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This weeks japanese news thread


Kawaguchi rips into teammates

Staff writer

HANOI — Ivica Osim asked for Japan to be judged at the end of the first-round stage after the coach watched his team throw away the lead against Qatar in their Group B opener in Hanoi on Monday evening.

Naohiro Takahara opened the scoring on the hour mark with a clever finish in a match at My Dinh Stadium dominated by Japan, but Uruguayan-born forward Sebastian Quintana equalized with a deflected free-kick two minutes from the end of normal time as the game ended all-square.

"The late goal was a bit of a shock but we will have to wait and see how significant this result is at the end of the first round," said Osim, whose men also face United Arab Emirates and Vietnam in their group.

Osim admitted he was surprised his team couldn't score more than one goal against the Qataris, even though the coach started with a cautious lineup that featured only one out-and-out forward in Eintracht Frankfurt's Takahara.

"I was surprised at our players. They played good football but the problem is we have to learn to take our chances,"said the 66-year-old Bosnian. "We have not reached the stage where we can turn something beautiful into something meaningful."

Goal-scorer Takahara said a second goal was desperately needed to kill off the game.

"After the first goal we should have capitalized but instead we ended up being pulled around by them,"Takahara said. "We need to figure out what to do both when we are ahead by one or when we are at a disadvantage.

"We only got one point from this game so from now on we need three points from the last two games."

Captain Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi was more scathing in his assessment of the performance and pointed his finger at colleagues for allowing Quintana to lash a deflected free-kick past the 'keeper for Qatar's last-gasp equalizer.

Yuki Abe conceded the free-kick with a foul on the striker.

"This is the scary thing about international soccer and there are some players in the team who still don't get it,"said Kawaguchi.

"We knew they had a decent striker who could hit the ball and we knew we couldn't give fouls away. There was some dubious officiating but we let ourselves become frustrated by that instead of playing our game."

On second glance it was debatable whether Abe's challenge merited the referee stopping play, but Osim refused to dwell on the game and quickly turned his attention to the next group match against the United Arab Emirates on Friday evening, when the coach hopes Japan's luck in front of goal will change.

"We were unlucky but that is part and parcel of football,"said Osim. "Obviously it would have been easier if we had won. The problem is whether or not we can play again in the next game like we did today. Our next opponents know us a bit better now, just as we know them, so it will be a different type of game from today."


So by COINCIDENCE the official ASH site launches this week, and has previews in Jump and Famitsu, and it just happens to be E3 week? But no showing at E3? What? Nintendo, seriously, what?


He's a pretty swell guy in my books anyway.
duckroll said:
So by COINCIDENCE the official ASH site launches this week, and has previews in Jump and Famitsu, and it just happens to be E3 week? But no showing at E3? What? Nintendo, seriously, what?
Yeah, it's not even in their press kit. :\

Actually there is nothing new regarding DS games, Tingle and Advance Wars DS 2 were announced by NoE.


Bo130 said:
Sorry if old. Doesn't anyone has information from this weeks magazines? I know it's E3 and all that, but still. Might be some good stuff in Japan as well :D

This weeks reviews:

Dragon Quest Sword: Kamen no Joou to Kagami no Tou (Wii, Square Enix): 8 / 8 / 8 / 9 - (33/40)
Shounen Onyouji: Tsubasa Yoima, Ten e Kare (PS2, Kadokawa): 6 / 6 / 7 / 6 - (25/40)
Nodame Cantabile (PS2, Banpresto): 6 / 6 / 5 / 5 - (22/40)
Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 14 (PS2/Wii, Konami): 9 / 9 / 8 / 8 - (34/40)
Tantei Jinguuji Saburou DS: Inishie no Kioku (NDS, Arc System): 7 / 8 / 7 / 7 / - (29/40)
Kosume Chick * Paradise (NDS, Global A): 7 / 5 / 7 / 5 - (24/40)
Zenmai Zamurai (NDS, Genki): 5 / 4 / 7 / 7 - (23/40)
Kouchuu Ouja: Mushi King Super Collection (NDS, Sega): 7 / 7 / 7 / 8 - (29/40)
Naruto Shippuuden: Saikyou Ninja Daikesshuu 5 (NDS, Takara Tomy): 6 / 6 / 6 / 6 - (24/40)
Touch! Bomberman Land: Star Bomber no Miracle * World (NDS, Hudson): 8 / 5 / 7 / 7 - (27/40)
Cinnamon Ball: Kurukuru Sweets Paradise (NDS, Rocket Company): 6 / 7 / 7 / 6 - (26/40)
Mawaskes: Based on Carton-kun (PSP, Irem): 7 / 7 / 7 / 6 - (27/40)
Simple 2500 Series Portable Vol. 10: The IQ Cube: Moyatto Atama o Puzzle de Sukkiri! (PSP, D3): 6 / 6 / 7 / 6 - (25/40)
Fixed, you bolded the wrong thing. ;P


new crisis core scan



The 'H' stands for hentai.
Kurosaki Ichigo said:
Mmm, 256MB, hopefully they will use it because the game is long and not to put 10 CG movies on a 10-hours-long game.

Although I wouldn't mind if they have a 1 Gigabyte game that has lots of GC to replace the blocky graphics to tell the story.
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