Gian Recital was awesome- fantastic finals, cool to hang out with Kuroppi again. There is a particular match of Kusumondo vs. Kurahashi@Ryu that Kurahashi won, however, you can witness a brutal onslaught of Honda that was just so amazingly aggressive despite such a strong opponent. I plan to use that particular round as a prime example of making a case for the importance of matchups- Kusumondo lost the round, but the skill is hard to ignore. But in this tournament, Yoshio’s Guile beat my Dhalsim (no excuses for that!), Tsunoppi’s(I think it was him? were a bunch of top Guiles) @Guile beat Yondaime@S.Sagat and Pony@Zangief beat MAO@claw. btw Kuroppi, above I think Yondaime is listed as Nidaime). Huge thanks to Kuroppi for recording all the names- might not seem like it but it’s a lot of names to keep track of just for top 8. After a full day of trying to get in matches and keeping up with the tournament itself etc it’s taxing. Gian’s Recital usually gets those high entrants numbers, about 100 entrants each year.
The pre-/ warm-up/ day-before tournament on Saturday was also really cool- and another good chance to meet up and play a lot of the people that travelled from outside the greater Tokyo area. I did manage to get the names of players and teams on the bracket (I think this was also streamed as well?). Here’s that info:
Nオア, MOR, ツカ on team あっせんチーム which lost to
team 青春: Yodaime@S.Sagat, Fujimon, SuperStar@Boxer
in the first round,
team 国際交流 MAO, Yomiai@Ryu (usually darker blue) and XSPR
which won against
team ChoshyuOreHage (of players Choshyu, Ore, Hage )
Team 17cm of Nakamura@Cammy, Haruking@Honda and Kurosu won against
team Deddona: guna, shinshin, Tomoga
Team Mukadeningenn of shiga ken, tsumura, gotoh@Ryu beat
team Hokunokara from Hokkaido: Korosuke, Yuuzuru, Alabamaman. Either Korosuke or Yuuzuru wore a hat that said Fuck the World.
17cm (Nakamura Cammy) went on to win. Oh snap, it just hit me- has that happened before? A Cammy winning a tournament? btw Haruking was the guy that won a tournament I placed 3rd in at the LasVegas Arcade in Ikebukuro years ago. Kuroppi saw him at this year’s Gian Recital and mentioned he looked like that guy in an SNK game (KOF? maybe) who is named Duck King but I never made the connection.