September 6, 2022

2022 Summer / Fall SFL: Pro-JP

2022 Summer / Fall Street Fighter League: Pro-JP

I'll keep some notes about the JP SFL as I watch it here. I don't intend to take in-depth notes, but focus mostly on the human interactions.

The Capcom Street Fighter League Results page has links to all of the YouTube videos, it is a super great site.

1 2022-09-06 JP SFL Section 1 Day 1

1.1 Street Fighter League Warm-up

The idea it to make it easy for even new people to watch SFL. Last year, they had a post-game show that was similar.

Aru and Hameko introduce us to the teams. They take some footage from the previous 1on1 tournament (on a pay service) showing the players in the games coming up. It was very brief - only a few seconds for some players, longer for others. They called out Crusher as having done well in the 1on1 tournament, and noted that Mizuha used to use Kolin but is using Luke and Cody now. Moke picked up Falke too. Nemo is using Urien, Falke, and Gill now. This was a super quick introduction to the teams and players which would be hard for someone new to SFL to follow, but does give a flavor of the players. I think they spoiled the 1on1 tournament ending showing Fuudo winning it (I haven't seen that yet - it is still on Zaiko).

The next segment is Hameko's Choice. Early on, Aru said that they were doing this show a bit casually, and with the announcement of "Hameko's Choice" Hameko said that this was a bit too casual - he wouldn't have chosen the word "choice" himself - they just say the material earlier in the day apparently. He uses this segment to introduce the teams that are playing today.

Hiroshima Team iXA: First time in JP SFL, led by Storm Kubo, has Gunfight, Inaba, and Crusher. Storm Kubo was in SFL in 2020, took part in 2018 and 2019 drafts, and was super mad to not be chosen in the draft. (I remember that, he really was bummed out, there were some tough streams then.) They felt like he had a lot of talent, and now he's joining as a team leader. The team has a lot of rare characters, you might even say low tier, and you can enjoy watching by seeing how hard ther develop their game as the underdog.

The second team is Gyogun: This is one of the few teams that didn't change at all from last year. Mago, Machabo-, Mizuha, and Moke. Mago is using Luke, Machabo- has returned to Necali, Mizuha has changed from Kolin to Cody and Luke, and Moke is using Rashid, Falke, and possibly some Luke.

The third team is Nagoya OJA BODY STAR Mildom: Akira, Umehara, Fuudo, and Narikun. The leader is from Naogya OJA BODY STAR last year, Akira, and with the Mildom Beast team's dissolution picked up Daigo and Fuudo, and got Narikun in the draft. Fuudo has been very impressive lately, and is probably the person most teams are worried about in the league. Narikun was picked up in the draft and according to rumors has really improved since then.

The fourth team is Saishunkan Sol Kumamoto: Looks a lot like last year, picked up Higuchi who graduated from Shinobism, and YHC-Mochi who was on Mildom Beast previously. The team has an interesting selection of characters, and players who are very offensive. Their leader's nickname is "Violence Nemo" (jokingly), and the team really fits with the red color uniforms.

Even though the tournament hasn't started, two teams already have points: Nagoya OJA BODY STAR Mildom (20) and Good 8 Squad (20) from ties in the 1on1 tournament. Good 8 Squad had a whopping 3 players in the Top 8. They present the schedule - most Tuesdays and Fridays in September and October with some variation.

1.2 Introduction

The intro movie is nice - they ground each of the teams in the local area they represent, which is nice.

The scoring is the same as last season, with home and away teams. The away team specifies the player and character for the first, second, and third slots (one player does not play). The home team has a chance to look at that pre-determined order, and choose which player and character goes up after each set. They also changed the name of the player that doesn't play from "reserve" to "stand-by". The first (Vanguard) and second (Center) matches are worth 10 points, the last match (Captain) worth 20. New this season, if there is a tie after that in points, there is an overtime FT1 match worth 5 points. You can choose any of the 4 team members for that match.

1.3 Team iXA vs. Gyogun

Away team introduced first.

Storm Kubo's Abigail impression is great, and Crusher eating a doughnut tracks.

It looks to me like this is happening live, but remote since we get all the players in a green screen windowed setup.

Gyogun sends up Mago Luke, Machabo- Necali, and Moke Rashid with Mizuha on stand-by. Storm Kubo says that this is what they expected, and they send up Gunfight Oro to take on Mago's Luke. I'm not going to write about the matches - you can catch those on the archive - so I'll just talk about interesting stuff that goes on around the match.

They ask Mago his thoughts heading into the match, and he expected to fight Crusher, but he's prepped for Gunfight too, and (DAMN) that while he's lost to Gunfight in many things in the realm of life, he'll beat him in the game. Moving to Gunfight: he's nervous because this is the true opening game, but will do his best. If he gets good rocks, he can win.

Watch the matches, they are good, but Mago wins.

Up in the center slot is Crusher's Birdie, going against Machabo's Necali. Machabo said that Mago had great neutral play and he wants to continue that to win. Crusher says that he's been putting in the work to prepare for this and wants to get the results that show it.

Storm Kubo puts up Inaba Dictator in the Captain slot, up against Moke's Rashid. Moke says that there's a lot of pressure since they won the first two matches, and if he loses they throw that away. He'll do his best. Inaba says he's prepared for Moke, and will do his best.

Surprisingly, on the first set of the season, there is a best of 1 overtime game. Gyogun puts up Machabo Necali, and Team iXA puts up Gunfight Oro (they had some discussion, didn't seem super sure who was best.) They asked Machabo for some words, his volume was so low I'm not even going to try. They ask Gunfight for some words, and he had put his headset away already, but says that he'll pray to the God of Rocks.

Also, definitely check the tapes. Team iXA had the luck of the rocks with them, and got the win. I'm sure as the home team that wasn't the way they wanted things to go, but they do come out ahead in points.

Team iXA: Aru asked if Gunfight tried to CA at the end of his rock combo, and he did, but it didn't come out. He got lucky though. He was nervous and dropped the combo. They ask Storm Kubo what he thought, and he said they were able to win with the power of the rocks. They were weak with the rest, but won with the rocks. Hameko says that Inaba was able to save them from losing all 40 points, and Inaba says that he thought the other team was nervous too. Hameko thought it was impressive to continue to pressure even when he was down on match point, and Inaba says it was tough, he wanted it to get easier end too. Crusher says that he didn't play well, and is grateful for his teammates. He'll do better next time. Aru asked Storm Kubo about the team order, and he said that they were practicing recently for Gyogun, and maybe it didn't work out as they planned but thanked the people they practiced with. Their next match is away, and Storm Kubo thinks that is tough for them so they will take some time to prepare to get a better result than this time.

1.4 Nagoya OJA BODY STARS Mildom vs. Shunsaikan Sol Kumamoto

Saishunkan Sol puts up Nemo Falke, Higuchi Guile, and YHC-Mochi Dhalsim.

Nagoya OJA BODY START Mildom puts up Daigo Guile against Nemo Falke.

Nemo said that he expected to face Daigo's Guile, since he's played a lot against Falke. But since they've also got Higuchi on his team, he's thoroughly prepared for Guile. When asked for his feelings, Daigo said in a very happy voice "I'm going to contribute to the team!". He did just that.

Next up is Narikun Akira against Higuchi Guile. Higuchi says that Narikun has fought a lot of Guiles, and gotten stronger, so he won't go easy on him and wants to win. Narikun says that first of all, he's going to show them just whose Guile it is that he's been playing against. Of course Narikun would have Akira take off the blazer in the first match, that totally fits with his style.

Next up is Fuudo Mika vs. YHC-Mochi. He says that he's up against a Fuudo who is playing really well, and thinks it is a tough match-up, but not impossible. He's going to put in all his effort and do his best. Fuudo says they were on the same team, and was very happy about that, and wants to have a good match. Fuudo takes it.

On the winner's side, Daigo says that it was a good start, especially since they were able to go up 20 points. Aru asked Daigo what he thought of YHC-Mochi's match, who says it was a bit different from what he expected but luck was with them. Narikun is sad that he lost, but happy for the team. Hameko says that he thinks Narikun has developed enough that other teams are starting to look out for him, to which Narikun replies he has played a lot of external matches. Fuudo said he was very nervous and he actually didn't do that last V-reversal, but it luckily hit. Akira says he really can depend on his teammates, and Narikun had good movement at the start. Aru asks about his strategy for this match, actually he had decided who to put up depending on the other team's order, but actually they were discussing it right up until the start, and everyone had prepared well so it worked out. Their next match is away and should be tough but he hopes they can all work hard and win.

2 2022-09-09 JP SFL Section 1 Day 2

2.1 Warmup

Hameko and Yamato are on commentary this time. They talk about the teams that will play tonight.

On Hameko's Choice, he talks about v6 Plus FAV gaming, who picked up Torimeshi Dhalsim while Ryusei is on a medical break. This team is likely Luke, Luke, Luke, Dhalsim.

Comyufa Detonation has Itazan who has picked up G. Nauman is using Sakura and Luke, while John Takeuchi plays Cody and has been doing very well. Uryo plays Rose, and that means all their opponents really have to prepare for Rose.

Shinobism Gaming hasn't changed too much. They used to have Higuchi, but now have Yamaguchi and Johnny. Fujimura was using Cammy but is using Luke. There are maybe 10 people using Luke, but Fujimura really plays him in a way that nobody else does. Johnny plays G and Karin.

The last team is Good 8 Squad. (As a side-note, on Friday Tachikawa announced that he has signed a contract as a Good 8 Squad sparring partner, which is interesting.) They picked up Dictator whose Vega is a good fit.

2.2 vPlus FAV Gaming vs. Comyufa Detonation

Comyufa Detonation puts up Nauman's Luke, Itazan's G, and Takeuchi John's Cody.

sako puts up Torimeshi Dhalsim first. Nauman says he's super excited for things to get started, and wants to kick things off with a good start for Comyufa Detonation. Torimeshi says this is his first time in SFL, and he has to go up in the first match. He's nervous but will do his best to play like he normally does.

Itabashi Zangief says that Nauman did a great job, and he really expects that to continue with Uryo (?). Bon-chan says he's practiced in order to beat Itazan, and will do his best.

Takeuchi John with his stylish glasses: Since the team let me take the Captain's slot, I expected that I would face Tokido. I think it will be a really entertaining match if I win so I'll do my best! Tokido says that he wants to treat this first match of the season with the reverence that it deserves, and since they won the whole thing last season, he'll go into the match with that confidence and play his best.

After that victory, they ask Takeuchi John how he feels after a 3-0 sweep in his first match (pretty good, I suspect.) He's super happy that they got the 3-0 as the away team, he's really going nuts. They ask Nauman how he feels after taking the first game. He says he thinks the first match is really important, it sets the tone, and he really prepared a lot for it. They ask Uryo (the stand-by player) how he feels after seeing this strong play, he says they had long strategy meetings about this match-up, and really went through all possible ways to send people up, and he feels really like they have a strong team feeling since they were able to get this win. He's really happy about it. They ask Itazan about how important this win is, and he says it's really impressive that they were able to get this win against the Championship team as the away team, even though he lost, it went according to plan. Yamato asks him about what that plan was. He said that their team really has a lot of different variations and patterns that they can throw at you. He thought maybe it would start with Nauman and Torimeshi, and probably Tokido would face John, but it could have been different. This is what really makes Street Fighter League interesting. Finally they ask him about their next match. He says that he really feels like last season was unfortunate, and he really wants to do well in the first part of the season, going into Day 3 and Day 4. Please continue to support us!

2.3 Shinobism vs. Good 8 Squad

The away team Good 8 Squad puts up Dogura (Dictator), Kawano (Kolin), and Gachi-kun (Rashid). Yamaguchi Luke is up first for Shinobism.

Dogura says that even though it is the first match and they are the away team, he's facing Luke, who he's completely prepared for, so he'll give it his all. Yamaguchi says he is prepared for Dogura's Dictator and thinks he will win.

Johnny G will go up against Kawano's Kolin. Yamato asks Kawano what he thinks of going up against Johnny's G, and Kawano is really at a loss for words. "Um, yes." big pause. Scratches head. "G? I'll do my blurst - best". (He literally messed up Ganbarimasu.) He said as they were cutting to Johnny that he just couldn't think of anything. Johnny says that his oppoenent is the King that won Evo, but that doesn't have anything to do with anything. He'll do his best.

For the Captain slot Shinobism puts up Fujimura Luke. Gachi-kun says that if they can get 30 points as the away team, he's happy with that. As the captain he will win and get those 30 points. Fujimura says that Shinobism gaming is famous for getting off to a bad start in the first match of the season, but he's going to win and get them off to a good start this time.

After the win, Yamato asks Gachi-kun about the match with Fujimura. He says that ever since Luke came out, he's been putting a lot of time into that match-up, and he really put his heart into this opening match, and was glad he could play well. They asks Gachi-kun if Pugera was on stand-by as part of their strategy against Shinobism gaming, and he said that originally Pugerea was going to take the Captain slot, but they were worried about having to match up with Cody, so in the end Gachi-kun went up. They ask Dogura how he feels about winning as the away team, and he's happy. He also faced Luke, and Yamaguchi's Luke has been very good lately, but he and Gachi-kun had been practicing for Luke constantly and their practiced showed. Kawano is really happy that the team won, but his character is a bit weaker. If there are matches where people think it's tough for them, Kawano will play it. He'll at least bring it to 50/50. And in this case, he just lost that 50/50. They ask Pugera what he thought of this opening match. Pugera says that like Gachi-kun said before, they were really thinking about the order until just minutes before the match, and I left it up to them, but watching the matches I'm I glad I did. We've got a good team, of course, I'm sad because I really wanted to play, but I'll contribute next time. Gachi-kun says that their team is super strong, and they won't let anyone down next time and will win.

3 2022-09-13 JP SFL Section 2 Day 1

This week I realized that Capcom Fighters in English is streaming the JP SFL like they did last year, which is excellent. I had watched the previous two days in Japanese. I was able to watch this day live, which I did on the English stream, so now I'm going back to watch the warm-up and take some notes on the interview segments. The English stream does have some unnamed hero providing the commentary team with information so they have things to say about the interviews and other Japanese information, which is great.

Some people might find my notes and translations - and be aware that I do this for fun, as a hobby, so I'm not putting any sort of professional guarantee behind these translations - useful, so I'll keep doing this to the extent that I find it entertaining.

Note that due to Tokyo Game Show on Thursday through Sunday this week (that's the broad assumption anyway) that there is only one day of SFL this week.

3.1 Warmup

The warmup gives a summary of the previous matches, and even went back to some of the Week 1 Day 1 matches. They talked a bit about Team iXA's play, and if you haven't seen GunFight's videos on the behind-the-scenes JP SFL (in English!) you are missing out. Definitely watch those.

In the Hameko's Choice segment, Hameko highlighted the best match from the previous two sessions. He selected Nari-kun vs. Higuchi and explained the sequence in the first game first round when Higuchi was losing to Nari-kun, and Nari-kun was about to use V-Trigger to call Daigo. They played the sequence in slow motion and explained it (Nari-kun plus after activating, etc.) how Nari-kun would want to throw, but is worried about EX flashkick, so moves forward to threaten the throw, then crouches to bait the flashkick, but Higuchi actually walked forward for the throw even though Daigo is jumping in. Hameko also talked about how Daigo really first showed this kind of offensive action in this situation and others Guiles have integrated that. Hameko also said maybe Nari-kun was looking for Higuchi to chip him out, so they checked out that option in training mode and showed that straight CA wouldn't have done it, but flashkick to CA cancel would, but Daigo then beats that out and kills Guile for the win before the chip happens. Interesting analysis!

3.2 Komyufa Detonation Gaming vs. Nagoya OJA Body Stars

First up is Itazan G vs. Daigo Guile. When asked about the match, Daigo says "I'll do it!" (I always have trouble translating Daigo, he's got a real personality. Maybe also "I'll take it", or "Sounds good", he had a bit of smile, didn't seem too concerned, and looked pretty happy. He also adds quickly at the end when everyone's laughing that he has no choice and has to do it anyway) Itazan, when Hameko asks his response to Daigo's "I'll take it", said that he's the same age as Ume-chan (Umehara, calling him Ume-chan shows a sense of familiarity and friendship - or in some contexts can be belittling, but that's not the case here) and views him as a hostile rival.

Next up is Nauman Luke vs. Akira Cammy. Akira says that last year he played Nauman and lost to him (I don't know where though) and feels like he has a chance now to pay him back for that, and will go full strength in this battle. Nauman says he practiced super hard for this, and will do his best, for himself and for Itazan.

The captain match is Takeuchi Jon's Cody vs. Fuudo. Fuudo says that as the away team they've already won two matches, and his palms are already super sweaty with how nervous he is. But that's really reduced a lot now. Aru asks if it will get worse again if they have to go into the tiebreaker game, but Fuudo says no no no no no no no, they've already won two games, and it's really important for the future that they get this last game, and he thinks he can do it. Takeuchi John says he obviously thinks it is important for him to win, and the tiebreaker set is in the future, and he feels the pressure of trying to win this to move on, and he hasn't yet faced Fuudo and wants to take on that challenge.

Nagoya OJA Body Star won handily, so Aru and Hameko talk with them. Fuudo said it was great that he was able win; Takeuchi John pressured well during their set. It was key that he won quickly initially. They said that his corner play was really good, and referring to one time when he didn't kill with a combo Fuudo said he thought there might have been a kill combo there, and he should have tried harder. They said he should be happy since his teammates won too, and they got all the points, but Fuudo points out that it is much to early to celebrate yet, it's just the second week. Next they ask Daigo about his match and how he was able to "do it". He said there was really a lot of jumping that worked well, and things went back and forth, and really it shouldn't have been like that, but in the end luck was with him. Aru asks if he expected G, and he said that he thought that was a likely match-up, 70% chance or so. Aru said his team got all 40 points, and Daigo said he thinks there is a chance their team can go all the way this year. Aru asks how Nari-kun feels, and Nari-kun said that it's great, his teammates are all super strong. Finally, Akira says he's super happy, and he's a bit embarrassed that he was smiling so much during the match. He's really practiced the Luke match a lot this year and he's glad that practice paid off. Aru said it's important that he showed their team could fight Luke, but also that they got 40 points, and Akira thinks it's amazing that they were able to get 40 points in their first away match. It's a great start, and they'll keep getting points. Asked about the next match, Akira says that they won't stop this momentum. He said something interesting about how they have either the strongest Mercenary Guile on their team (傭兵 Guile team) or, a homonym that makes sense, a team with tactics centered around Guile (用兵 Guile team). I think probably it's the mercenary interpretation though. I think that because next he says that he and Nari-kun want to continue to develop and grow their strength so that they aren't just being carried but that they can help carry the team too.

3.3 Gyogun vs. vPlus FAV Gaming

Before choosing Mizhua, Mago seemed to freeze - I thought it was his video, but he was just trolling. He called out Mizuha Cody vs. Tokido Luke. Tokido said that he'll do his best! He lost earlier, didn't even get a round, so he'll start with taking a round. Mizuha says he's gotten good at the Cody vs. Luke matchup, and will do his best.

Mago made a bit of a show saying that they only have one choice, it's up to Moke! He didn't say what character, and Moke quickly said he's using Rashid - you could hear Mago in the background getting after him for answering. sako said that he lost in the winner's side to Moke that just recently happened, so he wants to get the run back. They asked how he felt about playing against Rashid, and he said "it's ok." They went back to Moke, who said he is confident. He also said that he recently lost (maybe he's talking about SFL) and he wants to be able to contribute not just individually (referencing the World Warrior event) but to the team as well.

For the Captain slot Mago Luke went up again Bon-chan Luke. Bon-chan said that since Luke's both their strongest character he expected a mirror match, and Aru asked about that (how he knew that Mago said it was his strongest character.) Bon-chan said that he heard that, and that also apparently it's from someone who isn't married, so he wanted to try the mirror match. I think there's some referencing to things I'm not really aware of (Mago's well known to be a single and living with his family still, I'm not sure the point of this kind of joking around, but it is amusing.) They went back to Mago and asking him if he has confidence in the Luke mirror match. He said he has done a lot of prep for this and is confident. He actually thought he would be facing Tokido, and their order really surprised him, and he was really thrown for a loop. Aru asks if that's why he froze up earlier, and he said yeah, their order (battle formation 布陣 - strange word choice) really is surprising. But he says as the Captain he's still facing Luke and it doesn't really change, he's confident in his ground game, and he wants to make his stand here.

For the tie-breaker they ask sako who they want to put up, and he asks for more time to debate. Tokido said that if he (Bon-chan) wants to go up he's prepared for that or would volunteer. Bon-chan says if it's ok for him to go up, he wants to. sako says since Bon-chan wants to play, he should, and puts up Bon-chan Luke. Mago then has to decide who to put up, and Mago is like "Bon-chan!?" and thinks it should be Mizuha or him. When he says he'll go up, Machabo- encourages him. So Mago goes up. Bon-chan says it was shameful that he didn't get 20 points, but he'll get the tie-breaker. When they turn to Mago he says, I can understand why Bon-chan would want to face me again, and so I'll give it to him. He can face me again (implying he's doing a favor.) And he stares intently at the camera.

After Gyogun wins, Aru asks Mizuha how he feels after going up first. He said he wasn't able to implement many of the things that he had practiced, and that it all ended before he knew it. He feels like he was too weak mentally, and he'd like to reflect on that, and take it as his next challenge. He didn't feel physical pressure, but in the Cody Luke matchup he didn't feel like he was able to do things that he wanted to. The interview seemed a bit tough and Mizuha sounded a bit depressed, but Aru did at the end say "with that, the team did win in the end" to try to cheer him up a bit. Moke says that he's really happy that Gyogun got the win but he's unhappy with his performance. Aru says that it is a team battle, and Moke says that he really wants to be able to focus on the next battle. Aru asks Machabo what he thinks as he watched it, and Machabo says he feels like he was cheering on people just like the audience, but he's sat out two battles in a row. But he's happy that Mago won this time, and he wants to make a contribution to the team next time. Aru turns to Mago and says that in this situation Mago's probably entitled to say whatever he wants, but how does he feel? Mago says that their opponents are truly tough, and that their daily practice really showed through, but he wants to be able to say one selfish thing. "I did it!" (Everyone laughs.) Aru says that he thinks that's a message that will reach all the other teams, but in two matches both of them have gone to the tie-breaker match, and did he feel any pressure? Mago says his movement was really bad at the start, and he lost two rounds quickly, but over time he was able to move the pace more towards what he wanted to do. Originally he had planned for Tokido, and he was really doubting why Tokido didn't turn up. He's glad it was a Luke mirror though since he had prepared for that. He thought if Bon-chan had used Sagat it would have been really tough, but he was glad it was Luke and it was a lot of fun. Asked about the next match, Mago said that they got the tie-breaking win in this one, and looking forward he doesn't want to go to the tie-breaker again. He doesn't think this was a good result for the Home team though and wants to reflect on that.

4 2022-09-20 JP SFL Section 2 Day 2

4.1 Warmup

Today we have Yamato as the MC with Hameko as the analyst. Yamato does some Street Fighter stuff, I think he's more of a professional commentary guy that does other e-Sports stuff, but he's in the Capcom JP rotation. I'm more familiar with people like Nanai and Sasa who came from the local community, but Yamato is easy to understand and does a good job.

After a preview of the teams that we'll see, Hameko's choice focuses on the scramble ending from Section 1 Day 1 with Gunfight Oro vs. Machabo Necali in the tie-breaker FT1 match. It was a close match that came down to final round, both players with full CA meter, and Gunfight was in a rock combo that could end in CA for the kill. He dropped it though. At the start of the sequence, Hameko talked about how he was trying to re-create it, and he tried for 30 minutes to get the same collection of rocks that Gunfight had but it never came up so he finally just gave up. So the damage was a bit lower than what Gunfight was doing, but it was still enough to kill. When he dropped it, Machabo had been mashing out his own CA, and that came out, but Gunfight was able to block and win. Fun and interesting breakdown.

4.2 Saishunkan Sol Kumamoto vs. Shinobism Gaming

The first match was Shuto Urien vs. Yamaguchi Luke. Yamato asked Yamaguchi for his thoughts on the match, and he said that since he lost in the previous session he wants to get a win for his team this time around. Shuto said that since last year he's been able to break through his weakness, and really improved on a lot of things, so he guarantees 100% a victory. Check the tapes to see how that worked out.

The second match was Higuchi Guile vs. Fujimura Luke. Fujimura said that he came up against Higuchi in a tournament recently, and lost so he's been thinking about strategies against Higuchi since then. He's looking forward to trying them out. Higuchi says that he's familiar with Shinobism since he used to be part of the team, and because of that he really wants to win. Fujimura really was important to the team last year, but he wants to beat him so that he can avoid a lecture [from Nemo], and will do his best.

The final match was YHC-Mochi Dhalsim vs. Momochi Cody. Momochi said he's prepared for Dhalsim, and while people say that Dhalsim is a bad match-up for Cody, he wants to win and invigorate his team. YHC-Mochi says that he wants to play at a distance and not fall into Cody's explosive up close damage. He thinks he can win, and he'll do his best.

Shinobism won overall, so they interviewed the team. The first thing Momochi said was "that was great." He called out his Dhalsim sparring partners (Kona-san and Jijuju-san (?)) and they helped him play a whole bunch. He thought it was still pretty tough up until yesterday, but somehow was able to get a handle on it in time. He also said that last year he didn't win once when he was in the final Captain's position, and he thinks he really let the team down because of that. So winning here was important for him. They asked Fujimura about his match with Higuchi, and he said that he really thought that he was well prepared with his adaptations, but in the up close scramble he was too complacent, and Higuchi was able to win. Yamaguchi said that first of all, he wants to apologize to Momochi for how he started out in the first match (he lost). As for this match, it was a really close one, and he's happy he was able to contribute to the team getting 30 points overall, he's feeling good about it. Finally they ask Johnny (the reserve player) what he thought, and he says it was huge getting 30 points as the away team. He really thought that watching Cody was a lot of fun with how explosive and damaging that character can be. He says he's never had a feeling like this of cheering for and supporting people from his heart as much as this before. Momochi says "hey, you were on our team two years ago!" Everyone laughs, and Johnny says "yeah, putting that aside", he's really happy with how they won. It's super fun to watch. Lots of chatter with Yamato and Hameko about how this is his second time around and so on.

The ask Momochi about his thoughts on the next match - Momochi says it is against Gyogun who is their rival team, and he thinks they are the only ones that can stop Mago (or perhaps, he is, Japanese is full of ambiguities when you say stuff like Uchi). That definitely should be a fun one, and I expect Mago to be in full Showman Mode. Also, it's September.

4.3 Good 8 Squad vs. Team iXA

The first match is Dogura Dictator vs. Crusher Birdie. Crusher said that he lost to Dogura in a 1 on 1 match (probably the recent World Warrior JP event) and he's looking forward to running it back. Dogura says that their opponent has a strong line-up, but today he's prepared with a lemon scented (candle? thing?) and will power up with that. This is a reference to previous discussions with Dogura where he talked about how he's into scents now - I don't remember where I came across that, but I specifically remember him talking about a citrus scent that he liked, and the commentary team having a surprisingly in-depth conversation about that.

Next up is Gachi-kun Rashid vs. Gunfight Oro. Gunfight said that he had expected Gachi-kun, and he'll do his best to win. Gachi-kun said he has prepared for the characters that Gunfight uses (Oro and Alex) and he wants to win.

The Captain match is Pugera Boxer vs. Inaba Dictator. Inaba says that this is the second time in a row that his team has let him take the Captain position, so he'll do his best. He'll also pray to the Rock God (a reference to previous interviews with Gunfight who always says he prays to the Rock God when playing Oro. Seems like that has influenced the whole team.)

Good 8 Squad won, so the commentary team interviewed them. They said that Dogura got them off to a good start, and asked for his review. He said that he didn't like how the match went, and even though he won, he feels like he lost. Hameko said that Dogura took over in the second game and that led to victory, but Dogura said that Crusher's use of Trigger I resources (wow, if you didn't know this game, I doubt you could figure out what he was saying here - took me a couple of listens) was better than he expected, and he had mostly prepared for Trigger 2, but Crusher wasn't using that. He thought Crusher was really good, and should have won, but he was able to somehow win. Hameko said that they were surprised in the second game as well as commentators, but the important thing is to get the win.

The commentary team said that looking back it seemed like the match was pretty lopsided for Gachi-kun, but Gachi-kun said that he thought Gunfight was very patient in his offense and did that well, and he wasn't able to adapt to that and lost at first. His team had advice for him, and he was able to adapt based on that. They asked Pugera about his match, and he said he's close with Inaba (Inaba-chan he calls him) but this was the first time they fought in this season, it's been a long time since they've played. He felt like they both understand some of each other's tendencies, and Inaba uses a lot of plus frame situations in his offense and has really developed there. So he was expected that sometimes he would just have to block a lot and couldn't do anything in those situations, and since he was expecting it he wasn't panicked, and was able to calmly wait for an opening and take advantage.

They asked the reserve player, Kawano, what he thought. He said "Well, you know I never thought about it before, but just maybe there's a chance that our team is strong." The commentary team gets after him a bit - "You just now figured that out?" - well, you know we got 40 just now, etc. They ask Gachi-kun about their next match, he says that they are doing good with points now, but we are chasing after Nagoya Oja, and now we've pulled up even with them, and now we can put some pressure on them. We'll do our best with the DNG team.

5 2022-09-22 JP SFL Section 3 Day 1

5.1 Warmup

Aru is the MC and Hameko the analyst, so back to the standard setup. They did their standard preview of the teams coming up looking at past matches. Then Hameko's Choice theme is a "Deep Dissection of the SF League". He says that SF League is getting popular, and it is a good chance to explain things to people who might not know a lot about Fighting Games. So they look at the Street Fighter League website, and explain the info available there - it's a really good page with links to YouTube videos for all the matches, the results, info on the teams, etc. There's a button you can click to support the team you want, and stuff like that.

5.2 Shinobism Gaming vs. Gyogun

Fujimura Luke vs. Moke Falke. Moke said he expected this, and he chose Falke for the purpose of beating Luke, and he wants to win (though I would translate it as "expect to win" if I was being loose.) Fujimura says that he came up playing all sorts of games with Moke, and he's seen all the cards he holds in his hand. He says he will absolutely win, Moke can just try his best and he'd better prepare himself (for the loss).

Next up is Yamaguchi Luke vs. Mago Luke. Aru asks Mago what he thinks of another Luke Mirror match. Mago says he expected to face Momochi, and wonders if Momochi is scared of him. He's heard that Yamaguchi is good at the mirror match, but he thinks he's going to keep up his streak of winning in the mirror match this time (with a wicked smile.) Yamaguchi says that he gets a lot of practice in the Luke mirror with Fujimura, and wants to show off that practice with a win.

The final match is Momochi Cody vs. Mizuha Cody. Mizuha said that he practiced the Cody mirror, and he thinks it's a waste for Momochi to use the mirror match against him because his Luke is so good. Momochi says he thinks this is the first time he's ever faced Mizuha's Cody, and he's looking forward to that. He wants to get the win for his team.

Shinobism was the winning team, so they got the post-game interview. Fujimura said that while he lost, his team is very strong and dependable. He feels bad about losing, will reflect on his loss, get better, and do better in his next match. Yamaguchi said that even though Fujimura lost this time, the team has great confidence in him, and the reason that he was able to beat Mago is because of Fujimura. (Shades of Tokido's "I have Mago" EVO speech.) They will continue to do their best in the future. They asked Johnny, the reserve player what he thought. He said the day before he wasn't feeling confident, and so became the reserve, but as a team they keep asking Fujimura to take hard matches, and he wants to be able to go up himself instead.

Aru says that Momochi put himself into the Captain slot the last two times and won both times. He says that they prepared a lot after the match with Saishunkan, and got good results from that. Aru asks about what he thought of the Cody mirror match, and Momochi says that Cody is weak on defense and he was confidence that he could take advantage of that to win. Someone on his team told him to stop lying, and everyone laughed. Hameko asks which Cody has bad defense in the mirror match, Aru says both I guess, neither really believing that Cody has bad defense. Aru asks Momochi about defeating the Shinobism traditional rival team Gyogun, and Momochi says that it was really tough to lose to Gyogun in the SFL finals last year. They definitely will beat Gyogun this year, and the whole team has the same conviction, they all pulled together to beat their rival. Asked about their next match, Momochi says their next opponent is Nagoya OJA Body Stars, and there is quite a point gap between the two and they are the most important team to beat to get to the top. They'll practice hard to make sure they can do that.

5.3 Nagoya OJA Body Stars vs. v6 Plus FAV Gaming

First up is Fuudo Mika vs. sako Menat. sako says that his opponent is very strong, but he'll do his best. Fuudo said he was surprised when he say that Torimeshi was practicing so much for Mika, but now he understands (v6 Plus FAV Gaming put Torimeshi Dhalsim in the Captain slot). He says that he'll win now, and leave beating Torimeshi up to someone else on the team.

Next up is Nari-kun Akira vs. Tokido Luke. Tokido says that he's practiced a lot since they are the away team, and he's going to show off all that work. Nari-kun says that Tokido is a strong player that everyone knows is strong, and that everyone thinks he is weak. But he's going to win here and announce the start of a new era. You could hear Fuudo laughing a bit at the end there. (Nari-kun has always been a bit of a troll.)

The Captain's match is Akira Cammy vs. Torimeshi Dhalsim. Torimeshi spoke a bit about his previous Captain match against Gyogun and how he's reflected on that, but he did expect to face Akira and thinks he'll probably be ok (not said in a super confident way.) Akira says that he's really happen to even be able to take the Captain's seat on this team, and he's going to enjoy it. He's played the most Dhalsim vs. Cammy matches in all of Japan, and will do his best.

v6 Plus FAV Gaming won so they got the post-game interview. sako said that he was surprised with their opponent's strategy (they expected Fuudo Mika vs. Torimeshi Dhalsim) but they won as a team, and he's happy with that. He wants to win his match next time. Aru asks whether Fuudo Mika vs. sako was unexpected, and sako said he didn't expect Fuudo to face him if he went up in the first slot. They thought he would face Torimeshi. Aru and Hameko said that it looked like he was prepared for Mika though. sako says that Fuudo's pressure in the latter half was really impressive, and he cracked. They asked Tokido about his match, and he said that he had heard that Nari-kun was very confident in the Luke matchup, and wanted to challenge him. He wasn't worried though. He wanted to make him feel that people improve and grow on a big stage like this.

Torimeshi said that their plan was to lure Fuudo Mika into a battle with him, and get that 20 points for the win. He practiced the Mika matchup a lot. He did think maybe Akira would go up, and did some practice for Cammy, and that really helped out. They asked Bon-chan how he felt that his team won, and he said "My team won when I didn't play! Thank you!" with a big laugh. He said their team really is great. He said they put a lot of pressure on Torimeshi, and they practice a lot to make sure everyone on the team is high quality and can potentially be in that Captain slot. He says there aren't that many opportunities to feel the pressure of that must-win scenario, and when people catch up to you, of course you will feel pressure, but when Torimeshi was up in the opening he responded well and Bon-chan thought we can depend on him. We can depend on him in the future.

They ask sako about their next match, and he says since they were able to win in this away match they want to continue that momentum.

6 2022-09-27 JP SFL Section 3 Day 2

6.1 Warmup

In Hameko's Choice, he highlights the part in the intro where Storm Kubo screams. And he wonders "What is he screaming about?" So they go to an interview with Team iXA (each team did a Twitter Spaces chat prior to the first day starting, this is an excerpt from one of those) where Storm Kubo said of all the players, he really wants to beat Nemo. And that pose in the intro was his "I'm going to beat you, Nemo!" hype-up routine. Of course, his team is like "wow, really!? Is Nemo listening to this!?" and Storm Kubo says that he's really indebted to Nemo in a lot of ways, and Nemo has helped him a lot, so it's more like he wants to show that the student can now beat the master type of thing. He's chided a bit there for the 180 degree turn-around.

So what he is yelling in that opening scene is "Naoki!" (Nemo's given name.) Hameko then introduces Nemo's book. I have a copy and have been reading it for fun - I'm not going to translate or take any notes, but maybe I'll write someone once I'm through it (no time soon.) Next Hameko introduces some of Nemo and Storm Kubo's history.

  • 2018 He was on Nemo's team for the RAGE STREET FIGHTER V All-star League powered by CAPCOM (hey someone has detailed notes about that. Nice.)
  • 2019 He was passed over in the SFL:Pro-JP Operated by RAGE. He was on Nemo's short list in the interview phase (I wrote a bit about the High Class member selection where Storm Kubo was passed over). I also have detailed notes on the SFL:Pro-JP Operated by RAGE season.
  • 2021 In the draft he faced Moruto in a Dan mirror match, and lost. He wasn't picked up for that season. See my notes on the 2021 SFL:Pro-JP season here. During the draft and throughout the process Nemo pestered / teased / joked with Storm Kubo a bunch, but in the end didn't draft him. (Not to joke about it - it was a big let down for Storm Kubo, he was not happy, and I'm really glad he's repping a team now.)
  • 2022 He's leading Hiroshima Team iXA.

Then they talked about the Saishunkan Sol Kumamoto vs. Hiroshima Team iXA matchup and how they think that might go.

They also talk about the Good 8 Squad vs. Komyufa Detonation Gaming match. I like these pre-analysis breakdowns, talking about which characters are good against whom, and who they think the teams might pick.

6.2 Saishunkan Sol Kumamoto vs. Hiroshima Team iXA

First up is Shuuto Nemo vs. Inaba Dictator. Inaba says that since he used to use Urien, he's familiar with the match-up, and thinks he will do well. Shuuto says he'll win. (Short and to the point.)

Second is Nemo Urien vs. Storm Kubo Alex. The commentary team tells Storm Kubo that his oponent is Nemo - "Naoki" they add - since he had his earphones out. He says that he has a connection - past history - with Nemo, but now that he's part of the SFL, he just doesn't have the time to pay attention to Nemo. He's just looking at this for the points, and looks forward to beating him to get those points. Nemo says that he wants to get this win and contribute that power to his team. He says that he has absolutely no memory of who this Storm Kubo person is. My writing probably doesn't convey it, but I feel like this is a very funny, and in some way friendly antagonistic interaction.

Interestingly, in the second match we saw the first instance of the Away team changing their character after a loss - Storm Kubo changed to Dan. So that away team disadvantage of having your character declared first is there, but if you have multiple characters you can change.

The final match is Higuchi Guile vs. Gunfight Oro. Gunfight says that, as he expected, he will face Higuchi Guile. As long as his prayers reach the Rock God, he will win. (This running gag is pretty good, the commentary team gets a kick out of it too.) Higuchi says that the Captain slot is very important, and he hasn't won yet, so he wants to win here and bring that momentum into the next match. He'll do his best!

Higuchi won, so Saishunkan Sol Kumamoto gets the interview. Higuchi says that he traiend a lot for Oro and was glad he was able to show off some of that work, and while this first win came a bit late, he wants to build on that going forward, and there is still a long road ahead. He's really happy. While the team won, Shuuto didn't win his match. They ask him about how it went. He said he really broke down a bit, but Higuchi and Nemo really saved the day. It's a team battle so there are things that are tough about that, but Higuchi is now Higuchi-san, and he's still Shuto-kun, so he wants to do better. Higuchi says that isn't the case (lots of laughs.) YHC-Mochi says he wasn't able to play, but his teammates did a good job, and it's their first win and that's what is important. Nemo says he's super happy to be surrounded by amazing teammates (this gets lots of laughter from the commentary team.) He doesn't know what happened in past SFLs (where he was the "Black President" - note that in Japan "Black" companies are ones with really terrible work/life balance, bad pay, employee abuse, and so on) and two years ago he was supposed to be on a team with "him", and he was concerned that he made "him" feel bad. Hameko says that actually, Nemo was the one that was wrong. Nemo says he really has a broken heart.

Nemo says that in their next match they are away, but they want to take this win, and do well there too.

6.3 Good 8 Squad vs. Komyufa Detonation Gaming

Gachi-kun Rashid vs. Itabashi Zangief G. Itabashi says that Gachi-kun is really good on defence, but he's got the God of Command Grabs backing him up, so he'll be ok. Gachi-kun says that he's bumped into Itabashi Zangief a bunch, and they have some bad blood between them, but he's prepared for it and will have a good match.

Next up is Pugera Bison vs. Nauman Luke. Nauman says that he thinks the time has gone for the God of Command Throws. Pugera says that when practicing with his teammates, they said things like "I can't believe you play such an shameless character like Boxer", or "are you really ok playing like that?", or "Shut up, I just got distracted, I can't believe that in one small moment of carelessness my entire life was stolen", they just kept saying that crap over and over. I am absolutely besides myself with anger (literally: my anger is at an ecstatic peak), but if I win, they will buy me some juice so I want to show you all that it isn't like that. (Note: middle school kids buying each other drinks when they win at games is a common thing.) In the background if you watch Dogura he's absolutely dying of laughter, and Kawano is having a tough time keeping it together too. Gachi-kun is a jpg (great Infexious impression.)

Second character change of the day, Nauman switched to Laura.

Last up is Dogura Dictator vs. Takeuchi John Cody. Takeuchi John says that he's also praying to the God of Command Grabs. Dogura says the first two matches were really good, but that Nauman is a dirty cheap, that's exactly like him, a dirty cheat to counter-pick with Laura. Pugera was able to take care of him. He wants to take care of Takeuchi John, and repeats what Pugera said earlier "Are you really ok playing like that?" Looks like their team is having a lot of fun.

Good 8 Squad gets the win, so they get the interview. They say that Dogura player very well, and ask for his thoughts. He says they decided that if John Cody was in the lineup, he would face him, so he prepared for that. He's glad he was able to get a good result. Pugera said that he heard Nauman might play Laura, so he prepared a bit for that, and he really thought the first match was important because of that. If there was a character change, he didn't want it to go that route where it was tied. He said it is a tough matchup, but to be real, he played like a monk (Hameko is like wut? – me too! I might be off on this) and I was able to get good damage with EX meter to win. (Hameko just keeps laughing.)

They ask Kawano for his observations and he said that everyone played well, and even in his loss Gachi-kun played well. Pugera beating Laura was nice. The commentary team asks Kawano what's up, since he isn't looking at the camera and seems a bit bashful (I guess?) and he says that he was the one that chose the order, so he's being a bit humble. Gachi-kun says something that I can't make out about Kawano - either he said "yatta!" when the won, or he said he would play at first, I just can't make it out. That's what you get for free. Gachi-kun goes on to say that he lost, but he's got a strong dependable team that was able to win, he's really happy about that. He says they all should say and do what they want. Next up is FAV Gaming Away so there's a lot more to go.

7 2022-09-30 JP SFL Section 4 Day 1

7.1 Warmup

We're back with the reliable duo of Aru and Hameko. Aru says that today each team is broadcasting from their Stadium - and first is the Gyogun "Fish Squad Aquarium". Cute. Hameko's choice today is Deep Dive Number 3: looking into other Street Fighter tournaments. They talked about the Capcom Pro Tour and SFL primarily. Hameko talked a bit about September Mago and his success in September and October, and how that came from Vicious and James Chen (with an excerpt of the ALL DAYS Mago interview with them.) Hameko is impressed that in an interview with foreigners that Mago is able to come up with such witty replies. Since today is the last day of September, we're expecting good things from Mago.

Then they transition from Hameko's choice (nice to see James and Vicious pop up there!) to a preview of the two matchups for today.

7.2 Gyogun vs. Saishunkan Sol Marmot

When asked who would go up against Nemo Urien, Mago made a funny face and spoke in an evil character type of voice "Well, if it's Nemo's Urien, then his opponent has to be YOU. Moke Rashid!" and then quickly switched to a normal voice "hey Moke, it's Rashid right?" which Moke confirmed. Hameko was like, what you didn't confirm the character in this eventuality? Nemo says that he expected Rashid, but since in the previous session Storm Kubo was talking about Naoki (Nemo's first name) this and Naoki that all the time, he really wants to win this for Storm Kubo's sake.

Aru says that Moke is also a Naoki (that's news to me) so what does he have to say? He wants to show who is the real Naoki. Aru says "So it's a mirror match of Naokis to decide the winner?" to which Moke replies "Right, we don't need two Naokis".

Mago puts his Cammy up for the middle match against Shuto Urien. Shuto says that while the previous match was a mirror match of Naokis, this is also a mirror match (I'm not sure how that is - Shuto's real name is Matsumoto Shuto, while Mago is Hayshi Kenryou. Also, apparently Mago's tag was initially "Ago" (chin) because that's a prominent feature and calls back to the famous Japanese wrester Antonio Inoki, but a magazine misprinted "Ago" as "Mago" and he got famous from that.) He goes on to say that last year when he was not in a good spot, he talked a lot with Mago who advised him, and because of that he has a copy of Mago living within him, a small Mago. And that's why he was able to win the Topanga Charity Cup and CPT events last year, so he wants to show between those two Magos which is the stronger one. Aru turns to Mago and says that they have a Mago too! Mago says he couldn't hear what Shuto was saying, but it sounded like a lot of nonsense. Aru summarizes: "He respects you, and from all you taught him last year, he's got a small Mago inside him so it's a Mago Mirror". That cracks Mago up, and he just laughs and says "I'll do my best". Which amusingly makes me wonder which Mago will do their best?

Aru says that the small Mago beat the real one at the end of their match! Heh.

Mizuha Cody goes up against Higuchi Guile (this is what Hameko predicted in the preview.) Higuchi says that it's the Captain match and he wants to do his best, but in the first two matches, there were mirror matches and he thought about whether he had one too, but the more he thought about it was the exact opposite and he hopes that the viewers can enjoy that kind of match too. Mizuha says he has practiced a lot for this match, more than others, and he wants to win.

Higuchi wins, so the away team Saishunkan Sol Kumamoto gets the interview. Nemo was worried when he lost to Rashid, but his teammates came through for the win, so he can sleep soundly tonight. Aru asks "so who is the real Naoki?" Nemo says of course it's him, since his team won. Shuto says he's glad he was finally able to show people his strength. And it wasn't just his win, he talked a lot with the team about strategy, and the win is because of the team. And also the small Mago inside of him. Aru asks whether his small Mago is a teammate, and Shuto says yes, that's case, and he's going to continue to continue to win with all 5 of his teammates. Aru asks whether beating teh real Mago is a big deal, and Shuto says that he usually plays based on his own advice, actually that's Mago's voice he hears, so he does feel indebted to Mago for that win. They ask YHC-Mochi his thoughts, and he said that while he wasn't able to play again today, he'll keep repeating that SFL is a team event, and the team winning is what is important, and our young players pulled it out, so he'll continue to support from the sidelines. Higuchi says he was somehow able to win, and for lunch he ate fish, and so it feels like he's doubling up here, but he was able to eat everything, and feels great. He cleaned his plate. Aru says that winning in an away position is big, Nemo replies that he's happy, and now he has to take Higuchi out for Sushi (they all talk about fish against - Higuchi says he want steak please!) Their next match is away, and since they won today they rose a lot, and he wants to chase after FAV Gaming to get to 2 or 3. Aru says that Shuto's win was a big contribution to the team, and Nemo says that he thought Shuto had lost confidence, but today's Shuto looked really strong, and was glad to see that Strong Shuto again.

7.3 Hiroshima TEAM iXA vs. Komyufa Detonation Gaming

First up is Crusher Birdie vs. Nauman Luke. Nauman says he'll do his best to avoid getting Crushed. Heh. Crusher says he's practiced the Luke matchup a lot, and wants to show that off. This was what Hameko predicted in the Warmup as well.

Second is Inaba Dictator vs. Takeuchi John Cody. Takeuchi John says that since he just lost to Dogura's Dictator, and it's a tough match-up for Cody, he really thought a lot about this, and came to a conclusion: now he thinks that Cody is favored in the matchup. Inaba says in response to hearing that Cody in favored in the matchup, he also watched that Dogura - Takeuchi John match, since he expected to face him as well. Now he knows everything about John-kun.

The Captain match is Storm Kubo Abigail vs. Itazan Abigail. Itazan says when he first started to use Abigail he practiced and learned a lot from his old master (Storm Kubo) and he wants to show just how much his already big Abigail has grown. When Aru confirms that, Itazan says his Abigail is still continuing to grow. In response to that (Aru prompts him with Itazan's Abigail growing bigger and bigger) Storm Kubo says it's a bit of a tangent, but being called his "old master" feels like an insult, and he's going to stop Itazan who only came rushing to him for help when Abigail was strong, he'll show him who the true Abigail is. Aru says that he'll show him the strength of someone who only uses Abigail? Storm Kubo says, well, I don't know about only using Abigail (lots of laughs) but he's going to do his best.

Itazan won, so it goes to the FT1 tie-breaker. Itazan puts up his own Abigail, Storm Kubo puts up Inaba Dictator. He said he really wanted to do his Abigail, but laughing … Itazan said that he prepared for Inaba Dictator in a previous World Warrior event, and thought it might come down to Inaba Dictator for the tiebreaker. He says he knows Everything about Inaba, so he'll win in a FT1. Inaba says he also wanted to see a leader mirror match, but he's prepared and wants to win.

Itazan won, so they get the post-game interview. Nauman says that he has many things to reflect on from the match, but Itazan was able to cover for him and he wants to pay back the favor. Takeuchi John says that it's pretty rough for him to lose when he said his character has the advantage, and he feels really bad but their Captain was able to win, and then win the tie-breaker and really carry them to the win. And he wants to be able to do that too. Thank you Itazan! Uryo thanks Itazan, and while he wasn't able to play, things went according to plan and he's fine with that. He'll do his best to contribute in October. Itazan says he thought "oh I see" when Nauman and Takeuchi John lost, and honestly the match with his ex-Master wasn't one he was looking forward to. The Abigail mirror is a bitter match, and he was worried about it, but was able to win in the end. And then in the FT1 reminded him of the difficult Sengoku Period of wars in Japan (either a historical reference, or an arcade reference, take your pick) thank you for the FT1 match, and he was able to play how he wanted. Today. He can sleep well tonight. Aru asks about winning in the Away match by shouldering the responsibility for the team as the leader. (Itazan says a lot of stuff yeah, just looking at the opponent in front of us, guess it can look like that if you phrase it that way, etc.) as the leader I was able to pull through. Asked about the next match, they have a week, he says in September they (mumble mumbler) and SFL is long, they have October coming up. (Something like that.)


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