Category: Gian Recital

Kakerugo 5on5 takes place May 4th

Kakerugo information

This year’s Kakerugo (formerly Gian Recital) 5on5 will take place on Wednesday May 4th at a new venue, Game Daytona. There will be a pre-tournament the day before and both events will be streamed.

Kakerugo 5on5

Date/time: Wednesday May 4th @ 2PM (Japan time) / Tuesday May 3rd @10PM (PST) / Wednesday May 4th @1AM (EST)
Pre-registration: April 1st – April 17th
Entry fee: 600yen (3000yen per team)
Rules: Akuma is banned. Teams cannot consist of only one character (Example: No all Claw teams)
Stream: http: //

Kakerugo Pre-Tournament (Same character team tournament)

Date/time: Wednesday May 3th @ 4PM (Japan time) / Wednesday May 3rd @12AM (PST) / Wednesday May 4th @3AM (EST)
Entry fee: 200yen
Stream: http: //

Team SUMOU wins Kakerugo!

Team SUMOU (Gunze, Sasori, Shogatsu, Kusumondo, Muteki) wins the Kakerugo 5on5 tournament defeating The New Humans team (Koemon, Yuuzuru, MB, Murasaki, AFO) in the grand finals!

25 teams / 125 players

1. Team SUMOU
Gunze / Zangief
Sasori / Ryu
Shogatsu / O. Honda
Kusumondo / Honda
Muteki / Guile

2. The New Humans
Koemon / Fei Long
Yuuzuru / Dee Jay
MB / Boxer
Murasaki / Dictator
AFO / Blanka

3. Team Pure
Akabla / Blanka
Kawamata / Ryu
Souzou / Fei Long
Yakitori / O. Hawk
Kotaka Shoten / Guile

4. Alabama Army Corps
Alabama / Boxer
Tencho / Ryu
Aotsun / Chun-Li
Isaji / Cammy
kky / Dhalsim

List of Teams Registered for Kakerugo 5on5

List of teams that have registered for Kakerugo 5on5 Tournament to be held at Mikado on May 3rd. Thanks to Hanasu for the translation.

Team ?
MAO – Claw
Ito – Dee Jay
The Superstar – Boxer
Itokazu – DIctator
Maru – Ryu

Team ?
Fujimon – Dee Jay
Opemai – Claw
Futachan – Ryu
Yondaime – Sagat
Aniki – Guile

Older Brother Club
Cellotape – Gief
Jene – O. Chun
Hamaki – Honda
Pyonkichi – Ryu

Nishinippori Puzzle & Dragons
Suzuki – Gief
Numa – Boxer
Gucchi – Ryu
Mu – Sim
Choshu – Ken

No name
Nobita (DP Nobi) – O. Gief

Sasori – Ryu
Muteki – Guile
Kusumondo – Honda
Shougatsu – O. Honda
Gunze – Gief

Video Energy
Neri – Dictator
Donabe – Claw
Muneo – Sagat
Spirits – Boxer
Palestina – Chun-Li

Vampire Savior Force – Super Turbo Department
Hunter Ojisan – O. Boxer
Yamakofu – Chun
Aku – Ryu
Fore – Claw
Mayo – Boxer

GARObou Victims Association
AKIRA – Sagat
Bomu – Blanka
Takeyan – Gief
Tatsutoshi – Ryu
Zako – Honda

VIPER – Hawk
Kikai – Guile
Keishin – Chun
tomo – Ryu
Hiroyan – O. Hawk

White Tiger Corps
yaya – Sagat
Komoda – Blanka
Taira – Dictator
Sashishi – Ryu
babynine – Honda

No name
Alabama – Boxer

Because of Baby Boom-ers
YuuVega – Dictator
Noguchi – Claw
Tama – Boxer
Mattsun – Ken
Kurahashi – Ryu

Omecho – Dictator
yuu – Guile
Kurocchi – Blanka
Shun – Boxer
Atomic Boy – Gief

The New Humans
AFO – Blanka
Yuuzuru – Deejay
Koemon – Fei
M.B. – Boxer
Murasaki – Dictator

Kotaka Shoten – Guile
Kawamata – Ryu
Souzou – Fei
Akabla – Blanka
Yakitori – O. Hawk

Idaten Piroshi
Yoshio – Guile
Gi – Ken
ToneP – Sim
Piroshi – Honda
Kumaru Muubuzou – Fei

New Helix
TMF – Gief
Ron – Ryu
Nyo – Deejay
Kondou – Claw
Masato – Boxer

Buppa Eel
Pikku – Claw
Kawashima – Boxer
Nijuunen – Sim
Prime – Dictator
Rootote – O. Hawk

Final Destroyer
Spirytas – Boxer

Daredevil JAPAN
Toukon – Chun
Tomoza – Dictator
PECO – O. Ken
Kawasim – Sim
Abebin – Honda

Takechi Corps
Chiryu – Ryu
Kusa – Chun
Nakamura – Cammy
Katou – Deejay
Suzuka – Sim

Kakerugo 5on5 Japanese Tournament – May 3rd

Gian Recital, the big annual 5on5 tournament in Japan, which has been running for ten years will continue this year, but has been renamed Kakerugo. It will take place May 5th at Takadanobaba Mikado, starting at 2PM Japan time.

Two big rule changes will go into effect for this year’s 5on5:

– Akuma will be allowed!
– Teams will be restricted to only one of each character (no more all Claw teams).

The tournament will be streamed via Mikado’s Twitch TV channel: http: //

For more information (in Japanese) and to pre-register, visit the Kakerugo website:

Gian Recital 2014: Final Fight – by Fudd

Gian Recital 2014: Final Fight (as told by Fudd)

“Mucus? Eugh.”
-Jcole, Casino Cup 2011 (while reading moocus’ name on the bracket)
source: damdai

“So much of this game is just timing.”
-moocus, circa 2013

I wasn’t feeling too well and my condition didn’t fully blossom until I got on the plane. While I was on the plane, my ears went out of balance and didn’t rebalance until maybe a few weeks later. As unfortunate as the timing for was for my health, the circumstances were good enough to go to Japan for the last Gian Recital. I only had enough time for about two full days in Japan. The plane ticket was more expensive due to the popularity of Buddha’s birthday, or Golden Week as some refer to it. I departed from Seoul instead of Busan and arrived at night instead of the afternoon. I had a difficult time finding my capsule hotel since it seemed to be directly in between two subway stations, so I wasn’t sure which one to go to. But, I had soldiered on and eventually found my bed (which included a walk-in closet, a new experience for me as far as capsule hotels are concerned).

I arrived fairly early in the day just to scope out the situation first, maybe even warm up a little. I was welcomed by the sight of something I had only seen in a picture and was so awestruck by its beauty that I had to take my own picture, finally having seen the real thing for myself.


I climbed up the stairs to find some players on the four isolated H2H stations in the back and most of the other ST cabs unoccupied. According to XSPR, X-MANIA even has one or two more stations than the Gian Recital!


Shu-san walked in not long after I did and after exchanging pleasantries, I told him I would step out for lunch since there weren’t too many people around just yet. Lunch also gave me a time slot to contact Mr. Bob, who was almost too busy for the event but also lucked out with fortunate timing that weekend. There were certainly more people at Mikado by the time I returned and as the hours passed, I would get to re-experience the crowdedness of an ST event, but to an even greater extreme than the New Year’s event.

Before the Recital even started, I told Mr. Bob: “If I could choose any day to be ‘Groundhog Day,’ it would be today.” Even though I was producing an overabundance of phlegm and felt less-than 100%, it would be any ST player’s dream to relive such a day, such an opportunity, into infinity. It was like how Faka described the honor of teaming up with DGV at EVO2013 for the ST Games, “It was like the make-a-wish of ST.” Except this time I’m in the deathbed of the terminally ill child. Tell me, when was the last time you were standing around, watching Komoda work his magic and watched other big names clash with just-as-big names with KKY casually coming upstairs behind you? Or looked to the left of you to see Muteki two cabs down and Ohnuki two cabs to the right of you, waiting for a new challenger, Nakamura?

I shared with Shu-san how I was feeling starstruck and “doki doki” because of all the celebrities. I was seeing so many stars I must have been dizzy. It would actually be easier for me to list the players who were absent rather than those who were present. Kusumondo and Seki (perhaps he’s already retired?) were nowhere to be found and Hakase (who XSPR might address as the muthafuckin’ D.O.C.) made his appearance right after the tournament ended. Just about everyone else I can think of was there in the flesh.

I saw the twins — Aniken and Otochun — for the first time and I thought I remembered Muffinman saying something about Aniken speaking English. I asked Shu-san about that and he wasn’t sure, but said it was worth a shot. So, I walked up to Aniken and gave my canned Japanese introduction. When I mentioned that I was from America, he lost his shit. Aniken straight up hugged me: a complete stranger. Looking back, it was kind of a spiritual experience. The man spoke no English, but was exceedingly friendly and made an observable effort to remember my name for Facebook purposes. He even offered me the chance to play when a spot opened up on the game we were spectating, but I didn’t have the right coin on me so I let him sit down. That man has some serious love for ST. I could hear it in the heavy, meaty, sumo-like claps he was doing to cheer his team on later when the tourney was finishing up.

Watching Muteki and Kurahashi go head-to-head is never boring and is an even greater spectacle in real life. One of those notes I took says that Muteki punished a tatsu with cl. st. fierce xx flash kick. Most people have a hard time punishing tatsu with cr. fierce, if at all. I played a game or two against Kurahashi and ALMOST made a corner comeback to win a round, but he clutched it out.

I saw Sasori and Pony wearing earplugs (even during warm-up games). MAO was wearing the same exact shirt he wore at the Tournament of Legends (which kind of makes me feel a little less weird for having a “tournament shirt”). I played a few DJ mirrors with Ito and got fuckingdoubleperfectedWRECKED on the first game, not doing much better afterwards.

As strange as this may sound, a big and satisfying smile forms on my face when I can’t outwit yaya. There’s never a moment when he’s not doing something smart and/or tricky. But even just getting the tiniest win on a crafty play makes the smile so big my face muscles start to hurt.

I tried my DJ on yuuvega and he ate me up with throw tricks (instead of xup ToDs this time). What he would do after I softened a throw was mix up cr. short whiffing and ticking along with varied spacing. It’s surprisingly a lot to process if you’re not used to it and it goes by very quickly to catch you off-guard. Maybe I didn’t do all that badly though since he looked over the cab to see his opponent after I stood up to walk away after losing.

I had the honor of meeting my favorite Dee Jay player, Yuuzuru. First, I asked Shu-san if Yuuzuru was at the event and Shu said he saw him earlier, but couldn’t locate him amidst the sea of people. Then, I asked XSPR about Yuuzuru and XSPR said he would introduce me if the chance presented itself. I think it took a couple hours for him to be out in the open, but XSPR finally helped me in telling Yuuzuru that he had killer combos. XSPR and Yuuzuru actually have a bit of history and they used to play against each other a lot when XSPR lived in a different part of Japan.

A bit more trivia: Yuuzuru uses the wine glass grip.

I played some DJ mirrors with him on the loudest cab near the end of the tournament and it was even louder to one of my sensitive ears. But it’s not every day you get to play with your idol. I was pleasantly surprised and impressed when XSPR translated my compliment of Yuuzuru’s combo proficiency into a response explaining that most of his combos are made-up on the fly.

I made the most out of this opportunity by secretly recording his hands during casuals for a little bit. I also have some footage of a certain “invincible” player’s hands. XSPR kindly reminded me that photographic privacy is kind of a big deal in Japan and it’s frowned upon/poor tact/…illegal(?) to take publish/take pictures of a person without their consent. This is why you’ll often see black bars over eyes on pictures of people sometimes. It’s for privacy.


Lastly, I saw the black Zangief player I just couldn’t beat during my first visit and asked XSPR to identify him. XSPR stumbled with remembering the name, but I discovered that the unbeatable black Zangief was actually ToMo F (TMF). This was before TMF was announced for EVO and I was happy to see his name appear one day for XMANIA USA/ToL2. I knew about him before I even played him and now that I have played him (albeit unknowingly) I have a ton of respect for how polished his game is. I feel so much satisfied frustration at losing to TMF and yaya that I consider them to be rivals/players to gun for.

A brief aside, I also told Mr. Bob that I wanted him to take a picture of me hugging a ST cabinet at Mikado later. Due to having too much awesome packed into one day, the photo opportunity totally slipped my mind and I had to have the picture taken the following day at Mr. Bob’s house with his own cabinet. In a moment of hilarity and embarrassment, right before Bob snapped the first picture, his wife saw me from down the hall and said, “Nan de…?”


Mr. Bob: *laughs* “He’s even more hentai than I am.”

During one of my trips downstairs to get some fresh air / coughing room / hawk a fat loogey, I saw a shmup I practically never see anymore and didn’t see upon my previous trip to Mikado.


I’m pretty obsessed with Area 88, so this was icing on the cake of a Capcomriffic day for me.

Now that I’ve discussed the players who were there, you might see why I have such little to say about the actual tournament. XSPR teamed up with some people he knew/arranged a team with and I ended up on a team with Mr. Bob and other free agents. Mr. Bob said he recognized at least one of them to be a pretty good Guile player, although I didn’t really know any of our teammates. Aside from the Guile, there was a somewhat low-level DJ player and a N. Ryu player that tended to anchor for us. XSPR’s team wasn’t doing so well on their first encounter, but XSPR managed to at least put a dent into some of the team, threatening a reverse OCV before going to the loser’s bracket. I think all three of us were surprised there even was a loser’s bracket, but it gave everyone more opportunities to play, so no complaints there.

When we had to play our first opponents, Mr. Bob pointed out that it was Muteki’s team. We never even had a chance to play against him though since there was another Guile player on the team who pulled a lot of weight for them not once, but later on again when we met via double jeopardy. It was a long wait in-between playtimes due to the 5v5 format and the high number of teams. When we had our second opponents, Mr. Bob guessed that they weren’t very good since he didn’t recognize them. His instinct was right since I volunteered to go first and no one else on my team had to play.

You can find some footage of Mr. Bob and I playing at the 2014 Gian Recital on his YouTube channel

The Guile player on our team said something about “Akihabara” while I was playing, so maybe they were a gang of scrubs from Akiba. Yeah, I OCV’ed a team of Japanese players, but it wasn’t rewarding since they weren’t very skilled. The big (joke) claim to something that’s actually small reminded of the 2010 USA SBO Qualifier. zerodotjander was able to accurately say he placed Top 8 in an SBO Qual (I think there were only 7 or 9 players, something like that).

After the event ended, I left Mikado with Mr. Bob and XSPR to chat over dinner at a pricey (but open) pizza joint about the future of ST and living overseas — comparing Korea to Japan. Infrastructure, for one, is a huge difference between the two countries.


My physical body was feeling slightly sick, but I was feeling the Holy ST Spirit that day!

You can find the Gian Recital 2014 results here.

Gian Recital 2014 – Final Fight

KKY and Mattsun have announced that this year’s annual Gian Rectial 5vs5 team tournament will take place on May 4th.  This year’s tournament is being labeled as “Final Fight” and will be the last Gian Recital.   It will be streamed via Mikado’s TwitchTV channel.

– May 4th, 2014 @ 2PM (Japan Time) / May 4th 1AM EST / May 3rd 10PM PST

– 5on5 Team Tournament
– Akuma is banned.
– Speed Turbo 3

Entry fee:
– 500円 per player.


Japan ST and Gian Recital writeup

Report by kuroppi:

I’m finally over most of my jetlag so I found a little time to write up a summary of my small ST experience. I unfortunately, didn’t have a lot of time to play ST. I only played twice: once at Versus (Tuesday team battle) and at Gian Recital. I had a little writeup here about the Versus Gamespot team battle. This was a fun event to participate in. Everyone is trying to win but it’s a more casual atmoshphere. I met Tonegawa there, who invited me to join his team for Gian Recital. And Nikaiten was a super nice guy. He was happy to post up the ToL flyer I printed up and even laminated it on the spot! I also met Keishin and Nakamura Cammy there.

On to Gian Recital:

I arrived at Mikado a little after 11AM. The pre-tournament started at 1PM and the tournament started at 2PM but I wanted to get there a little early and practice since I had not played ST since Versus, eleven days earlier.

There were some players already there but not too many. As soon as got up to the second floor, I saw a line of ST machines. Versus had six head-to-head ST machines but this was Gian Recital and Mikado went all out with twenty-one head-to-head ST machines! ST heaven! ?

I started seeing a couple of familiar faces from Versus, such as VIPER, Hiroyan, Keishin and a few others. I saw someone playing O. Honda and I recognized that it was Shogatsu. I had chatted with him on Twitter on a couple of occassions in recent months so it was really nice to meet him. XSPR (David Boudreau) showed up not too long after and he introduced me to a bunch of Japanese players, that I hadn’t met yet. The whos who of the Japanese ST world was there: Kurahashi, Komoda, KKY, MAO, Mattsun, Shogatsu, Sasori. Gian, and so on. Even TZW and T.Akiba were there. The room was now filled up big time. I estimated that there were about a hundred players there. The unfortunate thing was that the arcade, while bigger than Versus, was pretty cramped with that many people in there. it was also a pretty warm day and it was definitely hot in there.

Tonegawa, showed up shortly and I met the rest of our teammates: Taro (Blanka), Chouzin (Ken), and Kusa (Chun-Li).

Our first match was against “Shuttle Keikaku” (Yondaime – Sagat / The Superstar – Boxer / Gotou – Ryu / Oreryu – Ryu / ZTT – Zangief)

I went up first against Yondaime. I don’t remember being zoned out like that before by a N. Sagat. It almost felt like I was playing against O. Sagat. In fact, a couple of other N. Sagats players I faced in casuals felt similar. Anyway, the rounds were fairly close but his zoning was too strong and I couldn’t get in to do enough damage. Yondaime went on to take out the rest of our team until Kusa defeated him. But Kusa fell to the next player, who was Ryu. I didn’t catch who it which Ryu player it was but I believe it was Gotou.

We had to wait a while for the next block/bracket. The way they did the second bracket was a bit interesting. Basically, they seeded everyone and provided byes for those who did well in the first bracket. The top 4 in the first bracket received two byes in the new bracket. And since we lost our first match, I knew we would get a tough draw and what a murderous team we drew! (To be honest, before the match, I didn’t look at the program guide to see who our opponents were, but I did see Kurahashi on the other side so I knew we were in trouble!)

Italia5 (AFO – Blanka / Abebin – E.Honda / Keshin – Chun-Li / Sasori – Ryu / Kurahashi – Ryu)

Sasori started off for Italia5 and he took out Taro, Chouzin and Kusa fairly quickly from our team. Because Sasori was using Ryu, they didn’t want me going after he took out our first member. But when it got down to me and Tonegawa, I volunteered to go even though it was Ryu because I didn’t think I should be the anchor for our team.

So, at the time, I didn’t know I was playing against Sasori. That probably would have worked against me, knowing it was him. But with Kurahashi on the other side, this Ryu mowing through our team, I knew we couldn’t win this match but all I could think of was, I have to beat this Ryu because I don’t want to go 0-2 in this tournament and I also didn’t want to let my teammates down, as they were so nice to let me be a part of their team.

MuffinMan said he watched the recorded stream of the tournament the next day but it looks like they removed the archive so I’ was never able to watch back any of my matches, so I can’t really remember a lot of the details.

If I remember correctly, I pulled out a close first round victory by pixels on a trade. The second round didn’t go very well and Sasori won that one fairly convincingly. The third round went back and fourth, like the first round and I was eventually able to back him into the corner and knock him down. Time was starting to run out (I think about 20 seconds or so) and he had a super but very little heath remaining and I had a slight life lead. In the back of my mind, the thought crossed that he might wake up with a reversal super but I know good Ryu players won’t do that unless out of desperation, but Sasori did hit me with some beautiful wake up shoryukens during the match. So I started with a jab to fake a HHS (for chip damage) and took a slight step back and did a jump neutral fierce (steering backwards) right as he got up. I know if he does a wake up SRK (any version), if I’m far back enough I can trade or even hit clean but if I mistime it or I am not far engouh away, he’ll hit me clean. Fortunately, I had spaced it and timed it correctly and I did indeed trade and I pulled off the close victory.

My teammates, were cheering me along the way and Tonegawa was especially pumped.

I had to face Keishin next (again, I didn’t know who it was at the time) but just like my match with Sagat, I once again had trouble getting in on him. and my streak ended at one. He doesn’t seem to get talked about a lot and I think he is a very underestimated player. I watched him a bit during casuals and he is such a great player.

Tonegawa, who was on fire at Versus the week before, seemed to be having a bit of an off day and Keishin took him out fairly easily and we were eliminated.

It was disappointing going out 0-2 but I knew it would be tough. Our team was young (except for me -lol) and we had a very tough draw. But I had a great time experiencing my first Japanese tournament since SBO 2003. And it was great meeting a lot of new players.

I stayed for a while afterwards, talking to a couple of players and playing more casuals and I ran into Azteka (Blanka) who I met in 2003. I was shocked that he remembered me since it’s been so long. I had to leave before the top 8 started but I don’t think any results have been reported yet:

May 5, 2012
Tokyo, JAPAN
Players: N/A
Video: YouTube

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I’d like to give a giant thanks to XSPR for coming out and introducing me to a number of players and helping out spread the word for ToL. My other giant thanks is to Tonegawa, who was so helpful to me both at Versus and at Gian Recital. I’m sure he is a pretty unknown player here but he has a stong Cammy and is the nicest guy you’ll meet. And it’s great to see a new-school player like him (he’s in his early 20s) have so much passion for ST. My teammate Kusu, who was a super nice guy and I got to talk to a little bit, as well as the rest of my teammates. Nikaiten (another super cool guy) and Mattsun for allowing me to post up ToL flyers at Versus and Mikado.