Winter break was fun times. I went home to Chicago for a few weeks and pretty much just got fucked up every day with friends and family. Frosty Faustings went smoothly and I won both GG singles and teams which was good. Full results for all tournaments can be found here and here in these threads on dustloop and SRK.
is now back in Japan for a few weeks. He will be staying at my
apartment for most of the time while he is here visiting. He has been
in Japan for a few days staying with some other friend.
after work, Matt came to my apartment. His friend is a Japanese dude
who was studying abroad in Oregon and lives in Maebashi. According to
Matt, he is a good SFIV player. His friend dropped him off at my place
and then we headed to Tokyo together on the train. Emmet got on at
Numata and rode out there with us too.
We headed right to Mikado.
There was a good amount of people there playing GG and other stuff
too. I pretty much stuck to GG the whole time we were there, doing
pretty well for the most part but my execution felt just a little rusty.
Matt was mostly playing BB since GG is kinda dead where he lives now
so he sorta has to play BB if he wants any comp.
We stayed at
Mikado till a little after 10. We probably would have played longer,
but Liz wanted to join us at Current for a few drinks and wasn’t gonna
stay out past the last train, so we left to go drink with her there. We
got some road McDonalds on the way. They have this new Texas burger
which has like onion ring bits, BBQ sauce, bacon, cheese, and this
really awesome mustard on it. Its pretty tasty stuff. Appearently they
are going to release a California, New York, and Hawaii burger sometime
soon as well.
When we got to Current all the seats at the bar
were full and it was like all people I didn’t know and probly half of
them were foreigners. Sushi, Mogi, and Mame were working the bar.
Masami was there and he had broken his arm. He had a cast on it. I
asked him how it happened and he said he doesn’t remember cuz he was too
drunk lol… I hope he gets better soon though. I cant say I never
injured myself while drunk hah…
Soon after, Liz arrived and
joined us at our table, and Shuji came and sat with us as well. He was
pretty happy to see Matt. SPG Chris was also there and sat with us for a
good while until he eventually went to go to GODZ. He was telling me
about how his band is playing a live show in Okubo next Saturday so we
might go to that next weekend.
I briefly mentioned before that
Emmet often randomly just starts singing song lyrics and he substitutes
out random words for “Andy.” Andy doesn’t particularly care for it but
hes a trooper and just sorta deals with it and sometimes even cant help
but to laugh. Well Emmet got Matt hooked on this and we were busting
out Andy lyrics for a good while hah… Matt never even met Andy yet
before so it made it even sorta more funny. One of the best ones is
“Take me down to the paradise city where the grass is green and the
girls are Andy!”
Bosch came later on and was spinning all kinds
of weird random shit. After Liz left and we decided we wanted to switch
up venues at about 2 am, we headed to PSY.
PSY had a good amount
of people there. The PSY staff was pretty surprised to see Matt as
well. For whatever reason, they had Coyote Ugly playing on the big
screen in there with Japanese subtitles on and the sound off. We
requested a ton of songs and they even played The Count of Tuscany in
all of its 19ish minutes entirety.
I have this new kind of snus
called Elixyr that has caffeine and tourine in it, in addition to being
extra strong as well. Matt and I were buzzing hardcore off this shit
and we were so wide awake. By the time PSY closed at 6 we were still
wide awake and feeling great, so we wanted to drink some more. Emmet,
on the other hand, was barely staying awake. Probably because he
slammed like 2 whole small bottles of whisky at the conbini. SPG Chris
showed up too and I was talking to him for quite a while. He was pretty
I decided I would take Matt to Tokyo Loose. I knew it
was guaranteed to sorta suck, but its open late and they have fair
prices on beer and it’s a place to drink. Plus he at least should see
it once lol. SPG Chris went with us too but he left like right away cuz
I guess he wasn’t digging the place at all, which I don’t blame him.
It wasn’t too packed in there and as usual the guys to girl ratio was
heavily in favor of guys with like a good amount of them being the
There were these 3 girls from somewhere in
Europe, I don’t remember where. When we first walked in, they were like
asking us to save them cuz they thought the place sucked too and
apparently they were here on vacation and just found the place somehow.
We talked with them for a little while, mostly Matt. Then at some
point, one of them who was kind of a chubby girl got all pissed off cuz
one of the Nigerian guys like grabbed her arm sorta hard when she tried
to wake up some guy who was passed out in the corner. So, eventually
after arguing with her friends a bit, all 3 of them just stormed off and
left… lol. There was also some passed out Japanese girl sitting down
near the corner and some desperate Japanese guy was like trying to hit
on her still. It was pretty sad. There was also another desperate
Japanese guy totally macking on some old chick who wasn’t very good
looking. Tokyo Loose is like the epitome of desperation. Its hilarious
to go there and just see what kind of losers try so hard to pick up the
skankiest and nastiest of hoes. We ended up drinking there until like 8
am cuz we were still buzzing pretty hard and watching all these people
amused us. Eventually we decided that it was enough though so we left.
wanted to get some spicy Indian curry before bed. I didn’t really want
any but Emmet was all about it too so I just went anyway and got like
the cheapest thing on the menu which ended up being like rice with some
beans and really spicy curry. I only ate like half of it and then we
went to the manga kissa to sleep.
The next day my stomach was
hurting like hell! My ulcer continues to bother me, and eating that
spicy curry before bed was a huge mistake. Never doing that again…
headed out and went back to Mikado. It was pretty dead and not a
single person was playing GG, so we went to Bix Box for some SFIV
There was this HUGE SFIV nationals tournament going on. I
didn’t know any details about it but there was like Capcom staff there
and stuff. They had tons of cabs going and tons of spectators. We
watched a few matches and then eventually I realized that some of the
cabs were for casuals so I played a few games. My first match was vs a
Dhalsim player who had like over 100,000 bp or something named PPN. He
was really good and was like wrecking tons of people. I did ok the
first round getting him to about 25% life left but around 2 was brutal
and he almost perfected me. Blanka vs Sim is a pretty bad matchup for
me and I don’t know it nearly as well as I would like. I played a few
more people like a Viper who I came extremely close to beating, and a
boxer who I also did surprisingly well against but didn’t beat. Then
suddenly Daigo gets on the cab and starts beasting with his Ryu. He
wins like 5 in a row and then some other random Ryu who had like WAYYY
less BP gets on and beats him in a mirror match! I think the guy wasn’t
even Japanese, he was like Chinese or something. I was pretty
surprised but the dude played really well. There were tons of people
crowded around watching but then as soon as Daigo lost they all just
cleared out lol! I was kinda bummed cuz I was up next to play and
wanted to have Daigo kick my ass but that’s ok. Hes at Big Box all the
time so Ill play him another day.
BTW, the finals of the tournament were
Mahou Shojo Zangitan no Chousen ~ Zenkoku Taikai Hen ~ (Mahou Shojo Zangitan's Challenge! Chapter - National Tournament!)
Mahou Shojo Zangitan (ZA)
Oji-san Boy (SG)
match was Ojisanboi vs Mahou Shojo Zangitan and Ojisanboi took the win.
I didnt see the rest of it or most matches for that matter. We showed
up late in the tournament and I didnt even know what was going on since
I didnt know about the event till we just showed up for it. Id like to
go to the next one though and know about it in advance so I can
actually watch it and stuff. Mahou Shojo Zangitan did well and even
beat another good Sagat earlier in the tournament and people were pretty
hype about it.
After it was all over and we played enough
casuals we decided to get some food. We got some quick McDonalds again
and then headed back to Mikado. There were lots of people there playing
now. Lots of big name GG players were there like Osaka B, Inoue,
En-Slayer, Taku, Tanabata (aka “Seta”), and some others too. At first I
played various people and was getting some mini win streaks of like 5
or 6 games and was playing against a blue May who I went about even with
after 6 games. Then Taku played me and beat me a bunch of times.
Osaka B played him a few times too but with no success. Then another
pink Faust (whos name escapes me at the moment) eventually beat him
after a few tries. Taku had like maybe almost 20 wins when he finally
lost. I also played Tanabata’s Slayer a few times but couldn’t beat him
as well. Those guys were both on fire. Matt played Tanabata once and
did really well but didn’t win.
Andy showed up at around 6 pm.
We played a little longer and then at around 6:30 we left. We had plans
to meet up with Megu, Ayano, and some other people at an Izakaya at
Shinjuku for drinks and food.
We met up with Megu and a friend of
hers who I met for the first time and then went to the Izakaya, which
happened to be located in the basement floor of the same building as the
manga kissa we sleep at all the time LOL! The place was really nice
though. It had like a pirate theme with pirate pictures on the wall and
the walls looked like a ship and stuff. They also had these red light
bulbs above each table that you turn on when you want to order something
instead of the “pin pon!” sound buttons. It was pretty cool.
Ayano and her friend from Sweden showed up as well. Also, Liz called
and wanted to join us so I met up with her at Donki Hote cuz its close
by and showed her out to get to the place. So there was 10 of us total.
We drank and ate there for about 2 hours. It was a pretty nice place
and I would go there again for sure. We talked about lots of random
stuff like how Emmet likes to have sex with Sheep.
After our time
there was up, we left and just ended up going to Current. It was only
like a little after 9 so it was pretty early, and since we started
drinking at 7 I knew that this was going to be a long and very
intoxicating night. From 7 pm to 6 am… that’s 11 hours of drinking. I
knew it was gonna be a wild ride.
Tonight at Current there was a
metal event. It gradually got more and more packed in there and
eventually it was just like CRAZY packed! Even for a metal event there
were a lot more people than usual for whatever reason. A good amount of
regulars showed up too like Antti, his girlfriend Miho, and Snus Man…
Kana, Chip, and some others. Antti seemed very happy to see Matt there.
All the people in my group were sitting at the small table near the
front and crowded tons of chairs around it and people kept being all
cutthroat and jacking other peoples chairs when they went to buy beer or
pee cuz there weren’t enough seats lol!
Chip brought a girl with
him there from Sweden who he met a few nights ago or something at
Current. Her name is Jasmine. She plays games and said she is even (or
at least used to be) a Guilty Gear player and used Anji. She asked if
we knew Marn cuz when him and Flash went to Sweden for that SBO
tournament she met them there. She also asked if I knew Shinjn and I
told her how we teamed up at the SBO last chance qual and hes a cool guy
and a good player. I asked her if she ever heard of ElvenShadow and
she said she did, and I said it was me, so she thought that was cool.
Pretty random how that turned out.
They were playing good music
throughout the night, and they even played a HUGE set of back to back
ACDC songs. Probably like at least 10 in a row. I was kinda surprised
cuz they usually play a bit heavier stuff but I love ACDC so I had no
problem with it.
Later on at around 2, Antti and Matt wanted to
do Karaoke so Matt, Emmet, Andy, Miho, Antti, and I went to the Karaoke
place down the street for 2 hours. We sang lots of good stuff and drank
a ton of beers. Emmet once again decided to substitute Andy’s name for
the lyrics a bunch… much to Andy’s amusement… Near the end, we still
had like half a pitcher of beer so we had to chug it before our time was
up. This sorta pushed me over the edge and I was now officially
Once we stumbled back to Current I was just sloshed! I
rocked out with the metal event crowd for a while and we stayed till
closing time. Near the end of the night I like bumped into the table
and knocked over my beer which was like a quarter full. Party foul on
me. I was really fucking wasted though. At closing we said bye to
everyone and then headed to PSY.
Matt, Andy, and I went ahead.
Emmet eventually showed up with some girl he was hitting on at Current.
At PSY I don’t remember much other than passing out for a little while
and Hibiki showing up and talking with us a little bit. I finished my
beer but I was just fucking wasted! At least I didn’t throw up or
After PSY closed at 6, Andy went home back to Takasaki.
Emmet was macking on that girl the whole time and ended up taking her
to a love hotel. Matt and I went to the manga kissa for sleep.
next day, I woke up extremely hungover. I could have used some more
sleep for sure. Matt and I went to Akihabara cuz I needed to buy a few
things. I accidently brought my brother’s PS3 power cable with me back
to Japan instead of mine. His is 3 prong with the ground and Japanese
power outlets are all only 2 prong so I couldn’t use it. I had to buy a
3 to 2 prong converter. I found one pretty easily for like 700 yen
which was pretty cool so I don’t have to worry about it anymore. Matt
was looking to buy Final Fantasy 13 and the new Kingdom Hearts for PSP
for his girlfriend (hes dating a Japanese girl studying abroad in
American right now back home). I also promised Jessie, another ALT,
that I would try to find her an R4 card for her DS.
Matt and I
walked around a bit, I took a huge dump that was like tar black… like
blacker than the blackest bowels of hell. It was pretty black. I know
you all wanted to know that.
Eventually Emmet contacted me and he
arrived so we met him at the station. We went to a few different
stores cuz Matt was trying to find the best deal. Eventually we went to
Gamers and they had the best prices so he got his games there and I
also picked up the new Arcadia that has the SBO dvds for GG and Arcana.
Sweet! I also was able to find Jessie her R4 at a little shady looking
table with 2 people just selling them off of it on a side street.
Emmet bought a remote control toy helicopter from a sex shop. Yea… I
have no idea why they were selling it either but he bought it and was
pretty excited about it cuz now he has 2 of them and can have them
battle or something.
We stopped and ate at this one place and I
cant remember the name, but it had 150 yen 5 piece nuggets and fries and
onion rings so I got like 15 nuggets and some fries and rings and only
could eat like half of them cuz I still had a really bad headache. It
was fairly tasty though.
After eating, we did a little more
shopping and pretty much went home at around 4 pm. Everyone got
everything they wanted to buy so it worked out well.
I was tired
as hell though on the way back and we had to wait 45 mins to transfer at
Takasaki. Matt and I played some SFIV and some New Super Mario Bros.
Wii at my apartment (Ryoko bought me a Wii for xmas).
Next week we will most likely be back in Tokyo again. It felt good to go back there after being away for a few weeks.