Ranai (らない), formerly known as Ganbaranai (がんばらない) and Hayase (はやせ), is an SSB4 Villager player from Japan, and is considered the best Villager player in the world. Ranai is currently ranked 14th on the Panda Global Rankings v2, and 6th on the JAPAN Power Rankings. He has taken sets off of players such as Ally, Nairo, Dabuz, Larry Lurr, VoiD, Abadango, Mr.R, and komorikiri.
In SSBB, he was well regarded for possessing an extensive character roster.
Rise in Japan
Ranai's initial notable tournament was KSB 2015, a Japanese major with custom moves enabled, where he won with non-custom Villager. He'd make an impressive Losers' run, following an early loss to Choco, defeating Nietono, Brood, Earth, and RAIN, making it to Grand Finals, where he defeated komorikiri.
After KSB, he maintained high placements at Japanese tournaments. Despite being unable to attend EVO 2015, he would attend Japan's first national, Umebura F.A.T., though he placed a middling 13th. He would resume his high placements afterwards.
Ranai would travel to the United States to attend GENESIS 3, quickly becoming a fan favourite. He would win Doubles with komorikiri, upsetting ZeRo and Nairo. In Singles, he placed 3rd, defeating Marss, Ally, and FOW, before falling to ZeRo in a close set, and to Dabuz. Following GENESIS 3, Ranai's results became far more inconsistent, notably placing 7th at Niconico Tokaigi 2016, and 9th at Shots Fired 2.
A period of inconsistency
At GENESIS 4, hoping to repeat his previous success, he fell short. In Singles, he placed 9th, falling early to Rich Brown, and failing to advance to Top 8, falling to komorikiri. In Doubles, he and komorikiri placed 2nd, being double eliminated by Ally and MKLeo, though they would once again defeat ZeRo and Nairo.
With a commitment to travel and compete more, he would return to the USA for Frostbite 2017, though his performance was mediocre, placing 33rd in Singles, falling to WaDi and Ally. In Doubles, he and komorikiri would place 9th, falling early to WaDi and Dark Wizzy, before failing to make Top 8, defeated by VoiD and NAKAT. His most notable performance would be during the USA VS Japan crew battle, where following a massive deficit, he, Kameme, and komorikiri would surmount a comeback and take it over the USA crew, upsetting expectations of a USA win.
Traveling to Florida for Frame Perfect Series 2, he performed notably better compared to his last visit. He placed 7th in singles, defeating Salem 3-0, before falling to MkLeo 0-3 and Captain Zack 0-3.
At 2GGC: Civil War, he placed 17th in Singles, and 9th in doubles with komorikiri. He was voted to participate in the April Saga Round Robin, to determine the theme of the April tournament. Utilising Greninja, he won the event. Ranai also participated in the crew battle, playing for Team ZeRo.
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