This weekend, Monday was a national holiday so it was a 3 day weekend. I headed to Tokyo after work by myself. At Takasaki station I ran into Cynthia, another ALT, who was also going to Tokyo so we rode the rest of the way together and then we split up when we got to Takadanobaba.
went to Mikado and eventually Ryan (letbloodrun) met me there too.
There were lots of people playing GG and Kunihiro was there. He had a
14 win streak and I played him right away and beat him on my 2nd try
ending his streak. We played several more games and went back and forth
at first and then he broke away and got a streak on me so I went to
play someone else. He told me he plans to enter SBO again this year so
we may team up again. Eventually I looked over and Kunihiro had like a
brand new 22 win streak. He was beasting really hard all day and was
even owning some well known players like Udei and stuff. Glad to see he
is in good form. He has always been great in casuals but often chokes
in tournaments, but hopefully if we team up again this year he will
beast in tournament matches too.
I also got some good games in vs
Jam Ojisan. He beat me more than I beat him but I still got some wins
in. Hes really solid, I havnt played against him in forever. I also
got a few small win streaks myself. It was a good night of casuals.
closing time, Ryan and I left to head back to Shinjuku. Ryan said he
will be staying in Japan for about another 2 months. We grabbed some
quick conbini food and some pre game beers and then headed to Current.
was sorta dead there tonight but we sat at the bar and had a few beers.
Also, Current now has a new female bartender, and shes pretty hot.
Her name is Emma. She told me that she just started working there. Her
previous job was a waitress at some Mexican restaurant. I dont
remember the name but she said it was sorta famous and was on Iron Chef
before. She seems really nice so its cool that she now works there too.
showed up later too. He was playing Melty Blood casuals at Joybox
which is basically the best spot for Melty. He said there were 3 cabs
with like 30 people crowded around them. He also said he made friends
with most of the top players which is cool. When he was leaving, he
told them he was going to go drink with his friend Mike. They asked him
"you mean the gaijin Faust player who always is wearing a hat?" LOL. I
think its funny that even Melty Blood players somehow know who I am.
Maybe because some of them play Guilty Gear, or maybe I just go to
arcades too much. Pretty cool though.
After drinking a bit at
Current, we decided to check out GODZ for a change of pace. It was
pretty dead there too but we each got a beer and watched some cool live
music videos on the giant screen.
After GODS, we headed back to
Current for a bit. I dont really remember anything worth mentioning
going on there. We left at closing and then went to PSY.
sorta packed. I ended up getting tired and drifting off a bit towards
the end. I woke up to Masami showing up. I talked with him for a bit
and asked him what the story with Emma was. He said they just put out
an ad for a new bartender and she just simply called and answered it.
She didnt know anyone there prior to getting hired and they hired her
cuz they wanted a female staff member (all the current staff at Current
are male) so I guess thats about all there is to it. After PSY we left
and everyone went home. I went to the manga kissa.
my younger brother (age 20), Tony, was coming to Japan. He will be
staying here for about 2 and a half weeks just for vacation. I needed
to go meet him at Narita Airport. I printed out a schedule that had the
train I was gonna try to catch to get there at a specific time. I woke
up with time to spare so I got some Suikiya. Then I checked the time
sheet again and I fucked up cuz I looked at the time for the 2nd train I
was supposed to board thinking it was the first train (I checked it
when I was drunk at PSY so thats probably why lol) so I ended up getting
on the train late. In the end though, when I got to the airport, Tony
hadnt even gone through customs yet so it actually worked out better
Eventually I found Tony after a bit of waiting in the
arrivals lobby and then we rode the train all the way back to my town,
which took almost 5 hours after transfers and everything. The plan
tonight was to go have dinner at Ryoko's parents house cuz they wanted
to meet Tony. We stopped at my apartment quickly to take quick showers
and change and then we headed to Ryoko's place.
We got there
around 9:15 pm. Their parents had made a ton of awsome food like
sukiyaki and sashimi. It was delicious. I got stuffed and drank plenty
of good beers. Tony was a bit sleepy but stayed up pretty late and had
a good time. Ryoko's dad also cracked open a bottle of this really
good whiskey that my parents bought for him as a gift from the US, and
it was good as hell. We probably drank till about 1:30 but Ryoko's
parents had work the next day so they went to bed. Ryoko and I stayed
up and had like one more beer and then we went to sleep. We stayed the
night there cuz none of us could really drive to go home, but it was
On Sunday, we woke up and Ryoko made us breakfast.
We chilled for a bit and talked and then we went to catch the train to
go back to Tokyo. Ryoko had work today at 5 pm so she couldnt go with
On the way to Tokyo, when we stopped in Takasaki, we met up with Andy and he rode the rest of the way with us.
headed right for Mikado when we got to Tokyo. My brother is also
pretty into video games. He doesnt play fighting games hardcore but he
plays a little TvC and Blazblue casually so he was happy to spend most
of the day at the arcade. There was a Melty Blood 3 on 3 going on when
we arrived and some people were cosplaying as Melty characters. One
dude was even cross dressing as Sion LOL! Sam also met up with us at
Mikado later on too. He didnt know about the tournament and was sorta
upset that he missed it.
We stayed there all day playing casuals.
All 9 GG AC cabs at Mikado that they have now were packed with players
later on, so its good to see that lots of people are getting ready for
SBO. There were also a lot of top players there but I didnt get a
chance to really play most of them. Isa was there (I hadnt seen him in a
while) and he was playing a long set back and forth with Sadou (the
Johnny who got 2nd place last year). At some point, I got like a 24 win
streak which was pretty cool. No one even beat me, I just ended up
beating arcade mode cuz no one played me for long enough unfortunately.
I beat the game, we decided to get some food, so we went to the Turkish
kebab place and got some fat, overstuffed kebabs. It was good as
always. After that, we went back to Mikado.
After a while, Tony
was getting tired due to the jet lag and passed out on a bench at the
arcade. I got more good games in and several other smaller win streaks,
I think I got one that was like 14 wins. At around 10, we decided to
leave because he wanted a change of environment. It was fine though cuz
I got plenty of games in, we played for almost 7 hours.
station, Sam split up with us cuz he didnt have much money for drinking.
So then, Andy, Tony, and I headed for Shinjuku and ate a Sukiya. I
had a few pre game beers and then we went to Current.
Current was pretty packed. A guy named Allen had just gotten married
and earlier in the day there was a wedding party since like 5 pm. Most
of the Current regulars went to it and they were all dressed up.
Espesially Mai, Hibiki, Mitchi, Ayami, and Ayano looked really hot.
Lots of other regulars were there too. As soon as we walked in, Mogi
like made me and Tony take our shirts off (cuz a bunch of the dudes in
there already had theirs off) and a bunch of people drew shit on us with
a black marker lol. They wrote "まいく” on my chest and they wrote
"マイク？FUCK!" on my back lol! I have no idea why but it was kinda funny.
They wrote "弟” on Tony's back which is the kanji for younger brother.
was pretty excited to meet Tony but most people commented that we dont
really look alike which is true since I look more like my dad and he
looks like my mom. I was talking with this one girl who I dont know who
was at the wedding party and she was being kinda flirty. She was
saying how she likes dancing and R&B and hip hop and stuff and just
came here for the wedding party. Then she said she doesnt know how to
dance well though and then starts like straddling my lap out of no
where. Then shes like "see I told you I cant dance" I must admit it
was pretty hot but I dont know what brought that on, other than alcohol.
She even said she had a boyfriend so I guess she was just playing
Some of the regulars left before the last train but lots
of people stayed all night. Everyone was already pretty drunk and there
was tons of dancing going on which was fun. I talked with Ayano and
Megu for a while too. At some point Sushi did a stage dive off the bar.
Terry showed up and he sat and talked with me and Tony for a bit and I
bought us all a round of shots and then he did the same. Tony wasnt
really feeling so good at first for whatever reason but after the shots
he started getting pretty drunk and felt great.
A bit after that,
Andy was feeling tired so he went to go to the manga kissa early. I
dunno if he wasnt feeling well or if he was bored but he looked a
little out of it.
Later on, we were sitting with Maki, one of the
regular girls who comes often, and she was talking with us for a while.
Tony seemed to like her.
Eventually when it was time for the
bar to close, I said bye to everyone and then Tony and I went to PSY.
Maki decided to join us. PSY was pretty dead so the 3 of us pretty much
just talked while we were there. Nastume closed up slightly early
since it was so dead. After that Maki went home and Tony and I went to
the manga kissa.
We spent Monday in Akihabara. Tony found it to
be pretty amazing. We went to tons of stores and he ended up buying
lots of things. He espessially liked Super Potato where he bought an
original still sealed in box Super Famicom cartridge of Super
Castlevania 4. He also got some stuffed Kirby plushies for souvineers
for his friends. We went to the top floor and played some Street
Fighter II rainbow edition in their retro arcade cuz he never saw it
before and its hilarious. He also got his picture taken with the giant
life size statue of Snake. He almost forgot his stuff at the arcade
there but luckily an employee found it so he got it back.
other store, he also bought a Contra t-shirt, and he bought an R4 DS
card and micro SD. It was only 900 yen for the R4 cuz they were having
some sorta deal! What a lucky find that was.
We stopped in at
the original Club Sega Akihabara as well cuz he wanted to just see it
really quick. While there, I couldnt resist the urge to play a little
GG so I beat like 3 people and then lost to some Anji 2 times. I beat
him on my 3rd try and then he beat me with his Axl and then we left.
Tony also played Deathsmiles while we were there and said he liked it.
went to a few more stores and eventually Tony was feeling tired so we
decided to go back home to Gunma. We left at around 5:30 and got home
at like 8:30. I made some dinner and then we just chilled and went to
He will be chilling at my house for the whole week while I
still have work and will probably be hanging out with Ryoko a bit the
days she has off or works later in the evening.
Next Friday is
the final enkai of the school year (Japan's school year ends in April,
instead of in the US where it ends in the summer). The enkai is
overnight but I will be heading to Tokyo on Saturday morning. Saturday
and Sunday is G3 Johnny-o cup so I will go to that for sure, but im not
sure what time I will be able to get there. Since after next weekend
starts my spring vacation, we will all go to Kansai (Tony, Andy, Emmet,
Sam, and myself) as well so basically once I leave for Tokyo next
weekend I wont get back home until like April 5th or 6th, so there wont
be a blog update for a while. However, the next one is probably going
to be fucking massively huge. Im pretty hype about spring break.
Should be good times!