Guile.

Wiz: Oddly enough, her most noble award is placing sixth in an International Shooting Competition, despite rarely carrying a gun.

Boomstick: Well, I guess things wouldn't be too fair if she brought a gun to a Street Fight. Round One... BANG! WINNER!

Wiz: Despite this, Chun-Li is certainly capable of holding her own, and has been consistently proven to be one of the toughest contenders in the Street Fighter tournaments.

Chun-Li: You ready for this?

Mai Shiranui

(*Cues: Flame Dragon God 'Theme of Mai Shiranui' (Arranged) - Fatal Fury Special*)

Wiz: Mai Shiranui is.... well....

Boomstick: Holy crap, look at those things!

Wiz: Mai is a ninja of the Shiranui Clan and has been trained by both her grandfather and the perverted, yet famously deadly, Jubei Yomato.

Boomstick: He brought a whole new meaning to 'wax on, wax off'!

Wiz: She has extensive training in the Shiranui Ryu fighting styles. From her grandfather, Mai learned the Koppo-ken technique, specializing in pressure points and bone snapping. With Jubei, Mai trained in close-combat Judo.

Boomstick: Mai's pretty fast, but focuses on single powerful strikes to punch through an enemy's defenses. The only downside to this is if she misses one, she's left wide open. (chuckles)

(*Cues: Goenitz Theme - The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match*)

Wiz: Her Flying Squirrel Furiante and Deadly Ninja Bee attacks help her control the field of battle, and she uses clever fake-outs to trip up her foes.

Boomstick: And she has an unlimited amount of Steel Fans she can throw, which I guess she keeps in her non-existing bra.

Wiz: That's right...

Boomstick: Really? I was just making a joke about her giant boobs.

Wiz: Speaking of her... outfits...

Boomstick: Or lack thereof...

Wiz: While it's unrestricted, it isn't exactly form-fitting either. However, as a testament to her training and balance, it doesn't seem to bother her.  

(*Cues: Esaka (Japan Team Theme) - King of Fighters '96*)

Wiz: She wears it for Kunoichi, a female ninja method of sexually distracting a foe before striking.

Boomstick: ...I'm sorry, what? I was distracted.

Wiz: Never mind.

Boomstick: Okay, Mai can create fire and explosions, and she can control whatever fire she's created.

Wiz: Mai consistently enters the King of Fighters tournaments to support herself, her claimed fiance, Andy Bogard. However, she has yet to win any major tournament, nor has she ever made a great impact in taking down the bosses.

Boomstick: Or taking down Andy!

Wiz: She always does well, though, even joining Andy's award winning team in 1999.

Boomstick: Even so, she ends up having to be rescued a lot, usually by Andy. But for some reason, I don't seem to mind.

Mai Shranui: Mai Shiranui of the Shiranui School must teach you a lesson.

Death Battle

(*Cues: Flame Dragon God 'Theme of Mai Shiranui' (Arranged) - Fatal Fury Special*)

Mai Shiranui awaits her opponent in the middle of a deep forest. Chun-Li walks up and Mai gives her a respectful bow.

FIGHT!

Chun-Li starts off with a Kikoken, but due to the slow movement and limited range of the projectile, Mai easily rolls under it and starts delivering a fast barrage of low strikes and the Folding Fan Fandango, ending with a drop kick to knock back Chun-Li. She pauses for a moment before charging in to finish off her opponent.

(*Cues: Chun Li's Theme - Marvel vs Capcom 3*)

However, Chun-Li recovers and springs to her feet, kicking Mai in the face. She then flips over Mai's attempted Ryu En Bu Attack, and throws her back. Just as Mai gets back up, Chun-Li charges in with her Axe Kick, followed by several hard blows, and her Lightning Leg Attack.

Realizing that close-combat with Chun-Li is not favorable, Mai gets some distance and throws out three of her Hacho San (Butterfly Fans) with the third being powered by her pyrokinesis. She also leaps in. Chun-Lin blocks first two fans but is unable to block the third fiery one and Mai's simulataneous fire strike from above, taking both hits and an extra strike. Mai then attempts a fake-out with her Flying Squirrel Furiante, but Chun-Li anticipates the move and lets loose with a powered-up version of her Lightning Legs, causing Mai to take heavy damage and knocking her down. Chun-Li charges in but Mai manages to recover, flips over Chun-Li and trips her with a sweep kick. 

Mai changes her strategy and begins leading Chun-Li in a chase up the tall trees. Each time they pass each other they exhange blows, but Mai manages to get another pyrokinetic strike, knocking Chun-Li down. Chun-Li retaliates and catches Mai off-guard with her Spinning Bird Kick. Mai is left dazed on a large tree limb, as Chun-Li lands and pauses to build up her ki to finish off her opponent. This is Chun-Li's final mistake as it is just enough time for Mai to recover and roll out of the way. Chun-Li's Kikosho Attack misses, and Mai uses her legs to grab Chun-Li's head, slam her into the tree limb, and then kick her into another tree. As Chun-Li falls, Mai follows her down in a fiery rolling attack, slamming into her opponent as she hits the forest floor. With Chun-Li standing in a fiery daze, Mai uses her pyrokinetic powers to engulf Chun-Li in a huge explosion of fire, leaving nothing but a charred skeleton, similar to Mortal Kombat's Scorpion's Fatality.

K.O.!

Mai: Nippon Ichi!

Results

Boomstick: Boobs win!

Wiz: Chun-Li may be a bit tougher and quicker than Mai, and her professional training even prepared her for the fake out ruse. However, her arsenal pales in comparison to that of Mai's, with her pyrokinesis and steel fans, Mai had superior range and energy-based attacks.

Boomstick: And while Chun's a beast in close corners combat, her straight forward approach was a bad match up against Mai's ninja training.

Wiz: It was certainly a close match, but Mai's nimbleness and firepower eventually won out.

Boomstick: Chun-Li's never looked hotter.

Wiz: The Winner is Mai Shiranui.

Trivia

  • The connection between Chun-Li and Mai is that they are both legendary female fighting game characters and sex symbols among gaming.
  • This is the third Death Battle episode to have two female combatants pitted against each other, the first two being Rogue VS Wonder Woman and Felicia VS Taokaka, and the last seven being Zelda VS Peach, Ivy VS Orchid, Yang VS Tifa, Cammy VS Sonya, Amy Rose VS Ramona Flowers, Android 18 VS Captain Marvel and Raven VS Twilight Sparkle.
  • This is the second Death Battle episode that has the viewer believing that one opponent is going to win in the end (Chun-Li), only the have the other winning instead (Mai Shiranui). The first being Kratos VS Spawn and the other three being Master Chief VS Doomguy, Godzilla VS Gamera and Ryu VS Scorpion.
  • This is the first Street Fighter VS King of Fighters themed Death Battles. This would be, after many years, revisited in the 3rd season in Ken VS Terry.
  • This is the first episodes in Death Battle in which a character speaks in a different language (Japanese), with the next two being Ragna VS Sol Badguy and Jotaro VS Kenshiro.
  • Chad has stated that Chun-Li is one of his favorite characters that he hated to see lose in Death Battle.
  • Chun-Li and Mai both faced each other in the Capcom vs SNK games prior to this. Though the games have no story and are not canon to their respective universe, they were each other's rival.
  • When Chun-Li was initially revealed, the other silhouette was actually Sonya Blade's Mortal Kombat 1 sprite. It's unknown if they were initially going to pit Chun-Li against Sonya and switched to Mai or to throw people off.
    • Ironically, Chun-Li's death sprite comes from if Scorpion or Sonya kills a character in MK1.
DEATH BATTLE Episodes
Season 1 Boba Fett VS Samus Aran - Akuma VS Shang Tsung - Rogue VS Wonder Woman
Goomba VS Koopa - Haggar VS Zangief
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Battle Royale - Zitz VS Leonardo - Yoshi VS Riptor
Felicia VS Taokaka - Kratos VS Spawn - Bomberman VS Dig Dug
Vegeta VS Shadow - Mario VS Sonic - Justin Bieber VS Rebecca Black
Luke Skywalker VS Harry Potter - Chun-Li VS Mai Shiranui
Starscream VS Rainbow Dash - Master Chief VS Doomguy - Eggman VS Wily
Zelda VS Peach - Thor VS Raiden - Link VS Cloud - Batman VS Spider-Man
Pikachu VS Blanka - Goku VS Superman
Season 2 He-Man VS Lion-O - Shao Kahn VS M. Bison - Ryu Hayabusa VS Strider Hiryu
Ivy VS Orchid - Fox McCloud VS Bucky O'Hare - Terminator VS RoboCop
Luigi VS Tails - Pokémon Battle Royale - Fulgore VS Sektor - Godzilla VS Gamera
Batman VS Captain America - Tigerzord VS Gundam Epyon - Ryu VS Scorpion
Deadpool VS Deathstroke - Kirby VS Majin Buu - Ragna VS Sol Badguy
Gaara VS Toph - Boba Fett VS Samus Aran (Remastered)
Chuck Norris VS Segata Sanshiro - Guts VS Nightmare - Iron Man VS Lex Luthor
Beast VS Goliath - Solid Snake VS Sam Fisher - Darth Vader VS Doctor Doom
Goku VS Superman 2 - Donkey Kong VS Knuckles - Wolverine VS Raiden
Hercule Satan VS Dan Hibiki - Yang VS Tifa - Mega Man VS Astro Boy
Green Arrow VS Hawkeye - Pokémon VS Digimon
Season 3 Dante VS Bayonetta - Bowser VS Ganon - Ratchet & Clank VS Jak & Daxter
Flash VS Quicksilver - Joker VS Sweet Tooth - Mewtwo VS Shadow
Meta VS Carolina - Cammy VS Sonya - Tracer VS Scout - Ken VS Terry
Amy Rose VS Ramona Flowers - Hulk VS Doomsday - Zoro VS Erza
Deadpool VS Pinkie Pie
Season 4 Lara Croft VS Nathan Drake - Scrooge McDuck VS Shovel Knight
Venom VS Bane - Power Rangers VS Voltron - Natsu VS Ace
Sub-Zero VS Glacius - Android 18 VS Captain Marvel - Metal Sonic VS Zero
Lucario VS Renamon - Balrog VS TJ Combo - Shredder VS Silver Samurai
Smokey Bear VS McGruff the Crime Dog - Thor VS Wonder Woman
Naruto VS Ichigo - Batman Beyond VS Spider-Man 2099 - Sephiroth VS Vergil
Season 5 Black Panther VS Batman - Raven VS Twilight Sparkle - Jotaro VS Kenshiro
Crash VS Spyro - Sora VS Pit - Leon Kennedy VS Frank West - Strange VS Fate*
*Currently unreleased