My gf decided to emasculate me, so she translated the first article. =p Yes, it’s definitely old. It’s from after he came back from the Gamestop finals.
Return of a real 2D god, interview with Umehara Daigo
At this year?s exhibition matches at the Gamestop championships held in America, Umehara once again took first place, placing him at the top of the SF4 world. This time, we will spend a few days interviewing Umehara in order learn more about him, hear what he has to say about himself, and find how just what kind of genius he is.
This interview was conducted not long after he had returned from America. Today, this interview might be considered a little outdated… (portion difficult to translate… talks about him qualifying for something… sbo maybe?).
Q: Exactly how did you get to play in a huge American tournament?
U: An American living in Japan who I had met previously at EVO gave me a call out of the blue, and said, ?A guy I know from CAPCOM USA is interested in inviting you to take part in a tournament.? He also said, ?We?ll also take care of all your expenses. Would you be interested in competing?? Since I?d be going to America, I also asked, ?How will this be arranged?? After that, everything happened really quickly.
Q: What was the journey like?
U: First, I was on a plane (for about 10 hours). 3 hours after I arrived in America, I competed. The next morning, I was on a plane back to Japan?just like that (laughs). I was also invited to compete at EVO for free this year, so I didn?t have any prize money. I was competing in a round robin competition against the Japanese champion (Iyo), the Korean Champion (Poongko), as well as the American Champion (Justin Wong).
Q: There was also no preparation?
U: Yeah, and no warm ups or anything either. Furthermore, there were food and language problems. It?s always like this when I go to America, I will constantly think of eating Japanese food, and the longer I?m there, the more tired I am.
Q: When were you told about this event?
U: In March. At that time, it was really tight. The competition starts in April. At first, I didn?t feel like going, but after a while, I thought, ?perhaps in the future, I won?t have the chance to play this character as freely??, let?s first not think about participating in EVO, just think of it in this manner, and I felt that it wasn?t bad if I went.
Q: Just now you said, ?in the future??
U: Although it?s nothing right now, but in the future, a person?s reactions will slow down, and the less a person plays, their skill level also starts to drop. So perhaps in the future, I won?t be able to play this character as effectively as I do now. If I wait until that time, then it will be too late. In any case, I?m also playing SF4, right.
Q: So you want to get in some more experience while you can still effectively play this character?
U: Exactly. Although (if I was asked) last year, I would not have gone. I think that if it had happened last year, I would probably have thought it too troublesome and not gone. I think it has to depend on the changes in a person?s age, frame of mind, and opportunities.
Q: There?s also changes in one?s state of mind.
U: I?m also really interested in the Korean champion. Anyway, if it?s the American champion, there?s no way I can run from Justin or any of his friends. The impression I get from Korea is that they?re really strong in KOF and Tekken, but I?ve never played against a Korean. Half my decision to go to America was because of this reason, yeah, it was the smallest half. (laughs)
Q: What character does the Korean champion play?
U: Ryu. Although he?s really strong, I always feel that he?s too concerned with the technical details of the game and he?s a little inexperienced, probably because he plays less.
Q: What?s the level of America?s SF4 like?
U: I didn?t see any of it. (laughs)
Q: You didn?t see any of it? That doesn?t sound encouraging. (laughs)
Q: This was different from EVO. I was only there for a day, so a lot of people wanted me to take pictures with them and to sign autographs. Let?s not even talk about competing. I didn?t even have time to watch the screens at the competition. Even when the match had started, nobody was even interested in the screen of the match. The minute the match had ended, and I stepped off the stage, there were screams of ?Oh, Daigo!? and all around me, people were fighting to take pictures with me or to get my autograph.
Q: So you signed autographs for them, right?
U: Yeah. In the past, I probably would have found it too troublesome and not signed anything. However, this time, just think, so many people who you?ve never met and who don?t even speak the same language as you are asking for your autograph. I felt that at times, this kind of experience is really valuable. At that time, I felt that if I didn?t grit my teeth and continue to persevere (to sign autographs), it just wouldn?t be right. (laughs)
Everything else is already old and has probably already been translated to English. It seems like it was translated from Japanese to Chinese as things are kind of wonky now and then. Orka is probably right… I’m guessing they are Japanese magazine interviews translated to Chinese, IE, everyone has probably already read them anyway.