I dont really have a lot of time to type this so Im gonna keep this brief.
the last blog post when I was drinking all those shots, I think it
really messed with my ulcer cuz I had black feces again, which is a sign
of internal bleeding. I felt tired all week too so I figured it would
be best to avoid drinking this coming weekend. I had an enkai in the
middle of the week and it was hurting after like only drinking for 3
So anyway, I went to Tokyo Friday night by myself, and I
met Sam there. We got some Kebabs right away and then went back to
Mikado. FAB was like coaching Ririko while she was playing for some
reason. I played her in 4 games and we went 2 and 2. FAB was coaching
her the whole time according to Sam. I have no idea why. I figured it
was maybe cuz they were gonna team up but I found out later that this
wasnt the case. Other than that, I ended some JO player 14 win streak
and got 8 wins. Then I ended an Eddie 10 win streak. Nothing much else
to note about casuals that I played that night.
Mikado now has
like 5 3S machines. They also now have 10 GG AC machines which is
pretty awsome. Also, they only have 2 Arcana 3 cabs but there were like
20 guys crowded around them that night.
After casuals, Emmet
mailed me saying he was gonna come to Tokyo like last minute and wanted
to go to Club Pure, which apparently has reopened again in Shibuya. I
was sorta down to check it out but I was feeling REALLY tired and
fatigued for like no reason so I figured it was related to the ulcer and
possible internal bleeding thing so I went to Shibuya but told Emmet
that I was just gonna go to sleep after all. He ended up just going to
Current instead as a result. I went to the manga kissa in Shibuya and
got a lot of sleep.
The next day I played casuals at Mikado all
day again. Lots of top players were there. I beat Limekey twice which
was nice but I lost to him a lot too. I got a lot of good training in
today. I got Kebabs and Ramen at some point with Emmet and Sam. I
ended up staying till closing and then I just went back to Shinjuku to
go sleep. I looked at lots of manga kissas to try to get a nice mat
room cuz I wanted to rest well since I was really tired again, but all
the nice ones were full so I just stayed at the usual one. Even if I
was feeling well today, I wouldnt go drinking because the next morning
was the very first GG SBO qual in Saitama. The place wasnt very far
(Urawa), but the registration started at 10 am and they capped it at 16
teams, meaning I needed to get there really early.
next day, I woke up and took the train to Urawa. After walking a little
I found the arcade (Hap-1 UNO). There were already several players
there (almost all of them were top players I know) waiting to register.
After I registered my team (which was me, Kunihiro (AN), and Nanase
(AB)), I pretty much just stayed there and played casuals all day. The
tournament wasnt scheduled to start till 4 pm so I had a lot of time to
kill. They only had one cab unfortunately, but at least there werent
that many people playing on it since most teams left. I mostly played
against these 3 guys who were all on the same team (CH, RO, TE). I dont
know their names, but I was beating them all pretty consistantly and
only lost to the CH and RO once out of several games and went undefeated
vs the TE. Udei was also there and was using his Testament. He was
getting the most wins, but I still was beating him a good amount of the
At 2 pm, they moved the cab to a stage area with seats in
front and big screen connected for watching during the tournament, so
during that time there were no casuals. Also, around this time, my
teammates showed up.
Surprisingly enough, only 9 teams entered,
so I went there all early for nothing, but I guess the practice matches
were good so whatever.
Some teams were
Mitsurugi/that really good default color Millia ive talked about before/Pink Faust whos good
Kuni/crazy good Footsies Ky/some pink May
....and a few others
first match was vs the RO/CH/TE team that I was beating up all morning.
Nanase wanted to go first so we let him go and he OCVed them with his
AB. The next match was the semi finals already and we had to fight
Machaboo(TE)/FAB(PO)/Inoue(OR). This team is a little broken. Machaboo
plays TE as his main now, and his TE is fucking sick. Kunihiro went
first this time, fallowed by Nanase, and then e... and we all got OCVed
by Machaboo's TE. The finals were Machaboo team vs
It went down like this. HEVEN beat
Machaboo, Inoue beat HEVEN, then Taku beat Inoue and FAB. Taku's team
won and won the preliminary.
After that, they had free play going
for a bit and whoever could just jump on and get a quick match in. I
played Udei and won. Then later I fought AGF and lost by a pixel. Most
people started to clear out so I left too and headed back to Mikado.
Mikado, a lot of the players from the qual came to play as well as
others. My teammates showed up too. I beat FAB on my 2nd try and ended
his 17 win streak which felt pretty good. After Kunihiro left, he
messaged me at like 11:30 saying he just found out he had to work
tomorrow. My team for tomorrow was supposed to be Kunihiro and Honya
(BA), but now that Kunihiro couldnt do it, I had no team. I asked
around at Mikado but everyone there was busy or already had a team. All
my phone contacts were also tapped out and espessially on such short
notice there was nothing I could do. So, as a result I couldnt enter
the qual the next day.
After Mikado closed I went back to
Shinjuku. I had time to kill now so I figured I might as well go to
Current for just a little. I stayed for just like 3 drinks. I felt a
little tired but still OK. I only stayed till about 3. I wasnt very
packed, but I was surprised that Kunko was there. She was talking with
Taka and some other dude. She was in town for some concert. I told her
I was sorry I forgot to contact her when I went to Kansai but she said
she didnt tell me she was in Tokyo so looks like were even lol. I also
talked to the staff and some older woman and older dude who were sitting
at the bar near me. Shuji was there too but he passed out on the bar
pretty fast. That dude is always tired.
After leaving Current, I pretty much just went to sleep a little early and got the 9 hour package at the manga kissa.
Monday and Tuesday, there were more SBO quals, but I couldnt get a team
because they were both really far and lots of people were busy and
actually had work even during golden week. So I ended up just meeting
Sam at Mikado and playing casuals all day. It was mostly scrubs there.
I got a 20 win streak and was defeated by a May player eventually.
Also, they had some weird event there where on the big projector, they
were showing old ST matches and like freeze framing it and analyzing
things like frame by frame and someone was explaining strategies and
matchups and about 30 guys were chillin there watching this sorta
matchup tutorial. Ive never seen an arcade do anything like this
before. I didnt pay that much attention to it though cuz I was busy
playing casuals and I dont play ST hardcore enough to really wanna sit
and watch that over playing GG lol.
Since I had no chance of
entering the quals, and didnt want to just go so far out there with no
team at all, I decided I would just go home. Sam doesnt have a PS3 and
wanted to play Super SFIV, so he went back to Gunma with me and stayed
at my place and we pretty much played SSFIV from Monday night to
Wednesday evening, pretty much stopping just to go to the store a couple
times and eat and sleep. Andy came over on Tuesday and stayed all day
too so we got a lot of casuals in. I am still in the process of
learning T.Hawk. I still play Blanka too. I havnt really decided who
will end up being my main yet but Ill stick with both of em and just see
how it pans out.
Also, the start button on my stick broke but
luckily I was able to fix it by replacing it with the select button from
my other stick which I never really use anyway lol.
thats pretty much it. Not the best Golden Week ever but I had fun.
This was probably the least amount of drinking I ever did in a weekend
in Tokyo ever, and I was tired most of the time, but I played so many
games that the callus on my left pointer finger from using arcade sticks
so much has gotten like 2X harder than it was before. Also, by the end
of the holiday weekend I was feeling much better and less tired, even
after staying up till 5 am playing SF 2 nights in a row. Unfortunately I
couldnt see Ryoko when I got back to Gunma cuz she was stuck working
ALL of Golden Week doing double shifts every day cuz shes the manager
and everyone else took days off.
Next weekend there will be 2
more quals. I am still in the process of forming teams but I should be
able to manage getting something set up.