Smasher:Kirihara

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Kirihara "キリハラ"
Kirihara
SSB4 main Rosalina & Luma
Skill Super Smash Bros. 4 Top professional
Ranking Super Smash Bros. 4 Panda Global Rankings v3: 19th (X-Factor: +8)
Winnings Super Smash Bros. 4 $2,399.55
Additional info
Real name Noriyuki Kirihara
Location Tokyo Japan

Kirihara is an SSB4 Rosalina & Luma player from Tokyo, Japan, and is considered the best Rosalina player in the country and the 2nd best in the world, after Dabuz. Kirihara is currently ranked 4th on the JAPAN Power Rankings and 19th on the Panda Global Rankings v3. He has taken sets off of top players such as ZeRo, Larry Lurr, komorikiri, Abadango, VoiD, KEN, Ranai, and ESAM.

At Frame Perfect Series 2, 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
Toryumon Weekday Tournament x STUDIO SKY #6 June 28th, 2017 1st
Umebura 27 July 1st, 2017 2nd
Toryumon Weekday Tournament x STUDIO SKY #7 July 5th, 2017 1st
4th Annual PSG Classic July 12th, 2017 5th (Forfeit)
Summer School July 13th, 2017 4th
EVO 2017 July 14th-16th, 2017 65th
Umebura 28 August 12th, 2017 4th
Toryumon Weekday Tournament x STUDIO SKY #9 August 16th, 2017 1st
Toryumon Weekday Tournament x STUDIO SKY #10 August 30th, 2017 4th
2GGC: West Side Saga September 9th, 2017 5th
Mega Smash Mondays 113 September 11th, 2017 2nd
2GGC: Fire Emblem Saga October 14th-15th, 2017 9th

Trivia[edit]

  • Kirihara is the only smasher to have a positive record over ZeRo in Smash 4 that is better than 1-0, holding a 2-1 record over him.

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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

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