Ogawa's filthy Zato-1 set up, Nuki and Deshiken score perfects in the same match, and Kotaka's dominant Guile play: Kemonomichi highlights

Our favorite moments from last night's event

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • January 3, 2018 at 11:48 a.m. PST

Yesterday, the Kemonomichi exhibition event presented by CYG|Daigo Umehara pit some of the best players from Japan against each other in a handful of first-to-10 sets.

The games played included Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Street Fighter 3 Third Strike, and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, with Kotaka Shoten vs. Aniken, Nuki vs. Deshiken, and Ogawa vs. Machabo, respectively.

These bouts were full of hype and excitement, and even if you're not a fan of any particular game showcased here, you'll want to check these sets out.

As we often do with great events, we're going to share our favorite highlights from the action. To get us started, let's take a look at the match between Kotaka and Aniken.

Kotaka's Guile proved to be incredibly strong in this match up. Building the wall of defense that the character is known for, it was difficult for Aniken to navigate his way through.

Using his Sonic Booms, well-timed Flash Kicks, and counter pokes, Kotaka was able to keep Aniken at bay for the majority of the set.


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Despite the Guile player's dominance, Aniken did not go down without a fight. In the eighth game of the set, the Ken player put himself on the board by closing out the match with a clutch Tatsu through a Sonic Boom.

Here is the final play of this exhibition.

Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2

Ogawa and Machabo put on an incredible show for Guilty Gear fans and fans of fighting games in general. With the match up being Zato-1 vs. Ky, respectively, the fast-paced, offense heavy bout was one you don't want to miss.

Zato-1 has some interesting movement options, and Ogawa did an excellent job of utilizing them to their fullest. Using his ability to travel underground and float in the air, Ogawa was able to make hard reads on some of Machabo's attacks, including dodging a burst during a combo to ensure the round was won.

Machabo answered back with some amazing pressure and corner control. In this clip, you'll see him throw Ogawa into the corner when his back is up against the wall, then proceed to lock the Zato-1 player down with sword slashes and projectiles.

Ogawa's reads in this match up were phenomenal. If dodging bursts wasn't impressive enough, we also see him perfectly dodge a reversal from Machabo while pressuring his opponent, which results in winning another round.

Also featured here is an absolutely filthy Zato-1 set up.

And lastly, we have the exhibition-winning play.

Street Fighter 3 Third Strike

The battle between Nuki and Deshiken started out with a bang. Both players went back and forth as each competitor attempted to download the other.

At the start of the second game, Deshiken put a hurt on Nuki with a series of Dragon Punches in the corner, followed by a great parry to secure the round. Later, Nuki showed his parry skills by deflecting an ambiguous jumping attack from his opponent.

Nuki is a legend in Street Fighter 3 Third Strike -- he's considered one of the five Japanese gods of Street Fighter, in fact -- and his ability to confirm into supers in this game is outstanding. We get to see an amazing confirm into super from Chun-Li's hop kick, which is more impressive considering it was a whiff punish while Nuki was cornered.

Unfortunately for Nuki, not every confirm can work out as planned. When attempting another punish into super, he activated on an airborne Deshiken, which caused the Ken player to flip out and jump back in with a full punish.

If you're a fan of high-level footsies, this set will not disappoint you. Both players put on incredible show in that department, and below are just a couple of clips of their killer whiff punishes.

Remember when I said Nuki has parry skills? Well, if you didn't believe me for some reason, check this clip out.

In most of our highlight posts, we usually have one or two perfects from different matches featured. In this case, Deshiken scores a perfect on Nuki after having been perfected by Nuki earlier in the same match.

And finally, the set-winning play.

Source: Daigo The BeasTV.

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