Before the tournament, Anthony, Richard and myself were able to spend about 5 minutes with Daigo and his translator Shino to ask him a couple questions about the game. Although none of us can speak Japanese of course, he seemed like a really down to earth mellow guy.
I found a couple things interesting about the interview, the first being that he loved the energy and hype surrounding the event with all the fans and people just so into it. I guess he doesn't see a lot of that outside of maybe SBO and major events or perhaps Japanese players and fans are a bit more reserved than here in the US in general.
Also, when I asked him what is the number one thing someone can do to get better in Street Fighter he mentioned throwing. Coming from Daigo that means a lot and made me think about ways I can improve my throwing game. As you'll read below, it seems he is talking about all aspects of throwing including set ups and escaping.
It was very loud in the venue so we apologize about the sound quality, but we do have a transcript of the translation below. We have another interview with Dhalsim player Iyo in which we will upload sometime this week along with all the other footage we have from the event as well. Enjoy!
1st Question from Anthony: How does the competition in Japan compare to the United States?
“The venue is definitely bigger in the states, but in number, though I don’t know the size of this event, I think you see more people at events like this one in Japan. What I really like about in the US is though the fans know how to create an exciting atmosphere for the players. “]