I really wished more people would have read this great book: the official BradyGames Virtua Fighter 5 game guide (see the picture to your left). It clarifies it all.
The BradyGames guide is, to-date, still the most accessible Virtua Fighter manual out there. It covers it all: the basics as well as the advanced gameplay mechanics, the character’s weaknesses as well as particular strengths, and even such things as top priority throw escapes and what-not.
While it lacks decent universal combos in the character sections (some of the combos mentioned there are tech-rollable as well), the technical stuff about the game’s core mechanics is an awesome read: comprehensive and comprehensible.
The only thing I’m missing in this guide is a decent coverage of side throws (and escaping them) and stagger recovery. Apart from that, I really like to come back revisit the guide from time to time to refresh my tactical knowledge and digging for new ideas to implement into my game play.
In short: For US$16.99 (official price), this is a real bargain for beginners and intermediates as it holds the information all bundles together in one place, in one book.