Earlier in the week, our tougeki results were up with our picture and stuff on the tougeki site. I noticed that Isa left a comment that said something along the lines of "now recruiting teammates - Isa". This sorta worried me that perhaps Isa didnt quite like this team. I mailed MK and asked him what he thought about this and he said he had no idea and that Isa said nothing to him. So... I just decided not to worry about it too much until I could ask Isa myself.
Friday night, I
headed to Mikado. None of my other friends showed up but I had a good
time playing casuals. Comp was pretty good, and I got some good
According to Ryan (letbloodrun), Game Versus in
Nishinippori is open like practically all night and people play there.
The only thing is, he says its mostly all 3S players and maybe a little
SFIV. Last weekend I drank WAY too much and had black stools again,
so I figured I should take it easy this weekend and avoid drinking.
Instead of going to bed early, I wanted to play games all night. So I
figured I would check out Game Versus. Not only because of the all
night thing, but tomorrow's qual actually just happened to be at Game
Versus too! So, since I was planning to go watch, I figured it would
make sense if I was in the area anyway.
So, about 15 minutes
before Mikado closed, I went to Nishinippori to try to find Game
Versus. I walked around for a long time but I couldnt find it. I
found some small shabby game center but that wasnt it. Since they dont
let anyone in passed like 12:3o or 1 am if you arnt inside already, I
figured it was already too late since it was passed 1. So, I walked
for a long time trying to find a manga kissa. I ended up walking all
the way from Nishiniporri station to Oji station, which is like 3 stops
away. I eventually did find a manga kissa though and I didnt mind
just walking around listening to my mp3 player since the weather was
nice, so it was ok.
I slept for 8 hours and woke up the next
day. I looked for Game Versus again and this time I found it. It
turns out I passed it last night, but its really hard to notice. The
sign is small and since its on the 3rd floor only, theres no windows or
anything in front that would make it obvious that theres an arcade
there. I went inside and there were some people playing SFIV but thats
about it. I would have played a game for the hell of it but the guys
werent getting up after they lost and I didnt care that much. No GG
players yet and they didnt even set up for the tournment yet (this was
at around 11 am). So, I figured I might as well just go back to Mikado
and kill some time playing there.
I went back there and there
werent that many players but enough to at least get some games in. A
few of the guys who ive seen before at quals were there practicing
before the tournament. I did well against them and got some good wins
Sometime a little before 3 (which was when the tournament was scheduled to start), I left and headed back to Game Versus.
the place was pretty packed with people. TONS of big name players
came to this one. A total of 19 teams entered this one. They had set
up 3 GG cabs for the tournament, and they were all sorta spread out. A
few people congratulated me for our team winning last week, including
ASA, who I chatted with for a while.
I was watching this one
match of Footsies Ky (whos name is Hayashi I guess, according to signup
sheet) and I noticed that this short girl with glasses was standing
there scribbling stuff down on a small notepad. She kept like quickly
looking at me and looking away all strange like. She did this over and
over, to the point where it was starting t get a little weird. I
sorta went to stand all the way behind her so that I was out of her
field of vision, and she STILL turned her head all the way to look at
me real fast and go back to scribbling stuff. Then she sorta like
tried to stick the notepad out so it was in my field of vision. Like
she was trying to show it to me without actually wanting to make it
obvious but it still was. So, it was getting awkward so I finally
talked to her and asked her what she was drawing. She showed me and it
was a crappy little doodle of Faust's head. Appearently she knows
that I am a Faust player. Then she blurted out a whole bunch of random
shit REALLY fast but from what I gathered from it basically translated
to "OMGitsbeensolongIreallywantedtoseeyouagain!!!!" I was just
thinking in my head... wtf. So I tried to be nice and talk to her, and
I asked her if she was entering today, and she said she doesnt really
play the game, she just likes the characters so she came to watch.
Then I realized that shes the really weird chick that was going on
about how she loves Faust to me like a whole year ago during quals when
I went to Game Newton. Im pretty sure I have only seen this girl once
and talked to her for a grand total of like 2 minutes. I tried to be
nice and humor her, but she was just so socially awkward and even when I
tried to be nice and have a conversation, she went back to her creepy
manerisms of drawing and trying to show me without saying anything.
Like she was overly shy to the point where it was some kinda social
disorder. I might not have minded as much if I was single and she was
attractive (which I am not, and she isn't) but it was pretty awkward to
say the least.
So after Hayashi won his match, I went to play
him. It was a close fight but I lost. I got off the cab and she
starts clapping. Im like "...but I lost" and she was basically just
like "that was still amazing!!" Then she went back to drawing more
little pictures. This time she started drawing May. I used the fact
that it was crowded to my advantage to slip away, but every time I did,
she would follow me, stand next to me without saying anything, and go
back to drawing and like peaking at me and trying to get my attention
again indirectly. IT WAS CREEPY! And the worst part was, she wasnt
trying to talk to ANYONE ELSE.... ONLY ME!!!! WTF!
was watching TEN (IN) fight En (SL) in casuals. TEN beat En and then I
tried my luck against TEN and I beat him. The I lost to HEVEN (VE) I
also played against Miturugi's Zappa (who came to watch since he
already won the B1 block) but I lost that one too but at least won a
Before the tournament started, I got a nice seat in an
area where I could see 2 of the 3 cabs. They divided the brackets into
A B and C blocks. The finals would be a 3 team round robin. I was
able to see A and B block matches from my seat. Also, I noticed my
teammate from last week, MK, was there. I waved hello to him and he
either didnt notice me earlier or was acting like he didnt cuz he
seemed surprised. He said hi and we made a little small talk for like a
minute and then he went to go sit with friends and watch.
For most of the tournament BLEED was on the mic doing commentary for matches.
I didnt get a picture of the actual brackets but I did take a photo of all 3 signup sheets which you can find here, here, and here.
(the names are in Japanese, I dont have time to translate each one
but I will go into detail about most of the matches that I saw. Zoom
in to larger size to more easily read it).
So heres how the tournament went...
A bracket first match
Limekey (AN), EN (SL), Kishitaka (SO)
Satou (JO), TEN (IN), Maruken (BA)
Satou beats Limekey
EN beats Satou by a pixel with 3 seconds left on the clock in the 3rd round
TEN beats En again (just like the casuals match I saw earlier)
Kishitaka beats TEN and Maruken for the win
Kuni (BA), Hayashi (KY), Ruka (AB) (names on signup sheet are different but its them)
Udei (TE), Hase (SL), Fuchiya (MI) (it might be Tsuchiya, the writing is hard to read)
Fuchiya beats Kuni and Hayashi
Ruka beats Fuchiya, Udei, AND Hase (wow good shit Ruka)
Inoue (OR), FAB (PO), Machaboo (TE)
Karun (JA), Gori (ED), Shyouga (SL) (im not sure about slayer players name, hard to read)
Anyway, Inoue OCVed the whole team in the order of Karun, SL, ED lol
He almost lost to Slayer but got a big comeback on him
Same team we fought in last weeks finals (Hamasyou (JA), Ryuuma (OR), Yuuta (TE))
DI, ED, Yellow IN from the tournament I went to last time with Kunihiro and Akinori
Anyway, Ryuuma OCVed them
NOB (SO), ASA (PO), Natsume (DI)
NOB beat En and Limekey (wow, surprised!)
Kishitaka beats NOB in mirror match
Kishitaka also beats ASA
Natsume beats Kishitaka ftw
Ririko (BR), Ain (KY), a Chipp player
FAB beats CH and Ririko
Ain beats FAB after a comeback in round 2 and dominated round 3
Machaboo beats Ain
Ka2 (JA), Ko1 (MI), Haken (PO)
KA2 OCVed them in the order of Kuni, Ruka, Hayashi
A bracket final
OCVed them in order of ASA, NOB, Natsume. The 2nd round of Ko1 vs
Natsume was so intense and close that I could smell the guy next to me
fart cuz the hype was too much to handle
B bracket final
Machaboo OCVed them in order of Hamashyo, Yuuta, Ryuuma
C block final (which was now on the cab near me so I could see)
Nemo (FA), Endo (CH), random Johnny (this is the same Endo who is famous for using May)
Consome (PO), HEVEN (VE), AGF (AN)
Consome beats JO
beats Endo. Consome starts round 1 with a buster without even moving
and grabs Chipp out of something. He almost perfected Chipp but then
Chipp almost came back to a pixel and lost. Then Round 2, he perfected
Consome, but he lost round 3.
Then... Nemo beat the whole team in the order of Consome, HEVEN, AGF.
Inoue bats Haken
Ka2 beats Inoue
FAB beats KA2
Ko1 beats FAB and Machaboo
Machaboo beats JO
Endo beats Machaboo and FAB
Inoue beats Endo and Nemo
Haken OCVed them in order of JO, Endo, Nemo.
the winner of the qualifier was KA2/Haken/Ko1. They are the first of
the 6 other teams I may have to fight in the block finals in 2 weeks. A
strong team indeed.
After the tournament, I was leaving on the
elevetor with a few players, and that creepy girl like follows me and
packs herself into the full elevator just to follow me out but doesnt
say anything to me. Then, I was out in front talking to Mitsurugi and a
few guys about where people will play next and he said they will
probably go to Mikado. Then the creepy girl just bursts past us all
suddenly and yells sorry and jets out of there lol!
I went to
get some quick food at 7-11 and then I went back inside and played a
few games of casuals. I beat Mike's Jam on my first try which felt
good. (BTW his team was in C block so I didnt mention it but his team
was Mike (JA), BLEED (JO), Satoshi (PO)... another solid team).
After that, I lost to Endo's May which doesnt surprise me. After that I left to head to Mikado.
everyone showed up here so the comp was nuts and the place was packed.
I got a lot of good practice games in and was holding my own pretty
well against some really good players. I played a long set with ASA to
try and practice the PO matchup for if I fight Haken. I was winning
most of the time which is good cuz ASA has a good PO. I also beat
HEVEN on my 2nd try which is good cuz I usually lose to him.
at some point, I fought Karun and he beat me. This was at the end of
the cabs so I could see around on the other side when I stood up. He
was laughing really hard and talking with KA2. Then I couldnt really
make out everything he said cuz its really loud in there but I heard
him say 'yowai! hontou ni yowai!" which basically means "He's weak...
really weak!" Ill admit that I usually dont beat Karun when I play him
but that shit really sorta got to me. I wanted to go over there and
say something but I figured it would be best to just leave it alone cuz
there was really nothing good that would come out of that anyway. It
seemed to me like Ka2 was asking about my skill level or something cuz
he knows he may have to fight me in the finals. I havnt played Ka2 in
like at least over a year if at all... I honestly cant remember if and
when I fought him cuz hes hardly around. So anyway, I lost to Karun 2
more times (in between Karun beating other top players but not laughing
and calling them weak even though some of them got beat down too)
until finally someone beat him but I cant remember who. So anyway, a
little bit after that, KA2 got on another cab and beat someone. I
jumped on the cab next, and not only did I beat Ka2, but I didnt lose a
single round. Not that I am talking shit about KA2, but all I am
saying is that Karun shouldnt underestimate me. Having the attitude
that your opponent is weak is a weakness in itself. Maybe KA2 was
sandbagging, maybe he took Karun's words to heart and I caught him off
guard... but the bottom line is, Karun can think what he wants and talk
whatever shit he wants, but in the end, if people want to
underestimate me, its going to hurt them more than it helps them. I
know I'm not the best, but Karun really pissed me off at that moment.
Anyway, I went the rest of the time playing a few more and then stayed till closing.
was gonna go to sleep or hit up Game Versus again for all night games,
but I asked around and no GG players even knew about it being opened
late nor had any interest in going so it would be a waste of time.
Emmet and Andy were at Current and asked me to come. I wasnt gonna
drink cuz im trying to avoid it but I figured I would stop by for one
beer and drink it really slow.
When I got to Current, I saw SPG
Chris and sat at his table. I asked where Emmet and Andy were and he
said they just left to go to Roppongi cuz Emmet thought I wasnt gonna
stay out all night. Blargh! So... I stayed at Current for like 2
hours, had one beer, talked with a few other regulars, and this one girl
named Noriko was there and she brought her mom and her mom bought me a
beer hah... I didnt really want it but I drank half of it to be
polite and then gave the rest to Shuuji before I left.
wanted to drink but the less I drink now, the faster my ulcer heals,
and the faster I can go back to REALLY drinking)
So after I left Current at around 3, I went to the manga kissa and slept for 8 hours.
next day I went to the qual which was at the new Club Sega Akihabara.
When I went inside, no one was really there yet... except for the
CREEPY GIRL!!! BLAARRGHH!!! WTF! So, before she noticed me, I got the
fuck out and went to the old club sega which is right down the street. A
few people were playing there. Haken was there and as soon as he saw
me he said hi and was like "You really feel like playing dont you?" and
I was like "Yea, I always feel like playing". He saw that I was
wearing a SFIV shirt and asked about it and I told him how I just play
that game mostly on weekdays at home online cuz I cant play GG since
theres no arcades near where I live. I sat down and fought some May
and Haken was watching me play. After I won the match he said bye left
with a friend. I wanted to play him but he looked like he was on his
way out when I got there. I dont think I ever talked to Haken before
until now but he seemed friendly enough.
I played some bridget
and won, and then he beat me like 5 in a row. I got close but couldnt
beat him again. Then this one Potemkin player was there. He is
actually the same Potemkin player that I beat in the tournament we won
last weekend. He is really solid and uses the black color. Today he
would be on Karun's team (though I didnt know this yet). I played him
in a bunch of games and I ended up playing really well and winning the
majority of them. It was good practice. I beat a few other random
guys there too... nothing really noteworthy.
At some point,
Akinori showed up! I hadnt spoken to him since I won the qual last
weekend cuz he never replied. He said he lost his phone. He wasnt
upset at all. He came today by himself to enter with a random team. I
like his dedication. He thought the tournament was at the old Club
Sega so I told him I would show him the new one.
At about 3, I
headed to the the new Club Sega for the tournament with Akinori. It
was packed now. Creepy girl followed me around again but I didnt say
anything to her this time. At one point, I was watching a match and
she like bumped into me all obvious... like REALLY obvious! I looked
at her and she IMMEDIETLY said she was sorry really loud "SUMIMASEN!"
like super fast! I was just like... thats ok, and walked away lol. I
think she got the hint cuz she got a little less agressive as the day
went on, probably mainly cuz she was sitting on the floor and watching
once the tournament started.
Akinori was able to form a team
with the Yellow Anji who he was supposed to team up with last time but
he got lost and didnt go so they were stuck with a 2 man team, but I
dont think either of them know that lol. Also, a Slayer player who
always wears those gangsta-like hats with the stuff brim and a shiny
round sticker on it was on their team too.
Also, before the
tournament started, I said hi to the good PO player I was fighting
earlier and told him good games. He said he had fun and said I really
got stronger! He seems like a nice guy.
Today's tournament was
even bigger than yesterdays! Pretty much all the beastly players were
there again, and this time there were 26 teams! Wow!
take pictures of the bracket this time cuz it was just too crowded and
hard to get a good shot. But, I did write down a lot of match results
This time Mitsurugi was on the mic doing commentary.
So... heres some matches I saw
Ruka (AB), Ojima (FA), Shu (ED)
Mugen (BR), Sagimo(?)(DI), some ED player
Mugen beat Ruka and Ojima
Shu beat Mugen
DI beat Shu
I think I saw Nemo's team lose to Takuya's team which had a RO player and a MA. I think the MA beat Nemo.
AGF beats Yellow AN
Akinori beats AGF
HEVEN beats Akinori but Akinori put up a really good fight (but got perfected in round 3 >_<)
then HEVEN beat thug Slayer
I talked to him a bit afterwords but I didnt really see Akinori after that, I think he left soon after.
Maruken's team won their first match with a Maruken OCV but I dont know who they fought
chatted with Mugen a bit. I hadnt seen him in a long time so I said
hi and made small talk and asked about his team. Hes a cool guy and
really friendly so that was cool. I wished him luck.
Abegen showed up by himself and got a random team. They got OCVed by Karun.
Johnny-o's team was this one ABA player that I know, and Batako (ZA)
They won their first match.
team was with this one Baiken who I dont know but I beat him 2-0 at
old club sega earlier this morning, and also a green TE.
Ririko beat Machaboo and it was hype and everyone got loud
Then she went on to beat Inoue and it got hyper and louder!
Then she PERFECTED FAB round 1.... but FAB came back and won the next 2...
came so close to OCVing them which us funny cuz recently FAB was
coaching her at Mikado. I guess the student cant beat the sensei, but
she can beat his teammates lol.
Next, FAB finished off the BA and TE for the win.
Awsome effort by Ririko though. I was rooting for her.
Niga team (some TE, and a purple Jam who looks familiar and MIGHT be Yume)
JA beats ED
Mugen beats JA
Niga beats Mugen
DI beats Niga and TE
HEVEN OCVed Takuya's team next
TEN OCVed Deno's team
Then I took a break from watching cuz I wanted to play. There was only one cab for casuals.
got on and fought 012 (SO) and lost. Then.. I tried again and I beat
him! Next, I fought Taku's SL and... won! Then Osaka B got on the cab
and I beat him in a Faust mirror! Finally, Nemo got on and I took his
Testament to the last round but lost in a close fight. It felt good
to get those wins in and was playing well.
Right after I beat
those guys, they were up in the tournament and their team was actually
012/Taku/Osaka B! Too bad it was casuals and not tournament cuz I
would have OCVed them LOL! But yea... i know its not the same.
Machaboo beat Osaka B
Taku beat Machaboo
FAB beat Taku and 012
next, Johnny-o's team beat Kuni's team (Johnny-o has been playing GOOD lately)
Maruken beat Mugen
DI beat Maruken and Satou
TEN beat DI and ED
Also, HEVEN team beat good Yellow I-no team
Inoue OCV in order of Johnny-o, ABA, Batako
HEVEN OCV in order of Satou, TEN, Maruken
Karun team (Karun, Nice Potemkin guy, SL)
Nice PO beat FAB in a mirror match (wow! ASA did it too 2 weeks ago, Maybe FAB is bad at PO mirror matches)
Machaboo beat Nice PO, Karun, and then SL for the win
Inoue beat Consome
AGF beat Inoue and FAB
Machaboo beat AGF and HEVEN
/ Inoue / Machaboo is the winner of the 3rd B2 block prelim and will
be another rough team I may have to face in the finals.
some point during the tournament, Isa showed up out of no where and
came up to me all cheerful and said hi. I was surprised to see him so
suddenly so I forgot to ask him about our team and what his message
meant, but I just talked about the results of yesterday's tournament.
He sped off after a little small talk. I didnt think much of it.
on during the tournament, I looked over and saw him talking to Karun
and they seemed very friendly with eachother. Knowing now that Isa is
friends with Karun, and that Karun said he thinks im basically a shit
player, it made me wonder what Isa really thought about my abilities.
the tournament was over, I went up to Isa and basically just asked him
right out what his comment on the winning team page meant (it
basically translated to "now recruiting teammates - Isa"). I asked him
if he meant it as a joke or if he thought I was a weak teammate. He
said he sorta meant it as a joke since we formed our team on the fly,
but he also said that he wasnt really execting our team to win either
at the time. He said a whole bunch of stuff too (unless I say
otherwise, almost all conversation on my blog take place in only
Japanese) that I didnt quite catch, but basically afterwords I said to
him "so basically to clarify, if we win the block final you are happy
to keep this team but if we lose you want to find other teammates?" and
he said that was pretty much the gist of it. Im sure he sees me as
inferior to most top players and people he has teamed with in the
past... and I cant blame him considering his team last year was Nemo
and Machaboo... but I dont think he thinks im total shit like Karun
does or else he wouldnt have asked me in the first place. So, knowing
that... I felt like I really needed to show him im not total shit.
the tournament, a bunch of top players stuck around to play casuals. I
really wanted to get a lot of wins in to show Isa im not dead weight
but the fact that I wanted to win so bad made me nervous and now I was
playing worse than I was before. I fought FAB and lost, and then I
fought the nice PO player who I was beating consistantly all morning 3
times in a row and lost. I think Karun was laughing again too. I felt
pretty shitty at this point. Isa, was playing on the cab next to me
accross on the other side and fighting Nemo a lot and actually lost a
bunch but then he started gaining momentum and was beating some people
and losing one or 2 here and there. I saw him beat Mitsurugi and some
other good people but he wasnt unbeatable either. I went to another
cab and fought some Millia player and won. Then I fought Satou's JO
and lost but won in a rematch. After that, Satou and the Millia got up
and left and no one else seemed interested in playing me, so I went
back over to the other cabs. I wanted to play Isa to show him im not
weak but I never got a chance cuz other people kept getting on the cab.
At some point the nice PO player came up to me. I told him sorry for
playing badly just then, and he said not to worry and that im still
strong. I fought Kishitaka 3 times and lost 2 and then won the last 1.
I usually do better vs Kishitaka so I was kinda bummed about that.
Isa saw me win the last one. He didnt say anything though.
I won that last match, everyone was ready to head out. I had to catch
the train too to get going home or else I would be stuck. As I was
getting up, I noticed Tatsumi was sitting on the other side of the
other cab by herself. It seemed like she wanted to play more but didnt
leave with everyone else. I wonder if they like ditched her or
something or whatever but she looked sorta lonely or something. I
wanted to talk to her and say whatsup cuz I sorta know her and maybe
get some games in but I really had no time so I left with the other
guys and we got on the elevator. Isa gave me an "otsukare" on the way
down and I said the same to him. Then they were all standing out in
front so I just said bye to them and left cuz I had no time. I JUST
caught the last train home by 1 minute.
So in conclusion, by the
end of the night on Sunday, I was feeling really shitty. Karun's
comment was getting to me and making me question my skill and making me
wonder how many Japanese players actually think im total shit and how
many think im good, etc. I know some of do think im a solid player and
I guess theres some that think I suck bad.
In retrospect, I
came to the conclusion that it doesnt fucking matter what Karun or any
of those other guys think. Maybe im not the greatest player out there,
but I know that I am not total shit and I know I am capable of beating
just about anyone because I HAVE beaten just about everyone at least
once or a few times in casuals before. All I have to do is apply what I
know and do it in a tournament. Will I do it in the block finals?
Will I prove to Isa im not shit? I have no idea, and thinking that way
is just going to make me play shitty like I did after the tournament,
as opposed to good, like I did in the morning when I was just playing
and having a good time. Im just gonna play and enjoy the game, and
whatever everyone else wants to think, thats up to them. If we lose
and Isa finds another team, no reason to be "salty". I had my chance
and failed to deliver. If we win, then that would be awsome.
In any case, Ill be back next weekend in Tokyo for more reporting on the next quals.