Sakura and Ryu aren't a new ship (relationship fans would like to see) in the Street Fighter franchise, but with the release of Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition - the sails of that beloved ship are definitely out in full force.
Warning for spoilers for Sakura's Story Mode:
For those familiar with the series, Sakura's crush on the infamous Ryu is pretty well known, but with the release of the Arcade Edition - that crush definitely came to fruition as Sakura realises she wants more. The recent high-school graduate even casually (you sly, girl) brings up kids to him when he says he's too busy to take on a disciple. She's really not one for being sneaky either - she all but comes right out and says it, "Well, having a disciple is similar, but I meant ... having children to create new bonds in our lives."
Below is the full correspondence between the two characters:
PLEASE pic.twitter.com/o6fPlS2h8X— Ollie The Magic Bum 5x (@KazuCrash_) January 17, 2018
Keep in mind, to those players that don't get super into the characters - that might seem like a throwaway line - but for shippers? We're already hearing wedding bells and you can't stop this train, sorry.
The reactions to the above Twitter post pretty much explain shipping in a nut shell, and honestly ... let me just show you a few of my favourites:
SAKURA NO— Keeg Ball FighterZ (@DudewitdaK) January 17, 2018
And this one ... because, fair.
Shed get destroyed— dreamy. ? (@DreamyJester) January 17, 2018
I CAN'T BELIEVE SAKURA JUST WENT WITH THE "PUT A BABY IN ME" RUSHDOWN— Walt (@_watsu) January 17, 2018
LOOK AT RYU'S FACE
LOOK AT HIS FACE
HE JUST GOT HIT WITH THE WAKEUP SUPER VERSION OF PICK-UP LINES pic.twitter.com/U1Rc0XFgR8
*ski sonic voice* YO WE JUST GOT A REAL MATCH— ⭐ Ｖ ｅ ｇ ｅ ｔ ａ Ｗ ｉ ｔ ｈ Ａ Ｓ ｈ ａ ｐ ｅ Ｕ ｐ ⭐ (@OneClartManMKII) January 17, 2018
Ryu right now pic.twitter.com/zDMPtwdmnv— Kairow'sKiller (@KairowSkiller) January 17, 2018
Sakura goes for the throat right out the gates in both fights and flirting
Ryu looking like he just got Focus Attacked; that expression says “NANI??!!” all over it— Digi-Per (@Digi_Per) January 17, 2018
oh god @TheMamaDao ????????Ryu's as clueless as Goku!!! LMAO!!!— Jeremy Jennings (@kombatjennings) January 17, 2018
IT'S REAL, KIDS!! RYU X SAKURA!!!! THE SHIP HAS SAILED!!— Whisky-Matsu (@ZeroAlucard27) January 17, 2018
The last tweet sums it up - the ship has sailed and there's nothing any of us can do about it. For now, Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, and our thirsty Sakura, are available for PlayStation 4 and PC.