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Tokido has achieved over 25 EVO Top-8 placings across Street Fighter, The King of Fighters, Tekken, BlazBlue, Guilty Gear, Capcom vs SNK, Virtua Fighter and Street Fighter X Tekken franchises, winning Capcom vs. SNK 2 in 2002, Super Street Fighter II Turbo in 2007, and Street Fighter V in 2017. He was also a top-level competitor in Soul Calibur, Persona 4 Arena and Marvel vs. Capcom before solely dedicating himself to the Street Fighter series.
As one of the Five Japanese Gods of fighting games, Tokido became the face of consistency throughout his career, being able to compete at the highest level in any fighting game he dedicated himself to. In the "modern era" of the fighting game community, he is most known for mastering Akuma, using the character to its full potential to win dozens of major tournaments. For his vast success and the longevity of his career in a variety of different fighting games, Tokido is widely considered to be one of the greatest fighting game players of all time.
Tokido was introduced to fighting games in the 1990s, when he played Street Fighter II on the Super Famicom and The King of Fighters '94 on the Neo Geo MVS. By competing against his older cousin, Tokido got a taste of victory in games and started chasing self-improvement within the genre.
At 17 years of age, Tokido won his first EVO championship during a visit to the United States. Throughout the 2000s, he cemented himself as a top competitor in multiple fighting game franchises, including Melty Blood, BlazBlue, Guilty Gear, Street Fighter, Virtua Fighter and Dead or Alive. Although controversial even between his inner-circle friends, Tokido would always focus on cheap characters, going for oppressive strategies to win a plethora of championships in many different games.
Tokido got into Street Fighter IV late compared to other high-level players. When he did, Mad Catz teammate Daigo Umehara suggested him to pick Akuma, as a character like Ryu would be too difficult to win with initially. While maining a Akuma, he became famous for his vortex tactics (locking opponents in ambiguous guessing games as they're recovering from being knocked down) and adopting a eccentric persona on stage. Despite quickly becoming one of the best and most famous Street Fighter IV's players in the world, Tokido continued to juggle several high-demanding fighting games at the same time, such as Tekken 6, The King of Fighter XIII, Soul Calibur V, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Street Fighter X Tekken and Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown, having success in all of them. At EVO 2013 and EVO 2014, Tokido took second place in Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition and The King of Fighters XIII respectively, losing to Xian and Xiao Hai in grand finals.
With the release of Street Fighter V, Tokido shifted his focus to Street Fighter completely. Using Ryu to great effect, he immediately reached top placings in multiple premier tournaments, losing only to Infiltration during the first few tournaments of the game. Tokido would eventually defeat Infiltration at CEO in order to qualify for Capcom Cup 2016, and he also went on to win SEAM later in the year. In January 4 2017, Tokido was signed by Echo Fox and once again decided to dedicate all his training to mastering Akuma. At EVO 2017, Tokido went on a tear through the losers' bracket, defeating FChamp, NuckleDu, Itabashi Zangief, Kazunoko and finally Punk to win the tournament in legendary fashion. As 2017 wore on, Tokido continued to consistently place first or second in every tournament he attended, including Capcom Cup 2017.
In the 2018 season of the Capcom Pro Tour, Tokido continued his streak of incredibly consistent tournament victories, winning RAGE, ELEAGUE, NorCal Regionals, Tokyo Game Show and Canada Cup, while also getting second place at six other premier tournaments. In the following year, he repeated his success at NorCal Regionals and Canada Cup, and also won Game Over Tournament.
Aside from winning Topanga Championship and Intel World Open Japan & South Korea Finals, Tokido closed out Street Fighter V by dominating the competition at Topanga World Championship 2023, being undefeated in the event over many of the game's other past champions and completing what is arguably the best tournament resume in SFV history.
Street Fighter 6
Street Fighter V
Street Fighter IV
Street Fighter III
Street Fighter II
Street Fighter x Tekken
The King of Fighters XIII
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Persona 4 Arena
Guilty Gear XX
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift
Capcom vs. SNK 2
- Referred to as the best fighting game player of all time by old-school personalities James Chen, UltraDavid and Justin Wong.
- Is one of the Five Gods of Fighting Games.
- Was ranked as the best Street Fighter V player of 2016-2019 on the PGRSF 2016-19.
- Throughout his carrer, Tokido has gotten Top 8 at EVO in Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Guilty Gear XX Reload, Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting, Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, Guilty Gear XX Slash teams, Virtua Fighter 5, Guilty Gear XX Λ Core Teams, Capcom vs SNK 2, Tekken 6, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift 2, Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Street Fighter X Tekken, The King of Fighters XIII, Ultra Street Fighter IV, Street Fighter V and Street Fighter 6, adding to over 25 EVO Top 8 placings.
- Started playing fighting games at the age of six.
- According to Bonchan, Tokido has a philosophy to train himself physically to compete well.
- An iconic moment of his career came at SoCal Regionals 2010 in a match against Clakey D, where he ended the match by mimicking Akuma's Raging Demon pose.
- Used to be known for taking on a somewhat eccentric persona on stage. More recently, he stated that he means to leave such behaviors behind him and "show entertainment in-game, not out of it".
- After winning EVO 2017, Tokido delivered a mantra that was repeated by fighting games fans all over the world: "Fighting games [are]... something so great".
- Had a friendly rivalry with Hungrybox in Jenga.
- Shocked the american fighting game community during his first trip to the United States in 2002 by convincingly beating Justin Wong with Urien in Street Fighter III: Third Strike.
- Nominated for the "Esports Player of the Year" award at The Game Awards 2018.
- Is one of a handful of players to have an EVO Top-8 Finish in both Street Fighter game and a main franchise Tekken game, the others being Ryan Hart, Justin Wong and Poongko.
- 2022-08-05 | by EVO
- 2017-02-21 | by Michael Martin of Red Bull Esports
- "The Story of Tokido".
- ICONIC Esports Moments: Tokido's Legendary Run at EVO 2017
- "UltraChen: Greatest Of All Time Fighting Game Player (2018-02-27)".
- "Bonchan attributed his evolution to his friends and mentors Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi and Daigo Umehara.".
- "SoCal Regionals-Tokido vs Clakey D". 2010-11-08.
- "Tokido: Origins".
- Tokido vs. Hungrybox – Jenga at #HXGiving
- Evo 2002 3s Tokido vs Justin Wong
- "FGC nominations for The Game Awards 2018 include Evo, Tokido & SonicFox".