On Friday night, I originally had no plans in particular. Another ALT who lives near me named Phil invited a bunch of people over to his place for a small party and street fighter night so Emmet and I decided to go. I brought over some sticks and Super and we played on PS3. Most of the guys there were pretty much just casual SF players but it was still fun. I was mostly dominating all night and Emmet was probably doing the next best after me. As I got drunker I wasnt playing as well but it was fun. I knocked back lots of beers. Also Phil and his friend from back in NY were showed us some old demos and stuff they recorded in their bands back in the day. They were good. I also showed them an old demo I recorded way back in Junior High School with my old band. We all stayed up drinking till about 5 or something like that.
expecting to wake up at around maybe 10:15 to catch the train for Tokyo
but everyone got up at around 8 cuz they were all planning to go to a
wine festival in Tochigi. I have no idea how everyone got up so easily
but I manned up and got up too cuz I pretty much had to heh. Emmet
originally had to go apple picking with some of the teachers at his
school but didnt really want to so he decided to make up some BS excuse
and not show up so that he could go to the wine festival with those
guys. I would have gone with them but today I was planning on entering
the Johnny-o cup GG tournament at Mikado.
So, we got on the train together and then split up around ShinMaebashi and I rode the rest of the way to Tokyo myself.
got there sorta early so there werent that many people there yet but
there were enough to start playing casuals. Gradually more and more
came and it got really packed. I was actually playing pretty well for
most of the casuals. I took a couple games from Machaboo's Eddie and
stuff. This time I entered the tournament with Gaku, the Robo-Ky player
again. I didnt check how many teams entered exactly but I think it
might have been 33, cuz there was a full 32 man bracket on the wall and
only one extra team which had to do the zero-taisen match.
Unfortunately for us, my team WAS that team, so we had to play an extra
So we played the first match of the tournament. Our
opponents were a team of Jam and May. The JA player's name was Takeda
and the May player's name was Yamamoto. I despise May and Gaku said he
hates Jam so I said I would go first if it was Jam and he could go if it
was May. I own RPS so we decided to see who they would put first. It
was Jam, so I went first. I cant really put my finger on exactly why,
but it didnt go so well. The guy just beat me as far as patience and
footsies for the most part. I was playing really well all morning but
didnt quite do so well vs the Jam player and lost. The 2nd round was
pretty close and i could have had it but oh well. It was my first time
playing against Jam all day. I actually probably would have done better
vs May cuz I fought a crap load of Mays all morning and was actually
doing fairly well. Anyway, Gaku went next and put up a good fight but
he also lost to the Jam player, and with that, we were already out of
today's tournament. You can see the video here.
soon as we lost, Kyle (Stunedge) showed up. He was gonna originally
enter but showed up late. It sucks that we lost but it did have one
benefit. I had other plans today to go to the Final Roundbats
Thanksgiving party/tournament. You may remember when I went to Final
Roundbats the first time about 2 months ago. It was in a big lounge in
an apartment building in Shinagawa. This time they were doing it again
but would have an all you can eat Thanksgiving feast along with tons of
alcohol. The tournament was scheduled to start at 5:30. I asked Kyle
if he wanted to go and he said he was interested but then I told him it
was like 4,000 yen and he lost interest and decided to just stay at
Mikado and play one more game of BB. I saw him play 2 matches against
the guy who won TvC at tougeki this year (he uses Litchi, and his name
escapes me at the moment). Kyle did fairly well against him but lost
I left Mikado at around 4 and made it to the lounge
where the event would be taking place a little before 5 pm. There were
already a good amount of people there and gradually more rolled in. In
total, I think about nearly 30 people were there but only 9 of them
entered the SSFIV tournament. Most of the guys who were there last time
were there again, including Tokido.
So for the SSFIV tournament,
my first match was against an Adon player. I dont remember his name
unfortunately but he was a cool guy. He told me how hes actually a real
amature Muay Thai fighter in real life and he was actually at Differ
the same day as the fight I was at last weekend, except his fight took
place later on at night so I wasnt around for it. Pretty funny. In any
case, I won all 3 rounds straight and beat him to advance in the
tournament with my Rose. My 2nd match was against Abelity's Abel. The
rounds were fairly close and it was a good fight but I lost. In the 3rd
round, we both had like zero health and I threw a slow soul spark from
full screen and for whatever reason he did a whiffed anti air command
grab and just took the fireball in the face lol. Everyone was laughing.
In the final around, I had about 5% life left and he had maybe 20%. I
activated ultra 2 and was blocking, waiting for his EX flip kick move
cuz Abel players always use that when I have orbs out, and I forgot it
was an overhead and was blocking low and got killed like a dumbass lol.
Oh well. So the finals were going to be Abelity vs Tokido. However,
since this was single elim (3/5 rounds, 1 match), they had me fight a
battle for 3rd place against Scott Popular. He also uses Rose but
instead of going for a mirror match he picked Cody on me. I won all 3
rounds so I ended up getting 3rd place which pretty much means nothing
lol. The finals were 2/3 instead of one match. In the end, Abelity
lost but he actually put up a really good fight taking a few rounds off
of Tokido and even getting a perfect. He was playing really well
tonight. So, Tokido continues to lead in points for the ranbats and
will most likely be getting a free trip to final round. There will be
probably like 3 more tournaments since Final Round is in March.
the tournament ended they started prepping a lot for the food. The
games got shut off for a while and the table got covered in all kinds of
traditional thanksgiving food. They had a 22 kg Turkey and this thing
was a fucking monster. A lot of people showed up so at first I was
sorta worrying they would run out of food, but in the end there were
actually way more leftovers than I was expecting and I even ate 4 plates
of food! I also drank a ton of beers, a mojito, and a bunch of rum
cokes so I got good and buzzed. It was expensive but I got my money's
worth for sure and it was good times. After dinner was over they hooked
up the xbox back up and put on Tekken 6. Ive never even played Tekken
6 before so I wasnt really too excited about that and just kept
drinking a lot. I played one match of it and lost for the hell of it.
Then they hooked SSFIV back up towards the end but I only got one more
match in before it was time to start packing up.
finished at around 10 and everyone went down and waited in the lounge.
One of the dudes who I just met for the first time there had no other
plans so I offered to let him come with me to Current to drink cuz he
seemed like a cool enough guy. So, we headed to Current.
got there, it wasnt very packed but a few regulars were there. I went
and sat at a table in the back with some people I knew like SPG Chris
and Yuta. There was this other girl there sitting with them who I never
met before named Kyla. She said it was only her 2nd time at Current.
We talked a lot and shes actually really cool. Shes from Michigan and
has lived in Japan for like 2 years or something. We have a ton of
things in common from similar music tastes and also similar taste in
movies and games and stuff like that. I can see us becoming good
drinking friends for sure if she starts showing up at Current more.
Emmet showed up with this one girl who he met a long time ago at an
international party. They were drinking at an izakaya earlier. Then,
me, Kyla, and the dude who came with me went to the conbini and knocked
back a bottle of whiskey and then went back into Current. We drank
there for a while until near closing. Then I heard that tonight was
Nozomi's birthday party at Zin and tons of people were going so a bunch
of us headed there.
Zin was fucking packed. Even Sushi, Masami
and (of course) Mami showed up after Current closed. Lots of other
people I know went, too like Chip and Rob. Zin stayed open for quite a
while, I think maybe till 7. We stayed until the party was over and
then Kyla and I went to Tokyo loose for drink some more. I think we
were drinking till at least 8. I dont really remember much from there
The next morning I was supposed to get up and go to another
Johnny-o cup tournament in Saitama but my dumbass set my alarm for 1 am
instead of 1 pm on accident and I overslept. I was woken up to Gaku
mailing me at 2:30 (and the tournament starts at 3) asking when I would
get there. I felt really bad cuz I just totally fucked up. Theres no
way I could make it on time now so I just told him the truth and
apologized and he understood and found another dude there to team with
us its ok. He said despite me fucking up he still wanted to team again
for the next time so at least thats cool. I later mailed him and asked
him how it went and he lost to Hayashi (footsies Ky). He told me the
winning team was Karun and Chonari and 2nd place was Basara and Tourio.
BTW, I didnt stick around to see the results of the Mikado one from
Saturday but according to the Johnny-o cup website the winning team was Consome (PO) and Hotaru (KY) and 2nd place was Mitsurugi (ZA) and FAB (PO).
the next quals will be in 2 weeks from now and I will be going to those
for sure, and this time ill make sure to not be a complete fuckup and
sleep through the damn tournament.
Next weekend is Sushi's
birthday party at Current, which always tends to draw in a big crowd so
that should be quite fun. We will also be playing poker again in
Maebashi next Sunday so next weekend should be good times as well.