toco toco – Fuudo, Pro Gamer

My name is Fuudo, I am a pro gamer. I play in competitions all over the world,
mostly on Street Fighter V. Last year, I played in about 14 tournaments overseas. I win and lose, and try my best to go forward. I used to work at Dengeki some time ago,
as a part time job. I feel like I am coming back to a place filled with memories. It is originally a large company,
that publishes internet guides, and gaming guides, which I was mostly working on. I used to live
with five or six room-mates back in the day. One of them is now editor-in-chief
for the news website Dengeki Online. This is how I got to work here. I still come here regularly to do a streaming show, named “Game Ningen Gakuen”,
together with the journalist Goro. He was also one of my room-mates,
we lived together for about ten years. We are really close friends. – Do you know how to play shogi?
– Shogi? We could make a show
where you would play shogi against 100 people. How many hours would that take? A lot I would say… Shogi could work I think. You must be good too. You like it right? Not really? I don’t really like games where you have to think. – You think on Shadowverse though right?
– Yes, but not for a long time. One of the reasons I like fighting games is
that you have to make decisions on the spot. I see, you analyse the situation
and quickly act accordingly, so shogi would indeed be… How about “three-second shogi”? – Yes that would work.
– Right? Let’s forget shogi then. Today, we’re going to do a long stream. Password is “gorogoro”. Okay…
Oh, someone logged in! Wait, am I singing? That’s quite sudden! When we first started “Game Ningen Gakuen”
I was mostly playing retro games, but more recently, I am also playing Street Fighter V
or Shadowverse, a card-playing game. Now it is a bit of everything,
mixing both old games and new. Before working at Dengeki,
we used to work as debuggers. We almost always lived and worked together, but since streaming didn’t exist at the time, I couldn’t imagine we would be doing this now. When I used to live with Goro, we were in Ikebukuro. I am originally from Chiba,
but Ikebukuro is my second home. In Ikebukuro, there is the famous “Sunshine dori” street. There are many arcades there. They all have a different mood attached to them. One would be famous for rhythm games,
the other for fighting games, etc. I change arcades depending on the game I play. One characteristic of the Saint Tropez arcade, is that you can play the game
Gunslinger Stratos there, it is quite famous for this. Originally, it is an arcade made to attract couples. Which is why when you first come in,
you must first go through a space made for couples, in order to reach the Gunslinger Stratos area. I think that this arcade is quite unique in a way. This is now the third game
of the Gunslinger Stratos series, when the first episode was out,
I must have spent 360 days a year in this arcade to play. I would spend 8 hours a day, it was another home. I think that I had a big influence
on the players who came here. In this game, two teams of four are fighting, so with four people in the same arcade
you can play in the Japan national championships. So if a strong player often comes to the arcade,
it becomes one of its strengths. At the time, I declared that I would stay here all day, so more and more good players started to join
and the arcade became gradually famous. In a way, I made it that Saint Tropez becomes
a good arcade by coming here often, forming a group of regulars with the others. I grew up at a time
when there were many games out there. The first fighting game I played was
on a Neo Geo Arcade that was at the local candy shop. I started on games
such as KOF ’94, Fatal Fury or Art of Fighting. Going to the arcade was my daily routine,
I used to go everyday when Street Fighter IV came out. After work, I would come to the arcade
and play for two or three hours. I would do this everyday. In 2011, there was the EVO tournament, I told myself that it would nice
to participate at least once in a world tournament, so I went with my own money. In the end, I won. After winning a world tournament,
many sponsors start approaching you to turn pro. Which is how I chose the Razer team
and became a pro gamer. I have been pro for 4 years now, at first
I didn’t think I would last that long, it makes me happy. I make a living of streaming shows and prize money from overseas tournaments, and also with money from my sponsors. My play-style is to analyse every little thing. For example, when something goes wrong,
I try to rapidly find out where that comes from, then do my best to fix that during my games. What is really important when I play is the environment. Rather than playtime, it is better to play
in a good environment in order to level up. For example, I would play Gunslinger Stratos
when the arcade is open. Since arcades close at around midnight, I would then go to a friend’s house
to play Street Fighter for two to three hours. I think that we can get much better
by playing with others. After we finish to play at the arcade,
and we want to play a bit more, we go to Toriton Kitchen. The place itself is quite common, but the food is good. I believe that it’s important for the food to be good. Usually, I come here
with other Gunslinger Stratos players. It is a strategy game so the four of us
would come here before a tournament. Or twenty to thirty of us
would come here after a competition. – Cheers.
– Cheers! And happy new year too. Today, I am meeting with BegetaminB, he is a player of both
Gunslinger Stratos and Street Fighter V. He is also a member of a guesthouse in Heiwajima
that is exclusively open to high-level players. I finished both in 2nd place and 3rd place at EVO,
but you don’t remember when I finished 3rd right? – When was that?
– When Luffy won. Luffy and Bonchan. Wow, I can’t even remember this. Unfortunately only first place counts,
everybody else loses. But since I turned pro, fortunately there is
still the prize money so that works out I guess. But still, people won’t remember you. Before, nothing else but victory would count,
there wasn’t any prize money either. – It’s a good thing that changed.
– Right, Togeki used to be that way too. In a magazine,
you will never see a title saying “Second place!”. Yes, they would probably just mention the team’s name. With gaming, I learned that connections
between people are really important. As with Dengeki, it is by interacting with others
that I discovered new opportunities. I met with new people through gaming as well. I want to keep staying close to the people
I play with and spend time with them. It is “Oni ni kanabo”
(“Strong beyond strong”) “Oni” represents a demon, a “strong person”,
and “kanabo” is his weapon. When I play a fighting game or something else,
I try to find which character is the strongest, so that way I’ll be strong with a strong character. Which is why I often use “Oni ni kanabo”.

61 thoughts on “toco toco – Fuudo, Pro Gamer

  1. Excellent, comme d'habitude, et en tant que fan de street fighter, je ne peux que vous être reconnaissant pour cet épisode avec Fuudo.

  2. These documentaries are way too good and inspiring! Thank you for regularly sharing these with us.

    Much grateful <3

  3. great interview!! thanks woaahh and so mutch quality produced. please make more whit japanese pro players fight game and once again thanks for de video^^

  4. I loved it ! Very good job, I loved the song used in this, is there any way you give us the tracks name please 😀 ?!

  5. クオリティ高くてすごく良い動画。ふ~ど好きなんで取り上げてくれて嬉しいです。ありがとうございます。

  6. Fuudo seems like a really cool guy to chill with
    also Japan is so cool, makes me wanna go to there – feels like playing Yakuza 0 in real life lol 😛

  7. 素晴らしい動画をありがとうございます。インタビューも音楽もカメラワークもどれも素晴らしかったです。優秀なスタッフが時間と手間とお金をかけて作成したというのが伝わってきます。

  8. Juste une question… C'est quoi le titre du morceau de 2080 qu'on entend en intro de chaque épisode ? Il faut que je mette la main dessus !

  9. C'est impressionnant, la série est meilleure à chaque épisode. Les plans marchés où l'on suit Fuudo et la mise en musique étaient particulièrement réussis, comme toujours d'ailleurs.

    toco toco c'est depuis le début une réalisation irréprochable et un voyage passionnant de quelques minutes. Je suis vraiment admiratif de votre travail. Même si c'est le cas depuis un bon moment déjà, j'ai l'impression de retomber sous le charme de l'émission à chaque nouvel épisode. Merci !

  10. FUUD氏が俳優みたいに見える。。映像美や間も素晴らしい。。何回も見てしまいます。感謝

  11. umm is there something wrong with the subtitles? because it seems he's repeating what was said in the previous scene where he is talking to his friend….

  12. I love the simplicity of this piece, no extra drama, it truly gives the feel of a day in the life. Also the footage all has a very connective quality, it all fits together really well to create a cool atmosphere.

  13. This episode reminded me a lot of the Game Center CX show, it'd be great if you managed to interview Shinya Arino, its host, I've always wanted to see him in a more "serious" attitude than what he shows in his series.

  14. English and French subtitles are available under the “CC” menu. Spanish subtitles have also been made available through Community Contributions, which are also open for additional language submissions. Thank you for following Archipel!

  15. I like your videos but I didn't like Razer's product placement in this one (on the headphones) though. Everything made sense after he said that he got offered a job by Razer

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