On my way to Tokyo, Emmet rode up with me as far as Takasaki and then got off there cuz he was gonna meet up with some girl and then go to Current later on.
King Low Tier (a long time GG player from
Colorado who uses May and I-no), just moved to Japan and lives in
Takadanobaba. I was supposed to meet up with him at Mikado today. When
I got to Mikado, he wasnt there, but that Russian player who goes by
the name Ninja and posts as Nuts on DL was there. I asked him if he saw
a big black guy (KLT) and he said yes but that he already left. Ninja
wanted to play me but didnt get a chance the last time we met so we got
on an empty cab and played 5 games of Faust vs Slayer. He told me he
wasnt very good and isnt used to playing on stick, but I was surprised.
He was pretty tough. I won all 5 games but he got a couple rounds off
me. He was with his girlfriend and they had to leave shortly after we
played but it was good games.
Several other good people were
there playing. I saw Gaku there and asked him if he wanted to team up
again for the last chance qualifier but he said he wasnt sure if he can
go yet so Ill wait on his answer for a bit. I ended up playing till
about 11 and then I grabbed some Sukiya and headed to Shinjuku.
I got on the Yamanote line to go to Shinjuku, I sat down and noticed it
smelled a bit foul in the train. I looked to my left and the entire
left side of the train car was completely empty of people because there
was a HUGE pool of vomit in the middle of the floor. I was on the very
last car, so in order to get to the next car, I would have had to walk
through the vomit, so I was basically trapped. Fortunately it was only 2
stops to Shinjuku but it wasnt a very good smelling 5 minutes.
I got to Current I was shocked to find that Andy was there! I hadnt
even known he was coming to Tokyo tonight but he made plans to meet up
with a girl he met at an international party. The bar was pretty packed
for a Friday night actually. It was some random foreigner girl's
birthday so that might have had something to do with it. Ayano was
there too and I talked with her a bit. Bosch was DJing and playing some
really crappy music for a bit but I think its cuz some of those random
foreigners requested it. We started counter requesting some good stuff
and eventually for the rest of the night they were rockin out and
playing good music the rest of the time. Emmet showed up later too.
Overall it was a fun night at Current. I hadnt been there for over a
month so it felt nice to pop in for some beers. Andy's female friend
had to leave on the last train and then Andy left a few hours later cuz
he had plans to buy some stuff in Akihabara the next day and had to get
back home at a certain time so I chilled with Emmet till about 4:30.
After that, we went to PSY but Emmet left as soon as we walked in cuz he
was hungry or something. I just chilled and had a beer and talked with
some of the people at PSY. After that I left to go to sleep at the
Saturday I woke up with a headache, took a shower,
and then headed to McDonalds cuz they were doing selling 200 yen big
macs all weekend! After my meal, it was time to head to Asagaya. Today
was Gods Garden 2.5, one of the biggest SSFIV tournaments in Japan! I
had never been to Asagaya before actually, but I found the venue pretty
easily. It was at a place called Asagaya Loft A, and it was basically a
bar with a sorta medium sized extra room for events and stuff. The
tournament wasnt scheduled to start till 5 but they opened the doors at 3
to let people in to practice a bit. I got there around 3:15. They had
tons of setups lined around the walls of the room and then a main setup
with 2 separate monitors for each player and a big projector in the
center for all the main live stream matches.
To enter this event,
you had to register in advance. I signed up with Rose this time.
Originally when Super dropped, I was gonna main T.Hawk, but after like
about 2 months of playing him, I decided I pretty much think he sucks
and I also am not much of a grappler kind of player. I originally went
back to Blanka who was my main in Vanilla. I just started playing Rose
about a month or 2 ago and after sorta debating if I should main her or
stick with Blanka, I finally decided I really like Rose and am going to
main her from now on.
A few people I know from SRK were there
such as Abelity, Scott Popular, and Bull410. I also said hi to Nemo and
Tokido cuz they know me. I dont know most of the other SF player cuz I
dont really go to SF tournaments ever. I played about a 9 or 10 game
set of casuals against Abelity's Abel and we went fairly even with him
maybe having one or 2 more wins. Then, they kicked everyone out at 4 to
go line up outside to check our tickets and stuff.
for a while, I finally got back inside and played some more casuals. I
fought against Bull410's T.Hawk and won. I also fought some Rufus
player and got owned. I played another set against Abelity and this
time I was winning more than losing and got a small streak.
rolled around it was time to start the tournament. They kicked things
off with a speech from some of the staff. I have no idea why, but they
poured this disgusting looking concoction consisting of like Tea,
Coffee, Soda, Milk, Redbull, and Beer or something. It was like some
crazy mix of a bunch of shit. One of the staff members tried to chug a
whole glass of it but failed. After that, he gagged a few times but
held it down, lol. Then, they told everyone to report to their pools.
Gods Garden is unlike most Japanese tournaments in that it is not single
elim. First, everyone is divided into qualifying pools. There were a
total or I think 8 pools with about 7 people in each pool. Every pool
would be a round robin and then the top 2 players from each pool would
advance. They had a separate TV for each pool and then also the main TV
that was being run on the online stream also had some select matches
chosen to be played on that as well.
They called my first match
and last minute, they decided to put it on the live stream. I didnt
really want to play my very first match on the stream so it made me
pretty nervous. My opponent was a Guy player named R. You can see the
entire match here
(my match starts at exactly the 15 minute mark on the vid). I guess the
guys announcing knew who I was cuz they mentioned that I was a Guilty
Gear player. I didnt play as well as I would have liked. Mainly my
execution was really off. I guess my button press timing was off a bit
and I missed a few strings. Also in round one, when I hit with ultra 2,
my soul throw attempt came out as crouching fierce. Round 1 was really
close but I lost by just a bit. Round 2 was also fairly close and at
the last part of the round, I tried to do ultra 2 but got a random EX
soul reflect and got killed. If my ultra came out I probably would have
won the round. I dont know why, but Rose's ultra 2 is just a double
qfb punch motion which normally I would have no problem doing, but they
made this particular ultra extra sensitive and unless you do it EXACTLY
PRECISE you will get random soul reflects. This happens to me a lot in
general when I play and I have seen plenty of other Rose players have
this problem too. In any case, the Guy player was really good and he
out played me regardless.
So with my first match as a loss, it
was a bit discouraging but I still had a chance to make top 2. My next
opponent was a Claw player named Route . Surprisingly, I handled him
pretty easily and won both rounds! My next match was a Cody player
named Karono. I did well against him too and got another win! My next
match was against MahShojoZangitan (Magical Girl Zangitan), who is one
of he best Zangief players in Japan. I was expecting to get outright
owned in this one but I actually put up a pretty good fight. I ALMOST
won round 1, and round 2 was still a decent showing on my part but I
still lost. After that, I had to fight a Dictator player named
Titimonda Honda. Dictator (and probably Boxer) are like the hardest
matchups for me to win, so I knew this was going to be rough. I
struggled pretty hard against him and didnt win any rounds. At this
point my record was 2-3 so it seemed as if my chances of making top 2
were already shot. I had one more match left though, against an Akuma
player named Asuka. I won both rounds, making my final record 3-3. It
would have been cool to qualify for the top 16 but I guess I at least
did decent and didnt completely scrub out. The 2 players who advanced
from my pool were Zangitan and R.
These are the people who qualified in each pool.
1st HIROPON (STH) 2nd GGsen (HKN)
1st tokido (GOK) 2nd Nao(BRG)
1st Nemo (CHU) 2nd tk584 (ADN)
1st Haneyama (CHN) 2nd Arai(BRG)
1st Maho syoujyo Zangitan (ZNG) 2nd R (GUY)
1st nakanishi (RYU) 2nd Tonpi (CVP)
1st Aqua (IBK) 2nd Hisaya (KEN)
1st tomato (CDY) 2nd keke (CHN)
the pools finished they had a short break. I pretty much started
drinking from here on since I already lost. They had Suntory Premium
Malts on tap! They also had Suntory black on tap too! Fuckin
delicious! I also ate some Fish and Chips. They wouldnt let us leave
once we entered or we couldnt get back in so I was stuck eating their
food, but it wasnt bad.
Before finishing the regular tournament,
they ran the ladies tournament, which consisted of only 3 players... a
Juri, a Claw, and a Sakura. All 3 of them were pretty cute and they
seemed like they werent too bad at playing either. The Claw player
ended up winning. After the break, I fought against some Fuerte player
in casuals and beat him 7-2. I continued to drink throughout the rest
of the time. I got a good buzz going and probably ended up drinking
about 10 beers by the time the event ended but I kept my buzz at a level
to where I could still play pretty well. The winner got an arcade
stick as a prize.
From here, the tournament became a regular 16
man bracket but it was double elimination and best 2 out of 3 instead of
just one match like in pools. Grand finals were 3 out of 5. They had
occasional breaks in here as well in which time more casuals were
played. I fought a Gief player and went 2-2 with him. Also during
another break I played Abelity again and we went pretty much even again
this time. Most of the time just kept drinking though. I also got some
chieck and fries. Here is basically a summary of the rest of the
tournament after pools.
Tomato (CDY) 2-1 Aru (GUY)
tonpy (CIV) 2-0 GGsen (HAK)
Nakanishi (RYU) 2-0 Hisaya (KEN)
Shojou Mahou Zangitan (ZAN) 2-1 tk584 (ADN)
Losers Stage 2 Results
tomato (CDY) 1-2 Shojou Mahou Zangitan (ZAN)
Tokido (Akuma) 2-0 Nao (Claw)
Nakanishi (RYU) 1-2 Arai (Claw)
tonpi (CVI) 2-1 Hiropon (STH)
Losers Stage 3
tonpi (CVI) 2-1 Tokido (GOU)
Arai (Claw) 2-1 Zangitan (ZAN)
Losers Stage 4
Arai (Claw) 2-0 keke (CHU)
tonpi (CVI) 2-0 Haneyama (CHU)
Losers Stage 5
Arai (Claw) 0-2 tonpi (CVI)
Aqua (IBU) 2-1 Tonpi (CVI)
Nemo (CHU) 3-0 Aqua (IBU)
Final Results1. Nemo (Chun-Li)
2. Acqua (Ibuki)
3. Tonpy (C. Viper)
4. Arai (Claw)
5. Keke (Chun-Li)
5. Haneyama (Chun-Li)
7. Zangitan (Zangief)
7. Tokido (Akuma)
9. Tomato (Cody)
9. Nao (Claw)
9. Nakanishi (Ryu)
9. Hiropon (Seth)
13. TK584 (Adon)
13. Hisaya (Ken)
13. GGsen (Hakan)
13. Aru (Guy)
You actually can watch the entire stream here.
were a lot of really clutch and hype matches and I had a lot of fun
watching and drinkin some beers. One of the clutchest matches was
Zangitan va tk584 (ADN) who pulled out a really good last minute clutch
win. I felt kinda bad for Zangitan though cuz he got stuck fighting
Seth in winners first match which is like a really bad matchup.
the super hype announcer dude was fucking awsome this time. He stop
commentating somewhere in there and just sat and watched. I think he
got pretty drunk. Him and this other dude who was also drunk kept
shouting random shit and were especially giving Zangitan a hard time.
It was pretty funny.
I was glad Nemo won since I know him and he
is a fellow GG player. I was sorta rooting for Tokido as well though
but Nemo took him out. It was a good fight. I thought Tokido would
have given him a harder time though.
After it was over, Nemo got
like a bunch of awards and money and some of the other top finishers got
money too. I played casuals against this one Gen player named
Matsudaira drill (he used the shirtless costume with yellow color) for a
while. We started off going 1-1 and then I broke away and got a 4 win
streak on him. He told me I was really good! I was really surprised
cuz I actually dont feel like I know how to fight Gen very well. We had
to stop playing because he got called over to play some request matches
on the stream against various people. Apearently this guy is pretty
popular or something. Also, near the end, I asked Tokido if he would
play me in casuals cuz I have never played him before. He played me in 5
games and I lost all of them but I was able to take a couple rounds.
His Akuma is sick. I just couldnt block his shit. In any case, it was
good experience. Tokido is a really nice guy.
The event finished
up at 4 am. I went outside and talked with Abelity and grabbed a beer
from Lawson and we waited for Bull410 to get his stuff. We then went to
McDonalds where I had another beer and a 200 yen big mac. By now, the
trains just started running so I headed back to Shinjuku.
quite ready to sleep yet so I went to PSY lol. I stayed there for
about an hour till it closed. There were a lot of people there and some
regulars like Eli and Ken from GODZ. It was fun. After that, I just
went to the manga kissa, but I stayed up for like an hour surfing the
On Sunday, I had no particular plans other than playing GG
casuals at Mikado. I had 2 more 200 yen big macs and then headed to
Mikado. I was shocked to see that it was PACKED with GG players and it
was only like 2 pm. They had 12 AC cabs set up and they were all full
with people waiting. It turns out, today was a 4 on 4 GG team
tournament. There was no particular reason for it, but Nage wanted to
set it up so they let him run it. I had no idea it was going on, but
luckily for me I was able to enter. I signed up and I was paired with a
random team. My team ended up being MK (JO), and a Zappa player and a
Chipp player, both of whom I didnt know.
Our first match was
against Takuya (FA)'s team. There was a Millia, a Sol, and an Axl on
his team but I dont know their names. Chipp says hes inexperienced so
he wanted to go first. His opponent was Takuya. CH lost both rounds.
Next Zappa went. He won the first around and lost the next 2. Then MK
said he hates Millia so he just got on the machine next. I hate Millia
too and its a bad matchup for Faust but oh well. He won a round and
lost 2 rounds. Now i had the responsibility of OCVing a 4 man team...
yay. In the FA mirror vs Takuya, I won the first round, lost the 2nd
round, and won the 3rd round. Up next was the Millia player. Lucky me.
I lost the first round, made a clutch comeback to win the 2nd round
and lost the 3rd round but it was pretty close. I dont know who the guy
was but he was really good. Oh well. It was just some random
tournament I didnt know about so whatever. I had fun anyway.
stuck around till 9 playing casuals. Kunihiro showed up later but he
didnt know about the tournament either. I got a lot of good games in
and beat some good people. I beat Kazuki's DI the only time I played
him. I also beat Melon's ED, his KY twice, and his SL once the only
times I played him. I played Gaku a few times and lost 3 and won 1. I
lost to Kunihiro's Anji like 4 times. There was this one Jam player
that was talking to me. He was pretty good and got like a 19 win streak
but I ended it on my 2nd try. I also played Ain only one game and I
beat him again! This time he didnt get all pissed and slam the cabinet
but he didnt rematch me. I think the biggest win streak I got was like
12 or something that day. Also, Ogawa was there and I fought his Eddie
only one time. I lost the first 2 rounds but then I came back and won
the next 2 rounds. Taku and a few other guys were sorta watching and
when I won the 2nd time I heard him yell "reach!" and then he was like
kinda cheering me on for the final round. It was really close but I
lost. Oh well. Oh yea and also before the tournament, Ogawa came up to
me and randomly asked me how to say "Ganbarimasyo!" in English so I
told him its basically "Let's do our best!" Also, Kakishi (AB) was
there and I asked him if he could team with me again for the last chance
but he said he probably wont be able to enter at all.
and I didnt watch the rest of the team tournament cuz I was busy playing
casuals, but the winning team ended up being Inoue (OR), Satou (JO),
Maruken (BA), Kazuki (DI).
At some point I ducked out to get
another big mac and I ran into King Low Tier in the ally! He said he
ended up having to leave early on Friday cuz of school related stuff but
that he would start having more free time around the middle of next
week. He said he hasnt really been playing any fighting games but that
he is gonna start playing GG and probably Melty pretty seriously now
that hes in Japan. He went with me to get a big mac and then he left
cuz he had to go back and do more school stuff.
So yea, I played a
bunch of other various casuals too. When 9 rolled around, I had to
take my train back so I said bye to a few people and left.
weekend on Saturday, there will be this Tokyo game night Final Rounbats
thing going on. Scott Popular, Bull410, and Abelity invited me to come.
I knew about it and sorta wanted to go before but I was busy with
quals. Now that I have nothing in particular going on I can go check it
out. There will be a SSFIV ranbat and casuals for other games and
pizza and stuff so it sounds like fun. After that is Current's 9th
Anniversary Party! It should be hype as fuck, so I am going to have a
pretty busy Saturday next weekend!