Saisyu Kusanagi
Saisyu from The King of Fighters Neowave.
Nome InteiroSaisyu Kusanagi
Aniversario/IdadeNovember 27; 50 years old
Local de NascimentoJapan.svg Japan
Altura177cm (5'10")
Peso69kg (152 lbs)
Familia/RelacionadosShizuka Kusanagi (wife), Kyo Kusanagi (son), Souji Kusanagi (nephew), Aoi Kusanagi (niece)
Trabalho/OcupaçãoLeader of the Kusanagi clan
GostaPride of the Kusanagi family, his wife
Não gostaAfraid of heights (Acrophobia)
HobbiesFishing, oyaji-gari-gari (beating up people who beat up their elders)
Comida favoritaCurry udon (Noodle with curry source), strawberry charlotte
Esporte de DestaqueGolf
Estilo de lutaKusanagi style of ancient martial arts

Saisyu Kusanagi (草薙 柴舟, Kusanagi Saishū) is a character who debuted in The King of Fighters '94 as a victim in Rugal's gallery of defeated fighters. He appears as a mid-boss in The King of Fighters '95 and becomes playable for the first time in The King of Fighters '98. He was originally meant to have died in The King of Fighters '94 but was added in at the last minute of developing stages for The King of Fighters '95.


Introduced in the King Of Fighters '94, Saisyu Kusanagi (Kyo Kusanagi's father) is the current patriarch of the Kusanagi bloodline and master of the sacred flame. Unlike his son, he dons an old fashioned style Kusanagi clan outfit and utilizes more basic traditional martial arts techniques. In 1994 Saisyu embarked on a quest to challenge fighters from around the world. Kyo and his teammates (Goro and Benimaru) learn of his demise just before the final match in KOF '94. Saisyu apparently challenged Rugal Bernstein and is beaten, badly, it is implied that he allegedly later succumbed to injuries the he sustained before the finals.

However in the King Of Fighters '95 it is eventually revealed that Kusanagi survived, was then brainwashed by Rugal's secretary "Vice" in order to compete as a mid-boss in the semi-final round. He is supposedly defeated by his son "Kyo Kusanagi" and his teammates. Upon his second defeat, Saisyu goes in to self-exile... only to resurface again in (a non-canon event) The King of Fighters '98 "Special Edition"! In The King of Fighters 2001, he appears before a distraught Shingo Yabuki (Kyo's student) and tutors him in the traditional methods of the Kusanagi Martial-Arts style, as seen in the Japan Team's ending.


Saisyu Kusanagi is simply an older more mellow version of his son Kyo. Regardless he is just as arrogant and cocky as Kyo; like father, like son. This is quite evident based upon his attitude and body language during several win-poses; where he either laughs abrputly after winning a match (i.e. not taking the bout seriously), nonchalantly scratches his beard or generally seems uninvolved... or bored by rubbing his abdominal muscles in a laxidasical show of bravado.

The only characters that seem to make him even remotely contrary are Rugal (who defeated him back in KOF '94) and seemingly to a lesser extent Kyo (his savior, who subsquently also defeated him a year later in KOF '95). Ironically enough he seems to harbor no indication of resentment or ill-will in the slightest towards Vice (one of Rugal's secretaries; a dominatrix who indulges in sadism), she brainwashed him in KOF '95. Vice visbly holds Saisyu with contempt during their pre-fight scene, by pointing at him and spitting. However he assumes his fighting stance and never acknowledges her insulting behavior.


Pyrokinesis: Due to his Kusanagi heritage, Saisyu can control fire. He can create fire from thin air, create fire balls, deliver punches of fire, create pillars of fire and put his own body on fire. He is not immune to other types of fire. He cannot control other fires that he didn't create.

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Saisyu is a master of the Kusanagi martial arts style, an ancient empty handed technique(s) that incorporate fire based attacks and Kenpō. He uses the basic form of the Kusanagi style, his arsenal is simple yet effective.

Most of Shingo's (Kyo's "apprentice") animations are shared with Saisyu's, as both use the more basic principles of the Kusanagi style. Saisyu even tutors Shingo himself at some point to further hone the style.


  • Hall, Bass and Melody - The King of Fighters '95
  • In Spite of One's Age - The King of Fighters '98, R-2

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SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters' Clash SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters' Clash 2 Expand Edition SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DS


The King of Fighters R-2 The King of Fighters '95 The King of Fighters '98: The Slugfest