'I hope that people who avoided Vega in the past will like him in SF5' - Reiketsu talks tournaments, Street Fighter 5, reasons for using Vega and more

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • November 25, 2015 at 5:01 a.m. PST

Note: This interview was conducted in Japanese and subsequently translated by the interviewer.


We're very committed here at EventHubs to bringing you as many interviews with top players as possible. As such, we've reached out to a bunch of top-level Japanese players that people outside of Japan might not be too personally familiar with.

Our final player in this phase is the masked terror himself, Reiketsu. With strong showings across his several tournaments appearances this year using his stellar Vega, he's gearing up for DreamHack this weekend along with Gonzales.

In the interview, Reiketsu talks about his reasons for choosing Vega, how he feels about the drastic changes made to the character in the upcoming Street Fighter 5, DreamHack prospects and more. You can find a snippet below.

MajinTenshinhan: When did you start playing fighting games?

Reiketsu: The first fighting game I touched was the first version of King of Fighters 2002, so that was 13 years ago. At that time, I was satisfied just having learned the special moves for my characters.

It wasn't until Street Fighter 4 that I started playing fighting games seriously. A big trigger for me was seeing Kindevu's match at SBO 2010. The whole match fired me up, and I remember thinking "I want to be up on that stage one day!"

Hit the jump for the rest of the interview.

MajinTenshinhan: Why did you choose Vega as your character in Street Fighter 4?

Reiketsu: Actually, I didn't start using Vega at first, but was using Ken. But one day, a friend of mine who was a Vega main told me "No matter what I do, I can't beat Zangief with Vega. Can't you try it?"

When I tried it out, Vega felt so bad I was honestly surprised. Against this Zangief player I'd never lost against with Ken, I lost time and time again with Vega, and felt like I honestly couldn't do anything at all.

After that, I decided in my heart "I want to keep using Vega until I'm good enough to beat this Zangief". In the end, I kept playing Vega even though I never went up against that Zangief player again, and here we are now.

MajinTenshinhan: Street Fighter 5 is set to be released next year. Are you interested in playing it, and what character do you plan on using if you are?

Reiketsu: I've actually never played any numbered title besides SF4 in the Street Fighter series, so I'm excited for Street Fighter 5. I'll definitely be using Vega. I also want to play the strongest character as well, or maybe a character who covers Vega's weaknesses.

MajinTenshinhan: Throughout Street Fighter 4's history, it hasn't been uncommon for people to consider Vega a weak character. In this current Ultra Street Fighter 4 version, how good do you feel Vega is compared to the rest of the cast?

Reiketsu: If you use Vega to his full potential and bring out exactly everything out of the character, I feel he has the potential to be just one tier lower than the very top class (being characters like Evil Ryu and Elena).

However,as a character he's so reliant on fast reactions and quick situational judgment, that right now, at my own level, I feel like I can only bring him up to a mid-tier level.

MajinTenshinhan: Vega will be appearing in Street Fighter 5 as well, but he's been changed to such a degree that you might even consider him a brand-new character. Compared to the Street Fighter 4 Vega you've put so much time into, how do you think you'll like this new Vega?

Reiketsu: Yeah, my first impression was that it's like Cammy and Decapre in Street Fighter 4 where the only similar thing is their appearance.

I'll be happy if people who might've avoided him, thinking "I like the character and his design, but charge characters, I don't know..." start trying him out and liking him.

MajinTenshinhan: DreamHack Winter 2015, taking place in Sweden next week, is going to be the last hope for people who want to get into Capcom Cup. You'll be participating in this event as well, how do you feel? Are you confident?

Reiketsu: Since champions from many different countries are gathering, I can't exactly say that I'm confident, but I want to make the most out of this last tournament.

Huge thanks to Reiketsu for agreeing to do this interview with us, and we wish him the best of luck at DreamHack Winter 2015.

Continue below for the Japanese version. 下に日本語版があるので、ご覧ください。

魔人T: いつから格闘ゲームをはじめましたか?

冷血: はじめて触った格闘ゲームがKOF2002無印なので13年前になります。 当時は必殺技が出せるだけで満足していましたね。
本格的に格闘ゲームを始めたのはストⅣからになります。闘劇'10の金デヴさんの試合に胸が熱くなって「いつかは自分もあの場所で戦いたい!」と思ったのが大きなきっかけでした。

魔人T: 何故スト4でバルログというキャラを選びましたか?

冷血: 実は最初に選んでいたのはバルログではなくてケンだったんです。けれどもある日バルログ使いの友人から「どうしてもバルログでザンギが倒せないから試しにやってみて欲しい」と頼まれました。
試しに使ってみたらバルログが驚くほど弱くて、ケンを使っている時には負けたことがないザンギの人に為す術もなく連敗しました。
それがきっかけで「このザンギを倒せるようになるまではバルログを続けよう!」と心に決めたのですが、以後そのザンギの人に会うこともないまま今に至ります。

魔人T: 来年の2月に発売する予定のストリートファイター5に興味がありますか?もしそうであれば、どのキャラを使用すると思いますか?

冷血: ストⅣ以外のストリートファイターシリーズのナンバリングタイトルはやったことがないので、ストⅤは楽しみにしています。
バルログは必ず使います。そして最強キャラ、もしくはバルログの弱点を補えるキャラクターも選ぶつもりです。

魔人T: スト4の歴史にバルログは貧弱と思う人は少なくはない。冷血さんは今のバージョンのウル4のバルログは他のキャラと比べればどれほど強いと思いますか?

冷血: バルログの性能を最大限に引き出すことができれば、殺意リュウやエレナなどの最上級の一つ下のクラスには入れるのではないかというポテンシャルは感じています。
けれどもプレイヤー自身の反応速度や状況判断能力に強く依存してしまう面があるので、今の自分では中堅クラスの性能しか引き出せていないと思います。

魔人T: ストリートファイター5にバルログも参加する予定ですが、今度のバルログがまったく新しいキャラと思うほど違くなりました。冷血さんがやりこんでたスト4のバルログと比べればこの新しいバルログはどう思いますか?

冷血: まるで見た目だけ似ているキャミィとディカープリみたいだな、というのが第一印象です。
見た目やキャラは好きだけれども溜め技だから、と今までバルログを避けてきた人たちにも使ってもらえると嬉しいですね。

魔人T: スウェーデンで行われるドリームハックはカプコンカップに行きたい人にとって最後の希望となります。冷血さんもこの大会に参加するんですが、気分はどうですか? 自信はありますか?

冷血: 各国から強豪が集まるので自信があるとは言えませんが、最後の大会を楽しもうと思います。


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