No Joke: Gake no Fuchi Joshi 1.4 Report

(This article, written by Norihiro Hashimoto, originally appeared in Japanese at Yahoo News via Abema Times under the headline “Bamboo Skewer Bash-up: A wild 1.4! Gake no Fuchi presents a fierce intergender match.”

Photos accompanying this translation were taken by yours truly at the event. If you’re interested, you can find more in this Twitter thread.)

Gake no Fuchi Joshi Pro Wrestling (GKPW) is a one-woman promotion, run by freelance pro wrestler Miyako Matsumoto. Originally established during Matsumoto’s run in Ice Ribbon, Gake no Fuchi lay dormant for several years, until it was revitalized in late 2019 when DDT “Big Boss” Sanshiro Takagi purchased the promotion.

Matsumoto kicked off the latest chapter of GKPW history in a remarkable match against Jiro “Ikemen” Kuroshio on December 24, 2019. Their match was the only one billed on the card, but as you’ll soon see, derailment and derangement is on-brand for GKPW…

Following up on Christmas Eve, Matsumoto wasted no time in announcing her next show: 5 PM on January 4, 2020, at Itabashi Green Hall. Yes, directly opposite a certain major event at Tokyo Dome. But as far as Matsumoto is concerned, the Tokyo Dome event ran opposite GKPW. Her audacity was rewarded with a nearly packed house of fervent fans from Japan and beyond.

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Wild MOTHER Party – Part 4

This is part 4 of Wild MOTHER Party – a round table discussion on the MOTHER/EarthBound series of video games with series creator Shigesato Itoi, musician Maximum the Ryokun (of Maximum the Hormone) and Kenny Omega.

You’ll probably want to start with Part 1 if you’re just joining in.

This installment brings the focus towards the series’ distinctive soundtrack.

An Ear for Music

Itoi: No matter what specific role they play, when you’re working on a game, everyone on the team is focused on figuring out ways to make the game fun. But it’s important to give consideration to how you’re going to make the parts that aren’t fun, too.

Omega: Ahh.

Ryokun: Now that you mention it…

Itoi: Thinking through how to make the parts of a game that aren’t fun is like laying down a base coat of primer before you start painting a picture.

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Wild MOTHER Party – Part 3

This is part three of Wild MOTHER Party – a round table discussion on the MOTHER/EarthBound series of video games with series creator Shigesato Itoi, musician Maximum the Ryokun (of Maximum the Hormone) and Kenny Omega.

You’ll probably want to start with Part 1 if you’re just joining in.

At the end of the second installment of Wild MOTHER Party, Kenny Omega mentioned Porky – a major antagonist in the second and third games in the series. In part three of the round table discussion, Omega, Shigesato Itoi and Maximum the Ryokun continue talking about…

A Villain Named Porky

Nagata: Mr. Itoi, you consider Porky to be central to the series’ overall theme, isn’t that right?

Itoi: There’s a very special place in my heart for Porky. Taken as a whole, MOTHER is Porky’s story, really.

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