We did this last week, before Kurahashi won singles and got second place in the 3on3, but my questions were mostly general so enjoy this late "preview." Riz0ne co-produced this post; look for more material like this from us as SBO approaches.
What are your thoughts and expectations about X-Mania Europe?
I'm extremely glad to see SF2 with its long history getting played not just in Japan but also in distant countries. I hope that X-Mania Europe continues annually like the original.
I wonder why your match against John Choi is one of the most famous SF2 matches ever. What are your thoughts about that fight?
On top of the fact that O.Sagat has a huge advantage over Guile, I think it made a strong impression on everyone because of the close comeback finish.
What do you think about the Ryu vs. Guile match?
I personally think it's close to even and that winning or losing comes down to the players' abilities. Out of the multitude of matches in SF2 Ryu vs. Guile is one of the most exciting.
The other day Kikai could be seen using a throw/option select Flash Kick auto-mixup. Do you use that trick? Any other tricks for Ryu or Guile that movie hounds might not be aware of?
I use that trick. Another one for Guile is the Flash Kick out of standing hit stun. When your opponent comes at you with a safe jump, right before you stand up move the joystick diagonally down in their direction. This forces a standing hit stun animation while you retain your charge. From there press up and you can do a Flash Kick. This trick works for other charge characters, too.*
So you move the joystick from down-back to down then down-towards to force the standing hit stun? Not down-back to neutral to down-towards?
Right as the opponent's attack connects move from down-back to down-towards. You don't need to hit neutral. It's also possible to do Guile's super out of standing hit stun.
Pretend there's a potluck dinner at X-Mania — what would you bring? In other words, tell us about something you like to eat that you make or get nearby.
I would say Sushi, Gratin or Oniku Zenpan**. Also I make different kinds of salads for myself.
Thank you very much. Good luck at X-Mania EU and SBO. I'm rooting for you so please crush Nuki.
Thanks for the support. My teammates are strong this year so we definitely want to crush Nuki and win the whole thing.
* Pretty sure that my translation is ok here but I'm still not sure what to make of it. I mistakenly (?) thought the trick used a crouching fierce when I posted about it earlier. Also: Tsuji video.
** Some kind of meat dish.