Even if you can’t read Japanese, so long as you have the fonts on your computer (free for all modern operating systems, btw) you could maybe match up players with the on-screen names on the X-Mania gaiden/VII dvds?
Part 5 includes some ancient history that I hope people find interesting. There’s a big gap in my notes stretching from 1995 through 1999. If I get more information I may someday add Namek Cammy, MontecarlRou Honda, Kurohyou (“Black Panther”) Claw (<- another elite female player), better information about Rikiya Zangief, etc.
Part of the problem is that, in the early days, tournament coverage went by players’ real names as opposed to nick names. And since I don’t know who’s who (nor would I want to post real names) it gets tricky…
Just for fun, here’s a draft of the copy for Taira Dictator. More or less a translation of a 2ch post, this was just too over-the-top:
Staking his claim on the crusty SF2 scene,
the standard bearer of a new generation,
a ray of hope beaming towards the future,
this can be only Taira Dictator.
Even though he started playing very recently, Taira progressed with unbelievable speed, catching up to Emperor YuuVega himself. Was he born with some kind of great talent? Is it the fruit of unflagging determination? A combination of the two? His play style is incredibly polished and flexible: while he’s got a shade less destructive power than Yuu, in exchange, he demonstrates a lot more stability. Has he transfigured Dictator, a “gambling character,” into a dependable winner? From now on, we won’t take our eyes off this bright new star.
Wow! That was very cool! It is very cool to see a player summary like that. It reminds of of the old shinakuma.com for the US players. I can’t say for sure (casue I had nothing to do with it), but you must have spend some time on that. Thanks! :tup:
Thanks bruddahs. Random plug: some of the information came from now-defunct web pages via the “wayback machine.” Quite an amazing service they’ve got: http://www.archive.org/index.php
There were two big VH events (that I know of) in 2006: Nagoya Space Shuttle in February and Tokyo Sega West in August. Gotoh Aulbath got 4th at the former. Dude plays VS, too. On a related meta note: Gotoh Ryu lost to SIN (VS player: QB) … Honda (!) last week at a-cho. Madness.
Re: something ANaqvi wrote “in the house” a month ago:
My sense of the field of dictator players goes like this:
Seor ryu is a terrific dic player, no doubt, and he totally dominates EVERYONE in his own stomping grounds (somewhere to the northwest of tokyo, I think.) But he’s less consistent in tokyo events and, especially, nationals: except for a couple of wins vs. fellow dictator players (watabiki in 2001, onucho in 2003) he’s never made it past the first round at x-mania.
Don’t forget that NKI clocked in a lot of time actually playing with quite a few of these cats. Whereas I’ve let my fingers do the walking? I think you have to go to More and watch Tamashima (and co) wreck people in casuals like NKI to have a proper sense.
Briefly, though, my picks:
as a bookie: Otochun, Muteki, D
Best of the best.
as a movie hound: Mattsun, Taira, Pony, Mayakon, Aniken, etc.
just for fun, if japan had to send a three man team out, who do you think would be japan’s top 3 for ST?
From what I’ve seen I say Otochun, Gian, Daigo. maybe Tsuji or Tamashima too just cuz Boxer is too strong in ST.