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                     -==THE KING OF FIGHTERS 2002==-
                     Challenge to the Ultimate Battle
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                                                    (Dreamcast version)


---Athena Asamiya FAQ---
version 1.3
by Saturn WoD


* Updates

  version 1.3  - Changed Psycho Ball to Psycho Ball Attack (because
                  that is how it is named in the pause screen command
                  list);
               - Added the "R trigger" tip to the Fans Ahoy end of
                  Psychic Melee.
               - Added Incesto and Dinghydoggy to the Credits.

  version 1.2: - Added another ending of Athena;
               - Misc facts changed to Frequently Asked Questions
               - Corrected Athena's f+A move name;

  version 1.1: - Fixed grammar;
               - Corrected some mistakes;
               - Added info on Athena's colors;
               - Added more translation info in the Speeches
                  translations;
               - Added another Misc fact.

  version 1.0: - Created FAQ.

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           |              ***Contents***                |
           |--------------------------------------------|
           | 1.  Athena Asamiya                         |
           |      - Athena Asamiya's Profile            |
           |      - Games where Athena appears          |
           |                                            |
           | 2.  Frequently Asked Questions             |
           |                                            |
           | 3.  What's changed?                        |
           |                                            |
           | 4.  KoF2002 Basics                         |
           |                                            |
           | 5.  Command List                           |
           |      - Legend                              |
           |      - Normal Moves                        |
           |      - Special Attacks                     |
           |      - Desperation Moves (DMs)             |
           |      - Super Desperation Moves (SDMs)      |
           |      - Hidden Super Desperation Move (HSDM)|
           |                                            |
           | 6.  Cancelable Moves                       |
           |                                            |
           | 7.  Athena's Colors                        |
           |                                            |
           | 8.  Quotes                                 |
           |                                            |
           | 9.  Speech Translation                     |
           |                                            |
           | 10. Endings                                |
           |                                            |
           | 11. Credits & Contact                      |
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ATHENA ASAMIYA
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Athena Asamiya's Profile
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  ____________________________________________________________________
 |Fighting Style:| Chinese Kung-Fu & Psychic Fight                    |
 |---------------|----------------------------------------------------|
 |Birthdate:     | March, 14th                                        |
 |---------------|----------------------------------------------------|
 |Age:           | 18 years old                                       |
 |---------------|----------------------------------------------------|
 |Birth Place:   | Japan                                              |
 |---------------|----------------------------------------------------|
 |Blood Type:    | B+                                                 |
 |---------------|----------------------------------------------------|
 |Height:        | 1,63m                                              |
 |---------------|----------------------------------------------------|
 |Weight:        | 49kg                                               |
 |---------------|----------------------------------------------------|
 |Three sizes:   | 83cm, 57cm, 82cm                                   |
 |---------------|----------------------------------------------------|
 |Occupation:    | Student, idol singer, Goddess ^^                   |
 |---------------|----------------------------------------------------|
 |She Likes:     | Astrology                                          |
 |---------------|----------------------------------------------------|
 |She Dislikes:  | Grasshoppers                                       |
 |---------------|----------------------------------------------------|
 |Favorite Food: | Maple leaf-shaped bean past buns                   |
 |---------------|----------------------------------------------------|
 |Favorite Sport:| Lacrosse                                           |
 |---------------|----------------------------------------------------|
 |Prized Objects:| Peter Rabbit tea set and                           |
 |               | Letters she receives from her fans                 |
 |---------------|----------------------------------------------------|
 |Voice Actress: | Haruna Ikezawa                                     |
 |_______________|____________________________________________________|





Games where Athena appears
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- ATHENA                                    (Arcade, NES)

- Psycho Soldier                            (Arcade)

- The King of Fighters '95                  (Arcade, Neo Geo, PSX, SAT)

- The King of Fighters '96                  (Arcade, Neo Geo, PSX, SAT)

- The King of Fighters '97                  (Arcade, Neo Geo, PSX, SAT)

- The King of Fighters: KYO                 (PSX)

- The King of Fighters '98: Dream Match
  Never Ends / The King of Fighters 99
  Dream Match                               (Arcade, Neo Geo, PSX, DC)

- Athena: Awakening from Ordinary Life      (PSX)

- The King of Fighters R-1                  (NGP)

- The King of Fighters '99: Millenium
  Battle / Evolution                        (Arcade, Neo Geo, PSX, DC)

- The King of Fighters R-2                  (NGPC)

- SNK Gals Fighters: The Queen of Fighters  (NGPC)

- SNK vs Capcom: Mark of the Millenium      (NGPC)

- SNK vs Capcom: Clash Fighters             (NGPC)

- Capcom vs SNK: Clash Fighters             (NGPC)

- SNK vs Capcom Card Clash                  (NGPC)

- The King of Fighters 2000                 (Arcade, Neo Geo, DC, PS2)

- Capcom vs SNK 2: Millionaire Fighting
  2001                                      (Arcade, DC, PS2)

- The King of Fighters 2001                 (Arcade, Neo Geo, DC)

- The King of Fighters EX: Neo Blood        (GBA)

- The King of Fighters EX2: Howling Blood   (GBA)

- The King of Fighters 2002: Challenge to
  Ultimate Battle                           (Arcade, Neo Geo, DC)

(((Total: 22 games!!!)))



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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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Why "Psycho Sword" and "Phoenix Arrow"?
>In ATHENA, Athena's main weapon was a sword that could launch
 fireballs. And in Psycho Soldier, Athena could turn into a Phoenix
 that shoots fire arrows from her mouth (and Kensou could turn into a
 chinese dragon - another clue to the Dragon Spirit mistery).



Who are those girls with Athena, anyways?
>One of them seems to be Rika, from the PSX game 'Athena: Awakening
 from ordinary Life' (check the list above). But I don't have a clue
 on the other girl.



Why is the Psychic 9 called Psychic 9?
>Because Athena swaps into 9 of her past forms:
 1- KoF2001
 2- KoF2000
 3- KoF99
 4- KoF98
 5- KoF97
 6- KoF96
 7- KoF95
 8- KoF94
 9- Psycho Soldier / ATHENA (you can choose)
 Note that KoF2002 isn't included in the move. When Athena runs at the
 opponent, she's already in KoF2001 form.



Where are the Psychic 9 end clothes from?
>1- The school uniform is from Psycho Soldier.
 2- The red skirt that looks like a bikini is from ATHENA (it happens
    that Athena loses her regular clothes in the beggining of the first
    stage in the Arcade version... too bad NES version doesn't show it)
 3- The armour is also from ATHENA. In that game, you can wear armour
    parts that you find. In this end, you see Athena with an almost
    complete armour, only missing a helmet.



How is Psycho Soldier and Athena's moves spelled in Japanese?
>Psycho Soldier     = Saiko Sorujaa
 Psycho Ball Attack = Saikoboru Atakku
 Psycho Sword       = Saikosodo



Did anyone ever asked any of these questions?
>Not really, maybe because I tell everyone before they ask me. ^^


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WHAT'S CHANGED?
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- Most characters had their standing stance changed in KoF2002, some
  for better and others for worst. Since Athena must have a cloth
  change every year, not only her standing stance was changed, but most
  of her other animations changed as well.

- Athena's taunt was changed. Now, instead of tripping in the ground
  saying "Ittai" ("Ouch"), she says "Sa, Gomenasai" ("Oh, I'm sorry").

- Athena's HP Psycho Ball Attack animation was changed, and the HP
  Psycho Ball is a little faster (in fact, most of the projectiles in
  KoF2002 are faster)

- Teleport has lower start and recovery times.

- Phoenix Fang Arrow has no recovery time!!!

- Nu Psycho Reflector is gone. But she still has the original Psycho
  Reflector...

- Athena's low HK animation changed again, and it seems to have a
  longer range now (but I'm not sure if it really does).

- Athena's "Naice faitou" ("Nice fight") speech changed to "Gudo
  faitou" ("Good fight"). The win pose is still the same.

- The "Yatta, gu" ("I did it, good") win pose was replaced by the old
  "I can't lose" pose, but with a new speech.

- Lost her "Shotime" speech while starting the Psychic 9.


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KOF2002 BASICS
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Taunt: Press L trigger, This can be changed at the Options screen.

Activating MAX Mode: Press Y + A (Heavy punch + Low kick). This mode
                     enables Super Desperation Moves and Super Cancels.
                     You can also activate MAX Mode by pressing R
                     trigger (can be changed at the Options screen).

Rolling: X + A (Low punch + low kick) allows you to roll with little
         invulnerability.

Back roll: Back + X + A (Back + Low punch + low kick) and you'll roll
           backwards.

Super Escape: X + A (Low punch + low kick) or Back + X + A (Back + Low
              punch + low kick) right when the opponent hits you. You
              won't be damaged. This takes 1 power stock (1 level from
              your power gauge).

Command Throw: Y + B (Heavy punch + heavy kick), can be done in both
               ground and mid-air.

Run: Press Front and then press and hold Front.

Super/Shadow jump: Press Up while running, or press Down and then Up.

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COMMAND LIST
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Legend:
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 u   Up
 f   Foward
 b   Back
 d   Down

 A   Light Kick  (LK)
 B   Heavy Kick  (HK)
 X   Light Punch (LP)
 Y   Heavy Punch (HP)

qcf   Quarter cicle foward (f, df, f)
qcb   Quarter cicle back   (d, db, b)
hcf   Half cicle foward    (b, db, d, df, f)
hcb   Half cicle back      (f, df, d, db, b)

(air) means you can ALSO do the attack in mid-air.

(mid air) means you can ONLY do the attack in mid-air.

(close) means the attack must be done close to the opponent.




Normal moves
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- f + Y (close)                 Bit Throw

  >Catches the opponent and throws him.
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- f + B (close)                 Psychic Throw

  >Catches the opponent and throws him to the opposite side of the
   screen.
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- (mid air) f + Y or B (close)  Psychic Shoot

  >Both Athena and the opponent must be in mid-air. She catches him
   and throws him on the ground.
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- (mid air) f + A               Phoenix Bomb

  >A 1-hit air attack that knocks the opponent on the ground, even if
   he is jumping.
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- f + A                         Renkantai

  >A 2-hit kung-fu kick.
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Special Attacks
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- qcb + X or Y                  Psycho Ball Attack
 >Athena's projectile attack. HP version is faster, and LP is
  smoother. Both versions inflict the same damage.
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- (air) f, d, df + X or Y       Psycho Sword
 >Anti-air attack. Just let the sword hit the enemy. It's a good
  attack for a combo, and can be done in mid-air.
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- (mid air) qcb + A or B        Phoenix Arrow
 >Diagonally falls towards the enemy. HK version goes further and
  Athena does a low kick after it.
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- qcf + A or B                  Teleport

 >Can pass trought the opponent. HK version goes further. Note that
  the opponent can hit both the teleporting Athena as well as the
  hologram left in where she was before the teleport and cancel the
  move.
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- qcb + A                        Psycho Reflector

 >Besides the final boss Rugal, Athena is the only character able to
  reflect projectiles exactly as they were when thrown towards her in
  KoF2002.
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Desperation Moves (DMs)
-----------------------

*These moves need at least one stock in your power bar.
*They don't need you to activate MAX Mode, but, if you do so, then they
 will >NOT< take another stock from your power bar :)

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- (air) hcb, hcb + X or Y        Shining Crystal Bit (SCB)

 >Two spheres start to spin arround Athena. Just like in the game
  Psycho Soldier, those spheres keep Athena safe from projectiles and
  do damage to opponents who touch them.
  Note: In while you should always use a Crystal Shoot if you want
  to stop this move, you can also hold A, B, X and Y at the same time
  to cancel it.
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- qcb + X or Y from SCB          Crystal Shoot

 >This DM doesn't need any power stock. Athena grabs the spheres and
  shoots them to the opponent. In LP version of the attack she shoots
  it horizontally, in HP version the spheres will curve to hit jumping
  opponents.
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- (mid air) qcf, qcf + A or B    Phoenix Fang Arrow

 >A triple Phoenix Arrow that, of course, causes more damage. The move
  can be canceled if the opponent hits or grabs the real Athena in
  mid-air.
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Super Desperation Moves (SDMs)
------------------------------

*For these moves, you need to activate MAX Mode (press R trigger). They
 need two stocks in the power bar (one to activate MAX Mode and the
 other for the move itself).

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- (air) hcb, hcb + X+Y           Super Shining Crystal Bit (SSCB)

 >Same as Shining Crystal Bit, but causes more damage.
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- qcb + X or Y from SSCB         Super Crystal Shoot

 >Same as Crystal Shoot, but hits trice.
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- hcb, f + X + Y                     Psychic 9

 >Athena circles throught all her 8 forms in the past KoF games. The
  9th form is from a 80's game. IMPORTANT: After the two first hits
  (in 2001 style), you must press X, A, Y, X, A, Y, B in this order
  to keep Athena's clothing change, or else she won't complete the
  move. And after pressing B button, you must do one of these
  commands:
  - qcf + Y         (Psycho Soldier School Uniform)
  - f, d, df + Y    (ATHENA clothes)
  - qcb + B         (ATHENA Armour)
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Note: There's NO Super Phoenix Fang Arrow in KoF2002! Athena doesn't
      have it anymore since KoF2000.





Hidden Super Desperation Move (HSDM)
------------------------------------

*For this move, you must be in MAX Mode and have about 1/4 or less of
 your life left! To know how much you must have exactly, go to Training
 Mode and set "Life" to RED.
*You'll need two power stocks to execute this move (one to activate MAX
 Mode and the other for the move itself).

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- qcf + A+B+X+Y                  Psychic Melee

 >A Super version of the Psychic 9. IMPORTANT: After the two first
  hits (in 2001 style), you must press B, Y, A, B, Y, A, X in this
  order. Note that this is the exact opposite of Psychic 9!! After
  pressing X button, you must input one of these two commands:
  - qcf + A+Y (Fans Ahoy)
  - qcf + A+X (Athena Goddess)
  Athena will then do the three ends of Psychic 9, but what she will
  do after that depends on which button you pressed with the A button.
  "Fans Ahoy" will attack hard the opponent, and "Athena Goddess"
  will heal some of your life bar.

  If you have troubles pressing A+Y in the Dreamcast joystick, you can
  also:
  - press R trigger, if you didn't change it in the Key Config.
  - press A+Y+B - it works too! ^^

  If you ask how much "Athena Goddess" heal, the life bar will almost
  touch the last letter in Athena's name. Practice mode doesn't show
  that.
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CANCELABLE MOVES
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One of the new features this year is the Super Cancels. When in MAX
Mode, you can cancel a Super Mode into another. Eg: You're doing the
Phoenix arrow and when Athena is almost doing the last kick you can
cancel it into a Psycho Sword, and it'll still connect! There are also
the simple Cancels, that don't need MAX mode to happen.

===Simple Cancelable Moves===

- Renkantai > Phoenix Arrow
  o If the two hits of Renkantai hit, you can do a Phoenix arrow.

- Renkantai > Psycho Sword
  o Or a Psycho Sword, if you want more hits!



===Super Cancelable Moves===

When a Super Cancel occurs, your character flashes white for a second.
Be aware that usage of these consomes some of the time bar that
appear when you activate MAX Mode.

Here are Athena's cancelable moves (at least those I've found so far):

- Phoenix Arrow > Psycho Sword (ground)
  o Do the Pboenix arrow and once Athena hits the ground do the
    Psycho Sword command. It always works if the opponent is against a
    wall.

- Full Phoenix Arrow (strong version only) > Psycho Sword (ground)
  o This is just like the above one, but you need to do the Psycho
    Sword while Athena's doing the crouch kick.

- Phoenix Arrow > Psycho Sword (air)
  o You can also cancel a Phoenix Arrow into a Psycho Sword BEFORE
    Athena hits the ground.

- Psycho Sword (ground) > Psycho Sword (air)
  o Do the Psycho Sword on the ground, then do it again in the air.
    Just don't take too much time to do the second Psycho Sword, or
    else it won't connect. The right time to do it is before Athena
    fully pronounces the "Saiko" from Saiko Sodo (Psycho Sword).


---THE ULTIMATE CANCEL MOVE---

- Renkantai > Phoenix Arrow (strong version) > Psycho Sword (ground) >
  Psycho Sword (air)
  o After doing the Renkantai, do a Phoenix Arrow, then a Psycho
    Sword, and then do another Psycho Sword! You can take about 10~11
    hits from this move if done with the opponent against the wall.



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ATHENA'S COLORS
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Every KoF2002 character has 4 different colors. To select different
colors, just select your character with different buttons at the
Character Select screen.

Here is which color each button will return for Athena:

A - Red (default)
B - Blue (Kensou's color)
X - Light Green (a little lighter than Chin's)
Y - Pink (a little darker than Bao's second color in KoF99-2001)



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QUOTES
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These quotes are from the English language version of KoF2002 (only
released on Arcades so far).

- Hu? Another match? ...G... Grrreat! I love my life (not).
- Gotta run; I've an audition. Pray for me!
- Just trying to make you happy. Another knuckle sandwich?

(versus Kensou)
- Been skipping your workouts, eh? I'm telling the master!

(versus Iori)
- Why do you use your powers for evil? I'm so sad... Bo oh.

(versus Kim or May Lee)
- If you want your butt kicked again, just call for me.



[Thanks to www.kofonline.com for the quotes!]



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SPEECH TRANSLATION
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There are still some speeches that are missing from here...

(Regular Prebout)
*Japanese / Hiragana*
 [Friends]Ganbatte                 Good Luck
 [Athena] Ikkimasu!                Here I go!

(Prebout in Rugal's stage or against another Athena)
*Japanese / Hiragana*
 Sa...ikuyo...                     Oh...here I go...

(Prebout against Sie Kensou)
*Japanese / Hiragana*
 Kensu, gomen ne...                Sorry, Kensou...
 Watashi Kensu no nikuman          I ate your nikuman...
 tabettatta...

(Special Moves)
*Japanese / Romaji*
 Saiko boru!                       Psycho Ball!
 Saiko sodo!                       Psycho Sword!
 Terepoto!                         Teleport!
 Fenikusu arou                     Phoenix Arrow

(Taunt)
*Japanese / Hiragana*
 Sa, gomenasai!                    Oh, I'm sorry!

(MAX Activation)
*Japanese / Romaji*
 (?), gechu!                       (?), get you!

(DM/SDM Shining Crystal Bit)
 Aaaaaaaaaaah!

(DM/SDM Crystal Shoot)
*Japanese / Hiragana*
 IKE!                               GO!

(DM Phoenix Fang Arrow)
*Japanese / Romaji*
 Fangu...arou!                      Fang...arrow!

(SDM Psychic 9 or HSDM Psychic Melee)
*Chinese*
 Ee                                 One
 Er                                 Two
 Sahn                               Three
 Ser                                Four
 Woo                                Five
 Liew                               Six
 Chit                               Seven
 Pat                                Eight

(HSDM Psychic Melee, Fans Ahoy end)
*Japanese / Hiragana*
 [Athena] Monekyo                   
 [Friends]Desuno                    

(HSDM Psychic Melee, Athena Goddess end)
*Japanese / Romaji*
 Hiringu!                           Healing!

(Win Pose 1)
*Japanese / Romaji*
 Gudo faitou!                       Good fight!

(Win Pose against Kensou)
 *She points at him and does the "Good Fight" pose*

(Lose)
 Kya!




Translation Notes
- In Psychic 9 / Melee, Athena counts up to 8 in Chinese language.
  Thanks to Incesto for the info and Dinghydoggy for the list (both
  from GameFAQs KoF2002 Message Board).
- Shi Kensu is the Japanese pronounce of Sie Kensou's name.
- "Nikuman" is the meat bun that Kensou eats before every match.
- In KoF2000, Kensou told Athena about his feeling for her. Since then,
  Athena tries to change the subject whenever she meets him. This year
  she even ate his favorite food to avoid having to give him an answer!

Japanese Notes
- Hiragana: Used for Japanese words.
- Romaji:   Used for foreing words. Usually, those words are in English
            with Japanese ascent (eg: "Hiringu" which is actually
            "Healing").


Still have to confirm:
- MAX Activation
- HSDM Psychic Melee, Fans Ahoy end


Still have to translate:
- Phoenix Bomb move
- HSDM Psychic Melee, Fans Ahoy end
- Win Pose 2

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ENDINGS
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This game has no individual endings for each team. Instead, you see
some random comic scenes with the KoF characters.

I saw three comic scenes where Athena and Kensou appear:

1- Kensou is looking at Athena. She changes into the three ends of
   Psychic 9, then she turns into Chang with his/her finger in the
   nose. Kensou gets desperate.

2- Kensou is looking at Athena. She changes into the three ends of
   Psychic 9, then she turns into Vanessa. Once she does that, Ramon
   comes running, kicks Kensou out of the way and gives Athena/Vanessa
   a red rose.

3- Clark Steele is trying to flert with Athena. Then, he grabs her and
   goes away with her. Then, Kensou appears with a mad face, running
   after Clark.

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CREDITS & CONTACT
=================

People who made this FAQ possible:

- Saturn WoD, who happens to be myself.

- Incesto for posting on Dreamcast KoF2002 Message Board about Athena
  counting in Chinese in Psychic 9/Melee.

- Dinghydoggy for posting a list of Chinese numbers.

- SNK, that created a simple character named Athena in 1986, and look
  at what we have today, in 2003!

- Eolith / Playmore, that made and ported this game to Dreamcast.

- KoFOnline, one of the best (if not THE BEST) source for KoF stuff!

- GameFAQs. Without it, the FAQ would have no reason to exist ^.^"



Contact:
 Saturn WoD.
      sat_4thdimension @ hotmail . com

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