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Anakaris (アナカリス Anakarisu?) is a massive 5,000-year-old Egyptian mummy who was once the pharaoh of a powerful empire prior to his death. He seeks to regain his rule following his resurrection by Pyron, and gains immense power from battling the other Darkstalkers before traveling back in time to restore his empire. When it comes under threat again, he assumes his mummy form for battle. In the Darkstalkers 3 storyline, following the successful restoration of his kingdom, Anakaris travels back to the present time and enters Majigen, a magical realm created by Jedah within the otherworldly dimension of Makai (Japanese for “demon world”) expressly for imprisoning souls deemed valuable. During the battles within, he learns that the destruction of his empire is unavoidable, and he therefore journeys back in time once again to transport his kingdom to a new dimension, so that it may be free of the wars of Earth.
In addition to being one of seven Darkstalkers characters to feature as a playable in every series installment, Anakaris appeared in Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and Capcom Fighting Evolution. He has a minor role in the 1995 cartoon as one of Pyron’s henchmen, and was portrayed as simple-minded while frequently speaking nonsensical phrases. In the 1997 anime miniseries, he makes his only appearance during a flashback sequence at the beginning of the fourth and final episode, when he is defeated in combat by Pyron. SOTA Toys displayed a prototype Anakaris action figure at the 2006 San Diego Comic-Con along with Morrigan and Lord Raptor, but the figures were never released.
Anakaris was one of only two series characters to make Complex’s 2012 list of the hundred “most humiliating” video game victory quotes (“You are not worthy to clean my tomb!” from Darkstalkers 2), with the site adding, “We think cleaning the tomb would be a worse punishment.” GamesRadar described him as “a much needed part” of the games, “because what cast of monsters isn’t complete without a mummy?” The site additionally rated him second in their 2013 list of the top twenty video-game mummies. Daniel Feit of VentureBeat published a tribute article about the character in 2010. “Anakaris is unlike any other character in [Capcom]’s history. Don’t seal him away in the tomb of obscurity.” The cartoon version of Anakaris was dismissed by 411mania.com as “a joke” who was “basically Homsar with bandages around his body.”
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