Shoryuken interview: The frame data master, Kedako

By on October 7, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Continuing our series of interviews from CEOtaku, Shoryuken grabbed the opportunity to speak to another Japanese player attending the event. Like Taka, Kedako has also been sponsored by the r/Kappa crowd. Kedako is famous for his signature character pick, May, and strong play in both Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and its predecessor Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R. Kedako is the Accent Core champion this year, and last year. In 2016, he also won the -REVELATOR- competition.

And yet there’s another service he’s done for the fighting game community at large; with the release of -REVELATOR-, he became something of a frame data guru for the anime community.

Thanks to Brett for helping translate the conversation at CEOtaku. The interview has been slightly edited for clarity.

Woocash: You triumphed at CEOtaku last year, and you did it this year again in Accent Core +R, how do you feel?

Kedako: I’m glad! First of all, I’m just glad. Last year, I went by myself. I was able to win both +R and REV 2, I was glad about that. This year, I got sponsored by r/Kappa. I feel like the results matter more. I do want to leave some good results, not just for myself. There’s a responsibility. I’m glad that I was able to get the win for +R.

Woocash: What was it like to fight Taka in the Grand Finals?

Kedako: We always meet in tournament, Taka and I. That match-up is pretty difficult for Anji. It’s very explosive, very volatile. Taka is always annoyed at bumping into me and having to play that match-up! I always try to put pressure on Taka to make it difficult for him to get out.

Woocash: How much do you practice +R? Do you play with a lot of regularity, or just before tournaments?

Kedako: Recently, I’ve been going to Mikado to play +R casuals the day before tournaments. Also, I practice on the airplane by using my Vita. But because I live in the Kansai region, I can’t go to Mikado often. There’s really not a scene for +R in Kansai. I just fly from my region to Mikado and stay there one night, in Tokyo, to practice +R. It sucks when I can’t do what I want to do, when I’m not well-practiced.

Woocash: I’ve heard that you research frame data. Can you talk about how you got into that and about your methodology?

Kedako: When Xrd first came out, [I realized that] May was completely different. I honestly felt pretty bored of the character; I wasn’t very interested in her. But I like Guilty Gear. The previous versions of Guilty Gear had all the frame data published in mooks [official books], but not Xrd. I took a break from focusing on May, and I started trying to figure out frame data. I dedicated that time to do my own research.

I do it all by eye. I record at 60 frames per second, and I look at it, frame by frame. That’s how I researched all this stuff.

[Kedako found out things like invincibility on YRC, start-up on YRC and RC, how long is Blitz, etc., according to Brett.]

Woocash: I was curious about your thoughts on tag games, like Dragon Ball FighterZ and BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle. Are you interested in them?

Kedako: Yeah, I played the closed beta of DBFZ, I’ll probably play BB Tag when I can. I have played a little of BlazBlue. DBFZ is a really responsive game in which it feels good to move around. Just playing it feels fun.

Woocash: What are your future plans? What’s the next event you’re going to?

Kedako: I definitely want to attend Evo 2018, if I can.

Woocash: What about some other US events, like NEC or Frosty Faustings?

Kedako: As far as the financial matters, I want to attend the biggest tournaments that I can, so for now, just planning on Evo.

Woocash: And if r/Kappa sponsors you again?

Kedako: I would like to, if I get sponsored again, but it’s hard for me to take days off. Generally, it’s not as much of a finance issue, but with work. It’s not a problem with my interest.

Woocash: Any closing thoughts?

Kedako: Unlike Japanese tournaments, the overall environment at international tournaments like CEOtaku is so different. Everyone is playing everything, having fun all the time, it’s really different from Japanese events. It’s a different experience from normal tournaments. Every time I go to one of these events, I get really motivated to go to more. I really like this kind of stuff. I want to go to more events like this.

Read up on CEOtaku 2017 results as well as our other interviews featuring Dora_Bang and Taka.

Source: CEO Gaming

Luke "Woocash" Siuty is a Chicago-based writer who specializes in ArcSys titles. A Guilty Gear veteran, he plays Baiken and commits atrocities by playing Sin when he's not busy pondering the ArcSys Cycle. He's always down to talk on Twitter, so send him tips. He's good at OS-ing in real life, not so much in video games, though.