Japan Player Rankings rank top 30 Japanese Smash Ultimate players
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The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Japan Player Rankings released on Jan. 14 at Red Bull, ranking the top 30 players in the country. Its ranking period spanned from July 8, 2019 to Dec. 27, 2019.

Japan is considered one of the best regions in the world (if not the best) for Smash Ultimate. Unsurprisingly, many of the players on this list will appear (or have already appeared) on the Fall 2019 PGRU.

The Japan Player Rankings are as follows:

  1. Sota “Zackray” Okada
  2. Takuto “Kameme” Ono
  3. Kengo “KEN” Suzuki
  4. Shuto “Shuton” Moriya
  5. Takuma “Tea” Hirooka
  6. Shintaro “Kuro” Kakihara
  7. Yuta “Abadango” Kawamura
  8. Ishiguro “Raito” Tetsuya
  9. Seisuke “Kome” Komeda
  10. “ProtoBanham”
  11. Isami “T” Ikeda
  12. Eita “HIKARU” Hoshi
  13. Toshimasa “Choco” Hayakawa
  14. Yuta “Nietono” Uejima
  15. “Lea”
  16. Tomoki “kept” Ikeda
  17. Shimizu “Umeki” Masaki
  18. Haoka “shky” Toshiki
  19. Yuki “Etsuji” Kajihara
  20. Kentaro “Brood” Asari
  21. “Somé”
  22. Kaito “Shogun” Kawasaki
  23. “Sigma”
  24. Gakuto “Gackt” Ito
  25. “DIO”
  26. “Ron”
  27. “Nishiya”
  28. Towa “Atelier” Kuriyama
  29. Noriyuki Kirihara
  30. Seima “Eim” Tomonoh

Breaking down the Japan Player Rankings

Zackray climbed the ranks to No. 1 in Japan, as the former No. 1, Shuton, dropped down to No. 4. Considering his fantastic performances at home and abroad, Zackray’s placement is hardly surprising. He boasts international wins against the likes of Samuel “Dabuz” Buzby, Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada, and Gavin “Tweek” Dempsey.

Many Japanese Smash Bros. players made huge climbs up the ranks this season. KEN and Kome both rose 19 places from their spots on Japan’s summer rankings. In addition, Kuro, who was not on the previous rankings at all, debuted at No. 6 in Japan.

Some people on the lower portion of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Japanese Player Rankings have already claimed their spots on the PGRU. HIKARU, Ron, and Kirihara are already confirmed to be top 50 in the world, with Eim barely missing the cut. Certainly, not everyone ranked in Japan will appear on the PGRU, largely due to a lack of international performances. Even so, the fact that Kirihara is No. 29 in Japan and No. 48 in the world is telling as to the strength of Japan on the whole.

Dylan Tate is a student in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, particularly Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon.
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