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Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:47 am Post subject: King of Fighters '95 concept art
I was looking through the Kof '95 Guide book and found an unused character section.
There are sketches of early versions of Rugal. Characters that look like early versions of Chris and Shingo from Kof '97. What appears to be an early version or a replacement of the sports team. A male assistant grouped with Mature and Vice. And some unused characters that I can't recognize from other Kof or SNK games.
There's some japanese text with the images that may explain it all but I don't understand any of it.
I took the liberty of translating the text describing all the artwork for rejected characters. I will probably translate the all text with Rugal later on, but I feel there's more to the rejected characters section than you've posted.
Character No. 1, Osamu-kun, was actually a candidate for the final boss in the previous game. He put up a good fight for the role this year as well.
No. 2 was someone who was set to be seeking revenge after he was burned by Kyo in the past. Based on the uniform, he likely attended the same high school. He was probably rejected based of his looks.
No. 3 was full of energy. But it seems he had too much energy, since he stuck out in the game's atmosphere.
No. 4 was a team entry. They were styled after a gang of juvenile deliquents, but didn't resemble any fighters. The guy on the front was rather Iori-ish.
No. 5 had an incredible backstory. He meets all the conditions for being the hero in a giant robot anime. Was he really designed as a serious character?
No. 6 and 7 were unnamed rejected characters.
The character on image no.8 and 9 looked pretty serious. He was a candidate for the role of Kyo's rival who ended up being discarded. As expected from a rival character, he was supposed to practice a martial arts that could control something, but he didn't seem malicious enough for the role.
No. 10 through 12 is a character from a skateboarding team. He (or perhaps she) quite a detailed backstory, but was likely rejected for not being fighter-like enough. You can appreciate the character's gender-neutral charms on image 12.
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