Eternal Fighter Zero/Mai Kawasumi

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Introduction

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Kawasumi Mai (川澄 舞) is a calm, versatile character who fights with a sword in the "Iai" style, and is able to summon a ghostly apparition to assist her in battle. Her sword gives her excellent attack area and range, but can be relatively slow to recover. Her ghost gives her a reliable partner that can attack without placing her master at risk.

Mai is one of the heroines of Kanon, a visual novel produced by Key in 1999. She is close friends with Sayuri Kurata.

Stage: Courtyard of the Full Moon (満月の中庭)

BGM: Girl's Prison (少女の檻)

Character-Specific Notes

  • Mai is able to air jump once, and air dash/backstep once. Once Mai has air dashed/backstepped, she cannot perform any more air jumps until she lands or air recovers.
  • Mai's ground dash is actually a fast jump forward. She cannot cancel this "dash", and does not have any dash attacks.
  • Mai can summon a ghostly bunny-girl to assist her. While Mai's ghost is floating idle, a "Time" gauge will appear underneath her life gauge, displaying the amount of time left before it is automatically recalled. Mai's ghost can also be manually recalled by certain moves, or forcibally recalled by the opponent hitting either Mai or the ghost. After the ghost is recalled, a "Charge" gauge will appear underneath her life gauge, indicating the amount of time left before the ghost can be summoned again.
  • If Mai uses her "Awakening" move, a "Time" gauge will appear underneath her life gauge, displaying the amount of time left before she turns back to normal.

Normal Moves

The notation for the movelists can be found under Notation.

Move Hits Damage Guard Move
Cancel
Jump
Cancel
IC
Cancel
5A 1 180 Ground Yes Yes Yes
2A 1 170 Low Yes Yes Yes
j.A 1 250 High/Air Yes Yes Yes
5B(c) 1 380 Ground Yes Yes Yes
5B(f) 1 400 Ground Yes On hit Yes
2B 1 400 Low Yes On hit Yes
j.B 1 410 High/Air Yes Yes Yes
5C 1 600 Ground Yes No Yes
2C 1 600 Ground Yes On hit Yes
j.C 1 580 High/Air Yes Yes Yes
Throw  ? 1200 Throw No No Yes
j.Throw  ? 1300 Air Throw No No No
Iron Breaker
4C 1 600 Ground Yes No Yes

Standing

5A

[ Startup: 4 | Hit:0 | Block:-1 ]

Pretty standard jab, can be used as an anti air or to initiate pressure, whiffs on some crouching characters.

c5B

[ Startup: 5 | Hit:+10 | Block:+8 ]

An incredible move with a very fast startup (A normal tier), fantastic frame advantage, and special hitstop for easy hitconfirms. It is also jump cancellable and links into itself on hit for even easier confirms.

Can be used in many, many ways including as an anti air, to blow up both A/B dps on oki and to set up her tk j623A overhead. Due to its speed and hitbox, can be better to mash than 5A/2A on defense.

Its biggest weakness is its tendency to come out when you want a f5B, at ranges where it cleanly whiffs.

f5B

[ Startup: 9 | Hit:-3 | Block:-5 ]

Mai's best normal hit/hurtbox wise, best used as a poke for the opponent to run into, or to interrupt their action.

Its main followups on a ground hit are 6B for a knockdown, or a full combo if you have Mini Mai summoned with the right spacing.

5C

[ Startup: 11 | Hit:-9 | Block:-11 ]

Very bad on whiff, and a decent, but hard to use anti air due to its hurtbox and single anti air active frame.

Leads to very strong combos when it catches someone trying to escape the corner by jumping.

6A

[ Startup: 12 | Hit:- | Block:-5 ]

Anti air slash, does not extend Mai's hurtbox, is jump cancellable. A strong anti air with a slow startup, and the cornerstone of her corner loop. Good at knocking down.

6B

[ Startup: 14 | Hit:- | Block:-8 ]

Horizontal slash, does not extend Mai's hurtbox. Strong if slow poke, cannot be cancelled without using an IC.

Can be crouched by most of the cast, can actually be teched, even as a single hit.

Commonly used as a launcher with red IC (into 6A midscreen for a carry + knockdown for example).

6C

[ Startup: 12 | Hit:-11 | Block:-13 ]

Low slash, hits low, can be cancelled by any of her specials/supers.

Very common ender to her blockstrings as it allows her to safely summon and continue pressuring, or to teleport to safety.

4C

[ Startup: 9 | Hit:- | Block:-6 ]

Mai's only real knockdown normal (6A also knocks down, but will whiff outside of point blank range on a grounded opponent).

Can link from a close B (1F link, her only meterless knockdown off a chain combo). Strong hitbox, moves Mai forward, generally advantageous on trade and makes for a good move to throw out as a frame trap.

It also moves her collision box forward, giving her a left/right teleport mixup midscreen.

The move's main weakness is how bad it is when the opponent RGs it.

Crouching

2A

[ Startup: 5 | Hit:0 | Block:-1 ]

Standard 2A, hits low, can actually be low profiled (!!!) by some moves.

2B

[ Startup: 10 | Hit:0 | Block:-2 ]

Hits low with an ok range, easily loses to other character's normals. Pretty good combo starter if you have an IC on deck.

Dash 2B is fairly good at catching opponents who just stand/hold back at mid range in neutral or pressure (her other long ranged low, 6C does minimal damage by itself and cannot combo at range).

2C

[ Startup: 13 | Hit:-7 | Block:-9 ]

Mai's longest range normal, fairly slow and extends the hurtbox so that it will lose to many 2Bs.

Not really used in neutral, more to push the opponent out during blockstrings and in some advanced combos.

Jumping

jA

[ Startup: 6 | Hit:- | Block:- ]

A pretty standard jA, angled downwards, good air to ground, dubious air to air.

jB

[ Startup: 8 | Hit:- | Block:- ]

Odd move with a fast startup, good hitbox, decent range, but with a really awkward angle, bad recovery on whiff, and which sends the opponent further up on hit making full combo conversions extremely finnicky.

With that said full corner conversions off this move are really damaging.

It is also used situationally as a combo part depending on spacing.

jC

[ Startup: 9 | Hit:- | Block:- ]

A weak air to ground move when used as a standalone jump in, very good at crossing up however.

Mostly used in her crossup mixups and combos.

Special Moves

The notation for the movelists can be found under Notation.

Move Hits Damage Guard IC
Cancel
Lonely Moon
j.623A 1 620 High/Air  ?
j.623B 1 620 High/Air  ?
j.623C 1 650 High/Air  ?
Ground Fold
412A - - - -
412B - - - -
412C 1 1000 Ground  ?
> Ground Fold Followup Kick [During "Ground Fold" A-version]
> Hold A 1 850 Low  ?
> Ground Fold Followup Beheading [During "Ground Fold" B-version]
> Hold B 1 850 High/Air  ?
Using Assist-Combo
236A 4 150 Ground  ?
236B 4 150 Ground  ?
236C 16 150 Ground  ?
Using Assist-Explosion
623A  ?  ?  ?  ?
623B  ?  ?  ?  ?
623C  ?  ?  ?  ?
Using Assist-Tornado
214A  ?  ?  ?  ?
214B  ?  ?  ?  ?
214C  ?  ?  ?  ?
Summon Mai
S  ?  ?  ?  ?
> Controlling Assist-Combo [During "Summon Mai"]
> 236S  ?  ?  ?  ?
> Controlling Assist-Tornado [During "Summon Mai"]
> 22S  ?  ?  ?  ?
> Controlling Assist-Shock [During "Summon Mai"]
> 412S  ?  ?  ?  ?
> Controlling Assist-Assault [During "Summon Mai"]
> 214S  ?  ?  ?  ?
> Controlling Assist-Destruction [During "Summon Mai", SP Level 1-3]
> 214214A  ?  ?  ?  ?
> 214214B  ?  ?  ?  ?
> 214214C  ?  ?  ?  ?
Using Assist-Destruction [SP Level 1-3]
214214A  ?  ?  ?  ?
214214B  ?  ?  ?  ?
214214C  ?  ?  ?  ?
Wheat Grain Mowing [SP Level 1-3]
236236A  ?  ?  ?  ?
236236B  ?  ?  ?  ?
236236C  ?  ?  ?  ?
Awakening [1/3 HP, SP Level 3]
236236S  ?  ?  ?  ?
> Dispersing Zero Type [During "Awakening"]
> 6A  ?  ?  ?  ?
> 6B  ?  ?  ?  ?
> 6C  ?  ?  ?  ?
> Life Scythe Zero Type [During "Awakening"]
> 214A/B/C  ?  ?  ?  ?
> Heart that accepted everything [During "Awakening"]
> 236236S  ?  ?  ?  ?
> 236236S (close)  ?  ?  ?  ?

Specials

j623* - Crescent Moon (弧月)
  • A version:
    • Overhead, can combo with IC or a summoned Mini Mai, unsafe on block.
    • A cornerstone of Mai's close range pressure the tk version (6239A) is a fast overhead that will also crush low mashing.
  • B version:
    • Faster and safer on block than the A version, not an overhead. Can start a combo by itself, although it will be less damaging than with j623A IC/Mini Mai.
    • Visually very similar to the A version, will still crush lows and does not require an IC to combo or to stay safe. Has a great hitbox (beats some anti airs), which can surprise players expecting attacks with Mai's underwhelming air normals.
  • C version:
    • Very fast, invincible, overhead. Launches the opponent very high up.
    • Will blow up almost all anti air options. Used as an overhead it is extremely fast, basically unreactable. Since it launches the opponent straight up, you can only combo off it after having built up the opponent's guard gauge.
    • Also has a gimmick where if you manage to hit with the last active frame only, it will launch in a similar manner to the B version.
412* - Closing Ground (縮地)
  • A/B version:
    • Mai teleports on the ground, A leaves her next to the opponent, B leaves her at mid range.
    • Very useful cancel into at the end of her pressure strings, from a 6C or a 4C mostly.
  • A hold version - Closing Ground Followup Kick - (縮地追蹴):
    • Mai reappears a bit in front of where she started the teleport, with a low sliding kick.
    • Not a terrible move, but rarely used. Hits low, and can be IC'd for combos. Hard to punish with the proper spacing. Only hits if rarely used.
  • B hold version - Closing Ground Followup Cut - (縮地追斬):
    • Mai reappears above the opponent with a downwards slash. Air unblockable, Not an overhead, punishable on block.
    • Tracks the opponent's position, very good to cancel into when you read that the opponent will jump at the end of your pressure string, trying to escape the corner for example. If you hit them in the air you get a combo on IC. Despite its look does NOT hit behind her. Can also be low profiled.
  • C version:
    • Very different from the previous versions, not a teleport, more of a dash with a hitbox. Mai's main reversal due to its invincible startup (not full invul, can trade). OTG combos are possible on trade. Also used to knock down off a chain combo.
236* - Wielding of Power ・ Combination (力の行使・連撃)
  • Only available on unsummoned Mini Mai, and full Charge gauge.
  • A version:
    • Comes out very fast (enough to combo off her 5B/5C/2C), grants enough frame advantage in the corner that you can dash 2A after it and have it be airtight (RG notwithstanding). Once Mini Mai is done with the attack she disappears, the Charge Gauge recovers very fast.
    • Useful as a frame trap, or to lock the opponent down when you need a bit of time to build IC/BIC.
  • B version:
    • Comes out slower than the A version, and with less frame advantage afterwards (you'll be minus if you dash in afterwards). Mini Mai will not disappear after the attack is done however, and will stay summoned on the field for followup attacks.
  • C version:
    • Comes out at a speed between the A and B versions, gives massive frame advantage, especially in the corner (enough to easily combo into super) and Mini Mai stays summoned afterwards.
    • Builds tons of guard gauge on block if you're aiming for that instant overhead j623C combo.
623* - Wielding of Power ・ Explosion (力の行使・爆発)
  • Only available on unsummoned Mini Mai, and full Charge gauge.
  • A/B/C versions differ on where Mini Mai is summoned. A is in front of Mai, B is at mid range, C at long range.
  • An excellent tool, whether in neutral, in blockstrings or on oki. Mini Mai stays summoned after the attack is done.
    • In Neutral, behaves as a move with tons of active frames that can reach the opponent no matter where he is on the ground. Gives a large frame advantage on block, allowing Mai to dash in or teleport covered by Mini Mai, who is still summoned and ready to attack.
    • In pressure, is one of the most common followups to 6C. Lets Mai keep the initiative due to the + frames, and keeps Mini Mai on screen as backup.
    • Even stronger on oki:
      • Has 2 hits, so makes it hard to wake up RG it (if the opponent RGs the first hit they cannot RG the second).
      • Mini Mai can absorb one hit while the attack is active, which completely negates most reversals.
      • A meaty 623A gives Mai access to some unique and nasty mixups.
      • Mini Mai is still on top of them should your initial mixup fail.
214* - Wielding of Power ・ Tornado (力の行使・竜巻)
  • Only available on unsummoned Mini Mai, and full Charge gauge.
  • A/B/C version differ on where Mini Mai is summoned. A makes her attack in front of Mai, B at mid range, C at full screen.
  • A tad slow, but still a good sniping move in neutral, mostly for when the opponent is trying do stuff at full screen, or as a tech trap. Should be followed up by 412A to combo. Excellent combo starter (4000+ damage) if the opponent is hit on or close to the ground.
S - Set and Recover Mai (まい設置&回収)
  • If Mini Mai is not summoned and the Charge Gauge is full, 4/5/6 S respectively summons her behind/on top/in front of Mai.
  • If she is summoned, unsummons her. This lets her Charge gauge recover very fast.
  • Any move that is special cancellable can be cancelled into Set/Recover Mai. The summon/unsummon animation lasts 18 frames, allowing Mai to be + on cancelling her C normals.
  • Unlike most special moves, Set/Recover Mai CANNOT BE BUFFERED. It must be manually timed, similarly to a link.
  • On summon, Mini Mai actually can act before Mai has recovered from the summoning animation, allowing for some really strong combos and pressure.
236S - Manipulation of Power ・ Combination (力の操作・連撃)
  • Only available on summoned Mini Mai.
  • Can be activated as long as Mai is not blocking (it doesn't matter if she's on the ground, in the air, doing another move, etc...)
  • Mini Mai will disappear once the move is done, has a long charge recovery.
  • Similar to her 236A, great move to lock down the opponent, also used in combos (for example to easily combo into her 236236 supers).
214S - Manipulation of Power ・ Rush (力の操作・突進)
  • Only available on summoned Mini Mai.
  • Can be activated as long as Mai is not blocking (it doesn't matter if she's on the ground, in the air, doing another move, etc...)
  • Mini Mai will disappear once the move is done, has a long charge recovery.
  • Fast, Mini Mai will travel a very long distance (more than half the stage). Mostly used to snipe in neutral, and to combo off her j623A without spending IC. Also has its uses in advanced combos.
412S - Manipulation of Power ・ Blitz (力の操作・電撃)
  • Only available on summoned Mini Mai.
  • Can be activated as long as Mai is not blocking (it doesn't matter if she's on the ground, in the air, doing another move, etc...)
  • Mini Mai will disappear once the move is done, has a short charge recovery.
  • Electric attack and launcher, fantastic to bait mashes and reversals (4S12S2 set Mini Mai behind you, buffer the attack and block). Also used in some midscreen oki setups.
22S - Manipulation of Power ・ Tornado (力の操作・竜巻)
  • Only available on summoned Mini Mai.
  • Can be activated as long as Mai is not blocking (it doesn't matter if she's on the ground, in the air, doing another move, etc...)
  • Mini Mai will disappear once the move is done, has a long charge recovery.
  • Excellent move with very fast startup (4F), used as an anti air, to combo off her j623A with no IC in the corner, and for oki. 6S 22S also links off her cB, 5C, 6C and 2C, leading to fantastinc meterless damage. Extremely hard to do, see combos.

Eternity Specials

236236 Cutting the Chaff - (麦穂薙)
  • One of Mai's few reversals, not that great due to its slow startup.
  • The higher the level, the slower the startup and the longer the distance travelled.
  • Cannot be combo'd into from simple chains, needs IC or Mini Mai.
  • Hits behind her too, allowing for some crossup setups.
214214* - Wielding of Power ・ Destruction (力の行使・破壊)
  • Only available on unsummoned Mini Mai.
  • Mini Mai will disappear once the move is done, has a long charge recovery.
  • Mostly used with its C version along with BIC in her maximum damage combos.
214214* - Manipulation of Power ・ Destruction (力の行使・破壊)
  • Only available on summoned Mini Mai.
  • Mini Mai will disappear once the move is done, has a long charge recovery.
  • Mini Mai will fire multiple, slow moving single hit fireballs
    • Each fireball's vertical position is random, making it somewhat unreliable in combos.
    • Great way to lock the opponent down in the corner (especially at level 3), or to force an advantageous situation in neutral.

Eternity Specials

236236S Awakening - (覚醒)
  • Only available on unsummoned Mini Mai, less than 1/3rd of HP remaining and 3 super meters.
  • Activation has no invul at all.
  • Charge gauge will recover very slowly on coming out of Awakening.
  • Awakened Mai plays fairly differently from normal Mai:
    • A Time gauge appears that slowly drains. Mai will stay in awakened mode as long as Time is left (even on winning/losing a round).
    • Mai loses access to all Mini Mai moves.
    • RF moves no longer cost RF meter, instead they cost about 10% of the Time gauge.
    • Mai's dash becomes extremely fast, lasting only 10F before she can cancel it into block/special/super.
    • Mai gains access to moves listed further down.
6* - Scattering Zero Style ・ (霧散零式)
  • Replace her Scattering attacks in Awakened mode.
  • Costs about 10% Time meter.
  • Each slash becomes jump cancellable, untechable, advantageous on block (+3~+4) and has massively improved recovery and startup (6F startup).
    • 6C cannot be cancelled into specials anymore, and launches on hit.
    • Any hit into a Scattering Zero Style leads to a very easy 6B x N loop.
214* Closing Cut Zero Style - (暮薙零式)
  • New move exclusive to Awakened mode.
  • Costs about 10% Time meter.
  • Very fast, creates an air unblockable, untechable pillar of light whose position is determined by the button used.
  • Extremely good at sniping the opponent when they try to run away.
236236S - The Heart That Has Accepted It All ・ (全てを受け入れた心)
  • New move exclusive to Awakened mode.
  • Consumes the entire remaining Time gauge.
  • Can do two different attacks:
    • When point blank, does a command throw (comboable!) which does damage in proportion to the Time meter consumed (about 3500 to 5000 damage).
    • If the throw whiffs, then does a slash that does about 2500 damage.

Strategy, Tactics, and Combos

Combos

Basic combo

Non-IC

Midscreen :

5B jC 66 jAjC 5BC 6A jAjA jBjBjC - 3603 damage (rep1-2)

5B jC 66 jAjB jC 66 jA jC 5BC 6A jAjAjB - 3473 damage (rep1-3)

5B jC 66 jAjC 5BC 236A 236236A - 4017 damage (rep1-5)

5B jC 66 jAjC 5BC 236A 5BC 6A jAjA jB - 3647 damage (rep1-7)


Corner :

4C 6A jAjAjAjC 5BC 6A jAjA jBjBjC - 3791 damage (rep1-8)


Red-IC

Midscreen :

412[A] IC 5B jC 66 jAjC 5BC 6A jAjA jBjBjC 3850 damage (rep1-4)

Corner :

236C 66 66 ABC 236S 236236A 4194 damage (rep1-6)


Blue-IC

Midscreen - near corner:

AB5C 412C IC 5B jC 66 jAjC 5BC 6A jAjA jBjBjC 623A - 5029 damage(rep2-2)

AB5C 412C IC 5B jC 66 jAjC 5BC 236A 236236C - 6396 damage (rep1-9)

AB5C 412C IC 5B jC 66 jAjC 5BC 214214C 5BC 6A jAjA - 6931 damage(rep2-1)


Advanced combo

Basically u just need to add 6A IAD(instant air dash) jAjC for longer combo ~ LOL

Non-IC

5B jC 66 jAjC 2BB 6A IAD jAjC 5BC 6A jAjAjB 3846 damage(rep2-3)

Red-IC

412[A] IC 5B jC 66 jAjC 2BB 6A IAD jAjC 5BC 6A jAjA - 4133 damage(rep2-4)

Blue-IC

ABC 412C IC jC 66 jAjC 2BB 6A IAD jAjC 5BC 6A jAjA jB - 5421 damage(rep2-5)

Corner :

ABC 412C IC 2C 214214C 5BC 6A IAD jAjC 5BC 6A jAjA - 7639 damage(rep2-6)


Replay

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More Pressure than a Honey Bear

When Mai has the initiative, you can go for her high-low mixup, which mainly consists of her 2A for low attacks, and her Tiger-kneed-"Lonely Moon" move (6239A) for the high attack. The Lonely Moon has a lot of recovery if blocked, but you can hinder the opponent from taking advantage by either using Mai's ghost to cover you, or with an IC. After an IC, you can continue your mind games by either immediately attacking with j.A a high attack, wait for your character to land before using 2A for a low attack, air-dashing forward for a split-second before using j.A, or land and throw the opponent.

The Stylish Final Technique

Because Mai's pressure increases so much while she has Awakened, the opponent may tend to block a lot more. If you sense the pressure invading the opponent's mind, you can try quickly teleporting in with a normal Ground Fold, then going straight into the "Heart that accepted everything"-grab FM.

Win Quotes

Japanese English

遅い

当たらない攻撃に
意味は無い…

Too slow.

An attack that doesn't hit has no meaning...

単純…
それでは勝てない…

Too easy...
You can't win by that...

ラスボスと
主人公のタッグに
勝てると思った?

…何の話?

You thought you could beat the tag team of the final boss and the heroine?

...What am I talking about?

(To Rumi)
凄い破壊力…

でも受け流せば
どうという事は無い

(To Rumi)
Amazing brute force...

But by letting the force slide past,
it does not pose much of a problem.

(To Sayuri)
佐祐理…

危険だから
これ以上は
関わらないで…
私が全て
片付けるから

(To Sayuri)
Sayuri...

Since it's dangerous beyond this point, I can't let you get involved...
I will take care of everything.

(To Ayu)
逃げないで

どんな力も
授かったことに
意味は有る…

(To Ayu)
Don't run (from your powers).

All kinds of power have a meaning just by the fact that you have received it...

(To Mai)
まだいくつか半身が
残ってるみたいだね

私が撒いた種…
全て
片付ける…

(To Mai)
There seems to be some of my copies left around yet.

As I sowed...
As I will settle.

Colors

EFZ-mai-colors.png

In-game References

External References

  • The ghost that Mai summons in many of her attacks is a reference to the Stand system in Jojo's Bizarre Adventure.
  • Mai's "Iron Breaker" move is based on Seth's "Tackle" move, from the King of Fighters series.
  • Mai's "Lonely Moon" move is based on Baiken's "Youzansen" move, from the Guilty Gear series.
  • Mai's "Dispersing" and "Dispersing Zero Type" moves are based on Johnny's "Mist Finer" move, from the Guilty Gear series.
  • Mai's "Using Assist-Combo" and "Controlling Assist-Combo" moves are based on both Jotaro Kujo's Stand's "Ora-Ora" move, and Dio's Stand's "Muda-Muda" move, from Jojo's Bizarre Adventure.
  • Mai's "Controlling Assist-Assault" move is based on both Jotaro Kujo's Stand's "Oratsu!" move, and Dio's Stand's "Mudaatsu!" move, from Jojo's Bizarre Adventure.

Kanon References

  • The sword that Mai uses to fight is the same one she uses to hunt demons within the school during the events of Kanon.
Eternal Fighter Zero
General

FAQControlsNotationMenusHUDLinksMediaNetplayColor Editor

Characters



AkaneAkikoAyuDoppelIkumiKannaKanoKaoriMakoto

MaiMayuMinagiMioMisakiMishioMisuzuMizuka

Nayuki (asleep)Nayuki (awake)RumiSayuriShioriUNKNOWN

Mechanics