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]

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tougeki 2012: stream links, prices revealed

Nico Nico revealed today the final details of Tougeki 2012 streams. The links and the pricing are as below.

Note that the pricing is the same as Tougeki 2010 (2 days / 12 titles).

    360 P4U lag patch is coming

    Atlus's official P4U PR Blog now posted an update regarding the "online match flaw on Xbox 360 version of P4U." This time the message came from Atlus's P4U game director Wada.

    He and the team apologized for the issue, and said that the patch was finished and is being tested. They will released the patch as soon as possible but there are still procedures (which they have nothing to do) before that, so they asked users to wait a little while. The information about the distribution date will be posted later.

    They promised that they will be more careful on quality control in the future. They then apologized for the issue again.

    Kubo announces P4U online tournament

    Kubo announced tonight that he will hold an online P4U tournament on August 3 (or this Friday) starting from 21:00 JST on his stream. The platform is, of course, PlayStation 3. He will accept only 32 players. The players must have at least 5-dan rank.

    Kubo plays P4U as main when he goes go the arcades. It is interesting to see if he will still keep UMvC3 as his main on the consoles or not. The arrival of the console versions of P4U clearly gives him new motivation.

    Kubo is the leading figure in UMvC3 scene in Japan. He was behind the first few offline MvC3 tournaments (KUBODSGARDEN and KVO). There will be a drastic change to the Japanese UMvC3 community if Kubo has lost interest in the game.

    Kubo the Debugger
    Although Kubo is known for playing less popular games as he loves air dash and air guard, his passion in FGs is more than most people. He bought minor FGs (even self-published PC games) just to try out. And the first things he did to the games is looking for glitches, unblockables, and infinites. (No wonder he discovered Kubota Escape, the glitch that became talk of the town at Evo 2012.) For P4U, he actually started collecting frame data from recorded videos of the arcade version since March.

    Kubo's stream channel on Nico Nico has the highest subscriber number in non-Street Fighter FG streams. He also shares the stream with Frieda and Tsujigawa who share the same interest.

    Kubo's achievements
    • Tougeki 2005 - Guilty Gear XX - Top 4
    • Tougeki 2006 - Melty Blood AC - 2nd place
    • Tougeki 2008 - Melty Blood AC - 1st place

    Monday, July 30, 2012

    Mago, Fuudo on Gunslinger Stratos trip to Osaka

    Mago, Fuudo, Nyanshi reportedly went to Osaka since Friday (July 27) for an unknown reason. All we heard is they went to play Gunslinger Stratos at Round 1 Umeda branch. And they are coming back.

    We suspect that this is a not-so-stealth promotion of the game arranged by Square Enix or the game center itself. Round 1 Umeda is known to be the only place in Japan that has 16 cabinets of Gunslinger Stratos. Could it be because the game center ordered so many then SE gave them a free promotion?

    Note that Osaka is 500 kilometer away from Tokyo. Traveling there is not cheap, especially to play a game at a game center. Another assumption is they went there to collect some stock footages of players in that region for TOPANGA League.

    Saturday, July 28, 2012

    Tougeki 2012: first stream details

    Tougeki producer just revealed a few minutes ago on tonight official pre-Tougeki 2012 P4U tournament that Tougeki 2012 will be streamed on Nico Nico and it will be pay-per-view.

    Tougeki started streaming on Nico Nico since 2010. The net ticket in both 2010 and 2011 were priced at 1,500 yen. But we expect the ticket to be priced higher than the last year since Tougeki 2012 has 8 titles, Tougeki 2011 had only 4.

    Tougeki 2012 Finals will be held together with Game Summer Festival 2012. The whole event will have stage shows of games from various genres, as well as concerts. It is organized by Enterbrain, the publisher of Famitsu and Arcadia magazine. Tougeki is also under its roof.

    Game Summer Festival 2012 will be held on August 4-5. The ticket (including the access to Tougeki 2012 venue ) prices are as below.
    • 4,500 yen for each day (early purchase)
    • 7,500 yen for both days (early purchase)
    • 5,500 yen for each day (actual date)
    • 8,500 yen for both days (actual date)

    Friday, July 27, 2012

    360 P4U lag issue statement posted by Atlus

    Atlus's official P4U PR Blog now posted a statement regarding the "online match's time lag issue on Xbox 360 version of P4U" (that we reported yesterday).

    They apologized and said they are "currently looking into the cause," and it "will take time."

    They also suggested users to try the following settings as a temporary fix.
    1. Custom Match
    2. Same Area Only
    3. Good Connection Only

    But it probably will not help, since Kubo did that exactly.

    The PR blog said they will post a follow-up report and asked the users to wait a little while.

    Game no Jikan 100: KayoPolice vs Nagisa in P4U

    The 100th episode of Game no Jikan show featured a P4U match between KayoPolice and Nagisa!

    The show this week introduces P4U and normally it's KayoPolice's duty to demonstrate the gameplay of a fighting game. But this time, Nagisa was actually the one who lead this.

    Due to the P4U Effect, Nagisa started fighting game because of it. Her character movements in the show was very impressive, especially considering she had never touched an arcade stick before KSK taught her -- 17 months ago.

    Nagisa's main is Yukiko, the character that she cosplayed.  KayoPolice, who did less homework, played Chie and Mitsuru.

    Nagisa is a model and a show personality (and a cosplayer) who co-hosts the show with KayoPolice and Kouji Watanabe (a game writer).

    The show also celebrated the 100th episode by showing the highlights of the past episodes.

    Pay-per-view pre-Tougeki P4U tournament planned

    Nico Nico announced today that it will stream pre-Tougeki 2012 P4U tournament on July 28 (this Saturday) starting from 23:00 JST.

    The double elimination tournament will have 8 players who already qualified the Tougeki 2012 Finals. The stream will be pay-per-view however. The net ticket is priced at 300 yen.

    It looks like this PPV tournament is Tougeki's idea. And it is very weird. We heard some of the names, but do not really know any of these players. They will also compete anyway in 1 on 1 format, same with this. There is also no indication whether this is offline or online.

    This is a blatant move if they really think they can just make money out of a stream of anyone who are good at a popular game. Because style and personality is much more important than being good alone.

    2 weeks later Umehara still playing Gunslinger Stratos

    Since Daigo Umehara rarely showed any interest in other games, we think it is big for him to spend an entire week playing Gunslinger Stratos. We follow reports closely to see how things go. Here is the new update.

    Two weeks after the release date of Gunslinger Stratos, Umehara is still playing the game. He plays it every single day including today according to daily report.

    Recently, his team usually consists of him, Fuudo, Mago, and Kana Ueda. Ueda is the famous voice actress (and a game lover) we already mentioned several times. She worked with Umehara on promoting Gunslinger Stratos appearing together in events. She also bought his book when it came out. It looks like they are now friends. She was seen playing in his team several times after work.

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

    GODSGARDEN streaming P4U

    As you probably noticed from the previous post, P4U is now released in Japan. It is now okay to stream the gameplay. (Since Nico Nico prohibits the streaming of a game before its release date.) Kubo already streamed once 45 minutes after midnight.

    GODSGARDEN's casual stream (aka Ura Kao TV) began streaming a few minutes ago. The players are Kazunoko, Naruo, Nekojita.

    Kazunoko is already good at this game and was able to beat Shiro 14-8 in the latest duel in the arcade on July 18. And now, Shiro is planning to strike Kazunoko on the stream.

    Updates on what happened
    - Kazunoko introduced the systems and characters to Naruo and viewers.
    - Kazunoko thinks Sanada is weak, not recommended to beginners.
    - Naruo dislikes charge characters and robots. He picked Hanamura.
    - KSK picked Kanji and finished most of trials offscreen.
    - Kazunoko gives advices as KSK and Naruo play against each other.
    - Nekojita already knows how to play. He plays as Kuma, has around 300 PSR in arcade.
    - Kazunoko thinks Chie, Mitsuru, Aigis are the strongest.

    360 version of P4U and unplayable lag online

    In case you didn't see our urgent post and the stream, we want to give you an important update about P4U.

    Kubo bought both PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of P4U and tried the online play on his stream. The 360 version had an unplayable lag (heavy slowdown). He tested with 4 different users. He also tried switching back and forth to training mode. The problem was really the online play.

    He then tried the PS3 version. The online play was okay on PS3.

    You probably know Kubo as an UMvC3 player, but when he goes to the arcades, he plays P4U as main game.

    Umehara talk show announced for Shibuya Message Festival 2012

    Daigo Umehara announced tonight on TOPANGA TV that he will have his own talk show at Shibuya Message Festival on August 5. The event is a big cultural festival. It has music contest, performances, and talk shows.

    As previously reported, this is the reason he cancelled the appearance in Tougeki 2012's 3rd Strike tournament.

    - The recorded stream is here (Umehara starts at 1:44:00). 
    - Tokido is going to Singapore this week.
    - Umehara said Singapore's chicken rice is delicious.
    - Umehara said Sako told him some Gen countermeasures when they were at airport.
    - Interesting coincidence: Umehara rarely appears on a stream, but he appeared at the same time with Nana Mizuki (Japan's No.1 singer voice actress in popularity). She was on Nico Nico stream to promote new single. The last time she was on the stream was one year ago.

    Tuesday, July 24, 2012

    P4U is coming

    This Thursday, or next 2 days, the console version of Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena will be released in Japan. We think it will be one of the biggest impacts in JFGC (Japan Fighting Game Community) in past 4 years. So let's talk about it a bit.

    Key elements:

    1. Persona 4 or Shin Megami Tensei/Persona series in general already has large fan base in Japan.
    2. It's going to be on console.
    3. It's developed by a veteran FG developer (Arc System Works).
    4. It corrected the mistakes in BlazBlue.

    Persona 4 series is big in Japan. The original game was released in 2008. The six-month long anime just ended in March, a theatrical version was released last month. The PS Vita version was also released last month. Various merchandises are still being released (such as this or this or this or this). Moreover, it has a lot of female fans. (It is actually branded as a series for girls who are into homosexual (Fujoshi) in Japan.) Some of those is picking up P4U as first fighting game. Many people also said that you can attract girls at game centers if you're good at this game.

    While people don't like Arc System Works for what they did in BlazBlue, the fact that P4U is co-produced and directed by Atlus staff probably helps.

    There're 2 big problems in BlazBlue. First, it doesn't have an art direction. The characters is like a compilation of works submitted by kids.

    Street Fighter and the likes are about martial artists. Samurai Shodown is about samurai. Darkstalkers is about legendary creatures. Otaku fighters are about girls. Comic/anime fighters already have story. But does anyone know what is the concept behind BlazBlue?

    The second problem in BlazBlue is it's TOO combo-friendly. The hit-stun is crazy long and makes the combo window too wide. The Burst is very limited. So while it's easier to combo, you don't have a proper way to deal with it.

    P4U doesn't have these problems. It has average combo window. Burst can also be refilled within the round.

    Is Japan moving to a new era?
    The rise of Daigo Umehara in Street Fighter IV since 2009 created a fighting game boom in Japan. That's when JFGC as we know today (organizations and visible audience) was born and SF4 was crowned. But right now, he participates less tournaments and is busy with Gungslinger Stratos. Fans who follow SF4 only because of him, like Beast Note, is abandoning the ship. Less viewers mean less players, since many people only play when it matters. And when players only train before a tournament, it makes competition meaningless.

    These days, there's no nagging for SF4 like in the past anymore on GODSGARDEN's stream. The decrease in demand of SF4 also leads to a power vacuum. People will watch anything on the stream -- it doesn't matter anyway. They can't tell which side is the majority, and are afraid to express their feelings (like/dislike). People now come to meet, not come to watch. The atmosphere has changed from a soccer stadium to a cafeteria. The unison of comment screaming of hype (picture below) is hard to pull now outside a big tournament match.

    If SF4 is truly fading, then Japan is in the process of choosing its next main fighting game. What will it be?

    Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 was improved greatly from the original game. The X-Factor is now better than SF4's Ultra Combo. It now has decent gameplay. But you know, Japan is not going to play a game with half of the casts come from the series they don't appreciate. There're much less online players than SF4. There's also no arcade scene, which means less activities.

    Street Fighter x Tekken has too many reasons to fail.

    King of Fighters died with its art directions in 1998.

    3D fighters can't be big as long as they can't convince the viewers that there're something underlying those moves. They need to reinvent themselves and overcome the Poke Juggler stigma. Note that when big explosions, a cut-in of a character screaming something, and a cool finishing move are the definition of fighting in manga/anime, the Japanese wouldn't expect less.

    P4U has the best chance. It has everything it needs - fan base, directions, solid and flashy gameplay. And it's getting players from both SF4 and BlazBlue/Guilty Gear community.

    Shiro, Shungoku Neurosis, Kazunoko (originally a Guilty Gear player), Dogura, Kubo (also a BlazBlue player) are playing. Sako, KSK (and his crews), RF will play on the consoles. More well-known players are expected to follow when they realized that there're viewers from both inside and outside the community.

    But to be honest, it'll be tough to replace SF4. At least not until Tougeki 2012 and the next TOPANGA League A. We are far from being a fan of Persona 4 series, and we still think that Ougon Musou Kyoku is better. But the arrival of P4U is more than noteworthy.

    Saturday, July 21, 2012

    Shiro, Shungoku Neurosis play P4U on Geccha!

    Shiro and Shungoku Neurosis appeared on Geccha! yesterday to show some Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Area gameplay.

    Shiro was an Abel player and is a Makoto player in SF4, but he recently devoted a lot of time to P4U to the point that we think he is switching main game.

    Shiro's main character is Mitsuru. S. Neurosis's is Chie.

    Geccha! is an Internet game show on Nico Nico that introduce new games weekly. The show is cohosted by Ayana Tsubaki, a transsexual personality/model who is into fighting games.

    The console version of P4U will be released in Japan on July 26.

    Thursday, July 19, 2012

    SBO2012: Umehara cancels 3rd Strike

    Haitani revealed almost 2 weeks ago that Daigo Umehara will not participate in Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike in Tougeki 2012.

    On April 28, Haitani and Momochi successfully convinced Umehara to join them for 3rd Strike tournament in this year Tougeki. But when Tougeki announced its date of the finals on May 24, Umehara found out that there is a schedule conflict. He already has a plan on that day.

    However, Haitani and Momochi team will still compete even with 2 members.

    Tougeki 2012 will be held between August 4-5, and 3rd Strike is on the second day.

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

    Umehara main game now is Gunslinger Stratos?

    According to the reports, it is revealed that Daigo Umehara is spending many hours everyday playing Gunslinger Stratos since it was released to the arcades on July 12.

    As you know, Umehara was always at Taito Station Shinjuku Minami-guchi branch playing SSF4AE2012. But now he moved to somewhere else that has 8 cabinets of Gunslinger Stratos. The Shinjuku Minami-guchi branch has only 4 cabinets.

    Umehara was seen playing at Taito Station Big Box Takadanobaba (6th floor inside this building) and 2 other places in Ikebukuro.

    Fuudo, Mago, Tokido, Nyanshi were also seen playing with Umehara.

    Umehara has been appointed as the "official supporter" of Gunslinger Stratos by Square Enix in January. Later in April, Team Umehara (Umehara, Mago, Tokido, Fuudo) was formed for location test. We also expect to see the team compete in next year's official tournaments that have 10 million yen payout.

    All the cabinets in the country are linked, so people have a chance to play with famous players using auto-matching even they are in different game centers. It is still unclear whether Umehara is hired to play intensively or not, but the strategy surely draws a lot of people to the game centers.

    Umehara used to say in a magazine interview that he considered playing Gunslinger Stratos as a main game (beside the Famitsu interview where he said 2012 is about SF4 and GS). We thought it was just a humor at that time.

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

    Gunslinger Stratos final trailer released

    Square Enix released the final trailer of Gunslinger Stratos today. The trailer introduces characters, gameplay, missions, as well as new areas: Saitama, Nagoya, Yokohama. The theme song of the game that you hear "Transfer" is from "livetune adding Nakajima Megumi." Megumi Nakajima is  the voice actress/singer who provided voice and songs for Ranka Lee character in Macross Frontier anime.

    Gunslinger Stratos is an arcade 4 on 4 light-gun shooter that lets players battle in stages based off real locations in Japan. Players can buy new equipments and customize their characters. All the cabinets in Japan are linked so players around the country can team up or compete against each other. All the data and statistics will be saved using arcade player card (NESiCA) and can be accessed via cellphone. The game will be released on July 12 or tomorrow in Japan.

    Gunslinger Stratos tournaments offer 10 million yen prizes

    Square Enix announced just now the details of the official tournaments of its arcade 4 on 4 light-gun shooter Gunslinger Stratos that will be released on July 12 (or tomorrow).

    Two separated tournaments will be held in Tokyo (Tokyo Big Sight) and Osaka (Intex Osaka). The most important thing is the sum total of the prize money is 10 million yen. This makes the tournament the highest-paying arcade game tournament in Japan history.

    The first tournament in Tokyo will be held in January 2013. The second one in Osaka will be in Summer of 2013.

    Also in the news, the theme song of the game "Transfer" which you can hear in its final trailer is sung by Megumi Nakajima who provided voice and songs for Ranka Lee character in Macross Frontier anime.

    - Announcement from Square Enix
    - News from 4Gamer.net
    - News from Dengeki
    - News from Famitsu

    Tuesday, July 10, 2012

    [Ougon Musou Kyoku Cross] J's combo video #7

    J, the top Ougon Musou Kyoku player, uploaded his new combo video on Friday. These combos are from patch 2.31.

    Combo #1
    Rosa & Kanon vs. Battler & Beatrice
    Hit: 22
    Damage: 3208
    Cost: 5 SP

    Combo #2
    Lambdadelta & George vs. Battler & Beatrice
    Hit: 39
    Damage: 3987 + dizzy
    Cost: 3 SP

    Combo #3 (He uses SP Cancel to cancel Heart Warming into Ranbu to pull opponent off the ground for combo)
    Lambdadelta & Willard vs. Battler & Beatrice
    Hit: 31
    Damage: 2906 + dizzy
    Cost: 5 SP

    Combo #4 (He uses SP Cancel to cancel Muteki Punch into Ranbu to catch falling opponent)
    Jessica & Willard vs. Battler & Beatrice
    Hit: 43
    Damage: 4374 + dizzy
    Cost: 3+3 SP

    Combo #5 (He uses SP Cancel to cancel Go Sakutaro into See You Again to catch falling opponent)
    Ange & Willard vs. Battler & Beatrice
    Hit: 8
    Damage: 2116 + dizzy
    Cost: 1 SP

    Combo #6
    Bernkastel & Battler vs. Battler & Beatrice
    Hit: 65
    Damage: 3044 + dizzy
    Cost: 3 SP

    Combo #7 (Combo after throw. He uses SP Cancel to cancel normal cat into SP cat to pull opponent off the ground for combo)
    Bernkastel & Willard vs. Battler & Beatrice
    Hit: 45
    Damage: 3664
    Cost: 2 SP

    Combo #8 (For jumping opponent, using the same concept as above.)
    Bernkastel & Willard vs. Battler & Beatrice
    Hit: 43
    Damage: 4153 + dizzy
    Cost: 2+1 SP

    Combo #9
    Ronove & Willard vs. Ronove & Shannon
    Hit: 117
    Damage: 9011
    Cost: 6+5 SP (He gains 1+1 SP back during combo.)

    Monday, July 9, 2012

    Evolution 2012 Day 3 summary

    - July 8, stream starts at 10 am.
    - Timestamp is local time (Las Vegas)
    - Evolution 2012 Day 0 summary
    - Evolution 2012 Day 1 summary
    - Evolution 2012 Day 2 summary
    - Nico to stream GODSGARDEN Evo 2012 public viewing 
    - Evo 2012 now finished, Umehara got 5th place - news from Famitsu

    Soulcalibur V
    - Kamaage, Decopon, ruka are Japanese.
    10:25 [Losers] Cafeld Kura (Patroklos) 0-2 Woahhz (Patroklos) *20500 viewers
    10:31 [Losers] Kamaage (Mitsurugi) 1-2 Shining Decopon (Tira) *26100 viewers
    10:41 [Winners] Something-unique (Pyrrha) 2-0 Xephukai (Astaroth) *28400 viewers
    10:51 [Winners] crna ruka (Patroklos) 1-2 Shen Chan (Cervantes) *34100 viewers
    11:02 [Losers] Woahhz (Patroklos) 2-1 Xephukai (Patroklos) *33500 viewers
    11:12 [Losers] Shining Decopon (Tira) 2-0 crna ruka (Patroklos) *34300 viewers
    11:21 [Winners Final] Something-unique (Pyrrha) 0-2 Shen Chan (Cervantes) *36600 viewers
    11:28 [Losers] Shining Decopon (Tira) 2-0 Woahhz (Patroklos) *38800 viewers
    11:36 [Losers Final] Shining Decopon (Tira) 2-0 Something-unique (Pyrrha) *40400 viewers
    11:46 [Grand Final] Shining Decopon (Tira) 3-1 Shen Chan (Cervantes) *44100 viewers *Decopon thought he won after winning only first 2 games
    12:00 [Grand Final 2] Shining Decopon (Tira) 2-0 Shen Chan (Cervantes) *46000 viewers

    [Losers] Combofiend/MikeRoss (Julia/Marduk) 0-2 Infiltration/Laugh (Rolento/Ryu) *31000 viewers
    [Winners] Tokido/Fuudo (Chun/Ryu) 0-2 Ricky Ortiz/PR Rog (Ruf/Ryu) *42600 viewers
    12:49 [Losers] Tokido/Fuudo (Chun/Ryu) 0-2 Infiltration/Laugh (Rolento/Ryu) *46700 viewers
    12:59 [Grand Final] Ricky Ortiz/PR Rog (Ruf/Ryu) 0-2 Infiltration/Laugh (Rolento/Ryu) *47300 viewers
    13:05 [Grand Final 2] Ricky Ortiz/PR Rog (Ruf/Ryu) 0-2 Infiltration/Laugh (Rolento/Ryu) *48700 viewers

    Mortal Kombat 9
    13:44 [Losers] CD JR 2-0 M2 Dave *39400 viewers
    13:49 [Losers] Tyrant 0-2 IGL MIT *41800 viewers
    13:59 [Winners] Pig of the Hut 2-0 XBlades *45100 viewers *PotH didn't know any Fatality so he went to the movelist during the match and still couldn't do it.
    14:04 [Winners] PerfectLegend 2-0 4EverKing *49100 viewers
    14:09 [Losers] CD JR 2-1 XBlades *53500 viewers
    14:19 [Losers] IGL MIT 2-1 4EverKing *59900 viewers *MIT used hidden select in 2nd game for some fun
    14:28 [Winners Final] Pig of the Hut 1-2 PerfectLegend *60800 viewers
    14:37 [Losers] CD JR 2-0 IGL MIT *61600 viewers
    14:44 [Losers Final] CD JR 2-1 Pig of the Hut *65600 viewers
    14:57 [Grand Final] PerfectLegend 3-1 CD JR *67800 viewers

    Virtua Fighter
    - Shironuko is Japanese
    15:23 [] ItaZan 0-3 Shironuko *41000 viewers
    15:29 [Grand Final] Fuudo (Shun Di) 3-0 Shironuko (El Blaze) *46400 viewers

    15:52 [Losers] Lacid 2-1 Yang Yao Ren *48500 viewers
    16:06 [Losers] Mad Kof 2-1 Reynald *59500 viewers
    16:24 [Winners] Guts 1-2 Verna *60100 viewers
    16:39 [Winners] Romance 1-2 Bala *62100 viewers
    16:54 [Losers] Guts 2-0 Lacid *66900 viewers
    17:08 [Losers] Mad Kof 2-0 Romance *68200 viewers
    17:18 [Losers] Mad Kof 2-0 Guts *66800 viewers
    17:28 [Winners Final] Verma 0-2 Bala *66400 viewers
    17:38 [Losers Final] Mad Kof 2-0 Verna *70500 viewers
    17:49 [Grand Final] Mad Kof 3-2 Bala *90200 viewers *Bala random selected his team in the 5th game but cancelled
    18:13 [Grand Final 2] Mad Kof 3-1 Bala *peak 90500 viewers, average 83000

    19:20 [Losers] Y2J 0-3 Frutsy *76300 viewers
    19:31 [Losers] Justin Wong 1-3 ChrisG *81900 viewers
    19:44 [Winners] Infrit 3-0 Flocker *87300 viewers
    19:53 [Winners] F.Champ 3-2 Combofiend *92100 viewers *Combofiend got first 2 games.
    20:14 [Losers] ChrisG 3-1 Flocker *91700 viewers
    20:27 [Losers] Frutsy 1-3 Combofiend
    20:39 [Losers] ChrisG 3-1 Combofiend
    20:50 [Winners] F.Champ 2-3 Infrit *92800 viewers
    21:14 [Losers Final] F.Champ 3-2 ChrisG *92100 viewers *very close match/last round
    21:35 [Grand Final] F.Champ 3-0 Infrit *96800 viewers
    21:42 [Grand Final 2] F.Champ 3-2 Infrit *98100 viewers *Infrit missed a big opportunity when he couldn't close the 2nd game.

    22:29 [Losers] Poongko (Set) 0-2 Xiaohai (Cam)*34280 viewers
    22:34 [Losers] GamerBee (Ado) 2-0 Dieminion (Gui)
    22:40 [Winners] PR Rog (Box) 2-0 Humanbomb (Sak) *69300 viewers
    22:47 [Winners] Infiltration (Aku) 2-0 Daigo Umehara (Ryu)
    22:54 [Losers] Humanbomb (Sak) 0-2 GamerBee (Ado)
    23:00 [Losers] Xiaohai (Cam) 2-0 Daigo Umehara (Ryu) *peak & average viewers unknown but it was 80000 viewers right after the match ended
    23:08 [Losers] GamerBee (Ado) 2-1 Xiaohai (Cam) *78500 viewers
    23:19 [Winners] Infiltration (Aku) 2-0 PR Rog (Box) *76600 viewers
    23:25 [Losers] GamerBee (Ado) 2-0 PR Rog (Box) *77100 viewers
    23:33 [Grand Final] GamerBee (Ado) 0-3 Infiltration (Aku) *77700 viewers

    8:59 - More than 80 attendees now at GG event (GODSGARDEN Evo 2012 public viewing)
    9:30 - Nico stream starts with Kami-chan and Ren.
    9:40 - A Namco's Soulcalibur V developer now on Nico stream, replacing Ren.
    10:22 - Commentators: Aris & Markman.
    12:12 - Decopon didn't know it's FT3 in grand final. He thought he won after winning 2 games. He thought his opponent wanted to highfive when trying to explain.
    12:16 - Mike Ross and Gootecks appear. They interview in the hall.
    12:16 - Nekojita and Naruno replace Kami-chan and SC guy on Nico stream.
    12:26 - Commentators: UltraDavid and Reepal
    13:37 - Commentators on Nico: Ren and Frieda
    13:43 - Commentators: MedinaTV and Delriach
    15:22 - Commentators: LA akira and shidosha
    15:43 - Video of Zhi asking stupid questions to people while acting stupid (like always). Why do they force people to watch this on main stream? (This time Umehara and KayoPolice are the victims.)
    15:52 - Commentators: hellpockets and meta_abe
    17:53 - OMG hellpockets guy burped during the match quite loud.
    18:34 - Commentators on Nico: Kami-chan and Frieda
    18:49 - Tekken Tag Tournament combo video and exhibition match
    19:16 - Niitsuma (MvC3 producer) is on the stage, but nothing happended.
    19:19 - Commentators: Magus and Yipes
    20:58 - Nico stream surpassing 150,000 attendees.
    22:08 - Awards time.
    22:12 - Air throw exhibition video
    22:24 - Nuki appears on Nico stream.
    22:29 - Commentators: Seth Killian and James Chen

    Updates from Nico stream (right after Evo stream)
    - Timestamp in JST
    16:00 - Ayano (new SF4 producer) appears.
    16:13 - MadCatz's Japanese staff and Markman appear.
    16:28 - GamerBee and Karaface appear. GamerBee wanted to rematch with Umehara.
    16:33 - Ryan Hart, Infiltration, Laugh appear. (Nuki asked RH in Japanese, RH asked Laugh in English, Laugh asked Infiltration in Korean!) Infil said he studied Umehara matchup from videos.
    16:45 - There're 128 people at the event. The stream ends with 200,000+ attendees, 137,000+ comments.

    Salty Suite (money match)
    - We don't have all the results, this's just what we have.
    - This happened after Evo.
    Fuudo (Fei) 2-5 Latif (Vip)
    Nyanshi (Sag) 2-3 Humanbomb (Sak)
    Xiaohai (Cam) 3-1 Kazunoko (Yun)
    Bon-chan (Sag) 5-2 Fword (Ibu)

    Days after Day 3
    - Choco group, Umehara group, UMvC3 group are in the same flight back. And the flight was being delayed.

    Sunday, July 8, 2012

    Nico to stream GODSGARDEN's Evo 2012 public viewing event

    It's revealed a couple days ago that Nico Nico will be streaming GODSGARDEN's Evolution 2012 public viewing event on Sunday night in Japan (or another 5 hours).

    The Evolution public viewing event is similar to the one that GODSGARDEN used to do last year where people come to watch the last day of Evolution together. It will also be held at the same place.

    We used to talk about the possibility of having Nico Nico stream Evo since last year for more exposure. Although this thing is not exactly it, it's close and good enough.

    The stream is not a mirror of the Evo stream. It'll have Japanese commentators and will show only the reactions of the attendees. It'll also act as an exclusive chat room to the Japanese viewers at home.

    More details of the event.
    - Hosted by Kami-chan (Soulcalibur V player) and Ren (BlazBlue player) of GODSGARDEN
    - Guest commentators: Frieda, Nekojita, Naruo
    - Open: July 8, 23:00
    - Close: July 9, 16:00
    - Entrance fee: 1500 yen (1000 yen for female, free for 60 years old and over)

    If you still remember, the legend of Itabashi Zangief weeping came from the event last year. (He started crying happy tears when Fuudo came back on Poongko after struggling.) ItaZan weeping (板ザン号泣) later became a JFGC Internet meme.

    Evolution 2012 Day 2 summary

    - July 7
    - Evolution 2012 Day 0 summary
    - Evolution 2012 Day 1 summary
    - Evolution 2012 Day 3 summary
    - Event report by 4Gamer.net

    Tournament of Legends (SF2T)
    - Stream (before top 8)
    - Brackets
    XX:XX Umehara 3-0 Jason Wilson
    18:50 Tokido (Claw) 3-0 Laugh (Ken/Dic) *3400 viewers
    18:57 RizOne (Dic) 3-2 John Choi (Sag/Ryu)
    19:13 ultracombo 0-3 Jason Cole
    19:19 Umehara (Box) 3-1 (0-2, 2-1, 2-0, 2-0) Jason Cole (Dha)
    19:25 Umehara (Box/Ryu) 3-1 (0-2, 2-1, 2-0, 2-0) RizOne (Dic)
    19:35 DVG (Ryu) 2-3 Kusumondo (Hon)
    19:43 MAO (Claw) 3-1 Ganleon (Claw) *5400 viewers
    19:50 James Chen (Cam) 3-0 Jason Cole (Dha/Sag)
    19:55 Wolmar (Dha) 3-0 Alex Valle (Ryu) *6000 viewers
    20:07 sako (Haw) 0-3 Ganleon (Claw) *5900 viewers
    20:12 [Losers] Alex Valle (Ryu) 0-3 Ganleon (Claw)
    20:19 Wolmar (Hon) 0-3 MAO (Claw)
    20:24 DVG (Ryu) 3-0 CVital (Dha/Chun)
    20:34 The stream went down.
    20:48 Snake Eyez (Zan) 1-3 Damdai (Ryu)
    20:51 Laugh (Dha) 0-3 Marsgatti (Gui)
    21:03 Kusumondo (Hon) 3-1 Damdai (Ryu)
    21:11 James Chen (Cam) 0-3 MonGoloRobocop (Chun)
    21:19 Damdai (Ryu) 3-0 MonGoloRobocop (Chun)
    21:29 Marsgatti (Gui) 3-2 Wolmar (Dha)
    21:39 Snake Eyez (Zan) 2-3 Ultracombo (Sag)
    21:49 DVG (Ryu) 2-3 Ultracombo (Sag) *6300 viewers
    22:05 RizOne (Dic) 3-2 DVG (Ryu)
    22:14 AfroLegends (Box) 3-1 (1-2, 2-0, 2-0, 2-0) Tokido (Claw) *7600 viewers
    22:26 Tokido (Claw) 3-1 (2-1, 1-1, 2-0, 2-1) Ganleon (Claw)

    Top 8
    00:53 [Losers] Riz0ne (Dic) 1-3 Tokido (Claw) *25500 viewers
    1:00 [Losers] Damdai (Ryu/Haw) 3-1 Marsgatti (Gui) *26600 viewers
    2-0 *Damdai changed to Hawk
    1:07 [Winners] MAO (Claw) 0-3 Kusumondo (Hon) *27200 viewers
    1-21:1X [Winners] Umehara (Box) 1-3 AfroLegends (DJ) *27500 viewers
    1:23 [Losers] Damdai (Ken) 1-3 MAO (Claw)
    1:29 [Winners Final] AfroLegends (DJ) 0-0 Kusumondo (Hon)
    1:39 [Losers] Umehara (Box) 3-1 Tokido (Claw)
    1:47 [Losers] Umehara (Box) 0-3 MAO (Claw)
    1:51 [Losers Final] AfroLegends (Box) 1-3 MAO (Claw)
    1:57 [Grand Final 1] MAO (Claw) 3-1 Kusumondo (Hon)
    2:08 [Grand Final 2] MAO (Claw) 3-2 Kusumondo (Hon) *28200 viewers

    13:24 Abegen 0-2 Jan *40600 viewers
    14:21 Mago 2-0 PolishMafia *44100 viewers
    16:26 Renegade 0-2 Tokido
    17:31 [Winners] Tokido 1-2 Fanatiq
    17:48 [Winners] Cho 2-0 Flook *43800 viewers
    18:2X [Winners] F. Champ 3-0 Kubo *29900 viewers
    19:05 Evil 0-3 Mame Spider
    20:12 Clockwork 0-3 Mame Spider
    20:37 [Winners] Frutsy 0-3 Cho *45700 viewers
    23:08 [Winners] F.Champ 3-0 Cho *49500 viewers
    23:39 [Losers] Chris G 3-1 Cho *46200 viewers

    SFxTK Top 4
    [Winners] Fuudo/Tokido vs. Ricky Ortiz/PR Rog (to play on Sunday)

    Updates (offstream results)
    11:30 - [SFxTK Losers] Umezono qualified his pool.
    12:20 - [SFxTK Losers] MomoChoco qualified his/her pool.
    12:25 - [SFxTK Winners] Kazunoko qualified his pool.
    12:43 - sako and GamerBee formed a team named "Team 1979" (that's when they're born)
    13:47 - Daigo Umehara will have autograph session between 3-4 pm. at MadCatz booth.
    13:58 - [UMvC3] Mame Spider qualified his pool.
    14:05 - Latest KOF13 brackets [pic1] [pic2]
    15:02 - [KOF13] Cabbage eliminated Kaoru.
    15:10 - Latest KOF13 brackets [pic]
    15:17 - The line waiting for Umehara's photo/autograph session @MadCatz booth [pic]
    15:18 - [Virtua Fighter] Tokido sent GamerBee to Losers.
    15:29 - [UMvC3] Mago went to Losers.
    15:46 - [UMvC3 Losers] Mago is eliminated.
    15:52 - [UMvC3 Losers] Momochi qualified his pool.
    16:14 - [UMvC3 Winners] Kubo qualified his pool.
    16:17 - [SFxTK Winners] Fuudo/Tokido team qualified his pool.
    16:35 - [SFxTK Winners] sako/GamerBee vs. Dieminion/Wolfkrone
    17:05 - [SFxTK Winners] Eita/Kindevu lost to Ricky Ortiz/PR Rog.
    17:11 - [SFxTK Winners] Kazunoko/Bon-chan team is still in.
    17:16 - Kindevu playing CvS2 side tournament.
    17:25 - [SFxTK Winners] MOV/Poongko team qualified his pool.
    17:58 - [SFxTK] sako (Chun-Li)/GamerBee (Julia) team now in Losers.
    18:14 - [UMvC3 Winners] Cho qualified his pool.
    18:15 - [SFxTK] sako/GamerBee and MomoChoco are eliminated.
    18:40 - [SFxTK] It seems that the EVO staff made a mistake by making sako/GamerBee play a wrong opponent. They're supposed to play more now, but GamerBee already went back to hotel so the team is disqualified.
    21:18 - [UMvC3] Mame Spider is eliminated.
    XX:XX - KSK/KayoPolice (Hugo/Poison) competing in SFxTK [pic]

    Saturday, July 7, 2012

    Evolution 2012 Day 1 summary

    - July 6
    - Evolution Day 0 summary
    - Event report from 4Gamer.net

    • Vicious Hellsing (Jur) 0-2 Bon-chan (Sag)
    • Laugh (Ryu) 2-0 Booth (Hon)
    • Baybladex (Box/Gen) 0-2 Mr. SNK (Hon)
    • blackskillz (DJ) 2-1 Lexy (Chun)
    • Karasjet (DJ) 0-2 Tokido (Aku)
    • Warahk (Gui) 0-2 Air (Ryu)
    • sidthesquid (Hon) 0-2 Mike Ross (Hon)
    • Online Tony (Set) 2-0 Ruin (Aku)
    • Cameron (Ado) 0-2 Tokido (Aku)
    • Zhi (Zan) 2-1 Viscant (DJ)
    • 11:50 [Winners] Tokido (Aku) 1-2 Eric Hai (Ryu) *Tokido played carelessly and lost after a big lead in last round
    • Air (Ryu) 2-0 Huang (Zan)
    • 12:18 Kazunoko (Yun) 2-0 Onilord (Oni)
    • Latif (Vip) 2-0 Onielsky (Bla)
    • 12:30 Umehara (Ryu) 2-0 (2-1, 2-1) Woolie (Bla) *great first round ultra finish in 2nd game
    • LI Joe (Sag) 2-0 VerticalStyle (Dic)
    • Sherm (Yun) 1-2 Poongko (Set)
    • CJ Truth (Fei) 2-0 Paramisery (Zan)
    • Dakou (Ryu/Fei) 2-1 Mike Chow (Abe)
    • James Chen (Cam) 2-0 shinryuken (Yun)
    • Dakou (Ryu) 1-2 Kazunoko (Yun) *36700 viewers
    • Latif (Vip) 2-0 sange_tencho (Fei)
    • Dogura (Dic) 2-0 Vic the slik (Dic)
    • 14:00 Umehara (Ryu) 2-0 (2-0, 2-0) DR-Ray (Fei) *37600 viewers
    • Chilldog (Zan) 0-2 Alex Valle (Ryu)
    • Ryan Hart (Sag/Ryu) 0-2 Filipino Man (Ros) *36700 viewers
    • 14:32 ChocoBlanka (Bla) 2-0 (2-0, 2-0) MyLegBroke (Fei) *38300 viewers
    • 14:41 Uryo (Sak) 2-0 (2-0, 2-0) Roogle (Ros) *a keyboard player *39000 viewers
    • 14:47 sako (Ibu) 2-0 Joel (Fue) *39600 viewers
    • 15:10 Deedogg (Gui/Box) 0-2 Kindevu (Set) *39500 viewers
    • Haagendazs (Set) 0-2 Min (Hon) *37500 viewers
    • 15:22 Eita (Aku) 1-2 ClakeyD (Ibu) *37600 viewers *Eita made some gesture after winning first game *perfect in last round
    • 15:32 sako (Ibu) 2-0 Ismael (Ryu) *38000 viewers
    • Adam (Haw) 0-1 Dieminion (Gui) *38700 viewers
    • [Losers] DeeDogg (Box/Gui) 0-2 Xian (Gen) *39300 viewers
    • Mr. Naps (E.Ryu) 2-0 Alfonso (Aku/Ken) *37300 viewers
    • Luken (Ryu) 1-1 Buktooth (Ibu) *36300 viewers
    • iPeru (Fue) 2-0 Dragonfist (Guy) *37100 viewers
    • Mago (Fei) 2-0 Noah (Dic) *39000 viewers
    • Infiltration (Aku) 2-0 Bahn (Ros) *41000 viewers
    • 801Strider (Abe) 2-0 Vogel (Sag)
    • 16:52 Haitani (Mak) 2-0 Ugly JoeCamel (Vip) *41700 viewers
    • John Choi (Ryu) 2-0 Richard Nguyen (Ado)
    • 17:02 Kokujin (Ryu) 2-1 OCR Mike D (Dic) *42800 viewers
    • 17:12 Itabashi Zangief (Zan) 0-2 Snafoo (Dha) *41300 viewers
    • Infiltration (Aku) 2-1 Chris (Ken) *41700 viewers
    • iPeru (Fue) 2-0 Cesar de Alba (Ros) *41600 viewers
    • Mr. Naps (E.Ryu) 2-1 Gordortz (Fue) *41300 viewers

    Quarter finals
    18:56 [Winners] Justin Wong (Ruf) 1-1 (2-1, 1-2, 2-0) Kazunoko (Yun) *32000 viewers
    19:07 [Winners] sako (Ibu) 1-2 (2-1, 1-2, 1-2) Kindevu (Cam) *perfect in 1st round by Kindevu
    19:20 [Winners] Dieminion (Gui) 2-0 (2-1, 1-2, 2-0) Uryo (Vip) *39000 viewers
    19:28 [Winners] Umehara (Ryu) 2-0 (2-0*, 2-0) Alex Smith (Abe/Juri) *perfect in 2nd round
    19:33 [Winners] Evans (Fei) 1-2 (2-1, 0-2, 0-2) Poongko (Set) *42100 viewers
    19:41 [Winners] Veloc1raptor (Gouken) 0-2 (0-2, 0-2) Fuudo (Fei) *41100 viewers
    19:48 [Winners] Justin Wong (Ruf) 0-2 (1-2, 1-2) Hsien Chang (Yun) *42000 viewers *very close last round
    19:57 [?] Mago (Fei) 0-2 (0-2, 0-2) Dieminion (Gui) *44600 viewers
    20:04 [Winners] Chris G (Sak) 0-2 (1-2, 1-2) Poongko (Set) *45300 viewers
    20:13 [Winners] John Choi (Ryu) 2-0 Mr. Naps *46000 viewers
    20:20 [Losers] DRS Chris (Ken) 2-1 Chris G (Sak) *44500 viewers
    20:29 [Losers] sako (Ibu) 2-1 (2-0, 0-1, 2-0) ClakeyD (Ibu) *perfect in last round
    20:37 [] Infiltration (Aku) 2-0 iPeru (Fue)
    20:42 [Winners] Hsien Chang (Yun) 0-2 (1-2, 1-2) Umehara (Ryu) *nice first round
    20:51 [Winners] PR Rog (Box) 2-0 (2-1, 2-0) Fuudo (Fei) *perfect in 1st round of 2nd game
    20:58 [Losers] sako (Ibu) 2-1 (2-0, 1-2, 2-0) Alex Valle (Ryu)
    21:07 [Winners] Dogura (Dic) 0-2 (0-2, 0-2) Poongko (Set) *48000 viewers
    21:13 [Losers] Justin Wong (Ruf) 2-0 (2-1, 2-1) MOV (Ken) *49600 viewers
    21:23 [Losers] John Choi (Ryu) 0-2 Dogura (Dic) *48100 viewers
    21:32 [Losers] Justin Wong (Ruf) 0-2 (0-2, 0-2) Fuudo (Fei) *48600 viewers
    21:4X [Losers] Dogura 2-0 Mike Ross *50500 viewers

    Top 16
    21:53 [Winners] Infiltration (Gouken) 2-0 (2-1, 2-1) Dieminion (Gui) *50100 viewers *double KO in 1st round of 2nd game
    22:01 [Winners] GamerBee (Ado) 1-2 (1-2, 2-1, 0-2) Umehara (Ryu) *53400 viewers *Ultra finish in 2nd round of both first 2 games and both round of 3rd game
    22:12 [Winners] Humanbomb (Sak) 2-1 (1-2, 2-0, 2-0) Poongko (Set)
    22:20 [Winners] PR Rog (Box) 2-0 (2-1, 2-0) Xiao Hai (Cam)
    22:30 [Losers] GamerBee (Ado) 2-0 (2-0, 2-0) Dogura (Dic)
    22:38 [Losers] Dieminion (Gui) 2-0 (2-1, 2-1) Fuudo (Fei)
    22:46 [Losers] Haitani (Mak) 1-2 (1-2, 2-0, 0-2) Xiaohai (Cam)
    22:52 [Losers] Kindevu (Cam) 1-2 (0-2, 2-0, 0-2) Poongko (Set)

    Top 8 (to play on Sunday)
    [Winners] Infiltration (to play Umehara)
    [Winners] Daigo Umehara
    [Winners] Humanbomb (to play PR Rog)
    [Winners] PR Rog
    [Losers] GamerBee (to play Dieminion)
    [Losers] Dieminion
    [Losers] Xiaohai (to play Poongko)
    [Losers] Poongko

    9:00 - Ricky Ortiz qualified the pool.
    10:00 - Cabbage and MOV qualified the pool.
    11:00 - Kokujin began his broadcasting but no sound. He used his own channel because GODSGARDEN stream is being used.
    11:23 - Kokujin finally has sound.
    11:30 - Kokujin was mad (and cussed) at Ren for using GODSGARDEN stream too long even it's not actually his fault (no one told him). Ren let Kokujin use it. Ren fans are mad at Kokujin.
    11:30 - Bon-chan qualified the pool.
    11:50 - Tokido went to Losers.
    12:00 - Fuudo qualified the pool.
    12:10 - KayoPolice is in C. Viper costume again this year.
    12:30 - Umehara is using MadCatz limited Evo stick ($160).
    12:40 - Momochi qualified.
    12:45 - Brackets of SSF4AE2012 from Get Your Tournament guy [pic1][pic2] Tokido qualified the pool in Losers.
    12:50 - Umehara & sako [pic]
    15:45 - ChocoBlanka qualified the pool after 4th fight.
    15:46 - Alex Valle qualified the pool.
    15:50 - sako qualified the pool after 4th fight.
    15:55 - Fuudo qualified the pool in Winners in SC5. (Kayane in Losers)
    16:00 - kubo qualified the pool in Winners in KOF13.
    16:03 - Eita is eliminated by Jason Cole.
    16:27 - Kindevu qualified the pool in Winners. (Ryan Hart in Losers)
    16:46 - KSK streaming
    16:51 - KayoPolice is eliminated.
    17:04 - Choco's next opponent is Dieminion.
    17:37 - Haitani sent to Losers by Juice Box.
    17:40 - Cabbage qualified KOF13 pool.
    18:08 - Quarter final brackets from Alex Valle. [pic]
    18:34 - Umehara defeated Latif.
    18:34 - sako defeated his 5th opponent Min.
    18:38 - Justin Wong has to play Kazunoko next.
    18:43 - It seems like sako defeated his 6th opponent.
    18:46 - Bon-chan defeated Wolfkrone.
    18:50 - Snakeeyez beat Ricky Ortiz. Zeng beat Sabin.
    18:53 - Dieminion beat ChocoBlanka.
    19:01 - Uryo has to fight Mago.
    19:05 - Umehara to play with Alex Smith.
    19:07 - Bon-chan defeated a Ryu. Next is Humanbomb.
    19:14 - MOV beat Momochi.
    19:17 - Alex Valle lost to GamerBee.
    19:39 - [Losers] F. Champ got disqualified in match against Ryan Hart.
    19:43 - [Losers] Kazunoko beat Latif.
    19:44 - Nyanshi lost to ClakeyD.
    19:50 - Ricky Ortiz is eliminated.
    19:59 - Kindevu to play GamerBee.
    20:03 - Tokido vs. Mago offstream.
    20:07 - Haitani eliminated Bon-chan.
    20:20 - Finally the commentators are changed to UltraChen! GOD BLESS THE TRUE FGC.
    20:44 - Latest brackets [link]
    20:55 - [Losers] Justin Wong eliminated Kazunoko.
    21:33 - Fuudo eliminated sako.
    21:51 - Top 16 bracket. [pic]
    XX-XX - Credits for the results go to Get Your Tournament guy, sako's wife, UltraDavid, all the reports from players.
    XX:XX - Kazunoko won Guity Gear side tournament. (He's originally a Guilty Gear player.)

    Top 8 again
    In 2011, Daigo Umehara became the only player in history to enter Evolution top 8 Street Fighter IV tournament 3 consecutive years.

    In 2012, today, Umehara nailed it by becoming the only player in history to enter Evolution top 8 Street Fighter IV tournament 4 consecutive years.

    Versus GamerBee
    The match Daigo Umehara vs. GamerBee was so amazing "Daigo" became a worldwide trend on Twitter.

    Making Zhi a commentator is a serious mistake. Not only the guy can't draw a line between kids in the chat and a decent commentator, he took advantge of it (as expected). Humming a song or talking off-topic on the stream of biggest FG tournament is bad enough. There was something that needs to be addressed.

    He said something like "I wonder if I lost a passport in Japan, will there be some help like the case of Mago?" He talked like Japanese players are not generous like the American.

    The truth behind this is he was the one who used to ask the Japanese FGC to let him stay in their house at least 2 occasions for free or minimum cost. Apparently not many people wanted to get involved.

    FYI, KSK used to let backpacking American player SubZero sleep/stay at his game center long time ago. And Sako also let GamerBee stay at his house this year.

    This's the same case with a certain foreign player living in Japan who is being given cold shoulder. Because the guy is a real troll trolling both in and outside the game.

    Back to the topic, it was also Zhi last year at Evo 2011 who forced Momochi and ChocoBlanka to kiss, and forced Gama-san to shout Denpa Jikkyou meme, just for entertaining.

    When Zhi was paired with skisonic today, it was a torture. Because they're good at going off-topic.

    On the bright side, we have Juice Box and Magus. These two are good at play-by-play as we already mentioned. Magus improved a lot since NorCal 2 years ago. He has a weak point in JFGC stuff, but he was really smooth in everything else.

    Friday, July 6, 2012

    Evolution 2012 Day 0 summary

    We had an Evo Day 0 post last year, we have it again this year!

    - Most of them arrived.
    - Some of them came with relatives or friends. (not in this list)
    1. Daigo Umehara
    2. Tokido
    3. Mago
    4. Nyanshi (TOPANGA founder)
    5. Bon-chan 
    6. Fuudo
    7. Itabashi Zangief (first Evo since 2007 in which he won Virtua Fighter 5)
    8. Momochi & Choco
    9. KSK (GODSGARDEN cofounder, but he went with KayoPolice as a TV staff)
    10. Kazunoko
    11. sako & wife (coming in the same flight with Umehara)
    12. Haitani
    13. Uryo
    14. Eita
    15. Cabbage 
    16. Kindevu
    17. Dogura (first time abroad)
    18. Kokujin (first Evo since 2005)
    19. MOV
    20. Umezono
    21. KayoPolice (read)
    22. Abegen (UMvC3 player)
    23. Cho (UMvC3 player, KVOxGG 2nd place)
    24. GX (UMvC3 player)
    25. Kubo (UMvC3 player)
    26. Mame Spider (UMvC3 player)
    27. Shimada (UMvC3 player)
    28. Kaoru (KOF player)
    29. Kiyomatsu 
    30. OEppu (KOF player)
    31. sange_tencho
    32. Shironuko (Virtua Fighter player)
    33. Decopon (Soulcalibur V player)
    34. crna ruka (Soulcalibur V player)
    35. Kamaage (Soulcalibur V player)
    36. Oosaka
    37. Kusumondo (SSF2T player)
    38. MAO (SSF2T player)
    39. Osamu Ichikawa (read)

    Not going (in case you ask)
    • Nuki (read)
    • Shiro (busy)
    • Shungoku Neurosis
    • Frieda (busy)
    • Ageo Joe aka. Kusoru
    • Gama no Abura (retired from FGC due to some conflict since last year)


    4:30 - Kazunoko/Cho/Abegen group went to FGTV house (NorCal) to play with F. Champ/Yipes/Dieminion etc.  
    6:00 - KayoPolice [pic]/kubo/KSK arrived in Las Vegas.
    6:00 - Fuudo arrived in Las Vegas.
    8:30 - ItaZan arrived at the hotel.
    14:00 - Kokujin/Eita/Dogura now at Los Angeles
    17:00 - Umehara/sako&wife found that they're in the same flight when departed.
    17:00 - Kindevu/Uryo/Haitani group arrived Las Vegas.
    24:00 - Kokujin/Eita/Dogura arrived in Vegas. [pic]

    5:00 - MomoChoco joined TOPANGA team (Nyanshi/Tokido/Bon-chan) in San Francisco.
    7:00 - Umehara/sako spent free time drinking at airport while waiting.
    8:00 - TOPANGA team & MomoChoco in limousine on the way to hotel. [pic]
    9:00 - Umehara/sako&wife arrived in Las Vegas. [pic]
    9:00 - KSK streaming while Kokujin sleeping. [link]
    9:30 - Osamu Ichikawa arrived. [pic] There'll be an exhibition match between him and Broly, the disabled Chun-Li player (American) later.
    12:00 - Kaoru's KOF money match.
    14:00 - Choco streaming [link] Momochi training.
    14:10 - Cho group arrived in Las Vegas.
    14:50 - Japanese players (Kindevu, sako, Haitani, Dogura, KSK, Kokujin, Umezono) and Taiwan players (GamerBee, etc.) in a restaurant [pic]

      [Ougon Musou Kyoku Cross] Patch 2.31, new OP released

      The latest patch of Ougon Musou Kyoku Cross was released last night. The patch will upgrade the game from version 2.30 to 2.31. Most of the changes are balance adjustments.

      A new opening movie was also released separately at the same time for optional manual patch (replace the file in the folder). It actually is the old one with images of 3 new characters (Willard, Lambdadelta, Bernkastel) added.

      Official release notes
      - Change to Rosa's HP
      - Change to Black Battler's HP and Bernkastel's HP in Normal Mode
      - Change to Lucifer's Stun parameter
      - Bernkastel's backstep will not interupt Fragment charge
      - Fix some typos in Arcade Mode
      - Fix small bugs

      Adjustments to these moves
      - Rosa: 5C, 6C, 3C, vertical JC, JC, Golden Dream, Bullets From Maria
      - Erika: Perfect Autospy
      - Bernkastel: 5B, 6B, 5C, 2B, 2C, JC, Bite Off (upper & lower), Leviathan

      J, the top OMK player, was quick to give details of the changes.
      - Black Battler's HP from 2400 to 3000
      - Erika's Meta Special damage increased 198
      - Lucifer now has same Stun as Eva and Bernkastel (easy to get dizzy)

      - HP from 3000 to 3600
      - B, 2B, 2C have hitbox increased (now have longer reach)
      - Bernkastel's 6B cannot safe fall
      - Bernkastel's cats have hitbox increased

      - HP from 4200 to 4500
      - Close C and far C have hitbox increased
      - 3C damage increased 30, hitbox increased (longer reach)
      - JC damage increased 18

      Wednesday, July 4, 2012

      Umehara in Capcom Summer Jam 2012 summary

      - July 1, 11:30
      - Daigo Umehara participating Capcom Summer Jam
      - Capcom Summer Jam stream page

      Event report from Japanese media
      - 4Gamer.net
      - Famitsu
      - Dengeki

      - Umehara (Blanka/Guy) fought Tokido (Bryan/Jackx) on PS Vita version.
      - Umehara (Ryu) and Tokido (Julia) teamed up against SFxTK producer and assistant producer on PS3.
      - An official SFxTK tournament was announced as a part of e-sports tournament called "5G" by Red Bull. It will be held on December 9. The 5G has 5 games from 5 genres: Battlefield 3 CQ, SFxTK, Gran Turismo 5, FIFA 12, Puyopuyo!!
      - Umehara's comment on the game: Fighting games usually have serious image, but scramble mode or tag mode in this game makes it easier to approach.

      Umebook talk on Nico 2 summary

      - June 30, 21:00
      - Umebook talk #1
      - Umebook talk #2 announced
      - Stream

      - An introduction video of Daigo Umehara was showed at the beginning. It has never-before-seen pictures when he was a child, and also some daily life footages.
      - Umehara appeared with an editor from the book publisher.
      - As a child, he got 1000-1500 yen allowance a time (which is considered large amount) from his grandmother. He spent most of it in game centers.
      - When asked what is his best place to eat ramen, Umehara said "Jangara." He ate at least 2,000 meals there. Then the website went down seconds later (overloaded).
      - There was a video interview of Mr. T whom Umehara has a lot of respect since his mahjong era. Mr. T was very good at mahjong.
      - Nico Nico sold his books with autograph again. They said the books (around 200 copies) sold out in 5 minutes.
      - The moment he signed the autograph drew some hype from the viewers as usual. It's like some kind of ritual.
      - Around 100 mails were sent to the show asking him questions.
      - The show had over 29,000 attendees including timeshift.
      - 87.9% of the viewers voted "This show is extremely good."

      Tuesday, July 3, 2012

      KayoPolice going Evo 2012

      KayoPolice announced on her Twitter that she will go to Evolution again this year.

      Last year, Kayo went to America to attend Tekken: Blood Vengeance CG movie premiere in Los Angeles (she voiced a character) and Evolution 2011 at the same time. She participated in both SF4AE (winning 2 opponents on the stage) and Tekken 6 tournament (also a guest commentator). She also cosplayed C. Viper on the first day, and Xiaoyu on the second day.

      Kayo is expected to have a scoop about this later on TV again.

      Nuki cancels Evo 2012 trip

      Just a few days before Evo 2012, Nuki just announced that he will not go to Evo 2012 because his grandmother who raised him just passed away. He also apologized to everyone who gave him supports, and also asked everyone to cheer on Kokujin who is now going to Evo 2012 alone without him.

      Nuki was invited to compete in Tournament of Legends which will be held at Evo 2012 and was expected to compete in SF4AE2012.