Also new for this version is the sweet and innocent Honoka. While her chipper personality and young Britney Spears-lookalike appearance will win her many fans, her movelist is essentially a best-of collection snaffled from all the other fighters she's studied (notice a trend here?). So when she performs Jann Lee's tension-tastic Dragon Fist, it may be super-cute, but it's also a bit cheap-feeling. Especially as her aping ability could have allowed something as exciting as switching to her opponent's entire moveset mid-round. It doesn't.
The fighting is still slick, speedy and explosive if a little one-note offering intuitive, mashable controls for newbies while serving a complex parry/counter game for pros. It's too frantic to offer Virtua Fighter levels of tactical depth (despite four VF characters appearing in the roster), but at least intelligent use of launchers and air juggles will see your practice rewarded with spectacular combo chains.