On Friday, all ALT's in Gunma had to go to a seminar in Maebashi that lasted the whole day until about 4 pm. After it ended, Emmet and I left together and met up with Matt in Takasaki and then we rode the train to Tokyo together. Emmet went to go drinking with some girl when we got to Tokyo.
Matt and I got to Mikado a bit earlier than usual due
to starting from Maebashi. I mailed a few players throughout the week
trying to find a team for this weekend. One of them was Udei. He didnt
reply but when he saw me at Mikado, he said that he was trying to form a
team with HEVEN and that if HEVEN was down, I could be their 3rd.
Unfortuantely, he mailed HEVEN that night, and HEVEN already decided he
would enter with other people (Ain, and someone else, I forgot).
Kunihiro said he would enter with me but Udei doesnt know him and said
he didnt feel very motivated to go so he said he wasnt gonna enter
afterall. I needed one more, and the other people I asked couldnt do
it. Akinori was a maybe and didnt give me a straight answer. I called
the arcade and registered our team in advance just in case since they
were taking registration by phone and I was concerned that it might fill
Casuals was fun that night. I cant really think of anything in particular worth mentioning.
leaving Mikado, Matt and I got ramen and then headed to Current. It
was pretty good for a Friday. I drank, but I made an attempt to pace
myself. I got a buzz but never really got very drunk at all. We
chilled with Chris and a few other regulars. Matt and Emmet ended up
getting into an argument about morals that I didnt hear most of cuz I
was talking with Michi and Shuji for a while. I guess the argument got
resolved eventually though without anything really bad happening.
went to PSY a bit earlier and I only ended up staying till 5 am cuz I
wanted to make it to the tournament on time tomorrow. Matt ended up
going to Karaoke with some of the PSY staff until about like 8 am or
I woke up the next day in the good manga kissa. I got
a mail in the morning from Akinori saying that he couldnt make it
afterall. Then I mailed Kunihiro and he said since we only had a 2 man
team, he was just gonna sit this one out. I figured I might as well
just go and try to find a team there since I had nothing else to do
I was on my way to the tournament at got to Shinjuku
station and them Emmet mailed me and said he wanted to go with me. He
never wants to go to tournaments but I guess he had nothing else to do
so I waited for him a bit. It got the the point where I couldnt wait
any longer or I would be late so I left. I told him how to get there so
that he could meet me there later but he got lost and never showed up.
Today's tournament was in Kanagawa about an hour by train from
I made it to the arcade about 20 minutes before the
tournament was scheduled to start. I was able to find a 2 man team that
let me join them. I dont remember their names, but it was a guy who
played Testament and this hot girl who played May. Both of them said
they had only been playing GG for 6 months so they said they werent very
good. Oh well, at least I could enter.
Lots of good teams were
there. I was lazy today and didnt take pictures of sign up sheet or
brackets, but a good majority of the top players who have been entering
recently were there in some capacity.
Our first match was vs Satoshi (PO) / JT (MI) / Karun (JA).
the female May player went vs Satoshi and lost. She didnt seem that
bad though and played better than I thought but she didnt win any
Next the Testament player went and played much worse than our
May player. He was constantly dropping combos and trying stuff that
didnt even work. He lost pretty bad.
Finally I went. I knew this
team wasnt going anywhere but I figured I might as well just try for
fun. The first round I got him down to about half life but then he got
in on me and I couldnt escape. The 2nd round I got him to like a pixel
of life left and he was in the corner. I messed up a pressure string
and something whiffed on accident and he was able to capitalize on that
and bustered me and I lost. Oh well, I didnt really care honestly.
I lost, I played casuals for a while on the extra cab they had. I beat
this one Jam player a few times and he started talking to me. He asked
if I was ElvenShadow and I said yes. He said he was from Kyushu and
that he recently moved to Tokyo for school. I was surprised he has
heard of me, I guess he must have seen some of my vids online or
Mugen was there again with the same Dizzy player on
his team. He said hi to me and we talked a little. This time, instead
of Kakeru, they had En on their team. Not a bad trade if I must say so.
Funny thing is, they had Kakeru in the name of their team. I wonder
if they originally were gonna enter with Kakeru and then got En last
minute. Mugen's team made it to the semi finals but they lost to
Anyway, eventually it was the finals so I went to watch that. It was...
Maruken (BA) / Satou (JO) / TEN (IN)
Kishya (FA) /AGF (AN) / Taku (SL)
Maruken OCVed them and his team won the first preliminary of the B-4 block.
the tournament, I played a few more games of casuals and then it was
getting late so I headed back to Mikado. On the way back, I stopped in
Shinjuku and bought some cigars for Andy since today was his birthday!
was there waiting, playing random games. I played some casuals for a
while. I fought Karun about 4 times and lost and kept like ALMOST
beating him but he would just get comebacks. Oh well. I beat FAB
though which was pretty good. Not much else to mention I guess.
Matt, Sam, and a few of Sam's friends from his school showed up. They
all were planning to go drinking at this place that had 100 minutes of
nomihodai for 1000 yen! Thats a great deal! So, at around 9, we left
there and headed to Yotsuya where the place was.
Before going to
the place, we met up with more people in the park that Sam knows and
ended up rolling in there like 15 people deep. One of the dudes was
like this incredibly flaming gay dude that Sam kept jokingly making fun
of and it was pretty amusing.
This place had self serve all you
can drink beer. I ended up slamming ALOT of beers while we were there.
I sorta lost count. By the end of the 100 minutes I was feeling really
good. I know I am supposed to watch out for my ulcer so I was planning
to just get really drunk there and then slow down the rest of the
night. It didnt really work...
So when our time was up, everyone
pretty much split up. The flaming gay dude was like "Im off to
2-Chome!" which is the gay neighborhood in Shinjuku LOL! The way he
said it was just hilarious. I guess everyoene else just went home or
something. Sam, Matt, Emmet, and I went to Current.
We met up
with Andy shortly after going to Current. He just got to Tokyo or
otherwise he would have went with us to the other place. Current was
pretty good. Snus-man and some other Finnish people sat at the table
next to us. I ended up using a little snus cuz I was drunk and being
stupid but I didnt leave it in that long. We also ended up talking to
these 3 random Japanese girls and one Japanese guy for a bit. One of
them was hitting on me pretty hard. She wasnt very attractive though
and after I told her I had a girlfriend she sorta let up a bit. At some
point, Sam disapeared and said he got a random booty call and was going
to a love hotel! How often does that situation happen? I guess hes
Anyway, we all ended up going to Karaoke together
down the street from Current for like 2 or 3 hours. It was pretty fun.
The fat girl ordered a TON of food. I had some more beers cuz they
opted for everyone to get nomihodai again... I knew it wasnt a good idea
but I didnt wanna argue with everyone. The singing was fun though I
this time I actually got to request plenty of songs.
Out of the
group of people we didnt really know, only one girl was there by the
time we left cuz all her friends bailed early. The bill ended up being
over 30,000 yen which is alot! That girl ended up having to pay for all
her friends on her credit card. I hope they pay her back.
that, the girl went home, and the rest of us went to PSY. We stayed
till closing. I was pretty tired and knew I had already probably drank
too much. Emmet was tired too so we left. Matt ended up going drinking
with a bunch of people until NOON the next day! WTF! He drank from 9
pm Saturday night to NOON on Sunday! Thats 15 hours! Why the fuck
doesnt HE have an ulcer?! Andy went with too but he only stayed out
till like 8 or something and then went home. Matt said he crashed on
the floor in Jackie's office after they tried to play SFIV on his xbox
but failed cuz Jackie was too drunk to figure out how to plug in his
arcade stick. LOL! Oh well... Anyway, the nice manga kissa was full
so Emmet and I stayed at the old shitty one.
I woke up with
really bad heartburn and my ulcer hurt a bit. I knew I made a mistake
and drank too much. I took a dump at the manga kissa and the color was
normal. Today, there was no SBO tournaments around here. There was one
in Aichi which is really far but I didnt have a team so I wasnt gonna
After leaving, Emmet and I got some food at
Lotteria. I hate Lotteria. Its the worst burger chain in Japan, but
they currently have a monstrosity called the tower cheese burger. It
has 10 patties of beef and 10 slices of cheese! WTF is that shit!?!?
Considering Lotteria has really crappy meat, I had no desire to eat that
shit so I got a shrimp burger which was still not so good. I
definetely enjoyed watching Emmet whoof down that whole thing though.
It looked extremely hard to eat. I got a good picture of him holding it
up before eating it. He said he felt a bit queasy after eating it but
he didnt throw up to my knowledge.
After leaving there, Emmet
went home and I went to Mikado. I took another dump there and this time
it was black. I knew I drank too much last night. I guess I need to
be more careful next week.
I pretty much just played casuals the
whole day there. I got a long set in with Yuuta, the Testament player.
He said I was good. He ended up getting a big streak on me at
somepoint though but whatever.
Mikado also had another one of
those Super Turbo match analysis things going on on the big projector
with guys like explaining it frame by frame. It ended after like 2
hours or something.
Eventually Matt showed up and was pretty
beating from drinking so long. We played till late, got some kebabs,
went back and played a few more and then it was time to go home. Not
much else to go into detail about.
Next week there are 2
tournaments in Tokyo so I will try to enter both. No idea who my team
will be but hopefully it will work out better next time.