Melty Blood/Shiki Tohno
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Shiki is the main hero of Tsukihime and Akiha's older brother. Due to a traumatic event in his childhood and his bloodline as a demon hunter, at a very young age Shiki became able to see 'lines' superimposed on all things. When he traces these lines with a knife, the object is destroyed utterly. In Melty Blood, Shiki assists Sion in destroying the Night of Wallachia.
BGM: Wonderful Boy
Shiki Tohno's strengths are built into his neutral game. With his long-range and powerful 2C sweep, amazing ground dashes, low-profiling 214x specials, invincible DPs, generally great spacing and high defensive statistics, Shiki has a huge number of options at his disposal in almost any situation. Unlike his evil counterpart Nanaya, Shiki doesn't need to thread the needle and break his opponent's defenses in order to start working his game - indeed, oftentimes it's Shiki's opponent that is the one flustered by their inability to get in. With great defensive ability, respectable damage, good speed and great normals, Shiki is a complete package of everything Melty Blood has to offer. His biggest weakness in all three moons is his consistently mediocre okizeme game, where he must sacrifice big damage to get a workable hard knockdown, and overall his mixups are not especially tricky even by Melty Blood standards. In Crescent and Half Moon, his mid-screen damage is also consistently quite poor even if he sacrifices okizeme completely and spends meter, though his corner damage remains high. Shiki is a great choice for players who want options in any scenario and who aren't afraid to play a highly adaptive neutral game to fluster their opponent into submission. He consistently ranks as a "high mid-tier" character on tier lists and is generally considered a solid choice for players of all skill levels.
To avoid naming confusion with Shiki Nanaya, Shiki Tohno's moons are abbreviated as C-Tohno, H-Tonho, and F-Tohno.
Crescent Moon is the most popular style for Shiki, and for good reason. In this style, he has the most tools for the neutral game, with multiple options to choose from in any scenario and good mobility to force favorable situations. With Crescent Moon's shield, Circuit Spark and a great DP, his defensive options are similarly top-notch. C-Tohno's pressure requires more unsafe resets compared to his other style, and he must take more risks on offense than average with limited reward mid-screen. But overall he's well suited to most styles of play and easily the most versatile choice overall.
Half Moon is Shiki's strongest rushdown and pressure style. His airdash gains considerable length and speed allowing him to seize the offensive. Many of his normal attacks are fast, forward moving, and neutral on block, making his close up pressure game a force to be reckoned with. However, H-Tohno has significantly low average damage and lacks a lot of variety that Crescent has.
Full Moon is a different take on the Shiki formula. He has much higher average damage than the other two moons and the token strong plus frames that a typical Full Moon character receives, making his pressure game quite solid once he can start working his frame traps. His 236x specials are powerful space-controlling tools that many slower characters simply can't get past safely, and his air normals have all been changed into extremely powerful air-to-airs which among the best in the game with huge rewards on hit. His forward dash is not nearly as strong as Crescent or Half, however, and he loses any kind of strong meterless reversal option, so his comeback ability is somewhat limited compared to the other Tohnos that have much more threatening defensive options and rushdown. Overall his gameplan is quite linear even by Tohno's standards, relying entirely on frame traps and anti-airs to start combos, though his options in those departments are some of the best in the business and he only needs a few fat combos to take down even the most resilient opponents.
No. 1 Default
No. 2 Gilgamesh (Fate/Stay Night)
No. 5 [Banana Shiki]
No. 9 Yosuke Hanamura (Persona 4)
No. 17 The Joker (DC Comics)
No. 23 Naruto Uzumaki