I skipped writing my blog last weekend so I will just summarize what I did then before getting into this most recent weekend. On Friday night (2/19), Jessie (one of the other ALTs near me) had a ski party at her apartment. Lots of ALTs went (about maybe 12, including Andy, and Emmet) and we drank, watched some Olympic stuff, and played some multiplayer Wii games.
The next day we all headed to Kawaba ski
park. This was my first time going there. Its really big actually and
was pretty nice. As we were going out to head to the lift, the zipper
on my snow pants broke. They are too small on me and they were already
in my apartment when I moved in, left over from the last guy who lived
there so I just use them. I was able to rig the zipper into working
again but I had to be careful. The zipper went the full length of my
leg down on the side.
Jessie is a pretty serious snow boarder and
so she was all about going on this really hard course and asked me to
go with her on it and a few other pretty advanced people. Im a pretty
intermediate skier but she said I could handle it so I believed her.
Her and a bunch of the other guys went off trail into a forested area
and were snowboarding between trees. Pretty dangerous shit. I figured
it would be best to just stick to the trail so we agreed to meet at the
lift later. So I went down with this one other guy and it turned out
that the course was like way advanced and difficult. I was hanging in
there ok at first but then I ran into a really steep part with tons of
moguls (huge bumps all over the side of the mountain) and had to go slow
as hell and I wiped out at some point and my snow pants completely
ripped open. There was really no easy way to fix them at this point,
and my skis also fell off when I wiped out. I wasn’t at all injured but
the slope was now too steep to be able to get my skis back on so I had
no choice but to ride like halfway down the hill on my ass while holding
my skis lol! I made it down fine and was eventually able to put my
skis back on when it got less steep and skied down the rest of the way
with no problem. When I got to the bottom I decided theres no way im
going on that specific trail again hah. There were tons of other ones
though so there wasn’t much of a problem. Also, I went inside the gift
shop and asked the cashier if he had any strong tape. He busted out
this role of green duct tape and wrapped a bunch of tape around my snow
pants so that I could still ski without having it split open again. I
looked ghetto as hell but I was able to ski just fine for the rest of
Since Andy is still injured, instead of going skiing he
just chilled in the lounge studying, and playing some DS. After we
finished skiing, everyone headed out and we stopped at Jessies to get my
stuff. At this point I originally wasn’t planning on trying to go to
Tokyo cuz I thought we were gonna be skiing later but the slope closed
after 4 pm so Emmet and I decided to go catch the train. Andy came with
us so that he could go back home to Takasaki. We ended up missing the
train and saw it leaving just as we arrived at the station. The next
train wasn’t for another hour so we got some ramen.
the next train and made it there with no problem. Andy parted ways with
us at Takasaki and Emmet and I went to Shinjuku. We played a few
casuals at sportsland. Female zombie Sol was there as well as her Jam
playing boyfriend. I beat her, then some random Faust played me and we
went 3 to 2 in my favor. Then FZS’s boyfriend played me with his Jam
and I won like 5 in a row and eventually then we left to head to
Current was pretty cool. There were lots of girls there
who I didn’t know. Also, Rob (the guy who works for Square-enix)
showed up so I talked with him for a while. I don’t remember much else
about the night but it was good times. We went to PSY afterwords. I
stayed at the manga kissa but I didn’t end up really sticking around
long the next day on Sunday. I headed back home and saw Ryoko.
Now… finally getting to this past weekend…
Friday (2/26), I had an enkai for work in Numata. The train got me
there early so I stopped by Emmet’s apartment for a few beers before
heading there. It was a small enkai with only about 9 teachers but they
had all you can drink Yebisu and the food was awesome so it was pretty
cool. It ended at around 9 pm, which meant we could still catch the
very last train to Tokyo.
We got to Tokyo at like 12 something.
Since it was already so late we just headed right for Current. Ryan
(Letbloodrun) was now back in Japan starting this weekend so he met up
with us at Current. Sam also met us there. There was a decent crowd in
there so we had fun just chilling and drinking. Nothing extremely note
worthy happened at Current. At some point Sam just vanished without
saying anything. I think he had too much to drink. We stayed till
closing and headed to PSY, which was also fun but once again nothing
extremely out of the ordinary happened.
Then we decided, for
whatever reason, to go to Tokyo Loose. Mainly cuz Ryan wanted to go.
When we got there, it wasn’t very packed but there were a few girls
there. Emmet wasted no time trying talk to this one girl who totally
just blew him off. Then that same girl started like getting a straight
up lap dance from this one other girl! Then that same lap dance girl
and this one other girl started like dancing and trying to get us to get
up and dance with them. The lap dance girl grabbed my and Ryan’s
hands, pulled us off our seats, and we started dancing with them.
Within 10 seconds, they suddenly just push us away and blow us off… wtf.
I didn’t even give a fuck cuz I didn’t wanna dance anyway, but then
they start dancing in from of us AGAIN after we sit down. These chicks
were being a bunch of cock teasing hoes. Then the lap dance girl
starts practically giving Ryan a lap dance and even touched his crotch.
But once again, she would just ignore us if we actually got up so we
didn’t even bother with that shit. It was really confusing but pretty
hilarious at the same time. Some girl from New Zealand was there and I
asked her what the deal with these girls was cuz I thought they were
prostitutes and she says they are like hostesses or something. Im
pretty sure none of them were Japanese. Anyway, we stayed till like 9
am which is pretty fucking late, so we then left to go sleep. Ryan went
home and Emmet and I went to the manga kissa.
Saturday, we woke,
had some Sukiya, and headed to Mikado. Sam met us there and said he
was tired as fuck cuz he ended up falling asleep on the Keihin-tohoku
line all night and just slept there the entire night and came right back
to Mikado without going home lol. Throughout most of the day, it was
actually pretty dead at Mikado. I still ended up playing a bunch
though. There weren’t many people but I still got lots of matches in.
There actually were a few other well known GG players there like FAB,
HH, Yume, and some others but they were only playing BB all day which
was sorta lame. I was beating most of the people I played in GG pretty
consistently and getting small win streaks, but there was this one
default color Millia player there who I have played before who is really
good. I lost my first game vs him, but then beat him on my 2nd try.
Then he won like 7 in a row on me till I finally beat him again. After
that someone else fought me and I didn’t get a chance to fight him
again. I was talking to Mitsurugi and he said he is teaming with that
Millia player for SBO this year.
...and getting to the meaning
of this blog title. I asked Mitsurugi if people have been playing
somewhere else lately and he says that everyone still plays at Mikado
mostly and its just a slow day for GG casuals. HOWEVER... he mentioned
that there was a tournament last weekend for the Johnny-o cup G3
ranbats... and it was the last one!!!! Originally someone had posted on
dustloop that there was no Guilty Gear G3 this year and that BB
replaced it when INFACT its a completely separate event! This years G3
ranbats have been going on since late December and there were 5 total,
the last one ending last weekend... the weekend I was skiing. I was
visiting the US during the first 2, but I could have EASILY gone to the
other 3 since all 3 of those days I wasnt doing anything in particular
that I couldnt have easily done some other time. I researched all about
this G3 on the internet after Mitsurugi told me about what I had missed
and I feel like I am just so out of the loop what is going on. I even
ASKED Osaka B a few weeks ago if there have been any tournaments going
on lately and he didnt mention this at all! I just really dont know how
to find out about this stuff without going so far as to just start
checking all the Japanese arcade websites and hoping I get lucky and
find something. I just wish there was a good Japanese GG forum where I
could easily get this information. I feel like I really missed out and
have been totally fiending for some tournaments lately so this really
kinda pisses me off. It turns out that the grand finals is happening
the weekend of March 27th and 28th. I ALREADY MADE PLANS for the 27th
which totally sucks and I am not sure I can back out of them now. I
could probably make it to the one on the 28th though. The website for
G3 Johnny-o cup is here.
Theres a schedule on there. If I can, I want to go to both days but if I
can only go Sunday I pretty much would be only able to enter the random
team 5 on 5 and the accident core tournament (double damage setting).
Id much rather be able to go to both days, even though I already cant
enter most of the stuff on the Saturday one since I have never entered
any ranbats. Ugh... im kicking myself so hard for missing those
ranbats... I just wish I had some better way of knowing about wtf is
going on. Anyway, enough of my bitching... nothing I can do about it
By the way, I don’t know why I never bothered
posting this before but every week they have a GG tournament at Mikado
on like Tuesday or Thursday night. Obviously I cant go, but the
brackets are always up on the wall. Im sure people are interested so I
will try to post the winner every week. This week, Inoue won, and I
think last week I remember seeing FAB win. I will try to remember to
post the winner every week.
Later on when I ended up beating the
game cuz no one played me for so long, we headed to Big Box for a bit. I
played about an hour or so of SFIV and did pretty decent, winning a few
and losing a few. Sam says that Big Box is sorta not really the hot
spot for SFIV anymore. Everyone now plays at the Taito Station by the
South East exit of Shinjuku station.
We went back to Mikado for a
bit after Big Box and I played some more GG. Emmet left to go to
another international party but Sam and I stayed to play games. Also,
Andy showed up and joined us. After playing at Mikado for a while, we
headed to Shinjuku. We got some quick food and then Andy went to
Shinjuku station to meet up with some other ALTs that were gonna come to
Current later. Sam and I went to the Taito Station.
indeed right, and the place was packed with Grand Master SFIV players.
The top Akuma player, Yuu, was there among many others. They have 6
cabs and its 100 yen for 2 credits, 2/3 rounds. It took a while to get a
turn in because there were so many people crowded around the cabs. I
played against a Grand Master Boxer player and got owned pretty bad (its
like one of Blanka’s worst matchups… plus he’s a Grand Master lol).
Then I played another match vs an A rank Viper player and took a round
both matches and almost beat him, but I don’t know the matchup well so I
did stuff that I thought was safe and ended up not being safe, oh well.
It was fun and I will probably try playing there again sometime.
that, Sam went home cuz he was tired and broke, and I headed to Current
for a Metal Event night! It was pretty packed and hot in there when I
arrived. Andy was there with Mary-Beth and Mika (the 2 other ALTs), and
Emmet was there with 2 girls he brought from the international party.
He said he also went there with Chibi Testament. In addition, some girl
that Emmet had taken back to a love hotel from the last metal event we
went to, was there too. So now Emmet was faced with choosing which girl
he wanted to get with tonight, it was kind of a funny situation. He
eventually chose the one from the last metal event cuz she was the best
looking and then some other foreigner dude didn’t waste any time
scooping up the leftover chick lol.
It was a pretty typical
metal event but I talked to a bunch of cool people. The music selection
was not as good as some past set lists but they still played some
quality stuff. Mary-Beth and Mika didn’t stay long. Andy left about an
hour early to go to PSY. Emmet left with the girl about a half hour
before closing. I rounded up a group of people and we all went to PSY.
I got to PSY, Andy was already gone. He said he decided to take an
earlier train. PSY soon filled up with people from Current and other
people too. Hibiki showed up too and sat next to me so I got to talk
with her a bit.
After PSY closed, a big group of people were
talking about going to another bar. I was totally down. So we went to
go find this other bar but then when we got to the main street, the guy
who I thought was leading the way crossed it and I followed. I didn’t
realize that no one else was going that way till after I crossed and the
light turned red. Then everyone didn’t notice I was gone or something
and they kept walking. I lost sight of them in a big crowd and by the
time I got back to the other side of the street they were gone. I tried
mailing Chibi Testament a few times but she didn’t reply. I waited
about 10 minutes and then just said fuck it and went to go sleep at the
manga kissa. I would have liked to drink more but at least this way I
had more time to play games the next day.
I woke up at the manga
kissa and saw that Emmet had mailed me, asking where I was at. I
changed clothes, and then went outside and replied to his mail saying I
was in front of the manga kissa. I asked where he was and he said he
was in the manga kissa still. I was sorta like wtf… cuz he went to the
love hotel with that girl. Anyway, he came out of the manga kissa and
told me that when they were looking for the love hotel last night, he
got lost and went down the wrong street and they ended up just walking
around aimlessly until they just gave up and passed out at some
restaurant or something lol. I guess after that the girl went home and
Emmet came to the manga kissa.
Anyway, after that, we tried to
buy bus tickets to Osaka for spring break but they wouldn’t sell it to
us yet because it cant be more than a month away from the current date,
and we were early by like 3 days, so it looks like we gotta buy tickets
next weekend. No big deal I guess.
After that we went to Mikado
and met up with Sam. There were only 2 GG players there. I ended up
jumping in on their session and got like 2 10 win streaks in a row vs
both of them. They weren’t that bad but they were having a hard time
finishing a match vs me. I kept making these good comebacks even when
it looked like they might win.
Eventually we got some kabobs at a
restaurant, went back to Mikado and played for a bit longer, and then
Emmet and I headed back. Nothing too noteworthy to mention happened, I
just played a few more people and won most of the matches I played.
After that, Emmet and I headed back to Gunma at around 5:30. I got home and spent the rest of the night with Ryoko.
weekend is Gods Garden 2, one of the biggest SFIV tournaments in Japan.
I already bought my ticket and will be going there with Sam. Im not
that hardcore into SFIV but it sounds like it will be fun, and theres
nothing else really going on so why not? Ill make sure to have a
detailed report about the event. Im still kicking myself so fucking
hard for completely missing G3 ranbats though...