Smasher:Kirihara

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Kirihara is an SSB4 Rosalina & Luma player from Japan, and is considered the best Rosalina player in the country. Kirihara is currently ranked 48th on the Panda Global Rankings v2, and 8th on the JAPAN Power Rankings. He has taken sets off of players such as ZeRo, VoiD, Abadango, Kameme, komorikiri, Ranai, KEN, and ESAM.

He is the 19th player to take a set off of ZeRo, doing so, and double eliminating him at Frame Perfect Series 2. There, he became the 2nd Japanese player to win an American national, after Abadango's Pound 2016 victory.

Playstyle[edit]

Kirihara's style of Rosalina is differentiated by his calculated, aggressive spacing, foregoing the typical defensive style often demonstrated by other Rosalina players. He relies on well spaced aerials to establish stage control, and utlises Luma to full effect as an aerial deterrent, due to Luma's delayed hitboxes. His utilisation of Luma extends to pressure situations, as Kirihara will often employ Luma's moveset to force opponents into shield, discourage approaches, or as a form of option coverage. Luma aids in Kirihara's ground game as well, not only as a deterrent, but as a confirm option, often utlising Luma's jab as a lead into grabs. Despite his adeptness with Luma, he displays little reliance on it, and has proven capable and aggressive, even without. During these situations, he relies on his ability to react to his opponent's heightened aggression, generally encouraged by Luma's absence.

Another aspect of Kirihara's playstyle is his exceptionally proficient edge-guarding. He has demonstrated a distinctive ability to react to his opponent's recovery options, and cover them appropriately. He will often follow his opponent's offstage, and attempt to pressure and gimp them in the process. Kirihara's utilisation of Luma extends to his edge-guarding, as he often uses Luma's large and disjointed hitboxes to catch recoveries below the ledge, or to snipe players offstage from afar. As well, his ability to react to his opponent's ledge options, and force them back offstage further contributes to his aggressive offstage play.

Tournament placings[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 Placement 2v2 Placement Partner
Umebura 13 March 15th, 2015 5th
Umebura 18 August 8th, 2015 3rd
Umebura F.A.T. September 21st-22nd, 2015 4th
SHIG Tournament February 7th, 2016 4th 3rd RAIN
Takera's House Tournament July 10th, 2016 1st
EVO 2016 July 15th-17th, 2016 33rd
Umebura 24 July 24th, 2016 33rd
Umebura 25 September 10th, 2016 3rd
Toryumon 1 October 10th, 2016 2nd
DNG Kanto Invitational November 19th, 2016 2nd
SGC 2017 January 7th-8th, 2017 4th
Shulla-bra Tokaigi Qualifiers January 15th, 2017 5th
Umebura Tokaigi Qualifiers February 4th, 2017 4th
Tokaigi Last Chance Qualifiers February 11th, 2017 Top 2
Niconico Tokaigi 2017 February 11th-12th, 2017 5th
Gamer's Gauntlet Weekly #21 February 21st, 2017 1st
Frostbite 2017 February 25th-26th, 2017 13th
Frame Perfect Series 2 March 18th-19th, 2017 1st 5th CaptainZack
Wednesday Night Fights 2017 Winter Season 1.6 March 22nd, 2017 7th
2GGC: Civil War March 24th-26th, 2017 5th
Toryumon Weekday Tournament x STUDIO SKY #1 April 26th, 2017 2nd
Tokyo Game Bar 3 April 30th, 2017 1st
Umebura Japan Major 2017 May 6th-7th, 2017 5th 17th RAIN
Toryumon Weekday Tournament x STUDIO SKY #2 May 10th, 2017 33rd
Toryumon Weekday Tournament x STUDIO SKY #4 May 31st, 2017 9th
Toryumon Weekday Tournament x STUDIO SKY #5 June 14th, 2017 1st

Trivia[edit]

  • Kirihara is the only smasher to have a positive record over ZeRo that is better than 1-0, holding a 2-0 record over him.

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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

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