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Top 40 notable Japanese Melee players before Brawl (2001-2008) | "Kings" 14th -20th

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Eh Yo, CaptainJack! Hey everyone, this is CaptainJack (@CaptainJackSSB4) here! 

Today, I'm happy to introduce "Top 40 Japanese Melee players before Brawl (2001-2008)". I classified 40 players in 5 tiers, such as  "1st-5th (Gods)", "6th-13th (Demigods)", "14th-20th (Kings)", "21st-30th (Dukes)" and "31st-40th (Warriors)" respectively. This is the 2nd article, "14th-20th (Kings)" part of this series.

So, let's go! 

 

 

Related articles:

Top 40 Japanese Melee players before Brawl (2001-2008) | "Gods" 1st -5th
Top 40 Japanese Melee players before Brawl (2001-2008) | "Demigods" 6th -13th
Top 40 Japanese Melee players before Brawl (2001-2008) | "Kings" 14th -20th
Top 40 Japanese Melee players before Brawl (2001-2008) | "Dukes" 21st -30th
Top 40 Japanese Melee players before Brawl (2001-2008) | "Warriors" 31st -40th

 

 

Top 40 Japanese Melee players before Brawl (2001-2008) | "Kings" 14th - 20th

I'm going to introduce players ranked in 14th - 20th, in an alphabetic order. Please note that the order in each tier is just alphabetic and doesn't have any meanings. And please understand if comments on certain players are relatively shorter, it is because I haven't played them much in tournaments nor in friendlies because of different regions, timing of tournament participation etc.

 

9B

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Picture from SmashWiki (top), taken somewhere (bottom)

 

Notable placings: 5th Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin 3 (SmashWiki)
Character: Fox
Region: Hiroshima (Chugoku region) 
Twitter: @9999B

 

9B was a Fox main who lived in Hiroshima. He took a very notable 5th place at Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin 3, following the Japanese Four Gods, which are CaptainJack, Masashi, Mikael and Rain. From this result, I think he could be compered with Silent Wolf or Lucky. ("The Japanese Four Gods")

Unfortunately, he didn't participate in tournaments often in West, Central and East Japan, so the 5th place in this Round-Robin was the only result I can find of his play in early times. However, if he had taken part in tournaments more often and had a chance to prove himself, I'm pretty sure he could have been in the Top 6-13th.

Of course he is the same 9B who is active in Smash 4 scene. He was not only one of the best players of Smash Bros Melee, but also that of Brawl and Smash Wii U. He's organizing a smash festa in Osaka very consistently, and is the TO of Sumabato, which is the monthly Smash 4 tournament in West Japan. 

 

 

Aniki

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Picture from Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin 3 in 2003 (top with Okechi, bottom with Matsuku)

 

Notable placings: 8th Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin 3, 17th Jack Garden Tournament, 1st Ketsubato 1, 12th Ketsubato 2 (SmashWiki)
Character: Link, Samus, Young Link
Region: Kyoto (West Japan)
Twitter: N/A 


Aniki was a Link and Samus main, one of the most memorable players of old. His first appearance in the Smash scene was in his house, when he played with me. As the word "Aniki(兄貴 or アニキ)" means an "elder brother" in Japanese, he is literally the elder brother of Masashi, who will become one of the Japanese Four Gods later. ("The Japanese Four Gods")

As many low-tier character players, he was not an exception to suffer from Sheik's chain grab. His Link was god-like, but Sheik's chain grab was still quite tough for him. Finally, one day, he said something super funny which will be a famous meme in the Japanese Smash community: "投げ連するなとは言いませんよ" (Nageren suruna toha iimasen yo) which means "I wouldn't say to stop chain-grabbing".

As I mentioned in the previous article, the rivalry between Smasher and him was widely known. (Top 40 Japanese Melee players before Brawl (2001-2008) | "Dukes" 21st -30th). He was good at Link, but was as good as at Samus too. He was a fan of Metroid. 

Despite his rich talent of Smash just like his younger brother, he insisted to play Link or Samus and didn't want to play other S-tier or A-tier characters. We always imagined how it would be like if he mained an S-tier character.

Anyway, it is totally shocking when we think back of the past, that he could beat great players' S-tier characters, such as Ken's Marth with Link. With his powerful Links and Samus, I would like to compare him with AXE (Young Link mode) , Hugs or Duck in the current world Smash community.

 

 

hiko

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Picture at CaptainJack's favorite Ramen shop in Kyoto, in around 2007

 

Notable placings: 7th Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin 4, 6th Ketsubato 1, 4th Ketsubato 2 
Character: Falco
Region: Nara (West Japan)
Twitter: 
@hihiirokane97

 

hiko was a Falco main who lived in Nara, West Japan. He was well known by his frequent SDs, so people joked around by calling him "jiko", which means an accident in Japanese. From his performance, I'd like to compare him to Zhu in the current world Smash community.

 

 

Hoshino Kirby

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Picture with Kei, at OC2 in 2006 summer

 

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Picture at a certain tournament in around 2003-2005

 

Notable placings: 17th Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin 2, 42nd Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin 3, 2nd Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin 4, 13th Jack Garden Tournament, 3rd Ketsubato1, 8th Ketsubato 2, 5th OC2 
Character: Kirby -> Sheik
Region: Hyogo (West Japan)
Twitter: 
@MoshiKabi

 

Hoshino Kirby, was one of the most notable Sheiks of old time, together with NagoShinoShu and CaptainJack. His name is coming from the Japanese title of "Kirby's Dream Land", which is 星のカービィ (translated into "Kirby of the star"). Since he switched his main Kirby to Sheik after Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin 3, he started to obtain remarkable placings consistently.

He was one of some Japanese players who went to compete in international tournaments OC2, in 2006 summer. He got a honorable 5th together with Shu, who was also a Sheik main.

Outside Smash, he was also well known about his unique character. He liked joking around, especially he used to like saying something like "Popopopopopopopopo pokka--------------n!!!" (nearly equal "wwhhaaaaat the heeeeeeeelll". "Poka-n" is an onomatopoeia, which is used when you are open-mouthed by surprise) when something weird/strange/amazing/god-like/unexpected happened, and he made everyone burst into laugh.

From his results including in US, I'd like to compare him to Swedish Delight in the current world Smash community.

 

 

JiNG

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Notable placings: 1st Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin 4, 4th Jack Garden Tournament
Character: Fox
Region: ?
Twitter: N/A

 

JiNG was a Fox main. Although his tournament appearances were limited and he was active only for a short period, he recorded notable victory against CaptainJack in the first set of the winners bracket at SSO (Super Smash Opera), and finished in 1st and 4th place at the above tournaments respectively. Those were quite notable, because Mikael and Rain finished in 5th place, and CaptainJack 7th place in Jack Garden Tournament.

From his performance, I'd like to compare him to SFAT in the current world Smash community. 

 

 

syogo

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Notable placings: 6th Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin 3
Character: Falco
Region: Hyogo (West Japan) 
Twitter: 
@starmie52011080

 

syogo was a Falco main in Hyogo, West Japan. He was active during only for a few years, but recorded a remarkable 6th place at Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin 3, after the Japanese Four Gods and 9B.

Among nerdy Smash players, he was unique to be a band guy and to have a girlfriend. 

From his performance, I'd like to compare him to Silent Wolf in the current world Smash community.

 

Taizo

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Picture from Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin 3 in 2003 (above), somewhere with Michael (below)

 

Notable placings: 7th Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin 3
Character: Falco
Region: Shiga -> Hyogo (West Japan) 
Twitter: 
@taizofalco

 

Taizo was a Falco main who lived in Shiga. His active term was short, but he made 7th place at Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin 3. After quitting Smash Bros, he moved to Hyogo for his work. 

He and I are personally very good friends outside Smash too. He came to my wedding and after party in June 2016 with other smashers. Additionally, I know it is definitely a trash talk, but I cannot skip talking it when I introduce him. He was so popular in the community because of his huge "cannon" and we called it "Taizo canon" just simply. I dare to mention it here because for those who know him, it seems even unnatural if I skip it. That was very well known.

Returning to the Smash talk, from his performance, I'd like to compare him to Ice in the current world Smash community. Because, not only they main space animals, but also they have a common point to be kind and a nice guy. :)

 

 

Comment

They are Japanese pioneers who were creating the scene as it is today together with me and other top players, so it's a huge shame all of them retired or switched to Smash 4 nowadays. I hope some of them will come back to Melee one day.

 

Related articles:

Top 40 Japanese Melee players before Brawl (2001-2008) | "Dukes" 21st -30th
Top 40 Japanese Melee players before Brawl (2001-2008) | "Warriors" 31st -40th

 

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Picture taken in Karisuma, in February 2007?

 

Related articles:

Top 40 Japanese Melee players before Brawl (2001-2008) | "Gods" 1st -5th
Top 40 Japanese Melee players before Brawl (2001-2008) | "Demigods" 6th -13th
Top 40 Japanese Melee players before Brawl (2001-2008) | "Kings" 14th -20th
Top 40 Japanese Melee players before Brawl (2001-2008) | "Dukes" 21st -30th
Top 40 Japanese Melee players before Brawl (2001-2008) | "Warriors" 31st -40th