|Kuniang M.A. Team|
|Japanese:|| 東風三姉妹 (トンプーさんしまい)|
|Debut:||Game: Strider (CPS-1)|
|Hair Color:|| Black|
Brown (Tong Pooh since Strider 2)
|Fighting Style:|| Original form of martials arts|
based off Chinese Kenpô
|Hit Points:||7 HP, each (1)|
|Score:||0 PTS (1), 10.000 PTS (2)|
The Kuniang M.A. (Martial Arts) Team are a recurring team of enemies in the series, appearing in all versions of the original coin-op as well as its two sequels. In Japan, they are called the Three Chinese Girls (中国３人娘) in the first game, and Tong Pooh Three Sisters (東風三姉妹) in all later appearances. Out of its three members, Tong Pooh (also written Ton Pooh/Tong Poo) is the most representative of the group, having the most on-screen time and guest appearances in crossovers.
In the 2014 Strider they are normally called The Winds, or The Four Winds when counting their master Xi Wang Mu, who is considered the team's fourth member.
The Kuniang M.A. team is a trio of Chinese sisters that offer their services as bounty hunters. Their strength lies in their hand-to-hand mastery and teamwork, employing perfectly synchronized and magnificent dance-like movements. Their mastery of Chinese martial arts is beyond that of ordinary people, with their kicks being strong enough to generate a plasma-like arc of energy, not dissimilar from the one made by Hiryu's Cypher.
Each sister has their own weapon (introduced in Strider (2014)) and signature attack (introduced in Strider 2), using the plasma generated by their kicks differently, though they also sport techniques shared by all three of them.
| Tong Pooh|
(東風, east wind)
alt. Tong Poo, Ton Pooh
|Middle sister as well as the leader of the trio, recognized by her green clothes and hairstyle, two braided pigtails. She's the most vocal out of the three, usually taunting Hiryu after being defeated. Her signature attack is a back kick which generates an arc of plasma energy. An expert in kenjutsu, her weapon of choice is a Chinese Rinkaku sword.|
| Sai Pooh|
(西風, west wind)
| Youngest sister, recognized by her blue clothes (purple in the first game) and hairstyle, twin pigtails. Her signature attack is a descending flying kick engulfed in plasma energy.|
(She's absent in the 2014 Strider, her spot and traits being inherited by Nang Pooh instead.)
| Pei Pooh|
(北風, north wind)
alt. Bei Pooh
|Oldest sister, recognized by her red clothes and hairstyle, a long ponytail. Her signature attack is a series of rapid kicks which release small blades of plasma energy. Her name was mistakenly localized as Nam Pooh. Mixing her martial arts with gunfighting, she wields short Jizhaorui hook-like blades with a built-in submachine gun in each hand.|
The "Fourth" MemberEditIn the original Strider, there's a second optional boss fight against the trio in the last stage, the Third Moon. In contrast of the different coloured suits used by the Kuniang, this trio uses a grey-and-black attire. They are faced in a much smaller space, making their continuous attacks more difficult to handle.
A minor enemy in the crossover game Namco × Capcom seems to be a nod to this boss fight, being identical to Tong Pooh and wearing a grey costume. According to the game, these are named Nam Pooh/Nang Pooh (南風, south wind), and are clones of Tong Pooh. It is unknown if this information applies to the main series, since there was no prior mention of this fact before or after Namco × Capcom.
In the 2014 Strider, Nang Pooh became an official member of the team, replacing and inheriting most of Sai Pooh's characteristics (being the youngest sister and wearing blue clothes) and wielding a spear in battle. The sisters' master Xi Wang Mu, introduced in this game, is considered the team's fourth member, even though it's stated that it's rare for all four to fight together.
The Kuniang M.A. Team was contracted by Grandmaster Meio to eliminate Strider Hiryu after he brought down the higher-ups at Kazakh. As with fellow bounty hunter Solo, Hiryu encounters them as he makes his way through a siberian plateau, finally engaging the trio while aboard the Sky Thunder Mk-II, an airship he commandeered in-flight. After defeating them all he confronts Tong Pooh where she reveals to him the existence of the Flying Battleship Balrog.
The Kuniang M.A. Team takes part in the terrorist attack on Neo Hong Kong initiated by the Chinese Mafia, with Light Sword Cypher's support. Hiryu confronts them in the high society residential area, on a speedway crowded by flying cars. Jumping from car to car, Hiryu faces the three acrobatic assassins and defeats them at the end.
Following Hiryu's destruction of the Emperor Dragon, a defeated Tong Pooh taunts him with his foolishness in believing he can take "her Lord", and that the whole world (and Hiryu himself) belongs to him. Hiryu retorts that she's the only one that will always be Meio's servant, and leaves her behind., the three sisters are themselves expert martial arts masters, each specializing in different individual styles as well as powerful combination attacks between all three. The sister trio work as subordinates of Grandmaster Meio and are specifically tasked with assassination missions.
Before Hiryu's infiltration in Kazakh City, the sister confronted and defeated the twin Striders Kuga and Raiga, having overcome their combined attacks with those of their own. After Hiryu infiltrated the city, the sisters confronted him at three different points. Pei Pooh fought him first unsuccesfully, then Nang Pooh and Pei Pooh attacked him together to no success. Finally, all three sisters fought him in the Underground with their combined strategy, but were defeated in the end.
Later, the sisters' master Xi Wang Mu confronts Hiryu at Grandmaster Meio's orders and to avenge her students, but not even her inmense strength is enough to stop Hiryu.
Skills and AbilitiesEdit
The Kuniang team's main strength lies in their combined hand-to-hand attacks, which is why they always work together as a trio. Their strategy consists in using martial arts with their strength and speed to overwhelm their opponents with quick and agile movements and lethal attacks, coming from all directions and with enough strength to generate plasma on their own. When working as a team, their combined trinity attack is unmatched by any other fighting skill. Besides enhanced strength, they are also shown to be extremely fast (in Strider 2, they move fast enough to leave afterimages) and move with delicate and graceful movements, an ability born from their mastery of martial arts.
As previously stated, each of the three sisters has her own signature attack, but they also possess two special techniques that any of them can perform.
- Back Kick: The signature attack of Tong Pooh, originally used by the whole team. Tong Pooh starts out by doing a small hop forward, and quickly spins in mid-air. Once her back is facing the opponent, she does a back kick with enough strength to generate a long arc of plasma energy.
- Flying Kick: The signature attack of Sai Pooh. After jumping high into the air, Sai Pooh descends with a fast angled flying kick, while her feet is covered in blue energy.
- Rapid Kicks: The signature attack of Pei Pooh. As soon as she lands from a jump, Pei Pooh makes three quick kicks in front of her, each one trailed by a small blade of red energy.
- Somersault Kick: A technique used after one sister is eliminated, replacing the signature attack of the remaining ones. Right after landing from a jump, the attacker does a backflip kick engulfed by a large plasma arc. The technique also release a large plasma projectile straight forward.
- Three-Way Kick: A technique used by the remaining sister, after the other two are eliminated. After a quick jump, the attacker stands in mid-air and quickly kicks at three different angles towards the enemy (diagonal-down, center, diagonal-up), each releasing a large plasma projectile in said direction.
- Backflip: Not an attack, but an evasive technique used by all three. If they are hit by Hiryu, they will perform a quick backflip to back away and then move out of Hiryu's range, in order to resume their attack.
- Ying-Yang Combination: A 2014 game's technique used by Pei and Nang Pooh when fighting together. Joining together, Pei Pooh performs her Wild Shooting attack while Nang Pooh keeps Hiryu away with her Whirlwind attack, difficulting the dodging of Pei's shots. As they do this, a red and blue ying yang forms around them.
The Kuniang Team's design was influenced by the boom of Bruce Lee and Kung Fu at the time, and the popular image of a chinese girl expert in martial arts. Since Isuke wanted a scene against a human-like boss rather than a giant one, and it'd involve martial arts, he considered a chinese girl would look good. Their pixel animations were drawn by Isuke himself, as he likes "dance-like movements".
The name Tong Poo was inspired by the popular song "Tong Poo" from Yellow Magic Orchestra's self-titled album. The name of the team used in English, "Kuniang", is an alternative spelling of the Mandarin Chinese word for "girl", gūniáng (姑娘).
For Strider 2, Tong Pooh was initially considered to take the 2P character spot, but she eventually became a mid-boss instead. During development, the design team tried different concepts while designing Tong Pooh, but ultimately ended up simply updating her original look. The team as a whole were given unique hairstyles and individual techniques to set them apart, as they were identical palette swaps of the same sprite in the original.
For the 2014 Strider, Pei Pooh and Nang Pooh were the first two confirmed during a Capcom "Special Stage" event held at the 2013 Tokyo Game Show, with Tong Pooh and their master Xi Wang Mu following 3 months later through the game's website. Further separating their fighting styles, the three now wield unique weapons of choice. Sai Pooh's replacement with Nang Pooh was presumably done to keep the "four cardinals" theme naming, as their master's name translates from Chinese to "Queen Mother of the West".
Game AppearancesEdit Hien, and uses the Back Kick and Somersault Kick as her attacks. She serves Grandmaster Meio and protects the Third Moon. She has the support of the Nam Pooh soldiers, grey-clothed clones of herself. Since they are merely mindless pawns, they have no dialogue at all.
While the other two sisters are not present in the game proper, according to a Japanese site there are remnants in the code that implies they were planned to appear at some point, but were ultimately dropped.
SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters
Ton Pooh appears in two of the three games in this card-themed crossover series. In the second game (Card Fighters 2), she and her sisters appear in the art for a Reaction Card (a type of counter card) named "3 Sisters" (3しまい). In the third game (Card Fighters DS), she's an actual character card alongside Hiryu. She's a card of "C" Rarity (common) with 400 hit points and no special ability. Interestingly enough, her card profile states she's "the daughter of Meio", but considering the game's rather sloppy translation, it's likely just a mistake.
Street Fighter × All Capcom
Tong Pooh appears as one of the 500+ character cards found in this crossover mobile phone game.
- Instead of her usual green, Tong Pooh is seen wearing blue in her official art for Strider, and purple in the PC-Engine portraits. Coincidentally, both colors have been used by her younger sister Sai Pooh, purple being her sprite color in the Arcade game.
- Reportedly, the design of Street Fighter's popular Chinese warrior Chun-Li was inspired by Tong Pooh.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Capcom (24 Oct 2006, PlayStation). Gamebook: Strider Hiryu (Japanese). Pg. 42. ISBN 4-86233-076-2.
- ↑ Sega (Sept 1, 1990, Mega Drive). Strider (English). Instruction manual, Pg. 14
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Sega (Sept 29, 1990, Mega Drive). Strider Hiryû (Japanese). Instruction manual, Pg. 23
- ↑ Dice Creative, NEC Avenue (Sept 22 1994, PC-Engine). Strider Hiryû (Japanese). Instruction manual, Pg. 5
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 Capcom (2013). "Character: Tong Pooh Three Sisters". Capcom's official Strider site (Japanese). Retrieved 20 Dec 2013.
- ↑ Monolith Soft; Namco (2006, PlayStation 2). Namco × Capcom (Japanese). Chapter 35: He who Tempts the Devil
- ↑ Capcom (February 2014, multi). Strider (English). Character Intel #32: Xi Wang Mu - Queen Mother of the West
- ↑ Capcom (2013). "Character: Seiohbo". Capcom's official Strider site (Japanese). Retrieved 20 Dec 2013.
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 Scion; Dire 51 (24 April 2010). "Interview with Kouichi "Isuke" Yotsui". LSCM 4.0. Translated by Gaijin Punch. Accessed 07 June 2011.
- ↑ Capcom (1999). Capcom Secret File #26: Strider Hiryu 2 (Japanese). Pg. 11
- ↑ Capcom (1999). Capcom Secret File #26: Strider Hiryu 2 (Japanese). Pg. 3
- ↑ September 20, 2013. "State-of-the-art old school action "Strider Hiryu"! Stage Report and Announcement of Enemy Characters Pei Pooh and Nang Pooh. (Japanese). DengekiOnline.
- ↑ Spencer (Dec 19, 2013). "The Tong Pooh Sisters Return in Capcom's New Strider Game". siliconera.com. Accessed Dec 20 2013
- ↑ Capcom (1998). Capcom Secret File #18: Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes (Japanese). Pg. 7
- ↑ PS2 Save Data Analysis Results - Namco x Capcom (Japanese). Retrieved 05 October 2013
- ↑ Capcom (1998). Official Marvel vs. Capcom website (Japanese). Support Characters Introduction. Retrieved from Archive.org. Accessed 19 May 2013.
|Strider Game Series|
| Strider (Amiga • Mega Drive • Master System • Turbo Duo • Sharp X68000 • Playstation • Mobile Phones)|
Strider (NES) • Strider II/Returns • Strider 2 • Strider (2014)
| Hiryu • Grandmaster Meio • Solo • Kuniang • Hien|
Strobaya • General Mikiel • Captain Beard Jr. • Herzog Schlange • Admiral Wilhelm
|Recurring Objects and Settings|
| Striders • Cypher • Climb Sickle • Options • Kazakh Federation|
Flying Battleship Balrog • Anti-Gravity Device • The Third Moon
|Isuke • Moto Kikaku • Strider Hiryu (Manga) • Capcom Gamebook: Strider Hiryu|