Daigo Umehara's Event Schedule 2014

- JAEPO 2014 [February 15]
- SSF4 CR Edition launch event [March 27]
- Event at WonderGOO Moriya [March 29]
- SSF4AR2012 tournament in Akihabara [April 5]
- TOPANGA World League [April 10-13]
- USF4 world premiere stream [April 16]
- Chokaigi 3 [April 26-27]
- USF4 Ver 1.01 stream [June 1]
- 4th TOPANGA Charity Cup [July 5]
- Evolution 2014 [July 11-13]
- KokuNuki [July 25]
- Hong Kong [July 27-28]
- TOPANGA TV [July 30]
- Golden Radio [August 12]
- Umehara vs. Tokido talk [August 16]
- National qualifiers [August 23]
- Tokyo Game Show [September 21]
- Isshuu Sengeki Hai finals [October 11]
- 10th anniversary Evo2004 comeback [November 21-23]

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

New TOPANGA online tournament revealed, stream planned

It's revealed today that TOPANGA will hold an USF4 online tournament on September 6 (starting 14:00 JST). Two rounds (afternoon and evening) of 64-man tournament are planned. Niconico will be streaming free of charge.

Win trip to Evo 2015 in MCZ's TGS tournament

It's announced today that MadCatz's 64-man USF4 tournament at Tokyo Game Show 2014 on September 21 will award a trip to Evolution 2015 to the winner.

Daigo Umehara already confirmed for this tournament.

New Shining Resonance info

From Famitsu.

Opening chapter
  • Sonia, princess of Astria, breaks into the prison to rescue Yuma from the empire.
  • Since Astria is at war with the empire, it needs to befriend with the dragon in order to gain momentum.
  • At the prison, Sonia's small team found Yuma, but they need to find the way out.
  • Kirika protects Sonia and creates diversion.
  • Imprisoned for so long, Yuma lost willpower. But after seeing two brave women, he intends to fight the empire again.

  • Her class is Magic Cannon Knight.
  • Her weapon is Divine Cannon.
  • She excels in healing magic and supportive magic.
  • "Purge target lock on.... divine punishment enforcing. That dragon soul, let me offer it to the god."
  • She was secretly created by the church as experimental bio weapon. She carries on her task with cold expression.
  • It seems her demon eye (left eye) allows her to use magic-operated heavy weapon at will.
  • She looks young but possesses superhuman strength.
  • She's under Joachim's mind control, and suffers dissociative identity disorder. She can switch between Marion and Eto.
  • She first met Yuma when he was captured.

  • His title is the Alchemist of Judgment.
  • His class is Dark Priest.
  • He excels in dark magic.
  • His weapon is blade called Psycholops (Cyclops).
  • "Your sinful body, let me recreate as divine creation."
  • He leads the study of ancient magic. He's also master of biology and medicine.
  • He's interested in nothing but experiments.
  • Several bio weapons were created from the study of dragon power, starting from Marion.
  • Because Marion is his best creation, he's strongly attached to her.

B.A.N.D. system
  • BAND requires at least one bar of Party Gauge to activate. Gauge then gradually depletes to zero where effect wears off.
  • Even in the same Rune Song, the effect can change accordingly the "Center" of the BAND.
  • Kirika as Center in Rune Song of Spring will provide damage reduction and bad status effect immunity.
  • Lesty as Center in Rune Song of Spring will provide damage reduction and boost guard effect.
  • Agnum as Center in Rune Song of Spring will greatly boost evasion.
  • Kirika will sing as Center, but will play her Armonix bow when non-Center.

Shining Resonance will be released on December 11. Sonia is expected to be playable in Beast Note's most anticipated fighting game Blade Arcus.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Umehara interview on Careeful

A employment website Careeful recently posted an interview with Daigo Umehara.

[Video] Blade Arcus (location test build 2) gameplay from JGL

Blade Arcus was introduced shortly during Japan Gamer's Live (JGL) event on August 31. This's location test build 2. It's played by an MC and random people so don't expect any high-level play.

New thing we see so far in these videos is Fenrir's assist can inflict Poison status to opponent.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Virtua Fighter characters playable in DBFC PS3/Vita

It's announced today that the PS3 and PS Vita version of Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax will have Akira Yuki and Pai Chan from Virtua Fighter playable as player character and support character respectively.

The game will be released on November 13.

Umehara on Mirai Theater tonight

Daigo Umehara was featured in Mirai Theater tonight in Japan.

Summary of the content
  • There's something called "pro gamer," a job where one earns money by playing games.
  • This's a story of game "God" Daigo Umehara (age 33) who is Japanese pro gaming pioneer.
  • The former two consecutive world champion is viewed as superstar.
  • Umehara specializes in fighting games, he's hailed as God.
  • He's showed to do Metsu Hadoken in 0.3 seconds.
  • Although he earns a lot of money, Umehara lives an ordinary life, traveling by foot, eating a 630 yen bowl of noodle for dinner.
  • He spends less time eating noodle, which allows him to spend more time on gaming.
  • He moved from Aomori to Tokyo since 8 years old. At first, friends made fun of his accent and he's alone at the school. He then turn to game center but was praised for gaming skills.
  • It's tough to gain recognition in the past for gaming, even after winning international championship in America at age of 17. People might praise his achievement, but not what he actually did.
  • Despite the result at Evo 2014, there's still long line for his autograph session.

Mirai Theater is a weekly (Friday night) variety TV show on Nippon TV station. Since it's broadcasted to all regions, the impact is big, Umehara and related keywords were trending in Japan.

2. Umehara
4. Pro gamer
9. Umehara-san
10. Corner of the screen (Gamen Hashi)