Daigo Umehara's Event Schedule 2015

- Canada Cup's Master Series [January 9-11]
- 5th Niconico Shotenkaigi [January 18]
- Yonpahi radio show [January 23]
- 6th Niconico Shotenkaigi [January 25]
- Taipei Game Show [Jan 31]
- Tokaigi 2015 [Feb 1]

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Kao TV 2011.11.25 (Gootecks & Mike Ross)

- KSK caught a cold or something so he wear mask.
- Ross was hyped so he played SSF4AE PC online using keyboard in the morning.
- Gootecks used to visit Gamer's Vision (July 20, 2010) and had a match with KSK. (here and here) (Gamer's Vision is now gone. GG has a new streaming headquarters nicknamed Kaosu (meaning Face Nest, and also a pun to Chaos))
- Kenzo from German is in Japan for some business. (He also got permission to use GODSGARDEN Europe name.) He used to visit Gamer's Vision and lost to KayoPolice like 9 out of 10.
- Ross said he was nervous when Umehara stopped playing to watch him play with Kazunoko so he lost. (They were at Taito Station this evening)
- Kenzo arranged GODSGARDEN vs. Cross Counter match. FT5. KSK vs. Gootecks was fun. Must see!
- Hori guy (Mr. A) came to introduce Real Arcade Pro EX-SA stick.
- Gootecks accidentally met Kokujin and STRIPFIGHTER while playing Ranked Match. Kokujin then joked around by texting KSK.
- Gootecks revealed that Kokujin took him to Losers in Evo 2006's 3rd Strike.
- Ross played UMvC3 Ranked Match.
- Gootecks and Mike Ross will be in GODSGARDEN Classic, but they're in Japan for some other business. It looks like a collaboration between Cross Counter and GG.

KSK (Abe) 5-2 Gootecks (Box)
  • 1-2
  • 2-0
  • 1-2
  • 2-1
  • 2-1
  • 2-1
  • 2-1
Kenzo (Ken) 2-5 Mike Ross (Hon)
  • 0-2
  • 2-1
  • 0-2
  • 0-2
  • 0-2
  • 2-1
  • 0-2
KSK (Abe) 2-5 Mike Ross (Hon)
  • 1-2
  • 2-0
  • 2-1
  • 0-2
  • 0-2
  • 0-2
  • 0-2
Kenzo (Ken) 5-3 Gootecks (Box)
  • 2-1
  • 2-0
  • 1-2
  • 1-2
  • 1-2
  • 2-1
  • 2-1
  • 2-1
Gootecks (Box/Ros) 5-2 (6-2) Kokujin (Ryu)
  • 2-1 *They then moved to Endless Battle for FT5.
  • 2-1
  • 0-2
  • 0-2
  • 2-0 *Gootecks changed to Rose this match.
  • 2-0 *Kokujin changed to Yun this match *Gootecks made troll face to the camera so close. *Kokujin was caught pushing "Ready" rapidly.
  • 2-0
  • 2-0 *Kokujin changed back to Ryu this match.
Gootecks (Box) 2-1 (round) STRIPFIGHTER (Dan)

Friday, November 25, 2011

UMvC3 first week sales in Japan

Via GAF, Media Create released the first week sales of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 in Japan, but only for PS3 version since Xbox 360 version is too low to be in top 20.

We also make a chart for you so you can compare things. (Thanks to GAF's sales experts)

First week sales of fighting games between 2008-2011 in Japan by Media Create
  1. [PSP] Dissidia Final Fantasy (Square Enix) {2009.12.18} - 489,100 | NEW
  2. [PSP] Dissidia: 012 (Duodecim) Final Fantasy (Square Enix) {2011.03.03} - 286,117 / NEW
  3. [PS3] Tekken 6 (Namco Bandai) {2009.10.29} - 103,105 / NEW
  4. [PS3] Street Fighter IV (Capcom) {2009.02.12} - 86,000 / NEW
  5. [PS2] Fate/Unlimited Codes (Capcom) {2008.12.18} - 82,900 | NEW
  6. [PS3] Super Street Fighter IV (Capcom) {2010.04.28} - 80,882 / NEW
  7. [PSP] Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable: The Battle of Aces (Namco Bandai) {2010.01.21} - 76,088 / NEW
  8. [PS3] Soul Calibur IV (Namco Bandai Games) {2008.07.31} - 74,607 / NEW
  9. [PS3] Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (Capcom) {2011.02.17} - 67,187 / NEW
  10. [PS3] Dragon Ball: Raging Blast (Namco Bandai) {2009.11.09} - 57,972 / NEW
  11. [PS3] Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (Capcom) {2011.06.30} - 54,924 / NEW
  12. [PS3] BlazBlue: Continuum Shift (Arc System Works) {2010.07.01} - 49,871 / NEW 
  13. [PS3] Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 (Bandai Namco) {2010.11.11} - 47.610 / NEW
  14. [3DS] Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition (Capcom) {2011.02.26} - 44,649 / NEW
  15. [PS2] Melty Blood: Actress Again (Ecole Software) {2009.08.20} - 44,292 / NEW
  16. [360] Street Fighter IV (Capcom) {2009.02.12} - 38,000 / NEW
  17. [360] Soul Calibur IV (Namco Bandai Games) {2008.07.31} - 34,786 / NEW
  18. [PSP] Fate/Unlimited Codes Portable (Capcom) {2009.06.18} - 34,205 / NEW
  19. [PS3] BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (Arc System Works) {2009.06.25} - 33,768 / NEW
  20. [360] Super Street Fighter IV (Capcom) {2010.04.28} - 28,454 / NEW
  21. [PSP] Tekken 6 (Namco Bandai) {2010.01.14} - 25,131 / NEW
  22. [360] BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (Arc System Works) {2009.06.25} - 24,812 / NEW
  23. [WII] Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Cross Generation of Heroes (Capcom) {2008.12.11} - 24,100 / NEW
  24. [PSP] BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II (Arc System Works) {2011.03.31} - 23,808 / NEW
  25. [3DS] Dead or Alive: Dimensions (Koei Tecmo) {2011.05.19} - 23,078 / NEW
  26. [PS3] Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 (Capcom) {2011.11.17} - 22,436 / NEW
  27. [PS3] Arcana Heart 3 (Arc System Works) {2011.01.13} - 17,219 / NEW
  28. [360] Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (Capcom) {2011.02.17} - 13,779 / NEW
  29. [360] Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (Capcom) {2011.06.30} - 12,326 / NEW
  30. [360] Phantom Breaker (5pb.) {2011.06.02} - 9,960 / NEW

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Rare footage of Gama-san actually playing

You probably know that Gama no Abura, the Nagoya Street Battle (NSB) organizer, also plays the game. But you probably have no idea how good he is.

This's a match in Sentosu Carnival II mini online tournament from yesterday. Gama-san fought against a 4700 PP Sakura with his 4500 PP Dictator. First to 5.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Umehara participating campus festival in Nagoya

Tip from Mad Catz Japan, it looks like Daigo Umehara will return to Nagoya again to participate a SSF4AE tournament in Trident Technical School's campus festival on November 26.

Last year, Umehara appeared in the campus festival in form of video letter. He couldn't go there because he had to attend Canada Cup 2010.

Monday, November 21, 2011

KSK plans new online tournaments

In July, KSK submitted a dance video to Lotte's dance contest. He said he'll use the prize money to do something with fighting games if he wins. He won the contest and now has that money.

Last night, KSK talked about how he'll use that money. One million yen prize was reduced to 475,000 yen after splitting with his dance partner and 50,000 yen tax. The money left will be used to buy stream equipments and as prize money in new open online tournaments featuring at least 3 titles. The tournaments will be held early next year (probably January/February).
  1. SSF4AE Ver.2012
  2. SF3 Third Strike Online Edition
  3. BlazBlue Continuum Shift Extend
  4. Possible/Undecided (He ruled out KOF13 because it doesn't have Spectator Mode.)

NSB meets Mad Catz TE-S Special Night summary

- NSB website
- Date: November 19
- Time: 21.00 to early morning.
- Umehara confirmed for the event

- Group stage is round-robin.
- First to 2 games (not round) each player.
- Character duplication allowed.

Group A
Team Epsilon J (Oni), Morichika (Gui), J Toro (Ibu) *qualified

Group B
Team Misshii (Dud), Katakana de Aoki (Abe), Jepper (Ruf) *qualified
Team RF (Sagat), Ikoma Devil *Dogura (Dict), Momochi (Ryu) *qualified
  • [1st fight] Momochi OCV'd
  • [2nd fight] Dogura OCV'd
  • [3rd fight] RF OCV'd
Group C
Team Y24 (Chun), Tsuu-san (Jur), Yo-kun (Ado) *qualified
Team Chibata (Mak), Hamenageru (Zan), EBI (Fue) *qualified

Group D
Team a.k.a. jojo (Dic), KOK (Sag), Juso (Sak) *qualified
Team Nabe (Aku), Murata (Yun), Jam (Ryu) *[1st fight] The team was OCV'd by Hakan.

Group E
Team Nyanshi (Sag), Eita (Aku), Kindevu (Vip)

Group F
Team Umehara (Aku), Mago (Fei), Tokido (Aku) *qualified
  • [1st fight] Tokido OCV'd (Yan/Vip/Gouken)
  • [2nd fight] Tokido OCV'd (Ken/Vip/Guy)
Top 8
  • Team RF/Dogura/Momochi beat Team Chibata/Hamenageru/EBI *Dogura OCV'd
  • Team Ume/Mago/Tokido vs. Team aka jojo/KOK/Juso
  1. Tokido 2-1 aka jojo *intense second game
  2. Tokido 1-2 KOK
  3. Mago 2-0 KOK
  4. Mago 1-2 Juso *Juso had no life in the last round *Mago seems to miss his last move.
  5. Umehara 2-1 Juso *Very intense match
  • Team Misshii/Katakana de Aoki/Jepper beat Team Y24/Tsuu-san/Yo-kun
  1. Misshii 2-0 Yo-kun
  2. Misshii 2-0 Tsuu-san
  3. Misshii 1-2 Y24
  4. Aoki 0-2 Y24
  5. Jepper 2-0 Y24
  • Team Nyanshi/Eita/Kindevu beat Team Epsilon J/Morichika/Etoro
  1. Nyanshi 2-0 Mochichika
  2. Nyanshi 2-1 Etoro
  3. Nyanshi 2-0 Epsilon J
Top 4
  • Team Ume/Mago/Tokido beat Team RF/Dogura/Momochi
  1. Tokido 1-2 Dogura [Pic]
  2. Mago 2-0 Dogura [Pic]
  3. Mago 2-1 Momochi *Nice FADC>FADC>U1 by Mago in last game
  4. MAGO 2-0 RF
  • Team Nyanshi/Eita/Kindevu vs. Team Misshii/Katakana de Aoki/Jepper 
  1. Nyanshi 2-0 Misshii
  2. Nyanshi 2-1 Aoki
  3. Nyanshi 0-2 Jepper
  4. Kindevu 2-0 Jepper
  • Team Ume/Mago/Tokido beat Team Nyanshi/Eita/Kindevu
  1. Tokido 0-2 Kindevu
  2. Umehara 2-0 Kindevu [Pic]
  3. Umehara 1-2 Eita
  4. Mago 2-1 Eita [Pic]
  5. Mago 2-0 Nyanshi [Pic]

- The event poster [Pic]
- Game setup [Pic]
- Team Mad Catz's bracket [Pic]
- Tokido, Umehara, Mago posing [Pic]
- Umehara signing [Pic]
- Tokido signing [Pic]
- Mago signing [Pic]
- Group A/B/C [Pic]
- Group D/E/F [Pic]

- Some players had a problem with the buttons, they paused the game 2-3 times. The rule is if you pause the game, you'll be hit one combo for free by your opponent.
- [Interview after tournament] Umehara said using a new character in tournament is fun. His character in Ver.2012 is still undecided, but probably Akuma.
- Umehara played Akuma in a tournament for the first time. Most likely for fun and experiment. His default Ultra is Demon Armageddon (U2) and U2 setup is one of his tools. (We saw he practiced that in Kuwait.)
- Apparently Umehara's Akuma is not ready, he dropped combos and made slow decisions. We don't see something like that in his Ryu and Yun.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Umehara confirmed for NSB meets Mad Catz TE-S Special Night

Mad Catz Japan announced today that Daigo Umehara will participate tomorrow's tournament Nagoya Street Battle meets Mad Catz TE-S Special Night (November 19). That means we'll see full Japanese Team Mad Catz as Mago and Tokido already confirmed two days ago. The tournament is 3 on 3.

As the name suggests, the event is sponsored by Mad Catz to promote the TE-S stick that will be released in Japan on December 1. The game will be played on Xbox 360.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Capcom's Official SSF4AE Ver.2012 National Tournament announced

Capcom announced today The Official SSF4AE Ver.2012 National Tournament with details.

- The finals will be held on March 3, 2012, at Shinagawa Intercity Hall. There'll also be playable SFxTekken. (The game will be released on March 8 in Japan)
- Single elimination
- 3 on 3, no character duplication, must tell who goes first
- 32 teams in the finals.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

TOPANGA Concept Match 4 summary (Sako vs. Haitani)

Commentator: R
Co-commentator: Yoshiwo, Mago
Stream: Here (Nico Nico)

Sako (Ibuki) 10-6 Haitani (Makoto)
  1. 2-0
  2. 2-0
  3. 1-2
  4. 2-0
  5. 0-2
  6. 2-1 *perfect in 1st round by Sako
  7. 1-2
  8. 2-1
  9. 2-0 *nice Ultra in last round
  10. 2-1 *nice comeback in last round
  11. 0-2 *perfect in 1st round by Haitani
  12. 2-1
  13. 2-1
  14. 1-2 *a comeback by Haitani in last round
  15. 1-2 *Sako missed Ultra in last round
  16. 2-1
    - This's an online match, not offline (since both players live far away from Tokyo, though it looks like they're in the same prefecture (Osaka))
    - Tokido and Mago announced that they will participate the next Nagoya Street Battle on November 19. This's an all-night event starting from 8PM to 5 or 6AM.
    - Nyanshi (Sagat player and TOPANGA organizer) came (in a suit!) to thank the viewers. (pic below)

    Ougon Musou Kyoku Cross revealed

    The information that we were waiting for more than half year is here! The first and full details of Ougon Musou Kyoku Cross (previously called Ougon Musou Kyoku 2 (Tentative Title)).

    The best fighting game just evolved to ensure that it is the most balanced, most fun, and most stylish!

    - It will be sold in Comic Market 81 on the last day (December 31).
    - It will also be available in doujin shops.
    - The price is 3,150 yen (tax included).
    - This is an upgrade disc, not a full game. You need to have the original game (PC version) that was released in December 2010.
    - The disc will add 9 characters.
    - Semi-new characters: George, Rosa, Jessica
    - New characters: Black Battler, Furudo Erika, Dlanor A. Knox
    - New characters that will be added later via patch from early 2012: Lambdadelta, Bernkastel, Willard H. Wright
    - Black Battler's ability: Massacre (Gain life from damage dealt.)
    - Erika's ability: Force Counter (1 hit or first hit of an attack will be treated as a counter-hit.)
    - Dlanor's ability: Armor Boost (Increase defense power.)
    - Midair Guard system added. (Blocking midair.)
    - Down Attack system added. (Attacking downed opponent becomes standard.)
    - Round count added. Life adjustable.
    - A lot more illustrations added to Picture Box, both from guests and user submission.
    - In the character selection (or Config), you can choose control type between Normal and Princess Mode. (Princess Mode allows casual players to do a combo or special move by pressing one button.)
    - Detailed statistics (clear time, max combo, rating) for each character.
    - Input display in Training Mode.
    - BGM selection (stage BGMs or boss BGM) for VS Mode and Training Mode.

    - The leaked video from August was real.
    - With Midair Guard:
    • It makes the jump trap Meta not too powerful.
    • It makes it easier or less risk to jump through projectiles.
    • Antiair moves are not too powerful.
    - Some moves of some characters already can hit downed opponent, but the new system makes it easier to all characters.
    - The round count makes this game tournament-friendly.

    Monday, November 14, 2011

    KSK in LG's 1st e-Sports Japan Cup

    Yesterday, KSK appeared as a guest in LG's 1st e-Sports Japan Cup. He played against a random idol in Tekken 6 exhibition match. He was blindfolded after leading 2-0 as handicap but still won 3-2. He was awarded a big LG's Cinema 3D monitor.

    The event was professionally organized but it's more like an exhibition event rather than national competition. There're 3 games (Starcraft II, FIFA 12, Tekken 6) and there're 4 players from 4 teams each. The team with the best results (3 games combined) will win the competition. FIFA 12 actually had 2 players each (5th member) but they're girls who barely know how to play (hired from somewhere?) and their results didn't count.

    The organizer's main goal is to establish an e-sports pro league (probably like MLG). The event was a good attempt but it could be better if they didn't make it unnecessary long and too formal. They also invited the guests who aren't related to gaming at all, like a pro wrestler. They didn't have enough right people to attract the right audience.

    For not having star players from SF4 or even the game itself is not a good first move. Mago vs. Fuudo (1.5 hour) had more attendees than this event (6.5 hour).

    - Stream
    - Famitsu's article
    - 4Gamer's article

    Saturday, November 12, 2011

    GODSGARDEN Classic announced

    GODSGARDEN announced last night "GODSGARDEN x Twitch TV Classic" on Kao TV.

    - Time: November 27, 13:00 (JST)
    - Game: SSF4AE (Xbox 360) BUT only 12 characters from the original SF2 are choosable (8+4)
    - Format: Offline, singles, double elimination
    - Rule: Choose 2 characters as main and sub, you can use sub only when you lost
    - Prize money: 100,000 yen
    - Player limit: 100 players (register here)
    - Entrance fee: 1,000 yen (free for women)
    - Place: Akihabara Clark Studio
    - Stream: Here (free, no $8.95), with English commentary

    Wednesday, November 9, 2011

    Canada Cup 2011 summary

    Day 1 - SSF2 HD Remix
    • Tokido (Claw) 2-0 Merlin (Chu)
    • Tokido (Claw) 2-0 BionicFraud (Gui)
    • Tokido (Claw) 2-0 Real Deal (Dict)
    • [Winners Final] Tokido (Claw) 0-2 Justin Wong (Sag)
    • [Losers Final] Tokido (Claw) 0-2 Real Deal (Dict)
    Day 1 - SSF4AE - Pools
    • [Winners] Tokido 1-2 XSK Samurai (Ryu)
    • [Winners] Justin Wong (Ruf) 1-2 Leslie (Sag) *fun match
    • [Losers] Tokido 2-0 JiJi (Sag)
    • [Winners] Mago 2-0 Riceata (Bla)
    • [Winners] Shungoku Neurosis 0-2 Ricky Ortiz (Ruf)
    • [Winners] Mago 2-1 Louffy (Ros)
    • [Winners] Momochi (Cod) 1-2 Chi-Rithy (Yan)
    • [Losers] Momochi (Cod) 2-0 Zhi (Sag) *insane Ultra reactions from Momochi
    • [Winners] Kindevu (Cam) 2-0 Elimin87 (Bla)
    • [Winners] Bon-chan 2-0 Falken (Dic/Dud)
    • [Winners] Bon-chan 2-0 Skatan (Sak/Chu)
    • [Winners] Kindevu (Cam) 2-1 Andreas (Ruf) *KD almost lost
    • [Winners] RF (Sag) 0-2 Problem X (Set) *good performance by PX
    • [Losers] RF (Sag) 2-0 fubarduck (Yun)
    • [Winners] MOV (Ken) 1-2 Cuongster (Hon) *nice Ultra in 2nd game by MOV *good performance by Cuong
    • [Winners] BAS (Aku) 0-2 Fword (Ibu)
    • [Winners] Kazunoko 2-1 Mike Ross
    • [Losers] MOV (Ken) 0-2 Wokfkrone (Vip)
    Day 1 - SSF4AE International 5 on 5
    [Winners] Japan 2 5-2 Europe 2
    (these numbers are rounds)
    • BAS (Aku) 0-2 Fword (Ibu)
    • MOV (Ken) 2-1 Fword (Ibu)
    • MOV (Ken) 2-1 The Emperor (Fue)
    • MOV (Ken) 1-2 Problem X (Set)
    • Kazunoko 2-0 Problem X (Set)
    • Kazunoko 2-0 JiJi (Sag)
    • Kazunoko 2-1 Andreas (Ruf)
    [Winners] Japan 1 0-0 Korea
    • Momochi (Cod) 2-1 Laugh (Ryu)
    • Momochi (Cod) 2-0 Naroks (Vip)
    • Momochi (Cod) 2-0 Zzang Moo (Zan)
    • Momochi (Cod) 2-0 Whitedune (Dud)
    • Momochi (Cod) 1-2 Infiltration (Aku)
    • Bon-chan 2-1 Infiltration (Aku)
    Day 2 - MvC3
    • [Winners] Tokido 2-0 Floe
    • [Winners] Tokido 1-2 F. Champ
    • [Losers] Tokido 2-0 XSK Samurai
    • [Losers] Tokido 2-0 Floe
    • [Losers Final] Tokido 1-2 F. Champ
    Day 2 - SSF4AE
    • [Winners] Bon-chan 2-1 Chi-Rithy (Yan)
    • [Winners] Kindevu (Cam) 1-2 Cuongster (Hon)
    • [Winners] Mago 2-0 XSK Samurai (Ryu)
    • [Winners] Kazunoko 2-0 Problem X (Set)
    • [Winners] Bon-chan 0-2 Infiltration (Gouken) *Infil trolled by trying to reduce his life to 50% as handicap after the 1st game
    • [Winners] Mago 2-0 Evans (Fei)
    • [Winners] Kazunoko 2-1 Ryan Hart (Sag) *quality match
    • [Losers] RF eliminated by Wolfkrone (no stream)
    • [Winners] Mago 0-2 Leslie (Sag)
    • [Winners] Kazunoko 2-0 Infiltration (Aku)
    • [Losers] Tokido 2-0 Evans (Fei)
    • [Losers] Momochi (Cod) 2-1 Ryan Hart (Yun)
    • [Losers] Bon-chan eliminated by Wolfkrone (no stream)
    • [Losers] Momochi (Cod) 1-2 Wolfkrone (Vip)
    • [Losers] Mago 0-2 Wolfkrone (Vip)
    • [Losers] Tokido 2-0 Infiltration (Gouken)
    • [Losers] Tokido 0-2 Wolfkrone (Vip)
    • [Winners Final] Kazunoko 2-0 Leslie (Sag)
    • [Losers Final] Wolfkrone 1-2 Leslie (Sag)
    • [Grand Final] Kazunoko 3-0 Leslie (Sag)
    Day 2 - SSF4AE International 5 on 5
    [Winners] Japan 1 4-5 Japan 2
    • Shungoku Neurosis 2-0 BAS (Aku)
    • Shungoku Neurosis 1-2 RF (Sag)
    • Mago 2-1 RF (Sag)
    • Mago 1-2 MOV (Ken)
    • Tokido 2-0 MOV (Ken)
    • Tokido 0-2 Kindevu (Vip)
    • Momochi (Cod) 2-0 Kindevu (Vip) 
    • Momochi (Cod) 0-2 Kazunoko
    • Bon-chan 0-2 Kazunoko
    [Losers] Japan 1 5-0 Europe 1
    • Shungoku Neurosis 2-0 Cuongster (Hon)
    • Shungoku Neurosis 2-1 Evans (Fei)
    • Shungoku Neurosis 2-0 Louffy (Ros)
    • Shungoku Neurosis 2-0 Ryan Hart (Yun)
    • Shungoku Neurosis 2-0 Skatan (Sak)
    [Losers] Japan 1 5-0 Canada
    • Shungoku Neurosis 2-1 Riceata (Bla)
    • Shungoku Neurosis 2-1 Jozhear (Claw)
    • Shungoku Neurosis 2-0 Air (Ryu)
    • Shungoku Neurosis 2-1 Chi-Rithy (Yan)
    • Shungoku Neurosis 2-1 Snafoo (Dha)
    [Winners Final] Japan 2 5-2 USA
    • BAS (Aku) 0-2 Mike Ross
    • RF (Sag) 2-0 Mike Ross
    • RF (Sag) 0-2 F. Champ (Dha)
    • Kazunoko 2-1 F. Champ (Dha)
    • Kazunoko 2-0 Justin Wong (Ruf)
    • Kazunoko 2-0 Floe (Yan)
    • Kazunoko 2-1 Wolfkrone (Vip)
    [Losers] Japan 1 1-5 USA
    • Bon-chan 2-0 Mike Ross
    • Bon-chan 0-2 Wolfkrone
    • Shungoku Neurosis 1-2 Wolfkrone
    • Momochi (Cod) 0-2 Wolfkrone
    • Mago 1-2 Wolfkrone
    • Tokido 1-2 Wolfkrone
    [Grand Final] Japan 2 5-4 USA
    • BAS (Aku) 0-2 F. Champ (Dha)
    • Kazunoko 2-0 F. Champ (Dha)
    • Kazunoko 0-2 Floe (Yan)
    • MOV 2-1 Floe (Yan)
    • MOV 1-2 Mike Ross
    • RF 2-1 Mike Ross
    • RF 2-1 Justin Wong
    • RF 0-2 Wolfkrone
    • Kindevu (Vip) 2-1 Wolfkrone
    - The organizer said Umehara was confirmed to come, but later they said he couldn't.
    - This's Kazunoko's first tournament abroad, and also the first individual SF4 tournament he won.
    - Tokido took 1st place in Tekken and BlazBlue, 2nd place in Third Strike, 3rd place in SF2 HD Remix, 3rd in MvC3.
    - MOV took 1st place in Third Strike.
    - Kindevu going to London after this tournament.

        Saturday, November 5, 2011

        Umehara in adult manga

        It was reported on Twitter that the latest issue of the monthly adult manga Potpourri Club released on November 1 (cover below) has a 20-page story about a girl version of Daigo Umehara.

        As seen in the sample picture below, "Ume-chan to!" (With Ume-chan!) is the story about Ume Hara, a girl who is one of the fighting game's Seven Heroes. Long story short, she ends up doing something special with a boy named "Ōnuki" (Nuki's real name).

        Some other details in the manga based on true stories.
        - Ume is not good at giving a live interview.
        - The game center looks like Taito Station. (Umehara plays at Taito Station Shinjuku South)
        - Ume holds the stick "Umehara Mochi" style.
        - Ume's jersey has a logo that looks like Mad Catz's claw.
        - They go to eat ramen. (Umehara likes ramen)
        - Ōnuki's hoodie. (He wear a hoodie in the tournament in 1998 (National Zero 3) and 2005 (Tougeki))
        - Ōnuki yelling "AIIIIIIIII!!" (from their second fight of Tougeki 2005, after Umehara won the first round)

        The female manga author already has around hundred of works published. Apparently she is also a fan of the fighting game players.

        ウメハラさんが女体化されとる… 商業雑誌でこんな直球やっていいのかww ... on Twitpic

        Umehara and Nuki know and fought each other since 1997. They formed a team and won Street Fighter III in Tougeki 2005. They are the only 2 players who won both Evolution and Tougeki in the same year on the same game. And because they are a great couple, there is a running joke saying Nuki has an unrequited love.

        This is not the first time (a form of) Umehara appears in a manga. This is also not the first time Umehara is used as a material for adult content. An adult game released in May featured Denpa Jikkyou meme.

        Friday, November 4, 2011

        Umehara interview on Brazilian tech site

        Via Capcom Unity, a Brazilian tech site posted an interview with Daigo Umehara. They hail him Pele of videogames.


        On mental preparation
        I don't really believe in luck. I believe in dedication and hard work. If I can meet my own standard and satisfy myself in preparing for a tournament, I can deliver good gameplay. Anything that happens during a game, including "lucky" incidents is reflection of my hard work. That's how I try to see (lol). It's because being strong doesn't mean you can always win. There are a whole lot of factors that determine a victory in fighting games.

        Thursday, November 3, 2011

        [P4U] Bad status, commentary revealed

        News from Dengeki revealed some new interesting features in Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Area.

        Bokosuka Rush - After a Bokosuka Attack, pushing button rapidly at the right time will end with a powerful finish.

        Bad Status - Some attacks will cause a bad status like confusion, fear, poison, charm, devil seal. Confusion makes your character go to opposite direction when you move left/right. Devil seal makes you unable to use attacks from your Persona.

        Commentary - Rise Kujikawa will act as commentator and navigator between the fights. She's voiced by one of Japan's most popular voice actresses -- Rie Kugimiya.

        New Umehara interview on SRK

        SRK posted a new interview of Daigo Umehara.


        Secret to being a top gamer
        In order for anyone to rise above all the others, he has to practice, even when a game is less popular and some people are not playing. That’s where I believe champions separate themselves. It’s easy to have fun when everyone is crowded around and playing, but it’s not so easy when it’s just you driving yourself forward.

        New project
        There is another one that no one else in the community has ever done. I’m sorry, I just can’t tell you yet, but I hope I can share it with you very soon!

        Another level
        I am taking more holistic approach to my professional life by taking care of my body. I’ve changed my diet to macrobiotic, and have been working out to build balanced muscle. I don’t even drink any more except for special occasions. I have set a strict schedule for myself consisting of 8 hours of sleep, 1 hour of gym training focusing on weight lifting or jogging, 1 hour of bike ride between home and the arcade for each trip, 9 hours of game practice

        Hope to accomplish
        As for myself, I don’t have any set “goals” in a traditional sense. I want to keep challenging myself.

        First tournament
        “I was probably 11 or 12 years old. I entered a small tournament for “Street Fighter II Dash Turbo” known as “Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting” in the West at a game center by a train station near my house. I lost at a second round (LOL)!”

        Outside gaming
        I like cooking as well.