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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 last article, "1st-5th (Gods)"!

 

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) | "Gods" 1st - 5th

I'm going to introduce players ranked in 1st - 5th, in an alphabetic order. Please note that the order in each tier is just alphabetic and doesn't have any meanings.

As I already posted "The Japanese Four Gods", 4 players out of 5 are already introduced in details. So for those, I refrain from repeating same comments, and I suffice it to give data, such as pictures and notable placings etc.

 

CaptainJack

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Picture with Masashi in 2014 (top), somwhere (middle), with Samus and Michael in 2005 (bottom)

 

Notable placings: 1st Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin 1, 2, 3. 2nd Ketsubato 2 , 1st MLG San Francisco 2004, etc (SmashWiki)
Character: Sheik, Dr. Mario, DK
Region: Kyoto -> France -> Kyoto -> Tokyo -> Osaka -> Kyoto -> Finland
Twitter: @CaptainJackSSB4

 

CaptainJack was/is a Sheik main, and the author of this blog.

As I have already noted many things about me earlier, I refrain from repeating same things here. Please read related articles "The Japanese Four Gods" : CaptainJack or About this blog and me, CaptainJack.

From my results and main, I'd like to compare myself with Ken or Mew2King. As you may already know, I'm back to the Smash scene since late 2016. I really appreciate your support! 

 

 

Keropi-

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Picture from Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin 3 in 2003

 

Notable placings: 1st Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin 1 & 2
Character: Peach, Marth
Region: Chiba (East Japan)
Twitter: N/A

 

Keropi- was a Peach and Marth main. Although his main career was Smash 64 and he only played Melee for a couple of years since 2001, I cannot ignore him. Those who know him must agree to rank him as one of the gods.

As I mentioned about him previously, both he and I took tied 1st place at Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin 1 & 2 together. 1 for Smash 64 in 2001, 2 for Melee in 2002. ("Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin 1", the craziest Japanese Smash 64 tournament ever)

He simply had an extraordinary talent in Smash. Especially in Smash 64, he played nearly every character at the highest level, while I only played Luigi and Link. Since Melee has come out, he didn't really play seriously, but still made it to tied 1st place with me in the Round-Robin in 2002. 

He didn't play seriously in Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin 3 in 2003 neither. He even played Pichu for every match against 63 foes, except against Mikael, who was kind of his apprentice. He played his main Marth only against Mikael, to kid him.

Unlike his apprentice, he was rather shy. He came to Umebura 1 in 2014 when we played Smash 4 in 3DS, but lost in the first set. I do not know if he tried to make a comeback, but no one saw him in Smash tournament since then. It's definitely a pity, a big loss for Japanese community though.

Anyway, he was insane. I, CaptainJack, am a little too confident and never thought someone was better than me. For example, when I played Masashi, Ken, Isai, Chudat, Azen, EK, Amsah, and Armada, I felt I was better (or at least even), but honestly speaking, when it came to Keropi-... I had to admit that he was the only player in my history that I felt better than me.

Even though his videos do not remain at all nowadays, his talent and amazing matches still remain deep in our memories. An undisputed hidden boss of Japan, that's him. He is today's EK (best player but retired early), or Armada (best player in the world).

 

Masashi

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Picture taken with Ken (top), somewhere in Kyoto in around 2005 (middle), in Karisuma in early 2006 (bottom)

 

Notable placings: 2nd Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin 3, 1st Ketsubato 2, 4th Epita Smash Arena 2 (SmashWiki)
Character: Fox, Marth
Region: Kyoto (West Japan)
Twitter: @masashipit

 

Masashi was a Fox main. He and I lived pretty close, so we were impeccable rivals in the top−level competition. He should be compared with Mango, he was not as technical as Mango at all though. :) 

To know more about him, please read: "The Japanese Four Gods" : Masashi and My history-making meetings with IKKI and Masashi.

 

 

Mikael

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Picture taken with Chudat (top), somewhere in around 2007 (middle, bottom)

 

Notable placings: 3rd Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin 3, 5th Jack Garden Tournament (SmashWiki)
Character: Peach
Region: Kanagawa -> ? 
Twitter: N/A

 

Mikael was a Peach main. Not only was he a great competitor, but also a scandalous guy. From his stable results and his main, I'd like to call him a Japanese Armada

To know about him further more, please read also "The Japanese Four Gods" : Mikael

 

 

Rain

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Picture from Rain | 格ゲープレイヤーWiki

 

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Picture taken in Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin 3 in 2003 (middle, bottom)

 

Notable placings: 4th Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin 3, 5th Jack Garden Tournament (SmashWiki)
Character: Fox, Peach
Region: Tokyo (East Japan) 
Twitter: @Rain_SSB

 

Rain was a Fox and Peach main. From his main and position, I'd like to compare him with Leffen in the recent Smash scene.

To know more about his story, please read "The Japanese Four Gods" : Rain.

 

 

Memorial pictures with Five Gods together 

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Summary

This is the true end of this SSBRank article series from old school community. I hope all of you enjoyed it. I'm happy to have had an opportunity to gather all of them, who might have disappeared behind the history.

Also, I wish everyone know how Smash community looked like, and what kind of players existed in the mother islands of Super Smash Bros. Melee a decade ago through these articles.

So, what did you think? Please do not hesitate to make a comment, talk about it freely, on Reddit or Twitter, any replies are welcome. :) 

 

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