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Kirihara "キリハラ"
Ultimate main Sheik
Retired Ultimate
Rosalina & Luma
SSB4 main Rosalina & Luma
Skill Super Smash Bros. 4 Top level
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Top level
Ranking Super Smash Bros. 4 Panda Global Rankings 100: 28th
Winnings Super Smash Bros. 4 $2,399.55
Additional info
Real name Noriyuki Kirihara
Location Tokyo, Kanto Japan

Kirihara (キリハラ) is an Ultimate Sheik player from Tokyo, Japan, and was considered the best Rosalina & Luma player in Japan when he mained the character. He has wins over players such as T, KEN, ProtoBanham, Nietono, Abadango, Umeki, HIKARU, and Lea. He was formerly ranked 48th on the Fall 2019 PGRU.

In SSB4, Kirihara was considered the best Rosalina & Luma player in Japan and one of the best in the world, along with Dabuz and falln. Kirihara is currently ranked 6th on the JAPAN Power Rankings and 28th on the Panda Global Rankings 100. He has taken sets off of many top players in Smash 4 such as ZeRo, MkLeo, Larry Lurr, KEN, VoiD, Elegant, Abadango, and komorikiri. At Frame Perfect Series 2, he double-eliminated ZeRo and became the 2nd Japanese player to win an American national, after Abadango's Pound 2016 victory.


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 16 June 6th, 2015 9th
Umebura 18 August 8th, 2015 3rd
Umebura F.A.T. September 21st-22nd, 2015 4th
SHI-G 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
Umebura 29 October 28th, 2017 9th
2GGC: MkLeo Saga November 4th, 2017 9th
Umebura 30 November 18th, 2017 13th
Katsubura November 19th, 2017 1st
Toryumon Weekday Tournament x STUDIO SKY #16 November 22nd, 2017 1st
Rikabura 8 November 25th, 2017 2nd
2GG Championship December 1st-3rd, 2017 11th
Toryumon Weekday Tournament x STUDIO SKY #17 December 20th, 2017 3rd
Umebura T.A.T. December 23rd-24th, 2017 25th 17th takera
Sumabato Tokaigi Qualifiers 1 January 6th, 2018 17th
Sumabato Tokaigi Qualifiers 2 January 7th, 2018 1st
Toryumon Weekday Tournament x STUDIO SKY #19 February 7th, 2018 2nd
Niconico Tokaigi 2018 February 10th-11th, 2018 7th
Toryumon Weekday Tournament x STUDIO SKY #23 April 25th, 2018 5th
Umeki Project April 29th, 2018 1st 1st KEN
Toryumon Weekday Tournament x STUDIO SKY #24 May 2nd, 2018 2nd
Umebura 32 May 12th, 2018 5th
WeeklySmashParty 001 June 8th, 2018 1st
WeeklySmashParty 005 July 18th, 2018 3rd
Umebura 33 July 28th, 2018 2nd
WeeklySmashParty 006 August 5th, 2018 5th
Umebura 34 August 25th, 2018 5th
WeeklySmashParty 008 August 31st, 2018 17th
WeeklySmashParty 011 October 5th, 2018 7th
WeeklySmashParty 012 October 19th, 2018 2nd
WeeklySmashParty 014 November 9th, 2018 1st
WeeklySmashParty 015 November 16th, 2018 1st
Umebura Smash 4 Final December 1st-2nd, 2018 9th racchi~

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Umebura 5 July 26th, 2014 17th

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Toryumon Kiwami #1 December 12th, 2018 17th
Umebura SP December 16th, 2018 65th
Ueno Smash Ultimate Weekly 1 January 22nd, 2019 9th
WeeklySmashParty 22 February 1st, 2019 3rd
Toryumon Kiwami #6 February 6th, 2019 2nd
Toryumon Kiwami #8 February 20th, 2019 13th
WeeklySmashParty 25 March 1st, 2019 4th
Umebura Japan Major 2019 May 1st-2nd, 2019 9th
Umebura SP 4 August 16th, 2019 17th
EGS Cup 2 August 25th, 2019 9th
Ueno Smash Ultimate Weekly 24 August 29th, 2019 1st
Umebura SP 5 September 28th, 2019 4th
Umebura SP 6 October 22nd, 2019 33rd
Umebura SP 7 November 16th, 2019 25th
Seibugeki 3 November 29-30th, 2019 25th
Maesuma TOP 1 January 4th, 2020 1st
Toryumon Kiwami #51 January 8th, 2020 2nd
EGS Cup 3 January 13th, 2020 7th
EVO Japan 2020 January 24th-26th, 2020 13th
Winner! June 21st, 2021 17th
Seibugeki 8 October 10th, 2021 33rd
DAWN 1 October 17th, 2021 5th
Kagaribi 5 October 30th-31st, 2021 65th
DAWN 2 November 14th, 2021 5th
WINNER! -Next Gen- April 9th, 2022 49th
Maesuma TOP 7 May 1st, 2022 65th
Shin-Ken League May 16th-June 4th, 2022 11th
Umebura SP 9 January 7th-8th, 2023 33rd
DELTA 2 January 29th, 2023 25th


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