Akira Yuki was modeled after real-life martial artist Masaaki Satake. His choice of fighting style, Bajiquan (Hakkyouken), was inspired by the main martial art from the Kenji manga. According to an interview with the series creator Seiichi Ishii, the game was heavily influenced by the manga, to the point that one of the game's preliminary titles was Virtua Fighter Hakkyouken.
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