Japanese EDM group Future Boyz (you might remember them from their appearance at the 2015 World YoYo Contest) just dropped a new video for their song “Throw Down with MK” and yeah…it’s a straight up yoyo video. The music video features Shaqler, because they are amazing, as well as stage footage of a pile of different players from the recent THROWDOWN contest in Japan. I’m always excited to see our scene get some love…huge thanks to Future Boyz for shining a light on some of the best players in our scene.
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Atsushi Yamada’s company, Japan Technology, is really on a roll right now with announcing new releases. A new budget offstring yoyo, a new 1A model, and now…a new titanium yoyo that manages to avoid a “Ti” pun in its name? Highest of fives, Atsushi.
The Ribira looks to be pretty much the same profile as their new 1A release, the Adel, but with changes made to wall thickness and weight distribution to specifically take advantage of the material. check out full specs and their press release below.
There are 4 kinds of Titanium Yo-Yos:
- Titanium Yo-Yos made for display, which has luxuriousness and satisfaction
- Titanium Yo-Yos whose shape and weights were simply adjusted to be like contest models
- Real Titanium Yo-Yos for competing, which was designed to improve its quality and possibilities for performance
- Imitation Titanium Yo-Yos are able to perform similar to the real one, but can never exceed it in performance
JAPAN TECHNOLOGY proposes “The Real Titanium Yo-Yo”. It took about two years to create “RIBIRA”. It raises the possibility of Titanium Yo-Yos. Which Titanium out of a variety of choices is the best for Yo-Yos? What cutting method and equipment meet the ideal way to shave Titanium to make Yo-Yos? The design could only be created because of Titanium. A lot of technique was effectively used, and as a result, “RIBIRA” was born with both high quality and luxuriousness.
Japan Technology Ribira Specs:
Weight: 66 grams
Response: sOMEThING Pad Type 1 (19mm slim)
Suggested Retail: ¥39,800 (about $361 USD)
Japan Technology has announced a new 1A yoyo, the Adel! They’ve designed it to play light and fast, and coming from a legendary player like Atsushi Yamada I think it’s a safe bet this is going to be pretty damn good. Check out the promo video, full specs and photos below.
Japan Technology Adel Specs:
Response: sOMEThING Pad Type1 (19mm Slim)
First written in 2012, updated with titles up to 2016.
Despite not having competed in Cleveland, Shinji Saito is still far ahead of the competition, but Takeshi Matsuura got his seventh title, closing the gap a bit! Also increasing their title count are Rei Iwakura, with five, Shu Takada, and Hajime Miura, with three each.
Some considerations before we give you the goods: we’ve only considered the “modern era” World YoYo Contest, held since 1992. There was one true World YoYo Contest before it, but it wasn’t a freestyle contest. Its winner was mister Harvey Lowe, in 1932. Between 1995 and 1997, the “Pro-Am” division was considered, and counted as 2A for this article’s purpose, as all winners in that division were expected to play with two looping yo-yos.
So without further ado, these are all the multiple time winners of the World YoYo Contest by number of titles.
Multiple Winners of the World YoYo Contest
|Shinji Saito||Japan||13||2A, Combined||2A: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2015
Combined: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
|Takeshi Matsuura||Japan||7||5A||2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016|
|Rei Iwakura||Japan||5||4A, AP||4A: 2008, 2012, 2014, 2016
|Daisuke Shimada||Japan||4||X, 3A||X: 2002
3A: 2003, 2004, 2005
|Hiroyuki Suzuki||Japan||4||1A||2004, 2005, 2006, 2012|
|Yu Kawada||Japan||4||1A, AP||1A: 2000
AP: 2006, 2013 (with Spination), 2014 (with Spination)
|Bill de Boisblanc||USA||3||2A||1994, 1995, 1997|
|Takahiko Hasegawa||Japan||3||AP||2002, 2005, 2011|
|Hank Freeman||USA||3||3A||2011, 2012, 2013|
|Takuma Yamamoto||Japan||3||2A||2008, 2013, 2014|
|Tomiyuki Watanabe||Japan||3||AP||2004, 2013 (with Spination), 2014 (with Spination)|
|John Ando||Japan||3||1A, AP||1A: 2008
AP: 2010 (with Shaqler), 2015 (with Shaqler)
|Hajime Miura||Japan||3||3A||2014, 2015, 2016|
|Shu Takada||Japan||3||2A, AP||2A: 2012, 2016
AP: 2015 (with Shaqler)
|Tomonari Ishiguro||Japan||2||1A, AP||1A: 2001
|Yuuki Spencer||USA||2||1A||2002, 2007|
|Eiji Okuyama||Japan||2||4A||2003, 2007|
|Tsubasa Onishi||Japan||2||4A||2004, 2010|
|Naoto Okada||Japan||2||4A||2009, 2011|
|Atsushi Yamada||Japan||2||AP||2010 (with Shaqler), 2015 (with Shaqler)|
|Takeshi Maruyama||Japan||2||AP||2010 (with Shaqler), 2015 (with Shaqler)|
Shinji Saito dominates both 2A and Combined, and is the sole winner of the four editions ever held of that division. 4A has a surprising number of two-time winners, and Shaqler is the only team to win more than one World Title.
Surprisingly, we only had one first-time winner this year, Shion Araya!
One-Time World YoYo Contest Winners:
- 1A: Ryoichi Suzuki (1998), Joel Zink (1999), Johnnie DelValle (2003), Shinya Kido (2009), Jensen Kimmitt (2010), Marcus Koh (2011), János Karancz (2013), Gentry Stein (2014), Zach Gormley (2015), Shion Araya (2016)
- 2A: Dale Oliver (1992), Rocco Ysaguire (1993), Dale Myrberg (1996), Jennifer Baybrook (1998), Takumi Nagase (1999), Tomoya Kitamura (2000), Matt Harlow (2001), Yasushi Furukawa (2010)
- 3A: Paul Yath (2006), Yuuki Tanami (2007), Hiroki Miyamoto (2008), Kentaro Kimura (2009), Minato Furuta (2010)
- 4A: John Narum (2005), Taiki Nishimura (2006), Michael Nakamura (2013), Naoto Onishi (2015)
- 5A: Rafael Matsunaga (2003), Makoto Numagami (2004), Maya Nakamura (2005), Dana Bennett (2006), Tyler Severance (2007), Takuma Inoue (2009), Jake Elliott (2015).
- X: Hironori Mii (2000), Shingo Terada (2001)
- AP: Mark Montgomery (2003), John Higby (2008), InMotion! (2012)
What about per-country count? Can you tell how far ahead Japan is? Check it out:
World YoYo Contest Winners by Country
Japan is far, far ahead of the competition, having added another five titles in 2016, with USA in clear second, followed by one-timers Brazil (Rafael Matsunaga, 2003), Canada (Jensen Kimmitt, 2010), Singapore (Marcus Koh, 2011), Switzerland (InMotion! – Ivo Studer and Jan Schmutz, 2012), and Hungary (János Karancz, 2013)! If we take the 1932 Worlds into account, Canada rises to two titles, although officially Harvey Lowe competed for China, as there was another Canadian competing and rules only allowed one contestant per country.
Will someone ever equal Shinji’s astounding number? We’ll need to wait at least six more years to find out! Or hope someone wins more than one title in the same year!
Day 1 of the 2015 World Yo-yo Contest comes to an end after a marathon of over 250 players going through the wildcard round for all divisions! Here are the results!
As expected, this was a tough and cruel round for the 169 players competing for a spot in tomorrow’s preliminaries. Only 33 players made it through, with some of the crowd favorites failing to advance. The American players did a great job, with six players (Andrew Bergen, Colin Beckford, Eric Tran-Ton, Clint Armstrong, Kevin Nicholas, and Lucas Gremler) among the qualified, along with two contestants from China (Pisco and Weichuan Wang) and one from Hong Kong (Benson Fok). Among those who failed to make the cut were Vashek Kroutil, Hidemasa Senba, Eric Koloski, and Ryosuke Iwasawa.
These are the qualified players in 1A:
- Toya Kobayashi (Japan)
- Benson Fok (Hong Kong)
- Izuru Hasumi (Japan)
- Andrew Bergen (United States)
- Yuki Nishisako (Japan)
- Yuya Yatani (Japan)
- Colin Beckford (United States)
- Ryota Komatsu (Japan)
- Shinya Kido (Japan)
- Hiroaki Yoshii (Japan)
- Eric Tran-Ton (United States)
- Tatsuaki Okamoto (Japan)
- Koyo Hashimoto (Japan)
- Clint Armstrong (United States)
- Pisco (China)
- Ayumu Harada (Japan)
- Kevin Nicholas (United States)
- Daiki Tanaka (Japan)
- Kazuya Murata (Japan)
- Tsukasa Namba (Japan)
- Yuki Shigematsu (Japan)
- Kento Muraoka (Japan)
- Kaito Tanaka (Japan)
- Amane Okubo (Japan)
- Weichuan Wang (China)
- Ginji Miura (Japan)
- Takumi Sakamoto (Japan)
- Ryosuke Hara (Japan)
- Shinji Toyoda (Japan)
- Kenta Kushiro (Japan)
- Tomoki Toyama (Japan)
- Lucas Gremler (United States)
- Ryo Igarashi (Japan)
Full results for 1A can be found here.
With only one player outside Japan competing in the wildcard round, it’s no surprise that all eleven qualified players are Japanese. We hoped 1999 World Champion Takumi Nagase would make it, but he was unable to match the speed of the current 2A generation.
- Ginji Miura (Japan)
- Koichiro Ueta (Japan)
- Yutaro Kasuya (Japan)
- Reo Takamatsu (Japan)
- Yuki Takami (Japan)
- Shinnosuke Ishizaka (Japan)
- Hajime Sakauchi (Japan)
- Yamato Fujiwara (Japan)
- Masaki Iida (Japan)
- Shuji Kotani (Japan)
- Yuki Yamaguchi (Japan)
3A has been improving at a fast pace, and the times when just being able to throw double-trapeze were enough to be competitive are long gone. Almost all of the competitors in the 3A wildcard round are Japanese, but Ayoun Kuo from Taiwan managed to squeeze into the next round!
- Yuto Yamaguchi (Japan)
- Takumi Yasumoto (Japan)
- Shoto Yamamoto (Japan)
- Sora Tahira (Japan)
- Ayoun Kuo (Taiwan)
- Takayuki Namba (Japan)
There are a lot of people who want Rei Iwakura’s spot as king of offstring! No less than forty-two players competed in this division, including a handful from the world’s 4A elite! Ben Conde, Bryan Figueroa, and Naoto Okada had no trouble making it to the preliminary round, while two-time World Champion Eiji Okuyama, and Atsushi Yamada both failed to make it through in this tough division.
- Yuki Nishisako (Japan)
- Shuji Kinoshita (Japan)
- Ben Conde (United States)
- Bryan Figueroa (United States)
- Sota Maeda (Japan)
- Naoto Okada (Japan)
- Keita Kido (Japan)
- Koyo Hashimoto (Japan)
- Renta Motoyama (Japan)
- Ryo Oishi (Japan)
- Kei Hashimoto (Japan)
- Tomohiko Zanka (Japan)
- Yohei Kagawa (Japan)
Counterweight is the contest’s smallest division, and while the number of contestants was small, we are super excited about the players who are competing, and even though 2004 World Champion Makoto Numagami was unable to make it through, the wildcard ranking is led by two equally legendary names: Hiroyasu “Pon” Ishihara, and 2001 World Champion Shingo Terada!
- Hiroyasu Ishihara (Japan)
- Shingo Terada (Japan)
- Shohei Nishio (Japan)
- Kazuma Miyakawa (Japan)
- Tatsunori Yoshiba (Japan)
The full list for 2A-5A can be found here.
Stay tuned for more updates from the greatest contest ever!
(This interview appears courtesy of the 2015 World YoYo Contest.)
T: TOMMY (aka Tomiyuki Watanabe)
S: SOUL (aka Yu Kawada)
Q1. When did you start playing yo-yo?
T: In August of 1997.
S: I don’t remember well, but probably around the spring of 1997.
Q2. Why did you start playing yo-yo?
T: A manga called “Moero Spinner” [something like “Burn up Spinner” in English] was being published in Coro Coro Comic magazine and I saw it and thought it was “Cool!”
S: For some reason or another, I picked up a yo-yo from the display on the right-hand side near the entrance of a toy store. That was the beginning.
Q3. Who are some of the yo-yo players you respect/admire/look up to?
T: Yu Kawada – He was the reason the AP Division was established, and he is the only one I will go to for an opinion about my yo-yo performance [and vice versa].
Hironori Mii – He was the person who got me to participate in the World Contest [for the first time] and I wouldn’t be who I am now without him.
Hiroyuki Suzuki – Even while the younger generation keeps moving up, he’s still fighting at the top, and the cleanness of his tricks is on another level.
Takuma Yamamoto & Tsubasa Onishi – I watch their freestyles and think they’re really incredible. Their attitude is like an athlete’s.
S: TOMMY – There is no one who surpasses his ability to express with a yo-yo.
Hiroyuki Suzuki, Kengo Kido, Atsushi Yamada – As well as being yo-yo players, they all have started their own brands and stand out as leaders [in the yo-yo world].
Q4. What made you two come together to form SPINATION?
T: In 2012 I was planning a performance project and I invited Yu and we performed together. After that [we realized] we are both World Champions and are both mainstays of the AP Division! If we join forces we can’t lose!! Then, not only just at Worlds, we started doing real theater and other performances [together].
S: I hadn’t entered the World Contest since 2006, but I began to have some strong feelings about the AP Division itself. The feeling of wanting to enter the AP Division began to overflow [in me]. However, I also felt like there was a limit to what I could accomplish as a solo act.
In my thinking, the power of expression and the number of things one can do can increase with the number of people participating. I came to the conclusion that for yo-yo and the AP Division to get on the same level as other entertainment fields, it was necessary to form a team of high level players and make an attempt at something bigger.
It was there that [I decided] to join up with TOMMY, someone who had been away from the yo-yo world for a while and was working as a professional in the entertainment world, but who had the same high level of thinking [about AP as I did]. SPINATION was formed with the goal of broadening the possibilities of yo-yo and moving closer to first-class entertainment.
Q5. Usually, what kind of performance activity do you do as SPINATION?
T: For the most part, our main focus is on domestic street performance festivals. We also do performances at other types of events. From now on we are also proactively working toward developing theater stage shows.
Q6. I would imagine that there might be some difficulties with practicing together. Can you tell us about some of your experiences?
T: The most difficult thing is that our practice time together is very limited. We are based in Aichi [Prefecture] and Tokyo so it is fairly hard for the two of us to make enough time. In order to practice together, one of us has to travel to where the other is, so the journey itself is rough. Haha…
S: Creating a performance that both of us can be satisfied with is difficult. Together, we have a strong mutual understanding so things often go smoothly, however we don’t always agree on things like choreography, tricks used, or the direction [of an idea]. Thus, doing something new is a difficult process, but we do our best to have confidence in performing each [show] we have produced.
Q7. Do you have any good stories from last year, before you became world champions, that you want to share with us?
T: First of all, last year we had a fairly hard time deciding on our music. We had decided the theme and image [we were going for] first, but neither of us came across the right music and practicing [under those circumstances] was rough… We practiced hard like that for three weeks, but at the end both of us thought,”We can’t win with this so let’s scrap the whole thing.” Haha…
The biggest episode of all was Yu’s sudden health collapse the day before our AP Final performance. We still don’t know the cause, but he experienced more than 24 hours of horrible gastrointestinal issues and was completely unable to eat or drink. He was in no condition to be performing. The night before we were seriously considering withdrawing from the competition. Yu falling down at the end of our freestyle video is real evidence that he had reached his limit in more ways than one.
S: That’s right. I fell totally ill right before our performance. It was the first time in my life that even just standing was painful. Your body is an investment, so it’s really important to take care of yourself, especially when you are in a foreign country. Everyone, please take care! With water and raw foods especially.
Q8. How did you feel when you became world champions?
T: I was so happy we repeated our championship!
S: So glad!!!
Q9. Is there anything that changed for you after becoming world champions?
S: Nothing has really changed, but I would like to make movement toward holding the AP Division in Japan [Translator’s note: we think he means at Japan Nationals].
Q10. How do you feel going into this year’s World Yo-Yo Contest?
T: We will definitely win for the third consecutive time! We hope that we will be able to pull off a performance that will make you think “It’s just like SPINATION [to do something like this]!” Please cheer for us!!
Q11. What is yo-yo to you?
T: It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that it’s my “Partner in life.” Haha…
It is also like a part of my body, as well as the thing that gave me infinite possibilities of expressing myself.
S: It is one aspect of my own possibilities.
Fist Salud knows what the deal is! This new trick compilation video features new work from John Ando, Yuuki Spencer, Shu Takada, Drew Tetz, Ayumu Harada, Dee, Igor Galiev, Koichiro Ueta, Hibari, Yoshinori Kawamura, Hajime Miura, Atsushi Yamada, Hank Freeman, Eiji Okuyama, Alex Garcia, Daiki Tanaka, and Petr Kavka. A truly all-star lineup!
Music is NSFW.
44FESTA is quickly becoming my favorite regular yo-yo event. An almost monthly meeting with over eighty people is just too cool.
The sixth edition of 44FESTA was held on the 23rd of February, two days short of Masanobu Iwata’s birthday. Lots of neat stuff took place for this special occasion.
First up, a special guest appearance by five-time North Japan champion Kentaro Mannen, followed by demos and lessons from Kendama USA pro Turner Thorne, and Gloken’s Tamotsu Kubota, and Akira Tajima.
The mini-contest, my favorite part of the FESTA every time, was a yo-yo tower challenge, where a predetermined set of yo-yos had to be stacked as high as possible.
The freestyle contest set a new record, with 31 contestants, and once again the new generation of players triumphed over the old-schoolers, with Hajime Miura finally getting first place after several runner-up results:
- Hajime Miura
- Daiki Tanaka
- Atsushi Yamada
- Kento Muraoka
- Kentaro Mannen
The highlight of the day, however, was this fantastic (and hilarious) video made for Masanobu Iwata’s birthday, featuring yo-yo legends Hiroyuki Suzuki, Master Nakamura, Tsubasa Onishi, Hidemasa Semba and many others. The intro is in Japanese, but you definitely don’t want to miss the part starting at 1:35!
A belated Happy Birthday from YoYoNews, Iwata-san!
The next edition of 44FESTA will be on April 26th! Don’t miss it!
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– Make a clip video showcasing your yo-yo skill.
– You use only Japan Technology’s yo-yos for this clip video, and perform only style of Off String.
→Japan Technology’s yo-yos, →Learning Off String (4A)
– The entry period is from November 20th to January 10th.
– Videos will be judged based on the difficulty and originality, quality and polish of the video (mood, music, cinematography, editing, etc).
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– Once your video is uploaded, submit the entry form here: (please include your name, e-mail address, and video link so we know how to contact you if you win)
– Entries (including your uploaded video and entry form) must be received by January 5th, 2014.
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– Videos should be 2 minutes or less in length.
– Videos should begin and end with the Japan Technology x REWIND Offstring Video Contest banner. Download from here 1920×1080, 1280×720
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Ahmad Kharisma, from Indonesia, is the 2013 Asia Pacific champion! He’s no stranger to this and other international contests in Asia, but beating the only previous champions of the contest is no small feat! Hiroyuki Suzuki has no less than seven AP titles, the only one he had not won so far was the 2011 title, when Christopher Chia won.
In 2A, the young Japanese talent Ginji Miura had no trouble beating Shaqler’s Atsushi Yamada to take first place. Last year’s winner, Shunsuke Kawakami ended up in sixth place.
3A and 5A, however, saw last year’s champions return to the top. Wong Chak Wing, from China, beat Taiichiro Higashi, from Japan by almost twenty points for a clear 3A win, while Bryan Jardin, from the Philippines, had a slightly tougher time retaining his 5A title beating Denny Ko, from Hong Kong and Iskandar Shah, from Singapore by just over ten points.
Finally, in 4A, former World Champion Tsubasa Onishi finished first to claim his second AP title. Coming in second place was the contest’s pleasant surprise, Thailand’s Pornpinit Sanprasert, finishing ahead of Korean champion Jeon Ji-Hwan and the always spectacular Sean Perez!
Check the final results below:
- Ahmad Kharisma
- Christopher Chia
- Hiroyuki Suzuki
- Iori Yamaki
- Pong Si Yee Peter
- Shinya Kido
- Darrell Mitchell
- Kevin Nicholas
- Kazuya Murata
- Marcus Koh
- Takahiro Iizuka
- Wong Kin Kwan
- Benson Fok
- Reymark Zavalla
- Ho Swee Jim
- Yamato Murata
- Ethan Wong Wing Hang
- Muhammad Shakeel
- Kuo Zi Wei
- Muriyanto Ahmad Saputra
- Malcom Chiu
- Van Dinh Sang
- Toya Kobayashi
- Ginji Miura
- Atsushi Yamada
- Chan Chun Hay
- Liu Man Ki
- Arata Imai
- Shunsuke Kawakami
- Ryuya Kaneko
- Kyle Capiral
- Nguyen Hoang Tuan
- Pornpinit Sanprasert
- Wong Chak Wing
- Taiichiro Higashi
- Thawhir Iqbal
- Chong Yichen
- Chen Kun
- Li Tiancheng
- Hiro Koba
- Hassan Marialis
- Ian Loh
- Jason Kao
- Tsubasa Onishi
- Pornpinit Sanprasert
- Jeon Ji-Hwan
- Sean Perez
- Chan Chun Hin
- Shinya Muraki
- Osshe Louis Sutanto
- Tomoya Kawasaki
- Sean Hung
- Futoshi Maruyama
- Ewin Ee
- Teruo Kameya
- Chang Chih Chieh
- Lumpop Sriudomkajorn
- Wu Jin Nan
- Lin Jia-Her
- Bryan Jardin
- Denny Ko
- Iskandar Shah
- Muhammad Shakeel
- Chen Zu Ye
- Lee Wei Ting
- Hiroyasu Ishihara
- Li Ho Kwan
- Noh In Kyu
- Lumpop Sriudomkajorn
- Morison Batubara
- Teruo Kameya
- Marco Victorio
- Neo Chun Hui
- Ian Loh
- Sittiporn Noppakoon
The fifth edition of 44CLASH is upon us! The competition will take place on November 24th and 25th, in Yokohama. Who will be the winner of one the world’s most prestigious events? Last year’s winner Anthony Rojas will not be competing this year; who will be newly crowned champion? Let’s take a look at the roster!
In 1A, we have a very powerful lineup battling for the title. The seed list starts off with none other than Hiroyuki Suzuki, who’s back at the top of the World and feels right at hope under pressure. Up against the king is the young 2012 US National Champion, Zach Gormley, who put out a fantastic show last month. Also in 1A we have some incredibly technical players: Christopher Chia from Singapore, Luis Enrique Villasenor from Mexico, Peter Pong Si Yee from Hong Kong, and Tatsuya Fujisaka from Japan, serious contenders in any competition.
Among the non-seeded players, the highlights are the one and only Jason Lee, lightning-fast Ryosuke Iwasawa, Mexican wonder Paul Kerbel, the young Izuru Hasumi, trick genius Hidemasa Senba, YoyoFactory’s Reiki Sekiya, the “Ruthless” Takahiro Iizuka, and none other than the 2011 World Champion Marcus Koh!
Nothing less than fantastic can be expected from a high-level 2A competition in Japan. World Champion Shu Takada will face competition from the bendy Masakazu Yamasaki, AP Champion Shunsuke Kawakami, Shaqler’s Atsushi Yamada, and none other than 1999 World Champion Takumi Nagase!
X division promises to be a treat this year. Reigning 4A World Champion Rei Iwakura will face fierce competition from his Yoyojam teammate Bryan Figueroa, and 3A monster Minato Furuta. Also in X, we have a very interesting and varied set of contestants: among the seeds, Bryan Jardin and Sean Perez from the Philippines, Min Woo Lee from Korea, and Jason Kao from Taiwan. Battling in the prelims, we have National Master Takahiko Hasegawa, 5A showman Hideo Ishida, Duncan Crew’s Takayuki Kuriyama, “Go Big” Ben Conde, X division veteran Kenji Eto, 3A master Taichiro Higashi, Hiroyasu “Pon” Ishihara, and the explosive Tsubasa Oonishi.
Who will come up on top? We’ll find out in just a couple of days!