I am not the only one who thought of his look as a Lion. I am glad XD I still love him, too. Oh my. I am about to turn 32 years old, and I am crazy about this guy since i am 12... Not even sure how to feel about it.
Excellent work, and yes I damn agree with you about his recent redesign.
New designs in the Street Fighter series are rare and in some cases like with Nash or Dhalsim they made some good changes in SFV. But you see also stuff like Ken Masters and Akuma being changed into pretty ugly and almost bizarre new designs. But SFV is anyway a weird case. Probably the weakest of the numbered SF games since SFI in 1987.